The Journey Begins…

The time is drawing near. I will be leaving Boise to lecture at Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland on September 10. I have been asked by numerous colleagues and friends to blog about my experiences. So, I will begin a new series of blogs as I venture across the ocean on this great adventure.

It’s not my first time in Poland or in Torun but this time I am traveling to Torun under a Fulbright award to work with the Department of Didactics and Media in Education Faculty of Pedagogy at Nicolaus Copernicus University. I will spend five months at the university lecturing preservice teachers on emergent technologies in education and helping education faculty design curriculum that incorporates Internet and emergent technologies into teacher education. However, my goal is not just to teach. I expect to learn a great deal from my colleagues in Poland and build a partnership that will serve us both well into the future. Wherever possible, I intend to bring faculty and students from my own Department of Educational Technology at Boise State University together to collaborate and partner with our Polish colleagues.

Needless to say, it’s been a hectic summer for me – despite being on sabbatical – or more likely because of it! With the changes in my work responsibilities, I decided the time was ripe to finally bite the bullet and downsize/move to a smaller place. Time has been tight though, especially when simultaneously unpacking from my move and packing for a five month stay in a foreign country. So far everything is on track. There have been a million small details to attend to. Of course there were the obvious details like medical clearances, passport, visa, travel insurance, transportation and hotel transactions which I tackled at a regular pace over the summer. Not to mention the added confusion of change of address and forwarded mail from my move. Now I am left with figuring out how to transport five months worth of clothing, shoes, home goods, textbooks and gifts from point A to point B, how to manage communications with family and friends without breaking the bank, and what to do about lingering print-based mail while I am gone. And there is one final detail that is causing just a little stress – I’m still not sure where I will be staying while in Torun! The apartment hunting has not gone as well as I expected. However, I remain confident that something will turn up soon.

I am very excited to have the opportunity to participate in this exchange and can’t wait for it to begin! First on the agenda is a welcome reception in Warsaw on September 12, then on to Torun for a 10 day orientation before classes begin on October 1. I will keep you posted.

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