A new tribe emerges
Seth Godin, a well known marketer here in the UK and US, explains the power of bringing people together to create a dedicated group of engaged people in his book 'Tribes'.
Godin says that a tribe has the ability to make positive change, motivate, engage and develop new ideas for everyone. This all sounds very good in theory but to have seen this happen right in front of my eyes is something else!
Tribe of Translation Lecturers
Very recently I hosted our first SDL University Partner training at Roehampton University dedicated to SDL University Lecturers. The aim of the day was to bring our lecturers up to speed on the latest developments within SDL Trados Studio 2011 by highlighting new features such as Tracked Changes, PerfectMatch and some Project Management facilities. The other aim was to have an open forum to discuss teaching techniques and to discuss how lecturers deliver SDL Trados Studio 2011 in their courses.
One thing we had not expected was the emergence of a brand new Tribe of Translation Lecturers dedicated to develop, promote and deliver the very best in Computer Aided Translation courses! From this, currently, small group of Translation Lecturers developed some great new ideas and techniques on how translation courses and computer aided translation courses could be taught in class. As well as this, an informal agreement was made by the attendees to come together at least once a year and to create their own on-line forum to keep in touch. It was great to see this unfold on the day and I look forward to working much closer with these lecturers in the future so watch this space.
All in all the first Lecturer Training day was a real success with the lecturers walking away knowing a whole lot more about SDL Trados Studio 2011. There is certainly a need for not just training our lecturers but for bringing them together as it's a highly rewarding experience for all:
"It was a very enriching experience for me, and I'll definitely try to implement some of the tips that were suggested on the day into my teaching." Stefania Puddu, Middlesex University