How do you know that? Why do you think that? How does that make any sense? I was a highly opinionated child with a lot of crazy ideas. But my Dad was patient. He never told me "that's crazy" or "that's wrong". Instead he usually greeted my pronouncements with some variation of those three … Continue reading Who’s Zoomin’ Who?
I've been hearing much lately about stories, narratives, analytics, data, and "big data". I have no need to call out exactly who or which pieces of writing. You know who you are. My aim here is not to criticize, oppose, or take sides. It's to take a brief critical look at what's being discussed. Much … Continue reading Critical Analytics: It’s Stories All the Way Down
The deadline is looming in a few days for next April's OER17 conference in London. I'm not even sure yet if I can make to the conference yet but the events of the past week seem to me compelling to us. I'm thinking of proposing a panel discussion to discuss Open Education in a time of … Continue reading Brexit, Trumpworld, and the Future of Open Ed: A Topic for OER17?
The past 4 weeks have been unsettling. As above, so below. At my school where I've spent 8 years heavily engaged in governance, planning, and accreditation work I've come under a severe personal and "political" attack that has put the open learning project I've led at risk. I didn't see that coming. Yet, three weeks ago I … Continue reading Doing the Write Thing
I spent my dinner hour talking open education, domains-of-one's-own, and WordPress in an interview hosted by Kyle Maurer of WP Round Table. https://youtu.be/qegoQTHbass
I am sitting in my hotel room trying to pack my bags and simultaneously unpack the conference. It's an interregnum between being immersed in the society of the conference and the travel I must begin in a few hours to return to home. I've returned from many, many conferences. I know how to do this. … Continue reading Processing OpenEd16
OpenEd16 isn't your normal higher ed conference. This year it had all the normal features of a higher ed conference: keynotes, the stimulating concurrent presentations, food, and evening socializing by academics that felt just a little more freedom by being out of town. But it also had a something new. A jam session. https://twitter.com/JenM/status/794374031336161280 Yes, … Continue reading Open is Alive
This is my presentation for Open Ed 2016 in Richmond, VA. It's kind of a progress report on the LCC Open Learning Lab project. It's very much a work-in-progress (the Lab project, not the presentation). Assuming the universe cooperates, I'll follow-up on this posting of the slides with a few long-form posts explaining … Continue reading Running Errands for Open Learning Ideas