Open Participants 2017

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

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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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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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Plan Yr Wrk, Wrk Yr Plan

I tell my students about the best piece of advice I ever got when my wife and I were running our chimney sweeping business. I tell them it made us a lot of money. I tell them we paid for our farm and home with this piece of advice. Now they’re attending. And what was that advice? The owner of Copperfield Chimney Supply, Bob Daniels (Sooty Bob to everybody in the business) shared this piece of advice in a six-cassette […]

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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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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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Humans at the Center of Civic Action

A #DigCiz post by Meg Mulrooney, which is worth your time as it centers on helping people move from digital interaction into political action, led to me to a post by Lawrence Grodeska, which got me thinking about a concept that came up during Networked Narratives about Civic Imagination. Grodeska uses the term “CivicTech” and I think there is a fair amount of overlap between “Civic Imagination” (the idea of imagining a better future and then taking steps to make […]

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Raising the Signal to Noise Ratio: A Digital Feldgang

Venkatesh Rao called it a ‘frankenstack’.  He defined it as, An assemblage of information technologies duct-taped together with a mess of protocols, and forming what philosophers call a rhizomatic structure. Everybody has his or her own frankenstack, so which one am I referring to ?  The #Digciz. The Storify embedded below arises directly from the #4wordstory hashtag and indirectly from the gathering of folks into #digciz ,part of the frankenstack rhizome.  And the common plaint is one shared by @teachercreates (Emily […]

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Slacking Is Not a Dirty Word

This morning I came across this post in Brainpickings apropos of Labor Day to come and May Day just passed. Leisure, the Basis of Culture: An Obscure German Philosopher’s Timely 1948 Manifesto for Reclaiming Our Human Dignity in a Culture of Workaholism I stripped out the relevant links using LinkGrabber and put them into Dropbox’s Papers. Since Papers doesn’t provide an embed (unlike its now open-source predecessor Hackpad did) I had to save it into Google Docs and get an […]

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