Yesterday was kind of a sad day for me. My friend and colleague Amanda Harby is retiring from BCcampus. Amanda is the person who first hired me when I arrived in BC, jobless but with hope in my heart and a song on my lips. Amanda (and another colleague, Randy Bruce) are two of the big reasons I took the job at C2T2 – the chance to work with people who had helped grow this amazing grassroots network of ed tech professionals across the province, and frankly, beyond. It sure wasn’t the pay 😉
Those of you in BC are likely well aware of all of Amanda’s contributions in our province. For those who are not, I did a little internet archaeology to try and document some of her many contributions (luckily, Amanda herself is working to collect some of this together; our biggest loss, collectively, will be not just her as a person but her as a witness to and participant in so many projects and developments over the years). Over the years Amanda was involved with:
- The issues affecting the implementation and use of educational technology : B.C. colleges & institutes / Liz Hammond-Kaarremaa, Amanda Harby.
- An apparently recurring theme was “Interactive Video Conference in BC“
- One of a number of sites that seemed ahead of its time in its effort to share and spread best practices, the Cycle of Improved Practice
- advised the Site for Exploring Emerging Delivery Systems site, an early attempt to help orient educators to make good choices in educational technology
- LandOnline (which eventually morphed in Edutools) which is documented both in An Essay in elearning tool categorization and this paper on “On-line Educational Delivery Applications: a Web Tool for Comparative Analysis“
This barely scratches the surface, but you get a sense of a lot of the different things Amanda got involved with. Always with grace, humour and helpfulness.
Amanda, I am going to miss you, a lot. I know I owe you a lot personally, as do many around the province. I wish you the best as you start this new chapter. I wish you lots of adventures, lots of exploring, lots of great kayak trips, lots of song, but maybe not so many renovations 😉
And, I’ll leave you with this lovely recording of Amanda that was made at last spring’s ETUG workshop in a session on Digital Storytelling.