November 30, 2015

Leaves....In Search of Transcontinental, Transmedia Solutions


November 24, 2015

Penmanship Digitised - Why bother?

Play with Fonts and the Design of Writing

I checked out the DigiWriMo Resources Sheet for some ideas. Here is a way to get your own handwriting as a font on your computer. Sounds simple so let's give a try.

1. Go to and print out the template.
2. Follow the instructions to get an alphabet sheet with your handwriting
3. Scan it back into myscriptfont and lastly
4. Install the new font on your computer

Here is the same message that I have handwritten:

One of the clear areas of failure for this is the relationship between letters. When I was writing the 'alphabet sheet' I had to hesitate at "b". I write this letter differently depending on what comes after it. As my hand writing is a mix of print and joining it would take quite a few "alphabet sheets" to interpret that correctly.

Perhaps the attraction of handwriting is that it is one of the first ways we learn to communicate with others that are not physically located with us. However with my son we are using a mix of writing (for Grandma), audio (for Aunty with smartphone) and video (for that smart-Aunty). Mind you, Grandma is quite good at handwriting, getting it scanned and then emailed - the quick version of hand writing. He can't read yet but he might come to value those hand written letters as much as I do. I can count on one hand the amount of hand written communication I have received in the last 12 months.

Why bother?

Why bother trying to recreate our hand writing?
In a recent Hangout we talked about how receiving a hand written letter means much more than some online writing and connections. Can we replicate that through digitisation....the above example says "no" to me but Kevin Hodgson says "maybe we are just not there yet". From a recent Twitter chat this subject came up again. Here are some quotes:

On the flip side there is the revival of drawing, colouring in (mindfully) and sketchnotes. Sketchnotes are a way of taking your lecture notes in the visual form. Encouraging adults to put their thoughts on paper in a form that can compliment text. David Hopkins, who shares his journey in sketchnotes, recently posted Ideas for Sketchnotes which suggests you can use the digital to search for ideas on how to write! Kind of ironic really. Like you need a website to tell you how to draw 'wavy'? Or you can hit Control+I and your handwriting will all of a sudden fall over on one side. Maybe that is an indication of how far removed we are from our own imagination? Or is it a desire to replicate the digital that we are more familiar with than our own unique penmanship.

A recent post from Nick Sousanis gives me energy to even try to draw how I think, the layers, the complexity, the apparent unrelatedness of thoughts, the themes and the sub themes that overlap and underly the day. In letter writing this comes out as sequential lines of text or in the case of my mothers letter a monologue of the events of the week.

Terry Elliot's handwritten messages like Charlene's Birthday was also an inspiration when I was thinking about this. This real-time recording of a handwritten message is another way to get the personal touch in the message.

With Karen Fasimpaur postcard project she encourages us to pick up our pen and connect with people through the handwritten medium when all our past connect with that person may have been just digital.

This discussion can also move into the argument about whether the technology pushes you or you push the technology. Another post. Please share your own thoughts as comments on this blog.

November 13, 2015

Storyjumping - Part 17 during #DigiWriMo

This is part 17 of a storyjumper for Digital Writing Month
Here is a visualbook to read all the parts: 

For a mapping of participants check here.
[previously] BAMM!...They were right here in the middle of Times Square! With its costumed characters, Disney musicals, and theme restaurants, they looked at one another and yelled out . . .

Where they alive or in some other realm? They felt that their sturdy walking boots and well worn travelling clothes where out of place here. In fact they felt out of place generally. They could hear a language like their own but different.

Sting - Englishman in New York [video-4 mins]

It didn't help that they were standing outside an Italian theme restaurant. Disoriented and alone among the crowds, Keith and Haras decided that the only thing to do was consult the map. They stared goggled eyed at what was in front of them.

 (Blame Google maps and PicPlayPost app)

It didn't help.

What else do you when landing in a strange land? Ask your neighbour? Wendy and Peter Pan were flitting by-Haras reached out to slow down Peter Pan but only managed to catch the edge of his bottle green tunic. She put it in her hip pocket as a momento of this strange journey.

