Hope more people will toot about . If not, we’ll summarize afterwards, for all the practitioners and advocates, here.

I’m often critical of , for various reasons. Which doesn’t mean that it doesn’t affect me.
And maybe this French brand has nothing to do with the (in)famous meme. The “Fait En FrancE” capitalization smells of formation.
So it’s interesting to learn that the team included perfume makers.
(For the record: it tasted pretty much how you’d expect it to taste.)
bottl.fr/producteur/fefe-the-f

The benefits of this exemption for programs in Quebec’s regions will likely reach further than immediate financial gains. For instance, I know some technical programs at Collège d'Alma (and ) which have been building strong ties via in multiple cohorts. Making programs sustainable is about broad relationships, from to .

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An impactful program for in Quebec’s .
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is about much more than (cegeps are tuition-free for Qc residents), we share values on broadened access. Important topic for , as we meet in Nantes, on Monday.

fedecegeps.ca/communiques/2022

I'm part of an online Open Skills Network panel session in a few hours on the topic of Open Recognition.

It's free and will be recorded. Register here if you're interested in #OpenBadges #VerifiableCredentials #DigitalBadges #Microcredentials and/or #OpenRecogniton

bit.ly/3xnlX3d

My aim is to give a more European and radical perspective on what is ostensibly a big business-financed aim to find alternative ways (and credentials) for people into the US labour market 😉

Financial technosolutionism 

From Molly White in HBR:
“People are not unbanked because of some technological failure. People lack access to banking services for all sorts of reasons: They don’t have money to open a bank account to begin with, they’re undocumented, they don’t have access to a physical bank or an internet or mobile connection, or they don’t trust banks due to high levels of corruption in their financial or judicial systems.”

hbr.org/2022/05/cautionary-tal

Middle-aged cis straight dude musing on haircuts 

@enkerli Of course I have forgotten which flower, my friend there showed it to me when I lived there. It was small and bluish I recall.

Middle-aged cis straight dude musing on haircuts 

@enkerli To be sure, they're a part of history that shouldn't be forgotten. One of the lesser known (afaik) ones is from Wales for example, where women carried a particular wild flower in their lapel.

Middle-aged cis straight dude musing on haircuts 

Noticing a popular haircut, here in Geneva, worn by middle-aged women. It’s one I’d typically associate with lesbian culture of a certain vintage (i.e. women my age who became active in the movement during the late 1980s and early 1990s). It’s quite possible that it’s the same signifier, here and now.
It’s also likely that my references are way off.

@enkerli You are 100 percent correct! None of the pictures I take do it justice. I'm in Vidy-Ouchy and the view never ceases to amaze me. 🤩

Perspective is quite a thing.
Waiting for a postal bus in Bern I notice a news headline, in German. Easy enough to understand: will visit Canada in late July to further apologize for the church’s role in the caused by .
I realize is also unearthing some very uncomfortable facts about .
Didn’t expect such issues to make “frontpage news” in the Swiss capital.

@lfarnsworth Also, might sound random… I’ll still try it (blame jetlag).
I’ll be staying near Geneva this week and I want to spend at least a few hours in Lausanne. Want to connect?

Ok, this is hard for me to say as a (because of the whole thing).
I’m getting a strange vibe of familiarity from people here in Bern, Switzerland. My father is from Lausanne and he doesn’t speak a word of German. I was born and raised in Montreal. I don’t speak a word of German either (well, apart from and ). I’ve rarely spent time in the German-speaking part of Switzerland.
Yet, somehow, I get this impression these are “my people”.

Having said that, very first spot I hit in Switzerland, I easily found a well-labeled pastry… which was as delicious as any dairy-based pastry I’ve had. (I have a penchant for Swiss and Austrian pastries, more so than for French or Italian ones.)

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So, I’m in Europe for activities. Mainly , in Nantes, May 23–25. The main reason I’m already here is because I’m part of an ad hoc transcontinental OE group, based in Switzerland. And it just so happens that tomorrow is Open Education Day in CH. openeducationday.ch
It’s also a great opportunity to put my ear to the ground in terms of OE initiatives in France and Switzerland. Feels like .

Something I’m noticing, in France, which isn’t surprising: even harder to ask for dairy-free meals than in Quebec.
In some ways, it’s mere and it’s quite trivial, in the grand scheme of things. At the same time, it’s the stuff of chats about international travel.
Dietary restrictions follow interesting trends.

Interested in open source software in higher education? Nominations are now open for the 2022 Apereo Board of Directors #oer #OpenEducation #OSS
apereo.org/content/2022-apereo

OE Global has 5 intern positions open for 2022-23: Tech Intern, Communications & Community Engagement, Language Support (English-Spanish), and 2 positions related to their Latin America initiatives as a Tutorial Developer and Curator/Report Writer #OpenEducation #OER oeglobal.org/2022/05/03/oe-glo

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