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Reflections on Domains 19

Domains19 wrapped yesterday, and it was great. Lauren and the whole Reclaim Hosting team did a great job putting the conference together. As with any good conference, my favorite part was getting to catch up with friends and meet people who’s work I’ve been following for a while (I was particularly excited to meet Martin […]

#Domains 19 Day 2 Lunch Keynote with Amy Collier

For the Day 2 lunch keynote, Amy Collier talked to us about Ambitious futures for (digital) education: Perspectives from Tropicália. Abstract: Brasil’s tropicália movement was a revolutionary expression of resistance to authoritarianism and nationalism through art, music, and theater. In this talk, we’ll travel back in time to 1960s Brasil, quaking under a military dictatorship, […]

#Domains 19 Day 2 Breakout Session 3: Embedded in the Fabric

Georgetown Domains and the Master’s of Learning, Design, and Technology Speakers: Lee Skallerup Bessette, Randal Ellsworth Abstract: The mission of the new Master’s of Learning, Design, and Technology program at Georgetown University is “to give our students a deep foundation in the tools and theory of learning design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and higher education […]

#Domains 19 Day 2 Breakout Session 2: Weaponizing Your Website

Speakers: Jennifer Hill Abstract: There is a war a raging in our cyberworld and it is time for you to join the resistance. Cambridge Analytica stealing Facebook user’s data, white supremacists getting verified on Twitter, and child pornography on Instagram. The list of atrocities continues. We as technologists know the inner workings of social media […]

#Domains 19 Day 2 Breakout Session 1: HAX Chaotic Good

Speakers: Bryan Ollendyke (Not really an) Abstract: “YOU SEE, I’M NOT A MONSTER… I’M JUST AHEAD OF THE CURVE“ Unbalance, unrest, and chaos can be brought with one simple act: Giving away everything. It’s a notion I explored in my MS thesis via open source; because, edtech systems are build on power. Power and control technology […]

#Domains19: Martin Hawksey Keynote

Minority Report Martin Hawksey, creator of TAGS and chief innovator for ALT, gave the opening Keynote for Day 2 of Domains19. Martin talked about data surveillance including everything from Twitter metadata to facial recognition. Hawksey mentioned Francis Galton in his history of data collection and facial analysis / phrenology. Galton, a proud cousin of Charles […]

#Domains 19 Breakout Session 2: Domain Fellows

Speakers: Jess Reingold, Jenn Hill, Katie Hartraft Abstract: The noise of typing filled the small classroom. Domain Fellows, student ambassadors for the Domain of One’s Own program, sat quietly working on their independent projects. It is these students who show their classmates that their domains can be more than academic websites. Their websites can be […]

#Domains 19 Breakout Session 1: The New Old Web

Speaker: Ilya Kreymer Abstract: This talk will present innovative uses of Docker containers, emulators and web archives to allow anyone to experience old web sites using old web browsers, as demonstrated by the Webrecorder and oldweb.today projects. Combining containerization with emulation can provide new techniques in preserving both scholarly and artistic interactive works, and enable obsolete […]

Weeks in Review: 5/4-5/19

I missed a couple posts. Here’s what I was reading and working on in the first part of the month. What I’m Working On OU Creaties We awarded the Creaties this week. These annual awards honor the best new web sites and blog posts in the OU Create Domain of One’s Own project. To announce […]

Creaties 2019 Winners

Andy Vaughn produced a great video for us to announce the winners of the 4th annual OU Creaties awards. These awards celebrate the best new websites built by OU Create users. I’m also writing blog posts on each of the winning sites/posts/projects over at the Office of Digital Learning Blog. Here’s a set of links […]

Week in Review: 4/29-5/3

What I’m Working On OU Creaties We awarded the Creaties this week. These annual awards honor the best new web sites and blog posts in the OU Create Domain of One’s Own project. To announce the winners, Andy Vaughn, our graphic designer, produced this wonderful video: In addition to the video, I also started a […]

Week in Review: 4/20-4/26

What I’m Working On I’ve spent most of the week thinking about the four projects listed out below. I also migrated a couple of websites into and around OU Create. For one of these migrations, I manually copied over both the file structure and the SQL DB from an external server, and then I changed […]

Week in Review: 4/15-4/19

What I’m working on Creaties I am planning out the 4th Annual OU Creaties for this year. Every year we honor the best students and faculty who created the best new websites and web content in OU Create. This year we’re moving away from a physical event and focusing instead on a video that celebrates […]

Roz, The Wild Robot

This week, I finished reading Peter Brown’s The Wild Robot Escapes to my daughter, Evie. We had read The Wild Robot about a month ago, and both tell the story of a robot named Roz who washed up on shore on a remote island. On the island, she learns how to survive from the wild […]

Google Maps Timeline & Digital Security

I’ve been (slowly) working my way through the 23 Things List, a project on digital literacy from the University of Edinburgh. Thing number 4 was Digital Security. While we include Web Security in a lot of our digital literacy prorams, I’m not a huge WebSec person. It’s not something that I think about or worry […]

Digital Footprint

As part of the 23 Things MOOC from the University of Edinburgh, I did a little bit of searching today to see what my digital footprint looks like.  I have an extremely common name, so most of what I found with a Google search was links for information about Jon Stewart and links for the […]

Digital Knowledge MOOC

This week I registered for an open, online class called 23 Things for Digital Knowledge offered out of the University of Edinburgh. I’m currently planning out my own digital literacy course for next summer, so I signed up mostly to see what they’ve focused on and how they tie it all together. For my own […]

Conversations not Presentations at OLC

I’m not a huge fan of monologues. The traditional conference paper, someone reading to me for 20 minutes and often failing to leave time for Q&A, has always seemed wasteful. Either publishing work-in-progress papers or recording and sharing videos would disseminate the work at a fraction of the economic and ecological cost of a conference.  […]

Video in situ

I’ve only recently stumbled upon La Blogothèque, a French website / YouTube channel that produces fantastic films of music being performed. They have beautiful concerts like this one of The National, ‘Live in Cork’. The National, ‘Live in Cork,’ produced by La Blogothèque Even better are their “Take Away Shows” where they get a band […]

A Poem for Evie

The night of the election, I wrote a letter of apology to my daughter. Last night, after spending most of the day watching and thinking about Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony, I wrote my first poem. Sadly the letter and the poem share a common theme. The trust that Evie placesin the very sound of my voicewhen […]