#OER18, a conference about open education and open educational resources is happening this week in the UK. I am part of a session that combines onsite participants and those joining virtually (I'm joining virtually) to discuss ethics and social justice in the open education movement. Wed. April 18 2:35pm UK time.
If you'd like to join us virtually, see here for info and how to sign up! https://towards-openness.org/conference-workshops/break-open-at-oer18-and-oeglobal18/
(has info on what time that is in your time zone)
I've signed up for an open online course on Learning Analytics Fundamentals, with George Siemens and others. I'd like to know more about what the hype is about: https://courses.edx.org/courses/course-v1:UTArlingtonX+LINK-LA-FUNDx+3T2017/course/
Classes are now over for me and I just gave our final exam, so all I have left is marking...thus I think I should be able to complete this four-week course!
Just finished marking 95 assignments I wanted to finish before students in my Intro to Philosophy class do their final exam tonight. It’s nice having a marking lull for a few hours. Then right back at it (but since the exam finishes at 930pm I think I’ll wait until tomorrow morning to start marking!).
Scientists: putting awesome space stickers on computers since before laptops. (Prime 300/400, 1973)
Are you interested in open education & #OER (open edu resources)? The #OER18 conference is this week & even if, like me, you can’t be there in the UK in person, you can chat virtually with some people who are and get a sense of the conference, thanks to a group I volunteer with, Virtually Connecting: https://virtuallyconnecting.org/blog/2018/04/06/virtually-connecting-at-oer18-from-bristol-u-k/
I volunteer with a group called Virtually Connecting that organizes virtual conversations with people at conferences, to link them with people who can’t attend. We have a bunch of conferences in April, including one more session for Creative Commons Global Summit Sunday April 15 3:45pm eastern time (Toronto, Ontario, Canada). See here for that event and see website for other events coming up! https://virtuallyconnecting.org/blog/2018/04/07/vconnecting-at-ccsummit-in-toronto/
It is the time of the much grading. End of term: when I do all the grading because the TAs have done so much work during the term and when classes are done is when I can grade over 100 assignments... Gotta finish these by Sunday in time for the final exam on Monday, which I'll be grading too.
But I don't mind...it's less stressful than doing it while classes are in session.
Went to a workshop today about leading change initiatives—basically any projects that will involve significant changes in a unit at a Uni. Several things stood out, but in particular: when people are resistant sometimes it’s because the change could deeply affect their sense of identity in their work, a way they think of themselves on a deep level. Not just about attachment to the old, but something very important to people. Hadn’t thought of that before.
The president of our uni made a formal apology today for the university’s role in supporting and not working to end the Indian Residential School system in British Columbia. I found it powerful live today. Here is a transcript: http://www.macleans.ca/education/university-of-british-columbia-apologizes-for-role-in-residential-schools/
A good read on the future of the scientific paper and interactive science notebooks. If anything, it gives too much airtime to Wolfram's views and too little visibility to the real innovation that happens on the basis of open tools and open standards. #science #jupyter
Hi folks. Appreciate if you pass this job posting onto anyone who may be interested > Got some serious Dev/Ops chops? We're looking for an experienced Agile Scrum Master to lead the @bccampus Dev/Ops team https://bccampus.ca/careers/manager-devops/ Experience in BC post-sec and/or open education and/or WordPress huge assets
I presented at a conference on using WordPress in education that was held entirely on birdsite on March 29. It was a cool idea for a conference and I'm inspired to think about how such a thing could happen here on Mastodon!
here is my blog post about it: http://blogs.ubc.ca/chendricks/2018/03/30/pressed2018/
I am in a 4-day holiday weekend and my partner and son are camping so what do I do?
Well, yesterday I did take a nice nap and then do a very long walk in the sun. But today I caught up on some work (more of that tomorrow—prepping for my last class of the term on Wednesday). At least I’m also catching up on sleep!
Decentralize your world.
There is of course #mastodon as federated social media.
There is good old #email as federated postbox (as long as not everyone uses GMail).
There is #peertube as a federated video platform.
There is #Riot / Matrix.org as federated group messaging.
There is #XMPP for federated 1on1 messaging.
And there is #nextcloud as federated cloud storage.
In theory most services are already federated. We only miss more users :)