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twil by cmadland The more I dig into Gitbook and Github as a platform for online course design and delivery, the more I think that it is going to be a great way to reduce the hassle of typical course design projects that rely on MS Word files emailed back and forth and to and fro. […] [...]
Fri, Jan 13, 2017
Source: merelearning.ca
Education Politics Coming at you from the “fashion” section of The New York Times, a profile on Peter Thiel: “Peter Thiel, Trump's Tech Pal, Explains Himself.” Highlights include his thoughts on Star Wars, corruption, and sex. OK, maybe “highlights” is the wrong word. “Silicon Valley Takes a Right Turn,” according to an op-ed in The New York Times. But frankly, it's always leaned to the right. Via WaPo's Valerie Strauss: “Yes, Bill Gates really compared Donald Trump to JFK – and said Trump could help education.” Via The New York Daily News: “A conservative Arizona lawmaker, Rep. Bob Thorpe, is proposing a far-reaching [...]
Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Source: hackeducation.com
There are numerous ways to get higher ed faculty riled up, and talking about plagiarism or intellectual property are two of them. And for good reason. Plagiarism is a significant problem in higher ed (although there are many faculty who can't be bothered). It is important for students to present their own work as a […] [...]
Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Source: merelearning.ca
But I have been scaling back my use of it. It began, quite inadvertently and unconsciously, over the holiday break when I realized that there were days where I didn't post – or even check – a FaceTwitLinkFlickagram feed. Which was unusual. As I reflected on my use of social media in the past year, I realized that my use of social media had amped up in 2016, especially Facebook. I was spending a lot of mindless time on FB and it was making me feel anxious and stressed. The intense heated rhetoric leading up to the US election on both FB [...]
Mon, Jan 09, 2017
Source: clintlalonde.net
The "Optophone": a reading device for the blind. Credit: Wellcome Library, London and Wellcome Images
Below is a paper, “Early Histories of OCR (Optical Character Recognition): Mary Jameson and Reading Optophones,” I wrote and delivered with Jentery Sayers for the 2017 Modern Language Convention in Philadelphia. The talk was part of the “Histories of Digital Labor” panel convened by the MLA Committee on Information Technology and organized by Shawna Ross. Thank you, Shawna! Today, the term “technological innovation” is typically understood as a teleological process by which ideas become prototypes and then viable products. Such a definition privileges invention, seamlessness, and ease of use over the people and labour involved in developing, maintaining, using, and repurposing [...]
Sat, Jan 07, 2017
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
Education Politics “The Free-College Dream Didn't End With Trump's Election,” The Atlantic pronounces, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled his plan for tuition-free degrees at the state's public colleges and universities. More details on the proposal, which would extend to families earning $125,000 or less, from Inside Higher Ed. Some have scoffed at the proposal, including Matthew Chingos who says it won't really benefit low-income students, to which Sara Goldrick-Rab responds, “Of course, low-income students win with free tuition.” “Is Free College Really Free?” asks NPR's Anya Kamenetz. Politico has the paperwork Betsy DeVos, President-Elect Trump's nominee for Secretary of [...]
Thu, Jan 05, 2017
Source: hackeducation.com
Here is a list of all the articles I wrote as part of my look at the “Top Ed-Tech Trends” of the year. “Trends” is perhaps the wrong word here. These are my observations about what's happened in education technology (and education more broadly) over the course of the past 12 months. This project – something I've done every year since 2010 – aims to serve as an in-depth analysis of the noteworthy events and products and politics and financing and tries to piece together the narratives and ideologies that drive ed-tech. Education Technology and the Year of Wishful Thinking The Politics [...]
Fri, Dec 30, 2016
Source: hackeducation.com
Education Politics Via The New York Times: “The Buffalo Board of Education on Thursday demanded that Carl Paladino resign from his post on the board after making racist comments about President and Michelle Obama last week. If he refuses to step down, the board will ask the state education commissioner to remove him, it said in a resolution.” Paladino was the co-chair of Donald Trump's New York campaign. Via The Post and Courier: “All South Carolina public school students in kindergarten through eighth grade would be required to learn computer science beginning in 2018 under new standards proposed by the state [...]