They started to walk, looking for a tea house. Surely the leaf could help their brain figure this all out. They didn't need the extensive range of tea with three rows of green from different points on the globe. Just a straight forward English breakfast tea would be the thing. 
Just like home, it is
Hot cup of tea, fine china
We breathe deep again

As they turned the next corner they could not believe their eyes. Their two friends Smidgy** and Wry were walking towards them! They ran towards them with huge grins and a laugh. The first thing they said was .....

[the story jumps to Smidgy]
**aka Charlene Doland

October 13, 2015

Twistedpairs - to twist or not to twist - that is the question.....

 Unboil the Egg

As part of the #twistedpairs challenge set by Steve Wheeler I've been contemplating that challenge set out by Dave Cormier in #rhizo15. Could the rhizome get so tangled that it becomes hard boiled? What can be done about that? My unlikely pairing is Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari (circa 80's) and Yuan et al (2015). Ok, that's not quite a pairing....there is more than two in the house but it kinda fits. It's a twisted view on the pairing of ideas.

The colourful animation is Eleanor Nelsen's explanation in TED Ed lesson format of how to relax the proteins in egg white to restore them to their "natural" tangle. The original article here has a much less attractive title of Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies. 

A process explained called 'denaturing' is where the proteins in the egg white unwind and wriggle freely. This seems to be the process in open and online learning where people are free to connect and wriggle around the web as they feel fit or that fits the purpose. In the process of time there are new connections made and the rhizome can get tighter and tighter until it reaches the hard boiled stage. If that was true....can we wriggle free again, do we want to?

The science is suggesting....spin around "ridiculously fast" to relax the protein bonds. Children seem to love that circular movement that makes pregnant women and (most) adults feel sick. From a learning perspective, it is the precise unsettling of the equilibrium that may just free us up to continue to grow the rhizome rather than entangle.

The unboil story for these egg white proteins is a "snap back" to a native state. Do we have a native state as learners? I think we definitely have a preferred state for learning. Perhaps it is best if we can denature for a bit and then snap back. Bringing all our new insights with us. 

The UC Irvine and Aussie chemists have yet to figure out how that happens for the egg yolk! The crux of the matter for me is that while denaturing may occur in the rhizome and we may wriggle free, the main core will move and grow and that is learning! In the meantime enjoy the wriggle space, connect and learn.

My visual summation of this is shown here as an addition to my Bloomin' PC series where I take a piece of technology and match it to a learning insight.

Thought processes also assisted with Nick Sousanis' recent piece on Against the Flow "omelettes can't be put back together" and "we are all the offspring of improbable".

Deleuze, G. (1987). A thousand Plateaus : Capitalism and Schizophrenia: University of Minnesota Press.
Yuan, T. Z., Ormonde, C. F. G., Kudlacek, S. T., Kunche, S., Smith, J. N., Brown, W. A., . . . Weiss, G. A. (2015). Shear-Stress-Mediated Refolding of Proteins from Aggregates and Inclusion Bodies. ChemBioChem, 16(3), 393-396. doi: 10.1002/cbic.201402427

September 9, 2015

Virtually Connecting - my experience during ALT Conference 2015

This post will compare two experiences I've had so far.
It's also to respond to Keith Hamon's question at the end of this Hangout.

"How can the people on the ground connect to the conference?"
"Is it necessary?"

First session - I was watching the Hangout and micro-blogging as the hangout progressed.

Here is the storify of my tweets for that session.

What I noticed was that it is tricky to micro-blog and watch as you have to keep the thought in your head while you compose the tweet. Getting the relevant tags in each post can be hard to do on the fly (quickly). When I read back over the tweets, some of it needs the context of the whole recording to make sense and I want to add in more details like tags and links.

The second session (shown above) I watched the recording. This took me all day (in between paid work) to do but allowed me a closer reading of the content. Here is my feedback (in time order) as I watched the recording.

