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Recommendation for Scholar users especially 

Set your default posting privacy level to Unlisted and post every weirdo thought that comes through your brain there

And then be intentional about what things go on the Local Timeline—everyone on the instance will see those

That way, there's space for both

Indigenous Open Educational Resources: Respectfully Uplifting Community Voices with UBC's Kayla Lar-Son Indigenous programs and services librarian at the Xwi7xwa Library and the program manager librarian for the Indigitization program. Free & open webinar. More details & registration at

And hello to all other new folks on too! I've been here off and on for a few years, and really like it. Many wonderful people here, and our administrator @socrates is fantastic--thank you to them!

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Noticing some new philosophers on the timeline...maybe there's something in the air?! 😀 Hello to other philosophers!

I hardly post about philosophy here, though I'm trained in it and teach it. I haven't been teaching for awhile because I'm currently working full time as the Director for the Centre for Teaching, Learning, and Technology at the Uni of British Columbia Vancouver (Canada). So I'm kinda out of the philosophy loop lately.

Related to a post I made a day or two ago about burnout being moral injury, here is an anonymous article by a faculty member declaring "Academic Chapter 11"--which, for those not in the US, means a kind of bankruptcy.

" . . . college students and employees with disabilities worry that they’ll be forgotten in the rush to dial down coronavirus mitigation factors, noting that COVID-19 continues to pose a lethal threat to high-risk individuals."

The link you just clicked on leads to a video on PeerTube, on a server called

BUT... if you copy and paste the same address of the video into the search box in Mastodon, and search for that link within Mastodon, it will appear to you as a Mastodon post :blobwizard:

You'll then be able to watch it (of course), but also you'll be able to comment on the video by replying to the post within Mastodon, like the video by favouriting it, and follow its creator by following the account that posted it.

This is the Fediverse in action, totally different services interacting through a common open standard.

It can be hard to get your head round this at first, but it's incredibly useful and once you get used to it simply how things should be.

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Okay, it's time to tell new users a secret about Mastodon.

Mastodon is (whispers) part of a much bigger network 😮

Mastodon servers use an open standard called ActivityPub to talk to each other. That's how you interact with people on other Mastodon servers.

But, dozens of other federated networks also use ActivityPub, so (this is the good bit!) you can follow people on these other networks from your Mastodon account!

For example:

PixelFed ( is a photo sharing network, here's a random example account @Iancylkowski

PeerTube ( is a video sharing network, with a p2p system that allows videos to go viral even on small servers, here's a random account @craftykat

BookWyrm ( is a social reading site, an open alternative to Amazon's Goodreads, here's a random account @mouse

Together, Mastodon and these other services form... The Fediverse :fediverse:

(whispers) Click on the link...

Some bots are quite useful! Very excited to see @PleaseCaption as a means to remind to include image captions here. Just one step at a time in a new space.

Some kind of gorgeous cherry blossoms here in vancouver, BC, Canada--I think it's a type of cherry?

also pay @bgcarlisle so they can upgrade the masto server to deal with how many new users are here now

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To everyone who's signed up recently or reactivated the account, please know that the very fact that you're _here_ is energizing & motivating -- to nurture and grow the web as a free, open, not-for-profit, people-owned space that's safe and inclusive for everyone.

Please stay a while.

POD Network Annual Conference Call for Proposals. Attend online or onsite in Seattle in November 2022.

As more people make the leap from The Twitter, any fellow art historians on here?
#academia #arthistory #surrealism

I read somewhere recently (can’t remember where) that burnout from overwork is a moral injury. And I need to sit with that for some time and really get at what I can do to help. Because, as a leader and a human being, this rings true and hits hard and I can’t look away.

And also, how do I deal with it when I’m doing it to myself?

Ok.. my first substantive post is to point to a new paper with Sven Schaepkens on (in ).

A Matter of Trust: Online Proctored Exams and the Integration of Technologies of Assessment in Medical Education

Let's see if anyone notices 🙂

Comments welcome.

PLEASE SHARE! I am soliciting stories about working in #HigherEd under austerity. Read more and contribute:

Haere mai and welcome to all the newcomers entering the fediverse today after the announcement about Titter's ownership changes. If you want to keep making your posts available to folks who haven't yet followed you here, there are various tools that can automatically crosspost some or all of your fediverse posts to your Titter account (I've had this going for years, I'm @danylstrype over there). If you're using Mastodon, some options are listed here:


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