Thu, Dec 29, 2016
Source: hackeducation.com
My latest book is now available for purchase. The Curse of the Monsters of Education Technology is the latest in my “monsters of ed-tech” series – a sequel to The Monsters of Education Technology (2014) and The Revenge of the Monsters of Education Technology (2015). Like those two books, this new one is a collection of all the keynotes and talks I delivered in 2016 – seven altogether. E-book versions are available for purchase for $4.99 via the usual online retailers: Amazon and Smashwords. Even better (as far as my royalties go at least): you can buy from me directly via Gumroad. [...]
Mon, Dec 26, 2016
Source: hackeducation.com
myleshorton
Put some time aside this weekend to finish my reading of We Make The Road By Walking and caught up with fellow readers' commentary from the past couple weeks. So many great things coming out of this insightful group, like: Google Docs + Hypothes.is mashup via: @cogdog & @acroom Annotation mobs via: @telliowkuwp An emergence of Antigonish 2.0 via: @bonstewart Making The Conversation By Talking via: @acroom & @amcollier Some of my highlights from Chapters 3-6: Academicians, politicians, all the people that are supposed to be guiding this country say you've got to be neutral. As soon as I started looking at that word [...]
Sun, Dec 18, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
At the start of 2016, for the first time in a long time, I made resolutions. 2 specific. Cycle 3000 km. Read 10 fiction books. These resolutions were inspired by 2 things. In 2015, my love of beer caught up on me and I tipped the scales at 225 on a 5'10” frame. Turning 50 this year, I needed to make some changes. I know that the standard resolution of “lose weight” was too general. I needed something specific. So, in addition to renting a rowing machine (which actually happened towards the end of 2015), in 2016 I got back into cycling on a [...]
Fri, Dec 16, 2016
Source: clintlalonde.net
Welcome to our monthly Camosun D2L Upgrade Report. The December D2L upgrade has a few holiday gifts for you! Grades – Exempting a Grade Item for an Individual Student You can now exempt a grade item from an individual student's gradebook! I think this is the most exciting change we've seen in D2L since the great Rubrics-Now-Transfer-Grades-Into-Gradebook-From-Discussions-And-Grades-Too change of a few months ago. In a nutshell, instructors can now exempt numeric, select-box, pass/fail, calculated, formula, and text grade items for specific students, thus excluding those individual grade items from that student's final grade calculation. For example, if one student is unable to complete a [...]
Wed, Dec 14, 2016
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
Part of my work at BCcampus is to co-administer a provincial shared service of Kaltura with my colleagues at BCNET and UBC. Kaltura is a suite of tools for hosting and streaming media. Mediaspace is the YouTube like front end for Mediaspace. Because of that, BCcampus has access to some of the Kaltura tools for our own business uses and, for the past couple weeks, I have been mucking around with our new Kaltura Mediaspace instance. In general, I find Kaltura a beast. It is complex, and there are multiple layers of administration to go thru depending on the tools you [...]
Tue, Dec 13, 2016
Source: clintlalonde.net
For the first time in about 12 years, I've moved to a hosting service with a new domain at homonym.ca [...]
Fri, Dec 09, 2016
Source: homonym.wordpress.com
ourstohackandown
I've been nibbling on the concept of platform cooperativism for the last few months, but it was a comment from Hal Plotkin who mentioned it during the #opened16 FutuOER: Designing the Next Generation of Open Education session that prompted me to grab a copy of Ours To Hack And To Own. I have been spending time with the notion of platform cooperativism to get a sense of how it can inform the work I am involved with in British Columbia with the BC Open Educational Technology Collaborative. Although encouraged by many of the the ideas and directions outlined in the collection of [...]
Mon, Dec 05, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
front cover of early edition of Schnitzler's
Cover of first edition of Schnitzler's “Lieutenant Gustl”, public domain on Wikimedia Commons. In Arts One this week we discussed two German short stories: Heinrich von Kleist's “The Earthquake in Chile” (I just discovered that there's a 1970s film version) Arthur Schnitzler's “Lieutenant Gustl” (the translation linked to here is different than the one we read; this is the one we read, and the one I'm citing below) We focused on Gustl yesterdy in class, and my brain and emotions just weren't working as well yesterday as they usually do (last day of class issues? who knows), and I didn't get to do [...]