(Awesome pink curtains.)
"When I met her it was like, normal" Maha Bali
"What is a virtual buddy anyway?" Maha Bali
"The meeting after the hangout was very valuable" Rebecca Hogue
(How tall are you?)
"Having a virtual person who wants to be there [at the conference] is the best motivator to get people involved in this type of connecting." Maha Bali
"It's about the connections with people, not the content" Bonnie Stewart
"Digital Humanness" George Station
"The discussions we have through virtually connecting will be more valuable to me" Rebecca Hogue
"I can get their presentations by texting them [the presenters] later, if I want" Rebecca Hogue
"This [type of connecting] enables me to try (the door handle)" Autumm Caines
"Sometimes you just have to show up, this is one of those times" George Station
"It's about space. The inbetween space is the most important." Simon Ensor
"This is cool. This is worth doing" Keith Hamon answers his own question
"Eeeeeeeeek" Autumm Caines (reaction to meeting people synchronously for the first time)
The old saying can be rephrased "What you know IS who you know". Autumm Caines

Even as I'm watching I'm aware that I'm taking more note of the voices of the people in this Hangout that I've had previous connections with. The connectedness (however brief) makes their voice stand out to me. Why would I even do this? Mainly because I've learnt so much and it matches my learning philosophy which is to learn by doing and then share through participation. And yes, I'd really like to be at the conference!

this is my space inbetween

August 8, 2015

Lest We Forget- It started with a tweet - #blimage

Taking on the #blimage challenge.

What is the #blimage challenge? 
You send an image or photograph to a colleague with the challenge that they have to write a learning related blog post based on it. Just make sure the images aren’t too rude. The permutations are blimmin’ endless.” Steve Wheeler, 2015

I am the student, this is my learning.

a drawing of the inspirational artist Yslaire 
How did I get here?

It started with a Tweet.

Which moved me to a blog

I like reading those comments
Another angle, a different view
This leads me to another blog

These names remain
From my study online
This means little
To a small boy needing breakfast - to be continued.

(Much later)


I'm intrigued by this image
Which is a good place to start
Or continue this journey.


Lest we forget
The cable connection,
Our wings lie dormant,
Flightless, a dull reflection.
Until we remember
The ground where we sit,
Environmental impact grows,
Dug, like a pit.

Lest we forget
The horizon and the sun,
We crouch, crippled, stagnant,
Mind knots slip undone.
Until we remember
Our human connections,
We sit, stuck, rock piles,
A puzzle with missing sections.

Lest we forget
Peace that nature gives,
We stretch our legs,
Disconnect, run and live!
Until we remember the
Ever present moon,
Dark side hidden
Our chances over too soon.

Lest we forget
The "Good old days"
Our bodies not yet progressed
Catching up in many ways.
Until we remember -
Come down a notch or two,
We'll suffer malaise of overuse
Until our days are through.

Lest we forget -
The trumpet resounds.
Our minds need rest to repair
Neural paths or make new ground.
Until we remember
Life's setting sun
In youth we juxtapose
Technology with time for fun.

Wendy Taleo
cc by sa nc

July 29, 2015

Where are you from?

For this week of CLMOOC I've been thinking about how you geo-locate yourself. Since leaving my birth home I've lived in 11 different locations. So when I get that question "Where are you from?" I have to pause. I know where I live now, I know where I was born and I know my second I’ve created this map* to geo-locate my life from my history. The different colours are true, they represent the physicality of these 3 places. From dairy farming, island life (with sea being the dominant feature) and the desert, arid land where the impact of man are faint. The striking long mountain range is the backbone to this imaginary land. It has so many stories that I don’t (yet) understand. The orientation of the maps have been changed. Where would we be without North? Our own (dis)orientation happens most frequently when we fly from one place to another. Particularly for long haul flights where the body clock just can't catch up. Technology might give us a short cut for many things but our body soon tells us the true orientation.

