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Mark Corbett Wilson

Open Participants 2018, The Network

Here we go again! Taking Year 2 of Networked Narratives for a spin!

What The Heck Kind of Course is This? At the core this is a bonafide on the ground course in Networked Narratives at Kean University, with registered students who will spend some time each week in a classroom. Last year it was co-taught by Mia Zamora at Kean join via the interwebs by Alan Levine who beamed in from his home Arizona. Several of you participated. This time around, Alan is the sole teacher, still beaming in, with the assistance […]

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Further Adventures of an Adult Student

I’m completing a Bachelor’s degree online at Metropolitan State University’s College of Individualized Studies in St. Paul, Minnesota. I chose Metro State because they were originally a University Without Walls when created in 1971. I’m also a student and worker at the Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley, California, which grew out of Berkeley’s University Without Walls after it imploded. I had to have all my transcripts sent to Metro State, just from the accredited schools, eight in all. […]

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Farewell 2017

Many new beginnings, many endings too. We are all temporary. I was selected a HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholar for the 2017-19 cohort. An “innovative student-driven community”, HASTAC is the “world’s first and oldest academic social network.” “We are building a community of students working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences.” Here is our first Twitter chat. A month later Storify announced it was going out of business. Then […]

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Association for Learning Technology ALT Winter Online Conference

I got up early (1 am in Oakland, California!) to participate in this year’s Association for Learning Technology Winter Online Conference.  I could only access one of the day’s Blackboard webinars, confirming what I’ve heard about Blackboard, but got to participate in a tweet chat. I hope tomorrow the technology is up to the task. Otherwise, the irony may become toxic. View the story “Open Educational Practice #oep A DIY manifesto” on Storify Featured Image: image from pxhere CC

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California Sociological Association Annual Conference

I was recently in Sacramento, California, at the annual meeting of the California Sociological Association. Two years ago I attended the meeting in Oakland, where I live. I again saw none of my sociology teachers or classmates from any of the four Peralta Community Colleges. I did run onto William Ochoa, a former colleague and Senator in the Associated Students of Laney (Community) College, now working on his Master’s degree in Sociology at Mills College in Oakland, California. I attended […]

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Why Open Education Matters

A retired American scientific glassblower, I started on my career journey at a California community college after I graduated from high school. On a whim I signed up for a glass blowing class whose teacher was a ceramicist and designer who wanted to experiment with glass. We built the necessary equipment, made the glass and learned together about how to play with this fascinating material. I soon left college to learn more about glass. It never occurred to me to […]

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Lifetime’s of Learning

Fire engulfs a home Whenever I meet another glassblower I ask them “when did you first get in trouble for starting a fire?” They always have a story. I was about five when my mother called the fire department on me because I liked to play with matches. I can’t remember if this was before or after my friend Marta and I got caught playing doctor in her closet, but I digress. I was in the alley behind our neighbors […]

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Hoagy, Bix, Wolfgang Beethoven Bunkhouse and me

I was coming to the end of my first year as a scientific glassblower. Thurston LeVay, the owner of Glass Instruments, came into the shop and talked with the shop’s leadman, John Smith. I saw John shake his head and Thurston went to the second glassblower’s bench and talked with Jimmy Sato. They both looked at me and Thurston walked back and told me there was a guy in his office that wanted a trumpet made from glass. It was […]

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My College Degree as an Open Digital Humanities Project

I’m developing a new model for adult learners so they can avoid the experience I had while trying to improve my skills at a Community College. Combining Self-Directed Learning, Computational Thinking, Digital Pedagogy, Open Education and Open Social Scholarship theories with Open Education Resources (OER), Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) and ePortfolios, I intend to create a free platform for any adult learner to document and reflect on their diverse learning experiences. I think simplifying all these dense and […]

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Learning Strategies and Goals

Oxford University “A university training…aims at raising the intellectual tone of society, at cultivating the public mine, at purifying the national taste, at supplying true principles to popular enthusiasm and fixed aims to popular aspiration…at facilitating the exercise of political power, and refining the intercourse of private life.” I don’t think this quote from Cardinal John Henry Newman’s 1852 book “The Idea of a University” aligns very well with our contemporary concept of a ‘Liberal Education.’ I’m not sure what […]

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In the Valley of Hearts’ Delight

Featured image: Bronze bust of DeWissant by Auguste Rodin I caught a ride to Stanford yesterday to discuss eportfolios with Dr. Helen Chen. We didn’t get a chance to talk at the recent Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning (AAEEBL) conference in Portland. My friend had an appointment at Stanford Hospital and being early for my meeting, I walked over to the Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University. I wandered around the Rodin sculpture garden and then […]

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Digital Pedagogy Redux

After hundreds of hours of research (online and otherwise), travelling to the University of Victoria, British Columbia, for the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (twice!), taking the “Digital Pedagogy and Praxis” class, and talking with several of the presenters mentioned in this story at #DHSI last month: today I discovered the Digital Pedagogy Network. I must not be asking the right questions! [View the story “Digital Pedagogy Symposium” on Storify]

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