Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Silver Cloud Stories + Plan Higher Ed Retirees Workshop Teach/Learn/Connect Online. TLT Group Symposium TOMORROW 8/16 1pmET

Silver Cloud - TLT Group's Annual Online Summer Symposium  
August 8, 14, and 16 at 1:00 - 2:00pm ET  + optional 30 mins "afterthoughts".  Free to TLT Group Individual Members; Fee for non-member registration $250.  Register: 

Aug 16:  We'll finish this year's Symposium with personal stories of life in the Silver Cloud - stories of transitions;  collaborative planning our first Silver Cloud online workshop;  review our Silver Cloud Call for Proposals (CFP Working Draft).

Stories from higher education retirees who actively teach, learn, and connect online;  stories of transitions from successful academic careers to vibrant retirement - or vibrant pseudo/semi retirement: 
  • Stories of how and when people entered retirement (earlier/later than expected?);
  • Stories of how  the reality does/doesn't align with  expectations, hopes, and fears;
  • Stories of obstacles to continuing to connect with colleagues and continuing to share their accumulated skills, knowledge, and wisdom; and
  • Stories of successful steps taken by Silver Cloudians to overcome those obstacles.

Online Workshop by/for Silver Cloudians & CFP
We'll continue planning the workshop that was discussed at the end of the previous Symposium session:  An online workshop offered by Silver Cloudians for their colleagues.   This workshop will both demonstrate and describe options available for retirees:  options for teaching, learning, and connecting with colleagues online.   We'll also review the Call for Proposals (CFP Working Draftfor additional online offerings for and from Silver Cloudians.

Who are the Silver Cloudians?  

Those facing a new confluence of Confusion, Ignorance, and Fear
associated  with the rapidly changing options for (and external pressures toward):

A. Online teaching, learning, and networking

B. Retirement

Who are Silver Cloudians?  ...the unprecedentedly large cohort of higher ed "baby boomer" professionals facing

ACCELERATED/DELAYED/PARTIAL retirement from academic careers in the midst of economic recession and info tech revolution?
What can they offer?  What do they want, need?    [Even beyond reserved parking?] 

Aug. 8 - Overview - Identify resources, needs
Aug. 14 - Myths & CFP - Identify challenging myths and develop Call for Proposals
Aug. 16 - Stories - illustrative, provocative, useful + Plan first Silver Cloud online workshop re: teaching/learning/connecting online for Silver Cloudians - options, support for retirees to continue actively contributing to higher education.

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