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. 

April 25, 2017

Weaving Knots

Weaving
Knot making
String work
Mat weaving
Knitting
Crochet
Traditions
Starting
Finishing
Pathways
Journey
Family
Connections

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.
Colour
Paper touch
Shape making
Colour combinations
Pencils
Sharpener
Contents of this blog
Sender of the card
Smiles
Listening to sounds
There are other things I would put in the monotask basket that are complex and yet simple at the same time. Playing an instrument, playing with others, crochet, washing the dishes, composing music, bike riding and Tai Chi. What they have in common is the movement of the hands in repetitive ways, working the memory and expressing emotions (I can crash dishes, believe it!).

In my work space, monotasking seems a lot harder. If the computer takes a millisecond longer on getting to the screen I want, I'm off and checking twitter, email or the latest online news. Monotasking needs to be setup, planned and organised. I have a maker table in my office and this helps me to have spurts of monotasking/making. This helps me prioritise and return to my desk and work through tasks for the day. The other thing that helps me monotask is a sequence. Preparing the instrument, playing the instrument, cleaning and packing up. Warm up, Tai Chi sequence, quietness at the end of the sequence.

In some of these tasks I have occasionally been in the zone or reached flow state. For this aspect alone it is worth fitting more monotasking into your day. I think it is an entry point to achieving flow state. This is where you are performing a task and everything else disappears. For a period of time, nothing else matters, you can't see or hear anything else but the aspects of your immediate task. Now that is a buzz!

See I wrote all that and didn't even mention the other 'm' word (Mindfulness).

April 24, 2017

Twitter Lookbook

A Sweet Breeze


a sweet breeze rises carrying a subtle scent spring in new england #sundayhaiku #clmooc
By @algotruneman



buds opening now some leaves, not large. just pale green anticipation #sundayhaiku #clmooc
By @algotruneman






@algotruneman Even small flowers close their eyes to drink it in; embrace the Sunshine #sundayhaiku response #clmooc
By @dogtrax


The Process:

1. Twitter Archiver from https://www.labnol.org/ Intro: https://youtu.be/MGU7azCYFpw Thanks to Terry Elliott for finding this tool.
2. Google Spreadsheet plus add-on
3. Export Google sheet to Excel
4. Import into Microsoft Access (save as .mdb)
5. Complete Word Mail Merge (Just coz I'm familiar with this one and it has a neat wizard to help)

Violá!

Possible alternative:
Merging data into Slides https://developers.google.com/slides/how-tos/merge
But I never quite figured this one out!

Next Steps:
I'm working on collecting my Twitter poetry if I can work out the advanced Twitter command. I'll run the Archiver for awhile and work out the format of my Lookbook! Another way to curate!

All images: unsplash.com



April 12, 2017

As for those Digital Moments

I like these Moments as way of capturing conversations that happen in Twitter. Often the tagging in Twitter means that others do not see the flow or get lost in the side tracks and byways that can fork endlessly from one tweet. I like the presentation of this embed on a mobile device much better than computer/browser based. It's still not quite in a format that I would consider printing.

Here are two 'Moments' that have occured recently.


April 11, 2017

Common and uncommon grounds


Subtitle: The crow and skip bins, gems and detritus.

Where the crow flies

In this world of the internet of things
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:



April 9, 2017

I am the elephant.

This image was used in the Conversations That Work presentation I virtually attended at OLC Innovate 2017. The presentation titled, Embracing Cultural Diversity in Online Learning Communities, by Biola University gave me lots of food for thought. I was to join this workshop-style presentation via a Kubi (neck in Japanese). I'm no stranger to sticking my neck out with new tech and I was excited to be able to participate this way.

Before the conference I sketched what I thought (hoped) would be the Kubi view. It was going to be different to a birds eye view of the room with a presenter at one end. I knew I was going to be at eye level as we had been given room maps and diagrams of the proposed setup. Before attending the conference I had received some training (watched a webinar) and been in conversation with 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 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.

I next joined Table 1 and after conversing with pen on paper (held up to the camera) I got the sound working on my end. At this point the conversation was all but over and I was purely observing. The crunch for me, came when the facilitated passed around a microphone for input from each table. Really? Could I hold a microphone? Was my opinion even sought? Again I was the observer, at eye level, very obvious but ignored. I disconnected from the Kubi.

I surfed two other areas in the conference that had Kubis setup but I appeared, again, as the elephant. I suspected that the microphones were muted and even my swiveling neck did not draw any attention. As you can see from the main view below, backs were turned and others were far away. While it gave me a lovely peek into the various rooms, there was no room for interaction.
It took a couple of hours for me to wind down from that experience enough to get to sleep (⏰ 3am).


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

New Year, New Stories

(Love these unsplash.com photos)

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.