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Wondering about Wonder at UT Arlington

I will be first to say today’s invited talk at the UT Arlington LINK Research Lab was my own trip through the Time Tunnel, with the year 1989 dialed in. An archive of the talk is available — here are el slides A bit of a mashup of some earlier ones on Enquire Within and True Stories of Open Sharing, the title I came up with was Do You Ever Wonder Whatever Happened to Wonder?. This itself set off my own associative trails of the way Andy Rooney used to whine on 60 Minutes, “Did you every notice…” (he always seemed to be Enquiring About). That in itself led me to reflect on how much my formative years was shaped by this technology: And then, almost by sheer serendipity, I came across last week this mint gem. This 1993 episode of “Computer Chronicles” introduces it’s audiences to this thing called […]

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I am a Smart-Ass

Published tonight on medium.com – am still finding my way around the writing space. I find it makes me actually go over my words like 4 or 5 times rather than my typo-ridden blurt here. But anyhow, the real truth behind the origin of the Internet I am a Smart-Ass (the Internet was built for me) I could have just as well written it here. And I just was about to publish and was looking at what I had blogged here– I kind of grumble at some people who write in one place with just a link elsewhere. This was a post idea that literally came to me in the shower, though I am pretty sure I’ve written parts of this in some aspect here. But it is one of those cases where most of the blogging takes place away from the blog– in my head. There is always more […]

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My God– It’s Full of CMOOCs!

I thought this image was a clever idea, but it may not be quite apparent. I have replaced Dave from 2001 A Space Odyssey with a montage/collage/frommage of George Siemens (image source) and Stephen Downes (image source). Why? Of course, together they spawned the first cMOOC, CCK08, which really ought to be for Canadian Massive Open Online Course. You see, what I asked for in Seeking Syndicated / Distributed / Connected Course Examples already has a name. They are the cMOOCs of the original stardust formation. From the MOOC Guide… The Connectivism and Connective Knowledge course (CCK08) was the first to incorporate open learning with distributed content, making it the first true MOOC… What this means is that course content is not located in one place, but may be located anywhere on the web. The course therefore consists of sets of connections linking the content together into a single network. […]

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Seeking Syndicated / Distributed / Connected Course Examples

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Maybe it’s the ramp up of Connected Courses but it’s also some upcoming presentations that made my slap my had with a loud “DOH”. I want to create a collection of examples of (and here is where I mumble because I do not know what to call them) how about DS106ish courses– ones using a distributed participation model but also using syndication/push technology to collect or aggregate activity in one place. I know my own examples, all framed around the WordPress / Feed WordPress structure I’ve been deep in since ds106, but also have built out maybe 7 others (and another in the works this week). But others have done this same thing (UMW Abroad has posts back to 2009), in other platforms (all of the cMOOCs Stephen Downes fostered with gRSShopper (Hey Stephen, I thought you had a […]

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Unpawning Flickr Notes

creative commons licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by StockMonkeys.com Hey! Stand up, code up, hack up! Just because [fill in the blank of your favorite web service that yanked the chain on a feature you adored] took away a feature, you are not powerless. One of my long running favorite flickr features was the ability to annotate part of an image with notes, like making an interactive diagram — like this one, which is in my top most viewed flickr images. creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog In the past, you could hover over part of the diagram, and a text bubble would appear with an explanation and a hypertext link. This is an insanely useful tool for teachers. I can think of few subjects that you cannot find a use for annotating an image or diagram. Or, as I did as one […]

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What’s [Not] in Your Feed Channel?

While RSS is still a dying technology, I offer some insight into its innards. If the mundane details of feed data make you queasy, carry on. If you want to know what’s going on under the hood of your blog and the Connected Courses syndication hub, then trudge on. This started with a reasonable request from Liz Dorland, a colleague I’ve known since my mullet headed days at Maricopa @cogdog Our friend @rheyden pointed out my blog link on #ccourses borked. URL text shows, not blog name. Doh! Help! http://t.co/LFFRT4Ai26 — Liz Dorland=Chimera (@ldinstl_chimera) September 9, 2014 So here is the thing, the list of all syndicated blogs on the site is automatically generated from the RSS feed for each blog, so the title of the blog and the link are ones provided by the blog itself. There are two main parts of an RSS feed- there is the “Channel” […]

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From Javier to Norbert

It’s raining today in Arizona. As “Bone Mama” Mary McCann used to say on KUKQ radio in Phoenix, we are having an outbreak of weather. Today’s outbreak is courtesy of Hurrican Norbert taking a wet trip up the west coast. It reminded me of something. Almost exactly 10 years ago, another hurricane named Javier made this trip. According to Wikipedia “Javier caused no direct fatalities, and the damage in Mexico and the United States was minimal.” but also “Grand Canyon, Arizona received 3.30 inches (84 mm) of rain, exactly one fifth of its yearly average.” I can vouch for that. In September 2004, my stepson travis and I headed out for a backpack trip down the Hermit Trail into the Grand Canyon. The day started as expected, with something that looked like this: creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog I had done my research for […]

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The Guts of the New StoryBox are Set

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog Having found the perfect container for my new PirateBox, I now have the desired wiring in place (thanks to my friend Ken in Colorado) to operate what I will put into play soon as a new iteration of the 2011 Storybox. What you see above is a new power supply, a rechargable dual port USB power pack (Ablelink from Amazon). The container is about 4 inches deep, and most power packs are about that size, but because the USB port sticks out of the end, it would make it impossible to close the back of the box (well it could be done with some wedging diagonally). This new one is 2.8 inches square, so it leaves more room for a USB cable to plug in the back. Typically it is connected via a standard to mini USB to the […]

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Beyond Lies The Web

My mind works by strange associations, free formed links, connecting, unconnecting, often ending up in the neural equivalent of “page not found”. So on reading this tweet in the Connected Courses twitter flow: MT @papahazama: Why we need to go beyond the #LMS by @audreywatters http://t.co/mML8PRo46i #ccourses @greenstratdoc — jeremy b williams (@jeremybwilliams) September 8, 2014 the phrase “Beyond the LMS” led me to thinking of the fantasmic novel by Philip K Dick (openly available on the web) and had me spending 20 minutes remixing a cover of the book: (with apologies to PKD fans, do you know what they call themselves?) Because beyond the LMS, beyond all this stuff… is the open, free linking web, always has been. Just watch out for those wubs, willya?

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Driving Around Almost Four Corners

creative commons licensed ( BY-SA ) flickr photo shared by cogdogblog My return home Friday was a 10 day, 1500 mile loop originally planned to cross through all of the Four Corners States. Sorry Utah, I ended up cutting you out, but I still love your sandstone canyon lands. This was somewhat of a dress rehearsal for a similar length drive I will take in mid October to get to Kamloops, BC for a start of a 4 month fellowship at Thompson Rivers University. This trip gave me chance to see how it feels behind the wheel for so long (the drive home is usually a long marathon, 520 miles stretched over 13 hours), but also to see how things worked packing gear without the camper shell on my truck. Red Dog wants to roll open, as a big dog should. No boxes on his back.

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