I am picturing these lands when they were all “national parks”. The national parks under the surface of the water that we see here are so vast and in many cases, not well understood. They are the water of life.

How do we geo-locate within the Connected Learning MOOC? As humans we seem to have this need to have a reference point and align events, people and situations in our life. The first week of any course has that  introduction element (or an untro!). Otherwise disorientation can impact learning and we are left floundering like a faulty compass. Gaining our bearing is so important in this learning context. Once we find 'our place' we can start to participate. Those that never find North in the picture soon disappear off the radar. Unless you are a lone ranger. The lone ranger is not always impacted by others around them but continues to function in line with basic requirements of survival and rules of harmony.

Lone Ranger methods:
In lone ranger fashion I went to the last link on the "Additional Ideas" for this week to get ideas from Map Stack (not really functional for my side of the world). I started with Google map images, used Snipping Tool to wack them into Powerpoint and then played around with as many tools as I could. By grouping them together and saving as a single jpg picture I ended up with MyMap. A shorter version is on my Tumblr blog. I'm still working out how Tumblr works in with my main landing page here.

July 24, 2015

Dividing up Spaces

Hi everyone!
I still feel like I'm in the conversation even though it's async! Watching this I was able to use the  exercise to think about dividing spaces and how we are 'trained' to put things in boxes or consider comics as only "characters that do stuff". If we blow this apart and look at "image, text and spacial compositions" then these drawings become much more dynamic and multi-faceted.

Here is the result of the exercise titled: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF...
(watch the video if you want the details of the exercise!!)

This is using the crumpled blank piece of paper that I kept from my Untro. I knew it would come in handy! I made a whole heap of notes while watching that video. Fodder for future chewing! Some things I think about when I step back and look at the above 'drawing'.
  • I am me, one line from the start of the day until the end of the day, there are no gaps
  • The crumples in the paper are the sub-text, they can be ignored or they can dictate the marks on the page
  • This ends with an inward turning arrow (make of that, what you will)
  • My drawing contrasts with the highly structured colouring in page in the background
  • Our 'public space' called DAY is bound by the edges of the paper
  • Some spaces will be filled and some spaces always have room for more
  • There is no going back...tomorrow will be a new page!

MOOCing with mantras.

I've started the week 4 of the Connected Learning MOOC with a mantra (very zen)....


The Mickey Mouse Systems Guide - See the post here for details.

Reciproc8 - 1/3

1. In response to Simon Ensors post "Piles of Stuff" I wrote this comment/poem on his blog.

Piles of stuff are always part of a system. 
System thinking helps us solve problems. 
Piles of stuff can be used to solve problems. 
Piles will no longer be piles once a use is found. 
Unless the piles are set on display.
Behind glass. Utilitarian become precious.
To represent the fear of powerful systems.
An overreaction to a ridiculous problem.
We continue to create our own piles of stuff. 
Do we see ourselves reflected in these collections?
We are, after all, only a pile of bones in a skin bag.
A complex system nonetheless.
Connected. Interwoven. Set apart. Yet joined.
Hold my hand. We will traverse the solar system.
Like a game. We call it life.

Reciproc8 - 2/3

In response to this post from Tania Sheko I wrote this response:
"People are complex"
A very powerful post, thanks.
What is remarkable about your post is the detail of your memory.
This always fascinates me but I think it also explains the richness and diversity
of some of your other work that I have read (only recently). Richness in writing doesn't just have to do with memory but also the ability to incorporate detail and experiences and stories together.
I'm also thinking about memory loss and brain loss.
I think the story of Christine Bryden is amazing
One thing she describes is the difficulty of everyday life when you just can't remember how to do things. I see from her website that she has her 4th book due out this year. A survivor indeed!
However I think that having an explicit, precise memory can also create some baggage that can make life heavy at times. I was touched by the honesty of the teacher you "don't want to write what you remember". This is still a burden.
On the flip side is those that have experienced trauma and their memory is wiped for that particular time. This seems to be a self-preservative streak. I wonder if we always look into our memories for happy things (well, naturally, I'm saying to myself).
When I feel like some light reading (not) I turn to this book in my book shelf "The Anatomy of Memory: An Anthology"
It's incredible and humbling how much this function of our brain means (or creates meaning) to us. There is a whole section of "Childhood and the Middle Years" and this is where we are pulling our memories for this exercise. It reminds me that awareness of what our memory can produce can look different when recorded (verbal or written) but we need to be gentle with ourselves.
These are just some thoughts that your post has evoked.
(This is my reciproc8 ticket 2/3 for this week)

