So this is just a self-indulgent note to my readers as to what to expect this year. Looking over the stats I see I didn’t achieve last year’s Don’t Call It A Resolution. Twenty-some posts is way more than I thought I had done last year. A few were good ones of which I’m proud. But many were just posting slides from presentations and there were way too many good-topic posts started and then left to whither in the drafts folder.
Goals: Write More, duh
So this year, I’m attempting to write more – again. Only this time I’m making some in-person group commitments that should force the issue. One implication is that I’m likely to jump around from topic to topic a lot more this year. It may be economics of money creation one day and critical pedagogy the next, all followed by ramblings about the commons or accessibility and out-of-league mumblings about literacy.
The Announcement: Open Learning Faculty Fellow
It’s really kind of non-news event since I’ve already let many of my friends know, but as of last fall I’m now the “Open Learning Faculty Fellow” in my school’s Center for Teaching Excellence. It’s a 1/2 time appointment, so I’ll still be teaching a 1/2 load. Basically, I’ll be continuing the Open Learning Lab, our name for our Domains of One’s Own effort. I’ve been doing this for 3 years but it’s all been “experimental” and tentative – meaning semester-to-semester. The school I teach at has finally committed to “institutionalize” this experimental effort and locate it in our Center for Teaching Excellence. Doing a DoOO at a community college has been a, um, “learning experience”. In some ways, it’s been chaos for 3 years, but I think we’re finally breaking the code on how to do it in a 2 year school with limited funds and over-loaded faculty. I’m really excited about this new position and the opportunities it provides. It’s going to bring additional work, though. Not only do I have the Open Learning & DoOO stuff now, but I’m also getting involved in redesign of what amounts to critical pedagogy/inclusion development efforts and our UDL/accessibility initiatives. Good stuff, but lots of work. I hope writing about it will help me and maybe I can help somebody else by documenting my mistakes (how else do we learn?).
Preview: The Topics for 2019
One of the barriers to my writing more in the past has been my insistence that a post be some kind of fully thought out argument – conclusions, not in-process thinking. That usually led to loooong posts, few and far between. I’m going to see in 2019 if this old dog can learn a new trick. I’m going to try to write my thoughts in shorter pieces. They’ll be less complete. They’ll be more a window into what I’m wondering – more wonderings than conclusions. We’ll see if this works.
So among the topics you can expect mixed up in the coming year:
- Economics – especially macro posts. I’m teaching a face-to-face class again for first time in 4+ years. I want to shake up my previous lecture- and theory-heavy format and spend more time on the rhetoric of economics. That means I’ll need to post current stuff and help students critique it.
- Literacy and Education – Leslie Johnson (@mtflamingo on the Twitter thing) has organized a hybrid Faculty Learning Community group at LCC this semester. I’m not only supporting the online portion through our Open Learning Lab, but I’ve decided to participate. That means reacting to a lot of readings. You’ll know those posts from the category /hashtag #literacyflc.
- Commons and Higher Ed Governance/Policy – I’ve really got the bit in my mouth for researching & studying the concept of higher ed as a commons. I talked more about this back in my Shelter post. The OpenEd18 post on Commons was only the start. I’ve got a big stack of notes now and Lord willing, I’ll get it in writing this year. My spouse insists it’s the beginning of a book. We’ll see. I know I’ll be updating it at OER19. It’s the passion right now.
- Accessibility and Critical Pedagogy – These are the high priority initiatives in the CTE, so I’ll be sharing my thoughts as learn. So far, the more I learn, the more I realize how much more I just don’t know.
The conferences I’m planning on attending/presenting – not including the ones we present on campus as part of the CTE:
- LAND – Michigan Liberal Arts Network for Development for MI community college folks, Feb 6-8. I’ll just be listening.
- OER19 – Ireland and Galway here we come! Accepted to speak about the Commons and the connections to pedagogy and open.
- Domains19 – Reclaimhosting is getting the gang together again. I’ll be there, god willing in June.
- WPCampus – always a worthwhile WordPress conference in July. Not sure yet where or when exactly, but I really hope to make it again. It’s become my go-to “wordcamp”.
- Digital Pedagogy Lab – UMW in August, of course. I went last year. I really hope I can repeat, but depends on some issues at the school.
The rest are all just aspirational at the moment. We’ll see.
- Michigan OER Summit – usually in September at some Michigan CC.
- Lilly Teaching Conference – Traverse City in October
- OpenEd19 – Phoenix at end of October. Can’t believe this will be my fifth year. As David Wiley says, I’m old-timer now.
- OE Global – Milan around Thanksgiving time. Gee, if I’m really good, maybe Santa comes early and finds a way for me to go to OE Global. We’ll see….