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Open Participants 2021, The Network

Trust me, I’m a doctor

On Monday I passed my PhD viva. This thesis has been a long time cooking – I began on Jan 7th 2013, took a year out due to ill health, had two changes of thesis title and lost three supervisors along the way. At times I thought I would never finish, that my research was not serious enough, that I was not cut out to be an academic. I’ve been through redundancy and two job changes, I’ve got married and […]

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Pandemic Postcards

I’ve been thinking about sending some postcards recently, but not having a theme in mind to motivate my doodling, so this tweet from Karen was just the prompt I needed. Team #clmooc (#postcards), what do you think about this for a pop-up round of postcards: "What good has come out of the pandemic for you that you will be carrying forward?"— Karen Fasimpaur (@kfasimpaur) May 22, 2021 Today’s been a dreich day, so while I’ve been watching TV and drinking […]

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Strontian

As travel restrictions lofted, we were so happy to be able to travel up to the Highlands again. As usual, we stopped at Inveruglas to stretch our legs. We were surprised to see show on the top of the mountain. Onwards to the ferry for the short journey over from Corran to Ardgour Strontian itself was wonderful. Here’s the view from the pub beer garden And the view from our cabin windows We did so little – just sat and […]

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Line of Thought-une Teller

Another line of flight from the lines of thought. As I was playing around with papier mache for the plate, I remembered the flippy clicky things we used to make when we were children – a bit of thinking and Googling revealed that these are called paper fortune tellers or chatterboxes. I found some simple instructions to help me remember how to fold one. These are often done with numbers and colours, so I looked at the words in the […]

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Lines of Thought

It started with a tweet #tdc3296 #ds106 Quatrain, pffff pic.twitter.com/JFbUzERd7Y— Sarah Honeychurch (@NomadWarMachine) January 20, 2021 It became a Daily Create T.S. Eliot wrote in his poem The Waste Land ‘You cannot say, or guess, for you know only / A heap of broken images…’. Add your line of thought to this Shared Google Doc  #DS106 poem and see if we can get to 106 lines of thought that are a collection of images, not broken.  Or tweet @wentale. And then it took […]

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Collective Hope

Some collaborations keep giving and giving, making me smile and giving me hope. Last year some of us put together a calendar on the theme of hope – pictures we had drawn, photos we had taken, words we had written. I have it printed out and pinned to my study wall, reminding me of my friends, and my collaborative community. When I saw the call for submissions to the OERxDomains21 conference, I asked Wendy if we might submit something based […]

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Permission to have fun

I was told this week that we’re only meant to be dong work that is essential. Now, if this is true, then I know that it’s being said for good reasons – that our senior management are saying this out of a concern for staff – out of a wish to give people permission only to do what is needed and not to worry that they are not doing enough. But the person who told me about this had understood […]

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What would Wittgenstein think of remix?

We were playing a game at the weekend, which Kevin started. Something you can’t holdOr package in paper and twineBut each of us has it inside usAnd can gift it, any time(I‘m thinking of 4 letter word w/ letters from chart. Take guess. If any letters in guess word are correct, I will capitalize in next couplet) #clmooc #smallpoems pic.twitter.com/F9iTcT5NAT— KevinHodgson (@dogtrax) February 14, 2021 We answered by making an acrostic of the word we guessed until we got it […]

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Tying it all together

Nearly there. This week I spoke to my supervisor and my Graduate School and I have sent off my “intention to submit” by March 31st 2021. It’s almost done- I just need to finish the final chapters and give it a thorough edit. It’s been a long journey – as I scrawled down on a scrap of paper this week, my thesis has gone through changes from looking at collaborative learning, through to thinking about peer interactions and ending with […]

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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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