ROBIN SMAIL

ROBIN SMAIL

ROBIN SMAIL

That is Not My Job

We all know that person — the one who stays focused solely on the task at hand, doing only the work dictated by his or her job description. They may have incredible depth of knowledge and specialized skills — and quite possibly, a lot of education to back it up — but is that what it takes to be successful? Or can the common generalist’s outlook help your team step up their game? What if…everything was your job? What if we are working from the wrong job descriptions? What if, rather than focusing on our own success, we started to ask different questions that focus on our team’s success? How do we promote the success of the team as a whole? What would that look like? How would our focus change? This presentation takes a look at how, by turning the question around, we can change our culture and create stronger teams as a result. We’ll discuss why teamwork matters, and how you can contribute to the team in ways outside any job description, that will result in success not only for you and your team, but your institution as well. And really, isn’t that our job after all?

About Robin

Robin Smail has focused on the connections between learning, community and user-centric design throughout her career. As the user experience designer in Penn State’s Teaching & Learning with Technology group, she helps to imagine and build things that make the Penn State community more open and connected. Her current focus is the user experience in application development, including the Penn State Digital Badging Platform, an open resource bank, and the complete redesign of the administrative user journey of an intelligent collaboration research application. Other projects include guiding the General Education Task Force in their efforts to create a transparent, open environment in the use of authentic discussion and collaboration while rethinking Penn State’s General Education requirements.

Robin is an award-winning speaker in the higher education community, and travels throughout North America to speak and teach on the user experience, universal design, and emerging trends and their integration into the teaching and learning process. She’s a passionate user advocate, and can be found online everywhere engaging community and misbehaving as Robin2go.