June 22, 2017
June 19, 2017
|Gordian Knot. Shared by Assia Alexandrova|
I ride my bike to work, 5km, most days. It gives me time to get the blood pumping through the veins and writing blog posts in my head. I watched the #DigCiz hangout recording (#DigCiz on Hospitality - Kate and Maha) yesterday but a mornings mullings couldn't quite work it out. This post may be 'rambling and unrenovated, filled with someone else’s .... childhood furniture' (2) but it might get part of the Gordian Knot unravelled.
Warning: Rant ahead via Wendy-logue from the Hangout. The vialogue is embedded below.
2:30min Struggling with the ideas about what it means to have a conversation in the open
2:38min Who is invited and who is not....
Well don't do it! Keep it between yourselves. Otherwise, brace yourself for each wave on the sand. It's in the open ffs, everyone is invited. I didn't see the invite list so here I am.
2:50min it's complex...some folks are simplifying it
My immediate reaction was WTF! Excuse me for participating and simplifying things!
When I asked Autumm about this, she was able to partly explain that just talking about 'being nice' does not really cut it and thinking more deeply about hospitality in the online environment is needed.
Rant over! (Well nearly)
Recent writings in the Digital Pedagogy Lab (10) suggests 'We must make intellectual work accessible, and accessible work intellectual', with a call to simplify complex challenges. We have informal presentations at work from PhD candidates at different stages of their thinking and writings. It is invaluable to me, to be able to peek into these sessions and get an insight into how years and years of work can culminate in a course of writing that could be explained in less than one hour.
Simon (3) writes, 'feeling offended is a privilege I can't afford' and 'we need to go beyond conflict, to discover the stories, the wider contexts of other people'. That was the second part of the Hangout. A wider context of people, starting with memories chosen to highlight hospitality.
At this point I want to look inwards. My reply to Terry's comment on my blog (11) was probably a bit harsh (suggesting that this conversation was for postcolonial privileged white dudesses) but I was squarely pointing the finger at myself. How much does our understanding of one culture come from the partnership with another? My husband is from another culture. Sometimes I tell people that his birth country is my second home but miss out the rest of the story: in reality that it will never be home, it will always be a much loved, second home. Our understanding of privacy, language, food and hospitality junctures come from the close proximity of another culture. Yet all we have is us, the way we are, the way we project our values outward and our 'sureness' of what is right at any point in time. I never underestimate the things I learn from travelling, living and learning in different contexts (including the digital). It could be a whole waste of time or it could help me be more open in my thinking and 'sureness'.
Sundi wrote 'being the guest comes with its challenges and responsibilities' (4) and I've felt like a guest at #DigCiz. Maybe this blog is breaking the guest-rules but the challenge is not to stay silent, don't let it pass if it's important to me. In another place Alan said 'kith maybe can be found in places other than our start point' (a comment on (2)) and I think this is important for the digital. We can move across platforms or 'own' the domain or change tools as we see fit. Perhaps this week's look at data security might clarify that.
My DigCiz reading list:
1. DigCiz Week 4 http://digciz.org/uncategorized/digciz-week-4-institutional-it-digital-citizenship/
2. Kate on Kith http://musicfordeckchairs.com/blog/2017/06/10/kith/
3. Simon on For Giving https://tachesdesens.blogspot.com.au/for-giving.html
5. Alan on Names for Other People http://cogdogblog.com/2017/06/names-for-other-people/
6. Sundi on Guests and Strangers http://sundirichard.com/digciz/guests-and-strangers/
7. Maha on Lines Not Drawn and Invitations of Sailors https://blog.mahabali.me/citizenship-2/lines-not-drawn-and-invitations-of-sailors-digciz/
8. Amy on Hidden Immigrants http://redpincushion.us/blog/teaching-and-learning/hidden-migrants-belonging/
9. Donna on People Places and Things http://www.donnalanclos.com/people-places-and-things-why-do-visitors-and-residents-workshops/
10. Ian on Wakefulness and Digitally Engaged Publics http://www.digitalpedagogylab.com/hybridped/wakefulness-digitally-engaged-publics/
11. Wendy on How to get cooking http://wentalearn.blogspot.com.au/2017/06/how-to-get-cooking-digciz.html
June 13, 2017
There was talk around the campfire of assessing threats in the online environment and a link provided by @funnymonkey to the wikipedia page on Threat Modelling. This had a lovely Visual Representation based on a data flow diagrams which took me back to my IT days of working in large organisations and managing the servers inside the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ). This comic is my take on that. https://www.pixton.com/uk/comic/be9njeo3
At what point do we take on the rules of the environment we find ourselves in? In the physical town/city/bush that we might live in, these rules are more clear cut. The police are there to ensure you remember the correct rules, right? However, if you are in the boat (read software) of a hashtag (fishing?) and just want to fish (learn), whose rules do you abide by? How do you get on with your fellow fisher-people? Now there may be way too many metaphors in that graphic but the basic concept of finding a comfort zone between people, where the rules are agreed upon, allows the cooking to start. The Week 3 #DigCiz post talks about digital hospitality as a way of thinking about these concepts.
