I have some news that some of you may find a little surprising; I am returning to TAFE NSW full time as a Learning Designer. This means that I have resigned from my position at Pukunui Technology as a Consultant/Trainer and will be back at TAFE NSW effective November 20th.
The position at TAFE NSW is not the position I left in 2016; I’ll be employed as an Instructional Designer and I am sure my Moodle experience will be an asset to my new team. It was too good an opportunity to pass up, and I am glad to be back on Team TAFE. I’ve always been proud of my TAFE roots. This will be interesting though as it’s not going to be a classroom position. And it will be at the Ultimo campus, so a very different job from the one I did at Miller or Macquarie Fields. It’s going to be interesting, and I can’t wait to tackle the new challenges.
But it will also be sad to say goodbye to Pukunui. Working with Pukunui has been a terrific experience and I’m going to miss my colleagues and our clients. I thought I was pretty expert before joining the Pukunui team, but I have learnt more about Moodle and edtech in this position than I can express. It was the exposure to such diverse clients, their needs and their challenges that pushed me to find solutions I would never have otherwise.
I will admit it has been difficult at times to work remotely here on the East Coast, and if you have ever worked remotely, you might understand how it was difficult to find a fit in that company’s culture. But I do believe Pukunui always had my back; I understand what Lindy told me the first few days about this company being a family. And I know everyone (Dom, Pam, Leonie, Priya and Mr Jim) in Perth, and Vinny in KL and Shane and Wendi in Hong Kong have nothing but good will and good wishes for my journey back to TAFE NSW.
To Our Clients
What will this mean Pukunui clients? Nothing, Pukunui will still run training in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane (as far as I know), but I won’t be the trainer. You can still trust this team, and I know they’ll find another consultant to help you with your LMS problems. I know this person won’t have my style and flair, and maybe that’s a good thing, but I know above all else, they’ll find someone good to fill these shoes. I wouldn’t be concerned. I know there are a few of my clients who were looking at training in the two to three month from now window – please don’t stress. Stay the course. I have faith that the team in Perth will sort you.
To My Audience at Fortnightly Tips
Ahhh yes, well this is going to suck because I have to tell you, I love doing Fortnightly Tips! It was one of my favourite things to do at Pukunui. I loved that I built this little learning portal of LMS tips; I’m very proud of the work that I have done here. I loved every second Friday connecting with you. I loved the energy you gave me when I did 26 Tips live from iMoot. And I loved that, even those days when no one showed up for the Late Show, and I’d make a recording anyway, and walk away wondering “why bother, no one watches this show…”, I loved that later I’d hear from you telling me my tutorials were terrific. The validation I received from so many of you who watched at MoodleMoot Australia 2017 humbled me.
But, well, this is something that won’t be mine anymore. I’m very sad to let go of Fortnightly Tips, but it is what it is. Will someone else at Pukunui pick up the mantle? I’m not sure. We will have to see what time will tell.
I do hope it continues, I do hope you continue to find it useful. But as the saying goes “…if you love something…”
I will log in on this Friday for the early and late shows to leave a goodbye message.
To The Moodle Community
So I have known this news for awhile and someone commented something like “This is just like another Moodleman thing.”
No! No, it’s not!
Look, I get it. I’ve never actually met Julian Ridden which is weird because I’m in what was his job (at least until Friday), but I know some people were bummed when he went to Canvas. But he’s still around and still doing great things for edtech in this part of the world. And Canvas is a good platform, I’ve had to use it before and it’s good. It’s not my preference, but that Instructurecon conference looks so awesome that I’d love it if someone invited me and tried to change my mind. In the end, they’re just platforms.
That said: I’m Moodle to the core. I’m not leaving the Moodle Community; I’m just changing jobs. My new job will be very much Moodle related. You’ll still see me at Moots and conferences like EdtechPosium and when I’m able I’m still going to present with my unrehearsed improv frantic style. I’m still going to work on weird experimental edtech side projects. I’m still a member of the Moodle Users Association, I’m still part of the Committee, and I’ll still try to convince you to join too. I’m still proud to be part of this community.
So, things change. That’s just the way it is.
Change brings sadness. Change brings happiness. And it can be both. I’m literally both sad and super excited to bring you this news.
But this is the journey; it’s been awesome to be part of Pukunui, it’s been awesome to travel around Australia and even out to New Zealand representing this great company. But my path is leading me back to TAFE, and I can’t wait for this new adventure to begin.