I usually ask students in my classes for mid-course feedback, as a way to see how things are going and what could use improvement. Recently I’ve started asking them at the beginning of the term for what tends to help/hinder learning in what other students and professors do.
This time they gave me really useful feedback about some things I was doing myself in the first week or two. Which is great—catch it early!
I blogged about research and conferences, specifically TESOL/ELT but I guess it might apply across fields. https://freelanceteacherselfdevelopment.wordpress.com/2018/01/02/on-stuff-about-research-and-conferences/
I think this 2018 internet resolution is great: http://mashable.com/2017/12/27/browser-bar-url-facebook-bad/#UsA1s30FPmqQ
In 2018 be an active participant in how you internet, instead of a passive consumer of content via social media. Basically go back to what the web used to be 10 years ago.
This is more or less what I started doing last year, dropping out of social media and doubling down on RSS and blogs.
Mostly I think everything in EdTech is horrible, hegemonic, naive, and technoromantic.
I'm not sure how to parlay that into a workable EdTech EdD thesis.
I love education. I love technology. I more and more feel like these two cannot co-mingle. At least, not while capitalism is A Thing.
Everyone hates the stepmother from Hansel and Gretel so much, but let's talk for a minute about the father who caved in and left his children in the woods to die after exactly one objection
~ More shower thoughts about copyright policy ~
What if organizations/corporations couldn't legally hold copyright, but rather only individual people (like real, meatspace people, not "corporations are people" people)? Also imagine in this fantasy that it couldn't be sold either.
So if a corporation wanted to control some creative endeavor, they *had* to keep the copyright owner on their payroll, and the idea went into the public domain after their death
Wow, vacuumed and read one journal article and skimmed a couple more. I think I earned a Netflix break.
Fuck Off Wednesday
Overthrow The Police State Thursday
If you started writing on medium.com because 'why not' and 'it's a slick process', consider the fact that the company has started pestering readers to sign up with pop-overs.
VC funded companies are not public works. Their investors will want that $134 million back.
How good is it being able to browse PhD theses? Essentially the rap bootlegs of academia, the show off shit left in before turning it into a book or series of papers.
excellent piece on feedback loops between recommendation engines and procedurally-generated content, specifically with regard to videos targeted to children on youtube: https://medium.com/@jamesbridle/something-is-wrong-on-the-internet-c39c471271d2 (content warnings in article)
reminds me of cathy o'neil's concept of "weapons of math destruction" in which data-driven algorithms feed back on data from the society that they create http://time.com/4471451/cathy-oneil-math-destruction/
Morning meeting was canceled today so when two students stopped by with some snacks from Hiroshima I had time to sit. Invited them and we had a wide-ranging discussion about why our faculty's curriculum is the way it is, why they have to put up with certain things they dislike, what professors actually do, what they wished we did differently, and things that they are into like which gym they go, a recent trip to the zoo, and stuff. Nice part of the job.
After 30 years I find myself enjoying this holiday again. I never liked the gruesome costumes typical here (UK) and my big children never did it... but to see the smiling faces of parents with little ones and older people as they greeted this one on their doorstep were lovely. It was all treats tonight 🎃
It's an old, often repeated mantra, but it's true: There's no such thing as the Cloud—just someone else's computer