Productivity and Pleasure

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Tue, 5 Jun 2018
9:00am to 12:00pm
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If you can’t always do the work you love, can you learn to love the work you do?  This hands-on workshop aims to help educational developers – and, by extension, the faculty they work with – find creative ways of transforming tedious and/or stressful academic labor into occasions for creativity, pleasure, and play. We will begin by identifying some of the tasks that academics typically find most boring, irritating, and/or frustrating, from email and administration to meetings and marking.  From there, we will explore research-based strategies for bringing about individual and institutional change through a revamped understanding of productivity and pleasure.
  • Session References +
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