At the beginning of lockdown I had the intention of posting regularly (maybe once a week), and was initially successful. I posted about technological expectations of home working, about how life hadn’t really changed that much for me personally, and, at the beginning of this month, about a temporary relapse, when I felt very negative about everything. Well, now we are at the end of May, and have been in lockdown for nearly 10 weeks, it is certainly time for an update!
Early on in the month, the first batch of marking came in. This year my module on Digital Forensics was made available for more students to take, so I have about 100 case studies to mark. Progress has been slow, but I’m more than half way through. Then on Friday the first exam marking appeared in my inbox, and more is expected in the coming weeks. So I’m definitely busy.
Also on Friday my university announced its plans for next academic year. Essentially we’ll be teaching remotely for at least the first semester, although students will get some lab classes/small group teaching depending on their subject. Since I don’t run labs, it looks as if my teaching will be done remotely at least for the remainder of the (calendar) year (including undergraduate projects, if they run). That at least gives a basis for planning.
Regarding life in general, I am remaining positive, and trying to do things that have been neglected because I’ve been too busy in normal life. That includes sorting out blog posts! I am typing this post on my old Google Nexus, which I have had time to get set up again. Musically I’m playing the piano regularly, and thinking about starting some trombone practice (using a practice mute of course!) I expect June and the first part of July to be dominated by marking and some external examining, and then I can start planning for next year. I haven’t mentioned research, but that will return soon, once the marking is complete.
Of course I miss travel, conferences and my various musical activities, but they will return, and I will appreciate them all the more when they do. But for now, life is OK, and I do appreciate how lucky I am compared with many others.