I was asked a few weeks ago by Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis to create a keynote video for their current round of Flat Classroom projects. While I’ve done plenty the last few years on storytelling, I was interested I trying something new.
Being immersed on ds106 and the starting point of having our students creating a “domain of their own”, I got interested in the frame of “Manage your own online identity rather than have it managed for you”. I also wanted to tap into questions I have about the not so sharp line between what we do online and (is it really cliché to say “offline”? “f2f”) the “other place”. I wanted to get away from the typical identity banter of fear and theft.
So I had the idea to create this video as a conversation between three of me- Alan.offline (away from the computer, outside), Alan.online (me always appearing Max Headroom like on a screen), and some version fo Alan that is both (me holding a piece of technology).
Even more luck, was that I arrived at UMW and Andy Rush offered to help film, edit, and produce the video. He did it all, and had some great ideas for how to shoot the scenes.
This is now showing up on the Flat Classroom Ning where there should be some good student discussion. I expect to learn more myself.
I also appreciate the assistance of Martha Burtis who let me sit in on a session of her Identity and Citizenship in a Digital Age class. I got a good amount of materials, though ended up using just one clip in the final – I learned a lot more about their experiences in Tumblr communities:
“You can show what you love online [in Tumblr], common interest unites you.”
“If there is something that exists in the world, then there is a group of people who are into it on Tumblr”
“They’ve claimed this little piece of the internet”
not to mention learning about cleverly named tools created, like Missing e. Or connective power of BNF (Big Name Fans).
Okay, I wish we could redo those few scenes where I am glancing at my script, but overall I am really pleased with the video, and it was great working with Andy as he used this project to dive into Final Cut Pro.
I put a collection of resources mentioned and more at
Thanks again to Julie, Vicki, and crew for inviting me in.