Jim Harris

University of Northampton


This discussion will use at Gartner’s hype cycle as a reflective approach to reviewing the digital practices developed during and post-covid. Participants should access the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSO9OFJNMBA (1min 40sec) and will be encouraged to talk about the distracting and disruptive elements in their personal and organisational journey from tech hype to sustainable productivity, and to share the digital wellbeing strategies (both personal and organisational) that will support us all in our merged futures.

Dress Code: Hats.

Speaker Bio

Jim Harris has worked within HE institutions for the past 26 years in a range of roles from IT support and management, through distance and e-learning  development, founder in 2010 of the UON supported WeRePC social enterprise (affordable refurbished PCs for students and the public) and has been a Learning Designer for the last 5 years, build university degrees as wide ranging as eSports, Hair, Make-Up & Prosthetics for Stage & Screen, Nursing, and BIM-enabled sustainable building design. Jim has also been heavily involved in the LaWEEEda Erasmus + funded project supporting business startups and education opportunities in South America.

Jim considers himself a digital and pedagogical spanner – not only having insights and experience in a wide range of computing related fields (from gamification and the psychological damage of lootboxes to the appeal of retro gaming) but is also a keen amateur archaeologist, as happy digging holes as exploring new digital worlds.

Within a work context, he is interested in the human reaction to technology enhancement, and how to support CAVEs (Colleagues Against Virtually Everything) in adapting to the new digital ways of working and living.

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