Reciproc8 3/3 happens here

In response to Terry Elliots self-autopsy up of the Twitter chat for Week 4 of CLMOOC.

What I've learnt: 

Using this mantra to study has made me think more about how I respond and reciprocate to others in connected learning. For me, reciproc8 means focusing on the material that someone else created and really seeing 'it' instead of it all blurring together in one #heap. The items that have depth and something to sink your teeth in are the best. Then there is the x-factor of an item that jerks my emotions or thoughts. Attention to the detail, taking time to take in the content, being honest with our answers and learning more in the process. It does take longer than the fickle "great post" comment but it's worth it.

I've also been thinking about the benefit (or not) of adding a quick like, +, heart or star....all the same thing. That physical action is somehow crucial to my humanness. I need something tactile and it may also mean that I remember that post (even if I can't find it later).

What could it mean to the creator of the work?: who knows? One possible answer is based on how I feel. Oh, they 'liked' it, that means they saw it, they didn't know what to say, they were too busy to read it further but hey, it might have influenced their thinking just a smidgen.



>>>>Simon Ensor coz his stuff makes me think

>>>>Tania Sheko because the way she shares stuff helps me enter her world for a short time

>>>> Terry Elliot for this great graphic (and many more). A simple formula but the results will be as unique as fingerprints. Also for his way of annotating thinking and sharing.

>>>>Maha Bali "I value all the interactions I have there" [online space]

>>>>CLMOOCers at all levels of the structure

July 16, 2015

Mickey Mouse Systems (or why it took me three times longer to get to work)

Thanks to Monica Multer post and Ida Brandao influence it took me 3 times longer to get to work today because I choose to #DoNowBike with systems thinking. I photographed the systems that I incorporate into the part of my day called: Getting To Work

I watched this video as well (shared by Sheri Edwards) which starts off with the whole bike thing. Given that I spend a fair bit of my time on this mode of transport (but I'd really just like to be a Vespa girl) I was interesting in this perspective. So here is my biased view on systems.

With this diagram from Sheri  I'm thinking this will fit right in.

Connected Learning MOOC Week 4 - All Systems a go!

July 14, 2015

Why Play?


1. Start here at this Hackpad started by Terry Elliott: (Genre: Terry's own)
2. I created this Swiss Cheese Game with a badge to go with it all. (Genre: Hide and Seek)
3. And this Pick Your Words (Genre:  )
4. Created some QR-lickers 'big cousin' to the Plickers in response to the Twitter prompt about documenting the "Rules of the Game" during a Marco or maybe it was the Polo shout-out. Here are 3 possible answers, which one will you pick?


1. Life is a Game with Tania Sheko

2. #celebrateteachers (record a response and tag a few others), kicked off by Kevin Hodgson

3. Marco Polo and I've got the badge to prove it!
4. A Fantastic 5 on a Friday (#F5F) turned into a game suggested by Wendy Eiteljorg. I was thinking about framing new ideas in digital spaces, opening spaces, looking beyond the things that are typed and connecting the natural world with the digital age.


1. Games as a kinetic system - Monica Muller (
2. I watched this one: What is a Game

3. That got me thinking about the Tao of Pooh and wondered what the old bear would think of making games. I think he would say "it's about time for a little something".
4. Which lead me to The Tao of Game Design - Know Thyself and Know Thy Player.
5. Heaps more stuff, reminder to self - check the G+ Community for more links and ideas.

