June 22, 2017

Hello Ned? - #DigCiz on Data and Privacy


I do not like this bed at all.
A lot of things have come to call.
A cow, a dog, a cat, a mouse.
Oh! What a bed! Oh! What a house!

Dr Seuss in One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Photo credit: Wendy Taleo of Dr Seuss artwork.

A poem-logue of the discussion


Professor, professor,
this is a call for you.
To get your hands tech-dirty,
understand the issues, be amongst the few.

IT preacher, IT preacher,
this is a call for you.
Head out from your safety cave.
Wait! Don't go as far as the Wild West Open.

Student, student,
I'm listening to your voice.
I want to write you a policy place,
to rest your weary choice.

IT, IT,
you short-sighted crew.
Can't you hear those voices?
They're not new.

Student, student.
(I'm whispering now)
The big bad data collector
is all around you.

I love data
I do, I do,
I don't love policy
How much 'IT' are you?

No spamming, that's bad!
When did you last review
The acceptable use policy
at your house?

Think about the individual first,
not the systems.
This is not natural progression,
for those nerdy blimpsters.

Let's put IT at the lead
They could do it, can't they?
Instead of just that administration
Of gates and fences, locks galore.

Why create separate groups
that handle the touch points?
Where technology touches teaching and
where tech touches students.

"Maximise safety and minimise risk"
What kind of policy is that?
It don't work so well
for the pedagogy frat.

'Embrace the uncertainty' is mandatory
in this endless newbie state.
Who will drag us through?
Are constant update games our fate.

Policy takes time 
we all know that tradition-tape.
What sort of citizens do we need to be
to stop the misrepresentations

Domain, domain,
Are you my own?
What are you threatening
by existing in this town?

Are the windows unlocked?
Are the doors left ajar?
Are the cash-bulging pockets
Seen from afar?

Can we be more permeable?
Provide more than blessed bread.
A guide for picking
from a large lolly jar, you said?

STUDENT, STUDENT.
(I shout your name)
Where is your turf
To play academic games?

Can you hear me, Ned?

Acknowledging all these wonderful people on the call.

June 19, 2017

A Rant and More Writings

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
12. Sheri on What is Digital Citizenship? https://askwhatelse.wordpress.com/2017/06/18/digital-me/

13. Sarah on Who owns a hashtag. http://www.nomadwarmachine.co.uk/2017/06/17/who-owns-a-hashtag/

June 13, 2017

How to get cooking - #DigCiz


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.

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

Let the Wheel Decide!

This game [for #CreativeHE] has been designed from the idea of giving some boundaries around trying a new digital tool. Instead of creating a 'How to' document and asking people to 'read and apply', use the wheel to decide the features and purpose to use the tool and then get creating! The best way to learn a tool is to use it and then to teach others to use it.

Game Instructions:
  1. Spin the wheel until you get a single [3] with two other choices
  2. Note down the results
  3. Create a [Digital Tool name] with those aspects.
The example given below is for VoiceThread. The wheel is designed with [1] types of media [2] types of comments and [3] purpose of the Thread

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

A game of honouring.

Image: Michal Parzuchowski, unsplash.com

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
  • curating
  • remix
  • sharing
  • fun
How to play this game:
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.