Sat, Dec 03, 2016
Source: YoureTheTeacher
Some more listening branching from my reading of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 Utah Phillips - Nonviolence and Pacifism Myles Horton - On Violence [...]
Fri, Dec 02, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
Getting caught up with Bryan Alexander's brilliant invitation to read and reflect on We Make The Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change over the next few weeks. Really enjoying the reflections of a great group of folks. I discovered the 1981 Bill Moyers interview with Myles Horton when Bryan suggested the Horton/Freire dialogue a couple weeks ago. I decided to use the video as a jumping off point to familiarize myself with Horton as I was already familiar with the work and influence of Freire. Listening to Horton recalled the stories and songs of Utah Phillips for [...]
Thu, Dec 01, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
Rod Lidstone
Contributed by Sue Doner (eLearning) and Rod Lidstone (Plumbing & Pipe Trades) On October 14, the eLearning unit in CETL hosted Camosun's first “UDL Slam.” Faculty and staff were invited to share stories about practical applications of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) Principles they have implemented in their courses or programs. The “Slam” format required that these stories include the following details and be told in 5 minutes or less: The specific barrier to learning; The solution applied to address this barrier; Some assessment of the solution to date. In this second in a special series of posts, we give you this thoughtful and transferable [...]
Mon, Nov 28, 2016
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
Kat Piecing Together the Book
In August 2016, the MLab began work on An Illustrated Guide to Prototyping the Past, which, instead of acting as a how-to manual, outlines the problems that prompt researchers to prototype histories of media and technologies. These problems include the “scale problem,” the “imitation problem,” the “capitalism problem,” the “labour problem,” and the “rot problem.” Throughout the last few years, problems like these impelled the MLab to prototype early wearbles, early optophonics, and early magnetic recording. Rather than attempting to solve these problems, or telling readers how to solve them, our Illustrated Guide conveys how they help us better understand [...]
Fri, Nov 25, 2016
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
DHSI student, Padmini Ray Murray, working on #box, a light-emitting heart corresponding with Twitter hashtags
Since 2013, the MLab has taught several Physical Computing and Fabrication courses at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at UVic. During the week-long intensive course, we introduce DHSI students to a variety of prototyping techniques involving microcontrollers, photogrammetry, 3D scanning, 3D modelling, everyday materials (e.g., cardboard and paper), and additive and subtractive manufacturing. In 2013, Devon, Jentery, and Bill's class experimented with different microcontrollers, and they collaboratively built a 3D printer. In 2014, Devon, Jentery, and Bill worked with students to emulate early videogames in original arcade cabinets, build another printer, and experiment with MaxMSP for interactive exhibits. In 2015, Nina, [...]
Thu, Nov 24, 2016
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
The "Optophone": a reading device for the blind. Credit: Wellcome Library, London and Wellcome Images
In November 2015, the MLab began work on remaking a reading optophone as the third volume in the Kits for Cultural History series. The optophone was a reading aid for the blind that converted print into audible tones during the twentieth century. After significant practice and education, operators learned to distinguish patterns of tones as words or phrases. Here's a video demonstrating how a reading optophone scanned type. The “Optophone” (ca. 1921): a reading device for the blind. Credit: Matthew Rubery, Heather Tilley, Wellcome Library, London, and Wellcome Images. Today, optophones are interpreted as precursors to optical character recognition (OCR), or the [...]
Wed, Nov 23, 2016
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
The MLab is featured in the latest (Nov-Dec 2016) issue of ACM Interactions, a bimonthly publication about design and human-computer interaction. There, Jentery published a short piece titled, “Design Without a Future,” featuring our research on the Early Magnetic Recording Kit as well as four photographs by Danielle. Designing without a future positions prototyping as a negotiation with histories of media rather than as a speculation about possible futures. It also recognizes how many of the technologies we remake are no longer accessible and likely never will be again: they are broken, lost, missing, or not in circulation. Remaking them is [...]
Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
Ok, time for my annual supporting what I use post. For those of you who have followed my blog for the past few years, you'll know this is an annual event around the holiday season where I encourage you to financially support the free and open tools & services you use to help keep them free & open. This whole annual supporting what I use series of posts goes back to a blog post that George Siemens wrote in 2012 where he singled out the important work that Audrey Watters brings to the EdTech community; work that, unlike many of us, [...]
