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ASCILITE, Open Participants 2021, The Network


Last month Wendy and I gave a presentation about the collaborative poem that happened as a result of a DS106 Daily Create. It was 9am Sydney time, making it early am for Wendy and late evening (10pm) for me, but we managed to present synchronously. Here’s the slides Ascilite 2021 lines of thought: the emergence of meaning through collaborations and remix from NomadWarMachine We also wrote a short report which was our submission to the conference, and that’s also available […]


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St Andrew’s Day

Today is St Andrew’s Day, Scottish feast day of Andrew the Apostle. no day off for me, as although it’s a Bank Holiday, institutions are not obliged to honour it (boo!). The Daily Create today asks us to use an online video generator to show What Might Obama Say About The Daily Create? I am not sure that my attempt is particularly successful, but here he is reciting the last stanza of Burns’ Such A Parcel Of Rogues In A […]


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5 in 1 story

Grab the 5 nearest books around you. (Novels or textbooks, whatever story you’re wanting to make.) Create a story from the following: The first sentence on p. 1 of the first book.The seventh sentence on p. 5 of the second book.The first sentence of the third paragraph on p. 20 of the third book.The fifteenth sentence on p. 47 of the fourth book.The last sentence on the last page of the fifth book. Give it a catchy title! #TDC1102


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Bob Ross Godzilla

Sometimes I see a Daily Create that makes me wish I had a lot of time to spend on it. Friday was one of those days. The prompt was to make a Bob Ross style voice over. Could we do a Bob Ross style voice over for a Godzilla painting? #ds106— paul bond (@phb256) September 3, 2021 I only had a few minutes, so I grabbed a pic of Godzilla from Flickr and ran it through a few filters […]


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Visible darning

Many years ago mum made me a blanket for my bed. It’s made from woollen garments left at the end of a jumble sale, all in my favourite pinks. I put it on my bed when we first got the cats, and Lacey sees it as her own. Recently I noticed that it had been eaten by moths, so I brought it downstairs and put it on my yarn chest, intending to mend it. Of course, it is now Lacey’s […]


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Mull, again

A week away on Mull, one of my favourite places in the world. We had a beautiful lodge – big, top quality, nestling in the middle of nowhere. The neighbours were … Not all that friendly – tolerating us, at most. Some of them were fairly shy, only letting us look at them from a distance, through a window. But the weather was kind to us, and the views were stunning. While we were there we stopped at the abandoned […]


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Digital Detritus

Pic of sheep on Mull Do you tidy up at the end of a beach party? Are you happy to walk away from the embers of a beach barbeque, ignoring the empty drink cans and food wrappers, or do you carefully collect any rubbish that is there and leave the beach as clean, or cleaner, as it was when you arrived? if you hosted a party in a public place and left before the end would you return once it […]


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The emergence of participatory learning: authenticity, serendipity and creative playfulness

Today I got the final confirmation that I have been awarded my PhD in Education, with the title The emergence of participatory learning: authenticity, serendipity and creative playfulness. The thesis is now uploaded to my Uni library repository, and anyone who likes can read it. Thanks again CLMOOC, for everything. Hat tip to DS106.


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Doodle Days

Over in our CLMOOC Facebook Group we post lists of daily doodle prompts. Some of us are better than others at daily doodling, but whether or not I’ve had time to draw anything I enjoy popping in and seeing what others have posted. We have three sets of prompts for August (not that anyone is expected to do all of them every day, they’re there to dip in and out of. Doodlewash August Prompts Tinkersketch Art Challenge Lettering and Doodle […]


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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 […]