One way to approach threats is to recognise the boundaries. To understand some basic rules that denote safeness or possible risk. To understand when you have crossed boundaries into a different area that might require different behaviour. To understand that sometimes, people just like breaking the rules anyway. Lora Taub-Pervizpour talks about these boundaries constantly moving in this tweet. To recognise boundaries is to also to recognise the byways and the highways and what makes up those things. She also mentions about situated practice and this is something I will think more about.
The weather is fine, the sun is shining and the campfire is burning the wood for the coals ready for the fish. Lots to think about in the #DigCiz conversations this week.In this space I'm not sure I can even imagine "periphery" & "mastery." Boundaries constantly moving. Expanding participation as #digciz?— ltaub (@ltaub) June 13, 2017
Post Script: Then Gardner Campbell talks about the mind and it's ability for 'boundlessness' in this excerpt from conversations at #NMC17. https://youtu.be/DbeuN2Hd11Q?t=27m2s
May 24, 2017
- Spin the wheel until you get a single  with two other choices
- Note down the results
- Create a [Digital Tool name] with those aspects.
My Game Results:
I spun the wheel 3 times and got these options: Powerpoint file, Peer Review and Ass: watch. I might need to check these options with my teacher. She said that a watch assessment would not be applicable for Peer Review so I spun again. I got image jpg. Now my task is this:
>>>Create a VoiceThread that includes a powerpoint file, a jpg image and that is designed for peer review.<<<
Give it a go and share your VoiceThread with #CreativeHE
May 23, 2017
Is there a place for play and games in higher education?That is how Day 2 prompt starts for #CreativeHE. I'm not sure there is a yes/no answer so I'll approach this from a sharing perspective. A game that I enjoy is about honouring those in my Professional Learning Network (PLN). It involves these things:
- close/slow reading
- using new digital tools
Choose a blog post of someone in your PLN or curate information from open sources. Complete a slow read of the material. Pick a digital tool that can help you remix the blog post while keeping the original intention. Share it out and acknowledge the author.
Here are two examples that I created today.
In this remix, I look at Sundi's blog post on Intentional Practices.
Taproot Blues has been created from a set of tweets. I've put them together, nearly a poem!
These were created with Lumen5 desktop application. It uses images from unsplash.com and you can choose music to go with the work.
April 25, 2017
Some of the things I was thinking about when colouring in Kevin's card that arrived yesterday. This is part of the monthly themed postcard project of the Connected Learning MOOC. Mat weaving has a particular significance for me now. In the South Pacific, this art has cultural significance. By looking at the weave of a mat you can tell where the lady is from and island/family connections. There are everyday mats (for the earth kitchen floor), the celebration mats (for my child's birth), welcome mats (for our home visits), grieving mats (for the crying ceremonies) and the memorial mats (buried with the dead). Family is a knot, not easily broken.
In this TED talk Paolo Cardini talks about monotasking as a simplifying process. Colouring is a monotask but it's not about simplicity but about weaving things together. I find while I'm colouring that my ears are more attuned to outer noises. More things I was thinking about during this activity.
