I’m working on making some changes to how I share information online, and one of those changes is to move away from this blog platform. The ultimate trigger for the change is the way WordPress now prices its plans, and me not wanting to return to ads involving canker sores or belly fat appearing at the bottom of my blog posts. But I’ve been thinking about this for a while.
Petragogy will move to a Pressbooks platform, for which I am very happy to pay a reasonable one-time fee to support the great work that Pressbooks does. What this means in practical terms is that I will be turning some sets of blog posts into book chapters.
This will be a reflective exercise as I make a broader life-change into a role that does not involve teaching, but there are some things I’ve learned along the way that might come in handy for others who find themselves trying to deal with the same challenges. And if there’s any way to have a decade spent teaching in the current academic job market still feel like it had meaning as a professional activity, then it’s sharing things learned.
Some of those lessons are related to the hows and whys of teaching in general, and some are the result of being in the twilight zone that is attempting to teach with full-timer quality and autonomy while being trapped on the hamster wheel that is precarious part-time contracts.
My petragogy book might behave in bloggish ways for a while as it grows and changes, and I will build in ways to make it navigable while it is less than bookish (blookish? boggish?). Anyway, here’s to freed hamsters.