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Open Participants 2020, The Network

Hamish the Tour Guide

Yesterday, as part of the SocMedHE20 conference, we ran a competition to guess where Hamish the Cow was. Hamish was originally knitted by me back in the old world of social contact, before we realised we’d have to run this year’s event online. I remembered him this week, so we devised a plan to photoedit him into a series of images of Glasgow and tweet them out during the day using the hashtags #WheresHamishNoo and #WinHamishTheCoo We had a lot […]

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Learning as Performance

Today I gave a presentation for the #SocMedHE20 conference. It was a conference with a difference as it was all online – presenters were asked to submit up to 5 tweets which we then scheduled to be tweeted from the conference account. Here’s mine – partly done to nudge myself to write a paper about it (the conference will have a special issue of the Journal of Social Media for Learning). Here’s what I said as a warm up: 10th […]

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Herons

Herons are beautiful birds. So big -huge wings and very distinctive in flight. When on the ground they often blend into the background, but here are some pictures I’ve taken this month. This one down at Victoria Park: Victoria Park again – different day, but probably the same heron. I love it when they perch like old men in macs: And another – almost certainly a different bird – at Mugdock last week: One of the few blessings of lockdown […]

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Bookmarks

I can rarely find a bookmark when I want one – I use scraps of paper, post it notes, whatever I have to hand. I remember trips to bookshops as a child, the thrill of a book token for Xmas or a birthday, swapping the token for a stack of new books, picking up a handful of free bookmarks at the till. Now I buy most of my books online, of course. But sometimes I take a book from my […]

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Echo. Zine

Today I got an email: “Please find attached a fold-your-own zine titled: Echo. Zine” Exciting! What would it be? I opened the attachment and followed the instructions. I pondered, I wondered, I got out my colour pencils. I coloured, I savoured the words. I pondered, I remembered Steller. I did not remember my password! Eventually I got access. I played for a while. Time to stop dithering. I publish. I did not add a description. You can imagine it is […]

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Interesting Character Assignment

#tdc3030 #ds106 Interesting Character Assignment https://t.co/QYsqNALYIY— ds106 Daily Create (@ds106dc) April 29, 2020 This is my Granny, Constance May Hobbs. Her father had a soft furnishing company that went to the wall during WW1, so she left school at 14, but was fiercely proud of her teacher husband, her 14 children and all her grandchildren. She was so talented at crafts – she painted, knitted, embroidered. My favourite flower vase was made by her and I have two of her […]

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How to nurture a community of online learners

“Community…..” flickr photo by Kamaljith shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license I’ve been involved in open learning for several years now. It started almost by accident, when some guy called Dave ran a crazy learning experience that we called rhizo14, carried on serendipitously into a sister experience called CLMOOC, and gradually became a part of my daily ritual as I started participating in Daily Creates. Much of what happens in these open, online experiences can appear to be random […]

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Rhizo Reminiscences

Were were you six years ago? When I asked myself that question earlier this week I realised that I was participating in the first week of rhizo14 So much has happened since then – so much that I don’t know where to start. I tried to remember who I met for the first time then and put tagged some people in a tweet: Hey, people – this time 6 yrs ago we were taking part in the 1st wk of […]

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