April 24, 2017
A Sweet Breeze
All images: unsplash.com
April 12, 2017
Here are two 'Moments' that have occured recently.
As for Digital Natives
We are merely knots
April 11, 2017
Subtitle: The crow and skip bins, gems and detritus.
Where the crow flies
what is the common ground?
where are the free spaces?
"We plow the ground"
The snow is never seen here
to block my path
or blur my vision
Warmth comes in spades
breezes push the sunshine
without my helping hand
Thank our ability to love
thank the creator of seed
what is painted on the wayside
is for the wayfarers to read
My daily bread is here
gathered from the detritus
my gem is dug out with care
without the loving intervention
of teaching or tests
or the correcting of wrongs.
Wendy Taleo (2017)
In response to Simon Ensor's post, this is a picture/poem kind of reply story. This is not precious art, this is a non-precious open resource of limited educational value.
Comments after the post:
Soul skips beat as rhythm rusts time.Sun sole stamps you down. Desert crow on protection fence croaks art awakening. Against what? — Simon Ensor (@sensor63) April 11, 2017
April 9, 2017
Clark Shah-Nelson about the concept of using the Kubis during the Conversation That Works sessions.
During this presentation I was struck by the irony of the presenter talking about 'them' and 'us'. The discussion questions were:
- Creating safe places for group online learning
- Significant challenges in doing the above
- How can face-to-face methods of engaging student diversity be adapted to online
- How can methods unique to online be used to engage student diversity
The reality of my experience was that I found this a non-safe space. I felt alienated and alone with only a back channel to rely on. As I had audio issues there was no easy way for others to interact with me and we were left, eye-to-eye, mute. As I swiveled towards the speaker, they were interrupted in their speech with a surprised 'oh, hello'. I was told I was expected but it didn't feel that way.
I am the elephant in the roomNobody knowsYet they cannot not knowMeOnly blind eyesDeaf earsMute lipsFeel me.
I was lucky to have a back channel with Clark via Slack and he suggested that I join the Kubi after the introductions. I had the live stream open on my computer but the tech was running late and I could only join at about Slide 8 of the presentation, introductions well past. I heard the presenter suggest the topics and the people at the tables would choose. I was not in that conversation and did not know which tables were discussing which questions. The presenter appeared to be unaware of the elephant in the room and there was no facilitation of the 'head' that was going to pop up on the table. From the image below you can see me (the neck view) and 3 of the kubis that I had access to via the Zoom meeting link. I joined table 4, keen to connect with the people discussing the topics at hand. It was embarrasing, they could not hear me and appeared to be embarrassed with lowered eyes and avoiding eye contact. There is no keyboard to reach for so when audio failed, communication was difficult. I disconnected from the kubi and left a black screen behind.
In conclusion, if you want to be culturally inclusive in online learning, include people! Be aware of who is virtually there, use the tech to connect, get to know your audience and use all the classroom tricks like introductions, name tags and icebreakers!
More on Kubi
How to Zoom on Kubi
Elephant Image: Jennifer Latuperisa-Andresen, Unsplash.com
All other images: Wendy Taleo
January 17, 2017
January and it's summertime in my corner of the world. If you stand still enough, for long enough, the stars will show you patterns. This month I'm joining the open course of Network Narratives. So far it's been an interesting journey of hacking, alchemy, Taoist principles, seek-your-own-adventure, story telling and mysterious personalities appearing! Who knows what will happen but I'm in for the ride! Where are the trails so far?
Twitter - it's all about @NetNarr and #NetNarr (with a daily challenge #dda1-14 this month)
G+ - Maybe I had a bit of FOGD* so I setup a Collection. You can join it here.
Blogs - RSS feed pending on this blog
Hypothes.is Group (New feature to me!) - https://hypothes.is/groups/3g3oPBPP/networked-narratives
New trails will appear, I'm sure, as the course 'officially' starts today!
* A derivative of FOMO that Laura Gibbs dropped into the conversation about the Fear of G+ Dying!
GO TO Networked Stories for more of the NetNarr adventure.