Open Participants 2018

Unaffiliated, but definitely not unconnected, individual digital alchemists (see all Open Alchemists)

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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Open Participants 2018, The Network

NetNarr DDA 132

It’s Burns Night this week, so for yesterday’s DDA (which I am doing late) I chose Robbie Burns’ Address to a Haggis, translated it into Portguese, then into Bulgarian, and then into English. Here’s the result: Hagis Address Honestly, your honest face, Great boss of pudding running! Abon them “Take your place, Pain, envelopes or trauma: Weale is worthy of grace Like my ling is like lang. The drift that moaned there, Her strikes are like a distant hill, His […]

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Transmedia Digital Storytelling Course: Final Thoughts

I recently finished a free online course through FutureLearn entitled “Transmedia Storytelling.” I wasn’t all that impressed, but perhaps that is due more to covering ground I’ve already covered on my own in the past than the course itself, which is a mix of videos, articles and a comment strand. (Look: the course was free. I’m not really complaining. But FutureLearn ain’t no NetNarr!) What I really wanted to see was some transmedia digital story projects showcased as exemplars for […]

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Wearing the SOC(k)

Photo by Mike Wilson on UnsplashThese reflections are from the last iteration of Network Narratives. I feel that last years involvement was like being part of a SOC.SMALL  OPEN  CLASS (SOC)At any point in time, there was between 4-10 open participants active (or that I have interacted with) in the Network Narratives activities. Some people were consistent all the way through and other people came into the class through the porous class walls. During our Open Bus Tour  Alan Levine mentioned […]

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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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Why I Follow Those Whom I Follow (and Why I Unfollow Those Whom I Once Followed)

Twitter flickr photo by clasesdeperiodismo shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license The other day, I wrote about my week of semi-digital hibernation, as part of a Digital Audit activity with CLMOOC. I mentioned that I weeded out a lot of folks from my Twitter stream. That got me thinking a bit more deeply: why do I follow those I follow? And what makes me unfollow them? I follow: Anyone who seems to have an affiliation with the National Writing […]

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Another Adventure Begins on the Messy Internet

In Week 1 of Network Narratives we were pointed to the website Network Effect. The above capture shows the word categories that are options for filtering this information. The front page of this programme has this information and questions.The effect of this programme is nausea! A feeling of dread of the uselessness of it all, a sick feeling in the pit of one's stomach in the over dramatised but somehow ordered bits of information. The messy cultural messages. Did you try […]

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