So I am giving two keynotes in the next 7 weeks or so. And of course I didn’t make them the same so I could save myself from writing two entirely different talks in that short time frame. So it’s gonna be long weekends from here on out I fear.
Hopefully I can use at least some from the first in the second.
Excellent article by a colleague at my university, on the importance of kindness and compassion in our classes. So many students dealing with so many difficulties. https://thewalrus.ca/demanding-kinder-classrooms-doesnt-make-you-a-snowflake/
that idea for a thing you'd like to write?
write a short, non-binding, no fucks given, just keep going version of it
then toss it away, but keep what you've learnt from the experience
or keep it, if it turns out to be good
win-win this bugger
Went camping for four days and wasn't sure there would be internet access. There was (via phone data) but I consciously chose not to use it. Four days without email, news, or anything else internet based was pretty lovely. Just my family and the forest and the ocean. Good break.
But catching back up on emails is not nearly as easy as I'd hoped it would be.
Good read: "Open Source Friday" wants to remind employees to contribute: https://opensource.com/article/17/6/open-source-friday-give-back
A good initiative as I think. And it could be adopted for the educational context as well: Teachers could remind students every week to contribute to the net as they build their knowledge on the open web every day. They could file an issue on GitHub or add to Wikipedia or write a blogpost. Many opportunities exist.
Looking for suggestions:
What is a good tool to check websites for accessibility? Ideally something free and very easy to use for those who don't understand code much. And something that not only points out what's wrong but gives suggestions on how to fix it (if that exists).
It's depressing and deeply embarrassing when I realize how little attention I've paid to accessibility in designing websites, including for courses. The guidelines aren't hard to follow(except captioning for videos, which is time consuming) & can make a world of difference. I don't know why I haven't done it before.
But at least I am coming to this, slowly. It's becoming part of my workflow. Fixing old stuff will take longer.
Today and tomorrow the #OER community will meet in the north of Germany to join/give sessions and workshops on various topics.
The event will be in German, please find more information on the website http://www.oercamp.de/17/nord/workshops/
The more I interact with people on https://scholar.social the more I enjoy the culture that's forming here.
I know as it grows it will change. Some will drift away and it will probably reach a size at some point where we won't know everyone who's active.
That said, if we keep being nice and helpful to each other, it'll only get better. I like that.
Is this a good idea? I don't know yet. Already I'm having trouble deciding what to put on which account, and what to do about the fact that some people are following me on both. I want to post academic/professional stuff to my "personal" mastodon and birdsite accounts, but then some people see them twice.
Sigh. We'll see how this goes.
But now, I am starting a new job where I'm in more of an admin position (though I still count as faculty), and I'm going to be much more "visible" at my uni and beyond. I thought there could be some value in having an instance here and on birdsite where people who interact with me purely re: that position could just read stuff about my academic life. They don't have to see pictures of my cats or the aphids on my cherry trees, e.g. #digciz
I have two accounts on Mastodon: this one, plus one on mastodon.social. I started there, and then created this one because I'm experimenting with breaking up my online personas into "stuff having to do more with my professional life" and "everything else." I'm trying this on birdsite too.
I tried something similar on birdsite a few years ago and abandoned it b/c I wanted to just be whole, myself. #digciz
Help please: I would like to give a web link to my public posts here that anyone can see even if they aren't on Mastodon. Is that possible? It's for my own website.
This week's #digciz conversation fits well with what some of us have been talking about here on Masto for the last 6 months or so.
Are there online spaces we feel more at home in? Why? How do we learn the spoken and unspoken rules of new communities? How do we welcome others and how do we feel welcomed (or not?).
Mastodon seems a great place to talk about these things. Join in if you wish! See link:
I'm working on planning an Introduction to Philosophy course for next academic year. I've taught it many times and am still not happy. I have numerous blog posts about it, the latest one being at the top of the stack here, and it's about what I think hasn't been working so what I need to change: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2017/06/06/needs-improvement-intro-philosophy/
1) Please vote tomorrow. Not voting does not get perceived as protest, but as apathy
2) Don't let Theresa May stay in power, please
Looking for a good place to share slides from my presentations at conferences and the ones from classes too. I have been using SlideShare, but would prefer something more open source and/or that doesn't collect as much data (I'll pay for something that collects less data). Any suggestions?