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A Multi-University Climate Course Connected By Centralized Discussion

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Sunset showing wind turbines in frame
Several weeks back I mentioned I was working on simple MOOC-like courses for instructors with specific grant requirements. They needed university students and public, openly-enrolled students to share course materials and the same discussion space. Having moved their course from a proprietary LMS (that offered this setup) into Canvas, it was time to see where this […]

Micro Fundraising for Brains and Beyond

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People's hands in a circle. All have a blue support bracelet.
My wife is currently raising money for Play To Beat Brain Cancer, which is a small 501(c)3 out of Kansas City that supports cancer centers and provides financial assistance to families that can’t afford treatment. I’m proud of my wife, she’s a rockstar. Being a recipient of donations myself, I love seeing her spend time paying it […]

Sharing My Sneaky Card

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Blank playing cards sitting on a table.
I’ve been thinking about large scale engagement of conference attendees and university communities. How do we encourage people to connect, try new things, and have fun in their community? How can this be achieved with minimal intrusion into daily life? What are the best strategies to involve diversity of people and personalities? Where are such […]

Establishing Epic Heroes


A women of color super hero, a meditating frog hovering with a head propeller, and a women of color elf with bow string drawn.

A women of color super hero, a meditating frog hovering with a head propeller, and a women of color elf with bow string drawn.
I developed a Storytelling Card Game for Online Learning Practitioners to play and consider their work and experiences through the lens of the Hero’s Journey. Holding a handful of cards, players are challenged to develop narratives describing their online learning experiences to share for group discussion. Goal of the Game Through prompted storytelling, this game guides players […]

A Year Later

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Top down view of blue coffee cup with white background
It’s been a year and I miss blogging. Writing takes much more time and energy than it used to, but I’m still determined to publish on my site again. I’m coming to terms with the fact that I need to start walking before I run, as is evident since I’m producing way too many unfinished […]

Back At Work & On The Air

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This is my first full week back to the office and I am feeling great so far. I have a lot of catching up to do, but after that I’m looking forward to planing the upcoming semester! One special thing that’s happened this week is Adam invited me to be on his and Ralph’s Media and […]

Chronicling My Brain Surgery

Staples in my skull a couple weeks after my brain surgery.
I’m having trouble remembering all the details of my recent brain surgery, so I wanted to write down as much as I can recall. Here we go. What started out as a Tuesday night fever on April 24th had me in bed trying to cool down. Later that evening, I recall waking up in an […]

Playing With #OLCInnovate 2018 Twitter Data

A word cloud of tweets from #OLCInnovate 2018. Here's the decreasing list of terms that make up the word cloud with their relative number of times used: online (204); ruha9 (184); great (175); session (165); learning (158); olctoday (138); education (134); time (126); work (111); design (102); innovation (102); keynote (100); students (96); conference (93); literacy (93); today (91); thanks (89); just (88); student (85); edtech (82); new (82); need (81); video (81); social (75); like (73); make (73); want (73); people (72); drip (70); jlknott (70); using (69); come (67); join (66); technology (65); faculty (62); conversation (60); jordosh (60); live (60); use (60); olc (59); think (59); award (58); calimorrison (56); talk (54); booth (53); keeganslw (53); tools (53); visual (53); best (52); day (52); kthompso (52); research (52); check (51); technological (50); it's (49); thank (49); way (49); nashville (48); presentation (48)
For #OLCInnovate this year, I setup Tags Explorer to view the Twitter usage of the conference. Since I also did this in 2016, there are opportunities for comparisons between the major topics discussed between the two years. I’ll only have a small chance to play with this data (for now), so I wanted to release […]

The Unofficial Guide To Unofficial Conversations At #OLCInnovate

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Serving as the Innovation Lab Chair for #OLCInnovate this year has allowed me to uncover many of the conversations that will take place at the conference. These discussions are hosted by individuals, informal groups, and satirical entities and shed light on the nuances of conversations that will take place this week at #OLCInnovate. Innovation Lab […]

Algorithms, Education, & Inequality – OU Reading Circle

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Next week I’m kicking off a reading circle at my Uni. We’re reading Weapons of Math Destruction – How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Dr. Cathy O’Neil. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I missed Bryan Alexander’s reading group last year. I was excited to see folks at OU share my interest […]

Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 5 Newsletter

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I’ve converted the curriculum for the fifth (and final) week of this info literacy learning community into this newsletter covering the people facing issues from all the topics we’ve studied. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure during the week. Background During our time together, we’ve explored many issues involving […]

Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 4 Newsletter

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I’ve converted the curriculum for the fourth week of this info literacy learning community covering data privacy into this newsletter. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure during the week. Background Every day large data sets are impacting our world in increasing profound and potentially damaging ways. Combined with machine learning […]

Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 3 Newsletter

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I’ve converted the curriculum for the third week of this info literacy learning community covering social media into this newsletter. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure this week. Background Social media is an ever-changing landscape of expression, connections, influence, and manipulation. In fact, this week, Twitter has decided to crack […]

Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 2 Newsletter

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I’ve converted the curriculum for the second week of this info literacy learning community covering web literacy into this newsletter. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure this week. Background Web literacy is often the most valuable skill when recognizing fake news. Since most of fake news is easily propagated across […]

3 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Making A Twine Game/Story

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So you’re looking at Twine for choice-based storytelling and/or game design? When I was learning Twine there were three major things I wish I’d known at the beginning (probably more but lets start with 3 for now): 1) The Technology – creating with Twine can be as simple as just using [[double brackets]] around words to […]

Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 1 Newsletter

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I’ve converted the curriculum for the first week of this info literacy learning community covering fake news into this newsletter. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure this week. Background Fake News existed well before the term was popularized. With the advent of digital technologies it has evolved to dominate online […]

Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 1 Newsletter

Road construction signs that read
I’ve converted the curriculum for the first week of this info literacy learning community covering fake news into this newsletter. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure this week. Background Fake News existed well before the term was popularized. With the advent of digital technologies it has evolved to dominate online […]

Invitation To Information Literacy Learning Community

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You’re invited to study fake news, data privacy, social media, and more over the next five weeks. Our curriculum is serving two groups of people. There are cohorts of faculty, staff, and students, meeting on OU campus to engage with these topics face-to-face. Additionally, there’s an online cohort studying in an asynchronous, self-directed manner. You’re […]