Mon, Nov 21, 2016
Source: clintlalonde.net
http://networkeffects.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/trump_newyork.mp4 But one of the people who did understand how to use this new power was Donald Trump. Trump realized that there was now no future in building housing for ordinary people, because all the government grants had gone. But he saw there were other ways to get vast amounts of money out of the state. Trump started to buy up derelict buildings in New York and he announced that he was going to transform them into luxury hotels and apartments. But in return, he negotiated the biggest tax break in New York's history, worth 160 million. The city had to [...]
Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
Class Progress
Welcome to our monthly Camosun D2L Upgrade Report. There are a couple of small improvements coming your way this November. HTML Editor – Copy and Paste from WORD The change here is that you can now copy and paste content from a WORD document into the HTML editor in D2L and “retain the look and feel of the source document”. Consider, however, that there may still be some formatting features in WORD that won't translate this smoothly into an HTML editor, especially if you use, for example, tables. That being said, it is a big improvement that I am definitely looking forward to! User [...]
Thu, Nov 17, 2016
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
John Lee, Chemistry
Contributed by Sue Doner (eLearning) and John Lee (Chemistry) On October 14, the eLearning unit in CETL hosted Camosun's first “UDL Slam.” Faculty and staff were invited to share stories about practical applications of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) Principles they have implemented in their courses or programs. The “Slam” format required that these stories include the following details and be told in 5 minutes or less: The specific barrier to learning; The solution applied to address this barrier; Some assessment of the solution to date. In this first in a special series of posts, we give you this engaging and creative example of UDL [...]
Wed, Nov 16, 2016
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
Yeah yeah, I know. It's the middle of November, what the heck are you talking about Christmas for? Well, a couple of my ETUG colleagues Leva Lee and Sylvia Riessner pitched an idea a few weeks back for a special Christmas theme ETUG event called the 12 Apps of Christmas that I have been working on. Drawing inspiration from similar 12 Apps of Christmas events from across the pond, (and how fantastic that Chris Rowell thought to CC license everything and create a build your own 12 apps of Christmas tutorial website!) the basic idea is to put together some bite sized [...]
Mon, Nov 14, 2016
Source: clintlalonde.net
From Wikimedia Commons, public domain
This week in Arts One we discussed Songs of Innocence and of Experience by William Blake. We only had one seminar meeting discussing this week because there were no classes yesterday, Remembrance Day. In our one class we focused in part on considering, based on the poems in Innocence and Experience, what “innocence” and “experience” might signify for Blake. We also spent a little time in small groups discussing particular poems. One thing we didn't spend much time on, but that is important for the theme of the group we're in this year, “Seeing and Knowing,” is the fact that the [...]
Sat, Nov 12, 2016
Source: YoureTheTeacher
In the News widget context menu, click on Go to News Tool
This tutorial is designed for faculty who have previous experience using the News tool or the HTML editor in D2L and will cover the steps involved with restoring a deleted News Item in the News Tool in D2L. For further information, please contact desupport@camosun.ca for assistance. Steps Go to the Homepage of your course. In the News widget context menu, click on Go to News Tool Click on the More Actions menu and select Restore Select the News Item(s) you wish to restore, and click the Restore button Click on News in the breadcrumbs (top left) to return to the News tool Things to remember This Restore [...]
Thu, Oct 27, 2016
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
Image from pixabay.com, licensed CC0
Image from pixabay.com, licensed CC0 In Arts One this week we discussed Shakespeare's The Tempest. I just noticed that I have two other blog posts on this book from Arts One as well: see here for a post on the play and on the film Forbidden Planet, and here for one on how to interpret Prospero's “magic” or “art” and why he might give it up at the end (also talking about Peter Greenaway's film Prospero's Books). I guess I like to write blog posts on this book! I'm writing this one because we ran out of time to talk about something [...]
Sat, Oct 22, 2016
Source: YoureTheTeacher
wolf
Animation study. Slow transition 5 frames. WolfmanAnimation study. Slow transition 5 frames. JackieI see it. There are many back-logged posts and sketches to get out, (remember #inktober ?!) but tonight, I'm motivated share these early animation studies I drew back in my college days. These have been part of a collection of old drawings I have been hanging onto since I made them, but in an ongoing effort to decrease my worldly possessions they are on deck for destruction. I've taken it upon myself as I'm culling my final portfolios, to digitize and blog these artifacts to somehow ensure they have [...]
