You may have heard of the O’Hare test. It’s a recruitment test supposedly used by some american companies to select between candidates at interview. I learned about it in the context of young tech companies, but it may be more widespread.
The premise is that you choose the candidate who you could most imagine being able to stand if you happened to be stuck at an airport with them for several hours before a long transfer flight.
Earlier this week I was stuck at an airport in Brussels for 9 hours.
“Due to the power outage at the Belgian Air Traffic Control (Belgocontrol) on 27th of May, our flight operations were heavily disturbed. Even though we have done our utmost to limit the effect on your travel plans, we deeply regret the fact a lot of our guests were stranded.”
Luckily the University applies the O’Hare test to the recruitment of our digital education chairs. Sian, Dragan and I were in Brussels for an evening seminar promoting the University of Edinburgh in Europe and engaging with discussions about how universities will use technology to meet the challenges of 2025. After 9 hours in the airport we had a plan.
Our staff and students experience our physical estate and our digital estate. In the city of Edinburgh much of the housing stock is flats. Flats in a common stair. Some of these flats are large, grand and very elegant. Nevertheless they have equal shares and responsibility in common.
The experience of communal living in a shared common stair relies on a shared commitment to hygiene: knowing when and where to put out your rubbish and taking turns to wash and clean the common. Taking the time makes the place better for all. Each year, all across the city- notably in Marchmont and the southside- new households of students move into flats and the permanent residents begin again educating them on the mores of communal living.
Universities have large transient populations: new students and new staff each year. If it weren’t for the local community taking care of each other the whole place would fall into disrepair.
I expect you can see where I am going with this…. <whispers> it’s abit like that with OER.