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Networked Narratives is an open connected course of networked storytelling woven with elements of digital alchemy. Join a group of students at Kean University for a journey led by Alan Levine starting January 17, 2018...

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We are parallel with DIKULT 103: Dr. Mia Zamora’s Digital Genres #NetNarr course at University of Bergen (“narr” in Norwegian translates as “jester”).

Kean University 2018, The Network

Diving Back In

“‘…there is no story at all; there are only readings’ (124)”. I don’t know why WordPress is throwing my links all over the page like this. I had to cut a bunch of links to make the post remotely legible. I’ve tried many different things to fix the problem and I think it’s just a system error for the time being. Believe me, I’m annoyed about it too >.> Flux & Flow So…. I’m back at it again. Doing the ELit […]

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Kean University 2018, The Network

Diving Back In~

“‘…there is no story at all; there are only readings’ (124)”. Flux & Flow So…. I’m back at it again. Doing the ELit thing, writing the feelings whatever those are down, being “insightful”… You know, the usual. Anyway, let’s get down to business. I don’t remember what I thought of Jessica Pressman’s “Navigating Electronic Literature” the first time I read it eons and eons ago but this time around, I found it to be thought-provoking, informative, and intellectually engaging. The article articulates […]

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Kean University 2017, The Network

Stick This Podcast on the Refrigerator Door

Better than getting an A on the geometry test, it’s more exciting to use a magnet to attach Episode 218 of the Teaching in Higher Education podcast to the front of my fridge. I was excited when Bonni Stachowiak DM’ed me asking to record a session. I’ve seen a number of folks I know get an interview, and had crossed paths with Bonni (I think) at the last DML conference I went to. Without too much more self horn tooting, […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

How to philosophise with a hammer

A concept is a brick. It can be used to build the courthouse of reason. Or it can be thrown through the window. Deleuze and Guattari ATP p x11 At other times another means of recovery which is even more to my taste, is to cross-examine idols. There are more idols than realities in the world: this constitutes my “evil eye” for this world: it is also my “evil ear.” To put questions in this quarter with a hammer, and to […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Twitter chat personas

I’ve been thinking a lot about the different ways of interacting, or not, on Twitter this week, and I’ve come up with a rough list of types of engagement in Twitter conversations: Academic:  adds relevant academic references Networker: links to others/brings other tweeps into the conversation Self-publicist: always twists the conversation to talk about their work; provides links to their work over and over again Cheerleader: RTs with added positive comments about the original post Enthusiast: replies to say how […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

It depends how you look at it

There’s a story that’s often told about a bunch of blind men and an elephant. Each man only encounters a part of the elephant and, based on their partial understanding, disagree with the others about the *real* nature of the animal. I wrote about this years ago on another site, now lost, and I can’t remember exactly what I said, butI said something related during rhizo15. I’m not a fan of pretending that educational researchers can be objective. However, I […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Stealing learning

He came like a thief in the night. Stealthily, furtively, he crept in. With nobody watching he grabbed it, clutched at it with all his might, cradled it close to his chest and shuffled away. This picture of learners who do not actively post, but passively consume, is one that I think is prevalent with some folk. I’m not minded to give in to it – I think that this is an opportunity to reclaim the term. That’s an idea […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Lurkers

I lurk There, I’ve said it out loud. There are times that, for various reasons, I read conversations and watch what is going on without visibly participating. Does that make me a bad person, or is my behaviour an entirely rational response to our busy modern world? Do I need to ‘fess up and join in, or is it socially acceptable nowadays for me to passively consume what others create? These, and other questions, were ones that I posed for […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Turn a flower into a bird

A great daily create today, imo (disclaimer: I submitted the idea). I took a photo of a daffodil that I took a couple of months ago and put it through an online app that turns photos into drawings, and messed around for a few minutes till I had an outline I liked. Then I printed it out and got out my pencil case. I could already see the makings of a beak and a scruffy body, and this is what […]

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Kean University 2017, The Network

Textransformations: Interactive Art Practice as Connected Learning

We find ourselves in a cultural moment that is particularly fraught with the impulse for instant gratification as online social networks have us “plugged in” and busy narrating our lives online. So many have become wholly accustomed to certain forms of digital interactivity by seeking approval and amplification in online forums. Jaron Lanier has effectively dubbed certain social media platforms as “behavior modification empires.”  The hazards are now plain to see. Open communication platforms profit from the data generated from […]

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Kean University 2017, The Network

Textransformations: Interactive Art Practice as Connected Learning

We find ourselves in a cultural moment that is particularly fraught with the impulse for instant gratification as online social networks have us “plugged in” and busy narrating our lives online. So many have become wholly accustomed to certain forms of digital interactivity by seeking approval and amplification in online forums. Jaron Lanier has effectively dubbed certain social media platforms as “behavior modification empires.”  The hazards are now plain to see. Open communication platforms profit from the data generated from […]

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Kean University 2017, The Network

Textransformations: Interactive Art Practice as Connected Learning

We find ourselves in a cultural moment that is particularly fraught with the impulse for instant gratification as online social networks have us “plugged in” and busy narrating our lives online. So many have become wholly accustomed to certain forms of digital interactivity by seeking approval and amplification in online forums. Jaron Lanier has effectively dubbed certain social media platforms as “behavior modification empires.”  The hazards are now plain to see. Open communication platforms profit from the data generated from […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Summer doodles, and more

Hello all – how’s July for you so far? Here in Glasgow it’s hot, and I am hiding in my study looking out over our garden with berries ripening, potato plants thriving- so much promise, so much sun. But, luckily, as I hide in my cool study, I have plenty to occupy me. Because this is July, and CLMooc has a month of creativity to inspire me Come and join us, if you will, as we share pictures and poems […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Be the Pink Panther

Today’s Daily Create  brought to mind a quote from Deleuze and Guattari’s A Thousand Plateaus: Write to the nth power, the n – 1 power, write with slogans: Make rhizomes, not roots, never plant! Don’t sow, grow offshoots! Don’t be one or multiple, be multiplicities! Run lines, never plot a point! Speed turns the point into a line! Be quick, even when standing still! Line of chance, line  of hips, line of flight. Don’t bring out the General in you! Don’t have […]

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Open Participants 2018, The Network

Socks

I like knitting socks. I’ve got a whole drawer full of pairs I’ve made for myself, from plain ribbed ones to fancy designs,  and most of my family own at least one pair I’ve made for them. I’ve got masses of yarn, in a rainbow of colours, and all I need is somebody who needs socks. So that’s where you come in. If you’d like me to knit you a pair of socks, all you need to do is design […]

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