July 6, 2015

I Hacked the Hackpad

The original text (sort of) attracted my attention because it was a jolly good read and it was assumed that it would never been seen!

1. Hack the hackpad started by Terry Elliott.
2. Use the N+1 tool suggested by Ida Brandao
3. Pick one of the 7 options at random (well not really 'coz 5 is my birth date and nothing is random)
4. Highlight some pretty funny things
5. Share


Horizon - A Journey in 5 Parts


I started as a poem in response to a photograph.
(I'm a haiku which is a more funky sounding poem)

I've been exhibited on a wall.
(People come, read and leave)

I've had music written for me.
(Pause in your busy schedule, listen, enjoy)

I've been splashed along an amazing sunset picture.
(Picture that)

I've been coloured in
(I kinda like this version)

What did I learn from this journey?
(apart from having fun and changing outfits)

If I'm not around to explain me
(which doesn't take long)

Then audio and animation certainly adds to my life
(some outfit changes work and some don't)



1. Hanging out with a bunch of people:
Make Cycle #2 Hangout

2. A Remix of that: How to [Google] Hangout!

3. Flipping out with a few others for another introduction.

Making Learning Connected - Maker Cycle #2 -
Many thanks for collaboration with Laura Ritchie and Amy Cody Clancy

July 2, 2015

The story of Error 404

The best story yet
is the story of this door
Error 404

story of things hidden
bikes not ridden
handles not used
code abused

You can go here
for creative ways to say
an error makes you pay

You can go here
to find out how to fix
empty windows

Search here
for misconfigured system files
dirty windows

Feeling social?
will show you an artists
view of life.

Or this kind of support
doesn't like your dynamic content
directory not found

Is this original
No, not at all
It's all been thought of before.

Finally this link

gives you an (un)intentional story of error 404.

Post Script:

Now I'm tempted to update with this
Breathing life into
An error 404
That has now been fixed.

Making Learning Connected - Maker Cycle #1

Maker Cycle #1

First for an un-introduction or reconstructing how we might introduce ourselves to others, online.

Untro - It's not Untrue

What about a digital badge to make you feel better about all the mistakes that need to be made in the creative cycle. Remixed from Terry Elliott (remixed from somebody else)

OOPS Credit - badge

Do It Now - Not sure what the purpose of this exercise is, however I did find an object that I identify with. It does keep people engaged and sharing but seems a bit random #donow
One way of curating is asking all the participants to do it for you! Could we select just five posts that caught our eye this week.

Fantastic 5 Friday #F5F

What did I learn?
  • It's fun making stuff. Because it's fun I prioritise that above other more mundane chores
  • unpacking introductions made me think of identity and how we portray ourselves online. I tidied up my avartars across the different platforms that I use because it is an easy way to ID someone
  • I learnt all different ways that people perceive themselves
  • I thought about how I identify as an introvert and how that impacts how I interact with others online and how that suits this type of learning

June 22, 2015

Making Learning a Connected Experience. #CLMOOC

I'm participating in my first CLMOOC. I followed a few people down the road after an amazing #rhizo15. While waiting for the first maker cycle I'm browsing the introduction pages and commenting here and there.
By way of introduction, Hi or as they say in Australian English, G'Day (pronounced gerdaaay).
I work in online learning in a dual sector university however I'm participating in this MOOC for my own professional development and opinions are not necessarily backed by my job description.

I saw Tania's dubsmash intro and she was yelling out for dragons to drag her from her comfort zone into the maker circle! So I created this for her reply.
Look forward to working with you all and creating, making, thinking, learning and journeying.

May 23, 2015

What do you learn by remixing?
Another remix using Twitter metric data created by Danial Llynds
(photo to be inserted)

This work started with a picture posted by Aras Bozkurt and then picked up by Simon Ensor and then I clicked the 'remix' button and modified it. The tool, Thinglink, certainly encourages remix and so does Soundcloud.

