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"Shaping - The Show on , and in and "

Live, March 19, 08:30 PM (Berlin time)

We will start with

CNAME Cloaking – the next level of ad blocker evasion to track you:

– Some ad companies use DNS records to hide their identity.
– Web browsers likely can't detect this.
– uBlock Origin currently doesn't protect you against this, see

#adblocking #privacy #tracking #cnamecloaking #dns

@EzellaGarnie Ich mache meine Veranstaltungen auch mit GitLab. Bin gespannt, was du zu berichten hast.

@EzellaGarnie Cool. Hast du dir mal eduscrum angesehen? Das funktioniert eigentlich so, wie du es Dir jetzt ausgedacht hast.

@Downes That's very interesting!

I was also thinking about the Beaker project for decentralized publishing of (OER) content. What do you think about that one?

@Downes Did you come across the ecosystem? I watch it from far and wonder how it could help to improve decentralized infrastructures for learning.


@Downes Sounds good for me. But customers have decided on a different web architecture. As much as I love federation and distribution, looks like we will stay a small group for a while.

I wonder if it is actually the technical solution that hinders people from switching. We have mail, RSS/Atom, Blockchain, ActivityPub etc. They are all fine for federation, but are often used by people who also have a mindset of independence, autonomy, emancipation and other core values of open education.

@Downes After tinkering with Ghost, Wordpress and the like I switched to the technical stack of Markdown and static site generators like , and . Given the scope of lifelong learning they solve the technical problem of maintenance as static websites do not need to be updated. No databases, no updates.

Downside: Aggregation and federation need to be implemented via and which current students don't know and use any more.

Does RSS still play a role in your thinking?

@Downes As far as I can see currently is best implemented with . goes this way as well as and . And Plume for example has already a image ready.

The advantage here might be that we are not talking about implementation tech (Express, Node etc.) but about protocols which are tool-agnostic.

At least, it is worth reading some critique like

And some inspiration like

@Downes Agree. I have to leave now for a concert. Last thing I have in mind for now is the Awesome Self-hosted List. I will scan it for possible technical potentials later.

@Downes I think Progressive Web Apps could be an idea for the syncing problem.

I find Ghost is a good blogging engine. Why do you think it is important for learners to have it on their own desktops and not host it at the institution with single-user accounts?

@Downes That would take the cMOOC approach to the next level and perhaps provide learners with a more homogenous environment if they want to take part.

We once loved Sandstorm for the one-click feature of various apps. But it was not stable enough for our institution and not maintainable. Nevertheless, the idea that learnes just click icons and get apps for OER creation that are interlinked is still faszinating. Do you build on an existing project (Express/API)?

@Downes @Downes Absolutely agree. In my view these widespread movements point to general shortcomings in today's pedagogy and interpretation of education. But not all of those can be cured with OER. There are political and systematic reasons for many of those aspects.

Are you testing out docker+ghost for self-hosted distributed learning environments? Like federated self-controlled OER containers?

@Downes Cool! We love at TU Hamburg, Germany. I train research and teaching staff to use docker for research and education. (German)

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