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Hi there. Been on here a few years but only getting round to this now. I’m a lecturer in Galway, Ireland. I work primarily on Civil Engineering programmes. Been doing that since 2007. Worked as a land surveyor and site engineer for 11 years before that. Various qualifications along the way, culminating in EdD based on research into Open Badges in 2020. I like blues/rock music and sci-fi books. Web: about.me/waynegibbons

Another #introduction tip for new Mastodon users ( like me ):

Unlike Twitter, which shows strangers' posts in your feed once they get popular or once your friends like them, Mastodon appears to only show you posts by people you're following and posts they've boosted ( which is Mastodon-ese for RT )

So if you appreciate someone else's post and you also want your followers to see it too, you need to click those boost arrows. Just clicking the fave star won't make it visible to your followers.

Anything planned for the weekend?

I'm off to Quofest (annual Status Quo tribute band weekend, back for first time since 2019). I tried looking for the hashtag but it doesn't bring anything up about the band.

If you've never heard of them, check out this video, which was recorded as part of the original line-up reunion tour in 2013 (they hadn't played together for over 30 years at that stage). youtu.be/btuyq6mFLYc

Not a bad bit of rocking for guys in their mid-60s at the time.

Hi there. Been on here a few years but only getting round to this now. I’m a lecturer in Galway, Ireland. I work primarily on Civil Engineering programmes. Been doing that since 2007. Worked as a land surveyor and site engineer for 11 years before that. Various qualifications along the way, culminating in EdD based on research into Open Badges in 2020. I like blues/rock music and sci-fi books. Web: about.me/waynegibbons

Has anyone got a straightforward “beginners guide” to what is and how it works? I know a lot of people over on the bird site who would love to see something like that.

3. Check what you can access in Sagrada Familia before going in. It’s quite expensive to go inside, and given what was open to the public this week, not worth the entrance fee IMO. Last time we went (~15 years ago) we could get into the upper sections and that was great. They were closed off this week. Maybe a Covid thing, maybe a seasonal thing, but check before forking out. IMO you can get more wow-factor from the outside of the building (for free) ATM.

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Just home from a short trip to Barcelona. Second time there, but first time with kids. My top 3 tips: 1. CosmoCaxia is a fantastic experience (interactive science museum, kid friendly). Spend most of your time on the lowest floor, because there is less to see as you move up through the building. 2. The aquarium is okay, but very over-priced for what’s in there. Unless you have a very keen interest in that kind of thing, I’d give it a miss. The aquarium in Lisbon is far better. 🧵1/2

Anyone else using the (relatively) new, official, Mastodon app on iOS? I used to use Amaroq, but that’s now discontinued. In Amaroq it was very easy to send DMs, but I can’t find that function in the new app at all. Anyone out there found how to do this? TIA

I’m usually the one doing the interviewing, but this week was my first time being a guest on a podcast. Kind of a niche one, for fans of the band Status Quo. Here’s a link: anchor.fm/quocast/episodes/A-C

Anyone got a good recommendation for a free alternative to Articulate Rise??

Delighted to be presenting my doctoral research at the OE Global 2020 Conference this afternoon. Here is the slide deck I'll be using: slideshare.net/wgibbons/design

For anyone interested in , go and check out the “Being Civil” podcast. It’s based around interviews with recent and not-so-recent graduates, but should appeal to anyone who wants great insights into the life of a Civil Engineer. Link: anchor.fm/beingcivil

Even though it’s been “official” since March, it finally feels “real” now that I’ve gotten my hands the cert (delayed a few months due to you-know-what). No pomp, ceremony, or fancy gown. Just a parchment in the post. This is what photos look like these days, I guess!

If you know anyone interested in , point them towards my new series.

There’s not much out there giving voice to civil engineers, so it has been great to catch up with some graduates so that they can tell their story.

anchor.fm/beingcivil/episodes/

My doctoral thesis has just been published. If you’re interested in and how they play a role in the delivery and impact of an undergraduate module, have a read! You can find it at oro.open.ac.uk/69824/

I passed my Viva last Tuesday. Forgot to mention it in here (sorry Mastodon, I’ve been neglecting you). Very pleased with the outcome, after almost 4 years of researching the roles, implementation and impacts of digital open badges with undergrad students.

For everyone who knew @daibarnes and would like to mark his untimely passing, we're planning a memorial episode of the TIDE podcast.

Please use this SpeakPipe link to record your message directly, and we'll include it in the episode: speakpipe.com/TIDEpodcast

#RIPDai #barefootfordai

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