Kirby Ferguson in his TedX talk says that remixing is a better way to conceive of creativity. The basic elements of remix are copy, transform and combine.

What I have found during the process of remix is that you have to study the material that you are reconstructing much more carefully than if you just 'consume' that work. Here is a short video I made for Rhizomatic Learning cMOOC in week 1. While the results may not make a great deal of sense, the process of collecting these images and remixing in this way allowed me to sort, sift and order this information. In this type of learning with so much going on, this is critical for me to start the process of finding a comfortable virtual place to study.
It is also another way of 'hosting' a learning party as we discussed during the Rhizomatic Learning 'course'. To me, hosting is part of being able to collate, collect and then share so that others will be engaged, learn or even just pause to think.

Here is another inspiring remix from #Rhizo15 study....A Quote Parade. I've really enjoyed the remix work of both @dogtrax and @sensor63.

Artifacts - Creating for Week 6

What creations will we bring to the table for Week 6 of Rhizomatic Learning (A practical guide) 2015?

This page will grow this week as I add various artifacts created.
Let's start with a Haiku.

Image courtesy of

Digital badge for Rhizomatic Learning cMOOC Participation - This exercise also showed the rhizome in practice with the code being passed (or authorised) from one member to another.

The Facebook Open Digital Badge created using FB SNA graphic shared by Aras Bozkurt.
Code is valid for 1 year with unlimited credit.

Sestina Poetry (Mark II) never progressed past the first 3 stanzas. Not recorded in FlipGrid.
(Updated June 2015)

A fare-thee-well from Mr Scruff. Keep it Unreal. Keep Moving.

May 13, 2015

My (social) analysis of that....with instant coffee.

Here is my talk-back to Aras Bozkurt for his SNA presentation with [min] indicators if you want to break up the 53 minutes. Italics are direct quotes from the presentation.

Image from presentation

After some introductions we get a "Hi" of a different sort. [4:30] The risks of open and public hangouts - Mr Lovier says analyse this!

Betweennes Centralities are very important. [8:45] This term 'betweenness' (see my poem here Twitter Metrics) has been picked up a bit in the last week or so. This is another facet of the diamond of this type of analysis. Aras goes on to explain..We all have different roles, producers, lurkers, consumers, guides. Betweenness Centralities is a measure of these and the importance [9:34] and there is no unity in the terms across SNA [41:02]. The challenge is to synchronizing the terms in your head to understand them.

How can you connect with another in the shortest path. That's what the analysis is looking at. [10:30] Dots and lines in the picture equal one week of interactions in Rhizo15. [12:25] Subnetworks and lurkers are clearly defined. SNA is more than connections and number of tweets [45:36] By changing the sort order in NodeXL you get a different diagram that clearly shows ties and nodes [14:33]. This visual, supports the concept of teacher=learner=teacher=learner.

Look out! Learners took control in the Week 2,3,4 examples. [16:13] Or is this how MOOCs operate with a large number of students? Are there always going to be clusters or do we expect the central star formation?

It took 4 hours of number crunching to do the weekly pictures that are posted for Rhizo15, a long process. [17:09] Here is an example of the SNA with the red lines showing my tag to give you an example of the depth of information included. Is my home green?
You are not visible but you are a critical part of the whole story [43:43]

Back to the presentation we have a "Go NomadWarmachine" event!! [22:10] Connecting to all communities across the sub-groups. You are not the instructor but you are in the middle of everything...that's important. [23:37] We can calculating relationships by looking at the edge weights. [27:31] Two dimensional graphs are hard to analyse or interpret, SNA allows a more indepth look at the data. [27:31]
Showing preset data is like drinking instant coffee [31:00]
This software does not work on Facebook at the moment. [33:27]  Getting this data is a continual challenge as different releases of apps change the way this is done. The difficult part is visualizing this data into something meaningful. [39:34]

45:39 You need to engage with the data to understand it.
46:10 It's like dominos
46:45 SNA - what we do with it...we decide what we need and go looking for it.
52:15 This data gives us information about learning and rhizomatic learning

Then Autumm calls up a Google Hangout-bomb experience! [49:16] I feel like this is a movie I've already seen.

