As a so-called "South tyrolean returnee" I've been in my home office a little longer now. As soon as I'd have been allowed to go out and give my lectures with my customers again, the schools were closed. The shutdown came and -as a result of this- home office for almost everyone. It was obvious to me that there will be no "normal" semester at the HFT Stuttgart: It was a surprise for me: Now I have to create Moodle courses. Thanks to YouTube videos, the online help of Moodle and last but not least thanks to the staff of the Centre for Teaching and Learning, it wasn't really that difficult. Of course I played the game "Find the button" all the time - otherwise it would have been boring. So I sat there with my laptop and my iPad (on laptop was my Moodle course and on the iPad the online help) and my son said to me: "Mum, you'd think you're running a Dax company the way you're sitting there, all you have to do is create a Moodle course". Sure, "only" create a Moodle course...
Finally this hurdle was overcome and now I can explain the simple things in my sleep. And that is possible without Moodle even having to be open. I can see it metaphorically. So after my Moodle courses were ready, the next step followed: online seminars. Ufff, which program runs stable, which is better: MS Teams, Skype or GoToMeeting? Since the HFT Stuttgart made GoToMeeting possible, it was logical that it'd go with this video conferencing system. The access data for the lecturers then came at the last minute. I don't want to know how many grey hairs I got within that time...but thank God the hairdressers are open now again.
I'd liked to be prepared and not be embarrassed in front of my students, that is why I got the free trial license for 14 days and tried out all functions several times. My son had to serve as a test student. Sure. In the end he seemed to be very annoyed, which was evident from his "Oh Mama" when I asked him to switch on the computer and make himself available.
My everyday life in the home office is actually not that different from my normal everyday life. I no longer teach in a lecture room or directly in a company, but now I talk to my computer...and it's incredible: HE ANSWERS!
In the meantime I have, in my opinion, become a professional in "screen-sharing" and I enjoy playing with the technique. When I'm not sitting at my computer or iPad, I spend a lot of time with our dog in the forest or doing sports. However, I would also be happy if I would finally see someone live again.
If someone asked me what the positive thing about the home office is, I would answer: I have short distances, I can eat a longer breakfast and I can wear anything I want, because all you can see is my head ...
The question, what is especially annoying about the home office, I finally answer with the daily question of my husband: What's for lunch today?