Wed, Oct 19, 2016
Source: jasontoal.ca
Well this is happening. The Little (work)Shop of Horrors, is coming up October 28th, and I am STOKED about what the planning team and our Centre for Digital Media (CDM) collaborators have been able to put together in such a short period of time. Of particular note, are the keynote and plenary speakers. Audrey Watters will be kicking things off with some scary stories of her own all related to the monsters in educational technology. Closing our day will be CDM resident Patrick Pennefather, who promises some highly interactive experiences which will build from the rubble of our experiments and [...]
Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Source: jasontoal.ca
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OK truth be told I was not fully aware about “inktober” when I declared my goal of doing a drawing a day for the month of october. I mean I'd heard about it, but didnt realize it was in the month of October, or maybe I didn't realize I was *in* the month October. Regardless, I'm not trying to start my own thing with the #drawtober hashtag with so much going on this month in terms of my practice I needed an outlet to capture it all. There is also the Opus Practice Challenge event going on right now, which [...]
Mon, Oct 03, 2016
Source: jasontoal.ca
I visited a sociology class this morning. The instructor has an interesting collaborative writing project and we plan to use the KUMU Wiki for it. The purpose of my visit was to discuss why the wiki was being used for this assignment, and offer a basic introduction on how to navigate and edit in the space. I've been doing these sorts of orientations for more than a decade. A long-time standby to help explain the wiki concept is to ask the group about the key difference between the Encyclopaedia Britannica and Wikipedia. At this question the room of forty students, [...]
Thu, Sep 22, 2016
Source: abject.ca
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We are talking about Plato's Republic this week and next in Arts One, and over the summer I started getting interested in doing sketchnotes–basically, trying to take notes with both images and words. I have found this a really useful method for forcing myself to take in information and make it my own, to condense ideas down to what I think is most important, and to put that into my own “words,” so to speak. I think it helps me remember things better than just copying down as many words from a lecture or presentation as I can by typing on [...]
Wed, Sep 21, 2016
Source: YoureTheTeacher
Oedipus & the Sphinx, pottery decoration from circa 470 BCE
Oedipus and the Sphinx, c. 470 BCE, by Carole Raddato, licensed CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons In Arts One last week we discussed Sophocles' Oedipus Rex. We put a bunch of questions/topics for discussion on the board and didn't get to all of them (unfortunately, not an uncommon occurrence in Arts One, but fortunately, it's because students are so engaged and want to discuss!). I wrote a question on the board that I had myself: What of the Oedipus story is included in the action of the play and what occurs before or after? What takes place on stage versus off? [...]
Sat, Sep 17, 2016
Source: YoureTheTeacher
(Cross-posted to proflearn.bccampus.ca)Looking BackLooking ForwardThe Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) workshop is always facilitated by a team. And oh what a team we have for the next 5-week FLO that begins September 26th! This duo, Sylvia Riessner (left) and Leonne Beebe (right) is our facilitator mentorship model in action. Sylvia, or SylviaR for clarity among the Sylvias (Riessner and Currie), has been involved in BCcampus FLO project since the launch of the first workshop three years ago. She went on to complete the Facilitator Development Online (FDO) workshop, and to co-facilitate subsequent offerings of both FLO and FDO. Now she is [...]
Mon, Sep 05, 2016
Source: mywebbedfeat.blogspot.ca/
lightblub_bug_TOO_BIG
I have had a couple months to settle into the more operational role I outlined in my previous post. It has gone much as expected… A typical day weaves together sensations of satisfaction, frustration, hope, fatalism, learning, failure, anxiety… I'm not throwing any pity parties. In the grand scheme, I am in a good place. The members of our team have proven to be even more dedicated, industrious, inventive than I thought they were going in. Even on my worst days, the problems feel like they are ones worth solving, and I feel truly fortunate to spend my time working with [...]
Fri, Aug 19, 2016
Source: abject.ca
Looking ahead As I look into the ether of what is to come in my professional life, it is hard to not feel a little giddy at the opportunity that I have. It will, however, be too easy to get distracted by what could be done, but with little impact, over what should be done […] [...]
Wed, Aug 03, 2016
Source: merelearning.ca