Get all the researchers about rhizo15 together. [52:03] I've made this Flipgrid available for Researchers in the hope that they would be willing to share their area of research and their initial ideas just as Aras has done in this presentation. There is also a request from Dave here:

53:zzzzzz Aras goes to catch a short sleep and we say "Good Morning" .... thanks for the async chat.

May 7, 2015

Possible un-Dave-ness - Week 4 time traveller award goes to.....

Possible Dave-ness as a course structure.
"....these weekly prompts, these questions. They’re content, in a sense. They’re Dave, but they’re content. They’re what Dave has picked out from the vast entropy of possible Dave-ness to feature, to engage with imaginatively…the only difference – if there is one – is that they’re just not aimed at having everybody come out with one outcome. "
@BonStewart comments on Autumm Caines post about 3 days before today.

PS Can you really give a time traveller award to the drinker-of-coffee-made-by-Dave?

May 6, 2015

Twitter Graph Metrics get weird

Graph Metrics*

Graph Metrics
Measure Vertices.

Unique edges

Self-loops take over

Would you reciprocate
My Vertex Pair?

Components connected
Are they contented?

Geodesic Distance
Has an edgy feel to it.

Graph Density is measured
By what?

I’d like to be ranked
For my Betweenness.

*Thanks to Aras Bozkurt for posting Twitter metrics after Week 3 of #Rhizo15

May 3, 2015

Non-Content and the space inbetween - Week 3 #Rhizo15

For this post I'm going to look at non-content, the doughnut hole kind of view of life.
This is from the suggestion in this week's video to "peek under content", what is included and hence, what is excluded.

Where content is given for learning there will be gaps and spaces to explore.

I'm going to examine non-content or gaps through 3 different lenses:

1. Music
Spaces, rests, silence - they are all critical in music. When learning the violin I was told..."play the rests" do I do that? But after many years of playing I understand a little better how to respect the rests in music, don't rush them, give them the whole value and feel the pauses between phrases.
Is there anything between B and C? If you are a classically trained pianist you would say no, however, there are microtones to play with on the cello. As noted in The Cambridge Companion to the Cello (Stowell 1999) microtones are in between semitones and there are also "unstable harmonics" to play around with.

2. Crochet
Talking about the holes, one of my other hobbies is crochet. This method of weaving a single thread with a single hook around different size holes, creates an amazing array of garments. If the thread is content, the holes are the critical non-content that makes up the garment. Give it more holes, call it lacy. Make it closed with very small holes, call it fabric. The holes become integral to the design and the finished product.

3. Train station platforms

Who would have for thought that you could find non content here? The "Mind The Gap" safety message is known far and wide outside of London. A whole message based on space. They could have concentrated on the step but no, make people aware of the gaping hole and hope that ensures people don't fall into it! This is part of problem solving, looking for the gaps in the existing help material. Looking for a work-around or how to build a bridge over the gap. If there is no workaround available then it's best just to warn the students to the "mind the gap".

I think that the space between content is just as important or more important than what is 'included' in a course. By looking at boundaries and things that form the edge of the content you can better understand and focus on the content or add another angle. What I like about this style of Rhizomatic Learning is that you are free to find the non-content to create the content. However it may not work for all learning styles or those with differing levels of learning ability. As soon as you select content, there is content excluded. As long as they learn from the gaps are able to match holes together in a web then you can jump on the web and learn some more.


The same is true for punctuation.  It tells the breath to rest.  Holes are content.  I think here of John Cage and his notions of silence and his performances of silence--both on the page and off.
Provocative post.
Mary Ann Reilly

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  • Robin Stowell (ed.) (1999). The Cambridge Companion to the Cello. Cambridge Companions to Music. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.