Google Glass is so 2014. Get with the program. Next week begins the second half of my TRU Open Scholar Fellowship with much of the next two months devoted to an eight week open seminar I am doing with Brian Lamb.

The throttle is open though I am not sure we checked the Fuel Tank.

The You Show is running...
The You Show is running…

The YouShow is a fork if you will of Open DS106 meaning it is a connected course featuring people doing work in individual web sites, aggregating together, and cross connecting via twitter.

Rather than focusing on digital storytelling as the focus, we aim to have people use the storytelling elements as vehicles for creating an outward (public, open) web presence for themselves (an online portfolio) or to disseminate a project, research topic in a way that can appeal to a broad audience.

Once again, I have reached into the movie making metaphor- the sites people will work on will present the final “show” to be shared, but include as well the “back stage” narration of the process, ideas, influences, development cycles to make it happen (ahem, that is the blogging part). To that end, Brian and I are playing with a weekly introductory video that plays with us being both front stage and backstage characters (and that rather than starting off as a highly produced piece of media, it will improve as we go) (hopefully).

Speaking of backstage, there’s quite a bit of scrambling and hammering going on down at the studio. For some ideas what is in store, see The Pitch for this idea, an outline of the schedule, and some beginning info on how to participate.

How do we communicate outward the work we do as learners, teachers, researchers? Portfolios and research papers are the final production. But like a film, a great deal of process happens that leads up to a premier, yet much of the process gets left on the cutting room floor. We see a lot of value, for yourself as a reflective practice and for others in sharing that process as you go.

The You Show is for people interested in (a) creating sharable portfolios of their work; (b) communicating or mobilizing information about their work to a general audience; or (c) improving their digital media skills.

And there will be tweeting, perhaps it is time for you to follow @youshow15 and/or the #youshow15 hashtag. We are planning to set up a tinyletter signup if you desire luscious emails. And I gotta get into the basement today, and wire up the Feed WordPress syndication engine.

I’m thinking of making the signup be for a new blog, start from scratch even if you are an experienced blogger. What we are talking about is creating a stand alone presence, even for experimental space. Otherwise you are trying to insert perhaps a documentary film inside a slapstick comedy. Oi the metaphors are stinking already.

Our desire for TRU is to make this an open invite for faculty and staff and students. It’s entirely optional. We provide no badges, certificates, or anything of tangible quality. We do have a few planned invited guest sessions, as a cheap trick, I am on tap first to talk January 14 about elements of story structures, but we have some tentative aggreement to bring in D’Arcy Norman, Alec Couros, and a few more celebrities our agents are in negotiation with.

But the main sessions, and which we hope work locally, will be open studio time, where we’d like to encourage participants to come in so we can assist them, answer questions, have them show us what they are doing.

We are aiming to make this an open opportunity for others, and hopefully we can open up all these sessions as google hangouts. If you have a notion perhaps to bring a group along, let me know, and I can create an affiliation option on the signup form I should be working on right now (instead of blogging about doing stuff…).

It’s time to put on a show.

Wikiemedia Commons cc licensed photo
Wikiemedia Commons cc licensed photo

Join us (and pardon the dust) at http://youshow.trubox.ca

The post "Strap on Your Doggles. The YouShow Engine is Revving Up." was originally thawed from a previous ice age and melted at CogDogBlog (https://cogdogblog.com/2015/01/strap-on-your-doggles/) on January 6, 2015.

7 Comments

  • Sandy Brown Jensen

    Well, I thought it would be easy/ fun to run a Lane CC faculty group in tandem with TRU, but I made the mistake of repeating the term “online portfolio” in an email that went viral and got back to the local e-portfolio mavens.
    Hence, this reply: “I think this could be an interesting way to get faculty engaged in ePortfolio work, and a lovely way to help faculty make space for their research endeavors.

    However, I do have a concern about language. It’s not clear to me if what you’re suggesting in the email below are blogs or actual ePortfolios. While blog platforms are often modified to create ePortfolios, blogs and ePortfolios are not the same in terms of framework and methodology. I would just want to be sure, especially in light of the new ePortfolio theory reading group I founded this term, which we’re hoping to keep running long-term, that the language being used to talk about ePortfolios, blogs, and even digital humanities is clear and accurate and isn’t used interchangeably. If we’re going to foster a community of ePortfolio users on campus and a culture of “folio” thinking/work, I think it’s vital to have a shared “definition” if you will of these terms that we’re using consistently in our respective work across campus.”

    Okay, then. Obviously not happening any time soon. Sigh. But I’ll lope alongside you and keep an eye on your spelling. Doggles. Rhymes with boondoggle.

    • Alan Levine aka CogDog cogdogblog.com

      We definitely will not be doing actual ePortfolios. Whatever.

      Appreciate the effort. I think I need to use more “quotes” around “phrases” I desire to “emphasize”–it provides many “opportunities” to place “punctuation” outside of the “quotes”.

  • daveh70

    I’ll be hanging around as much as I can to pick up ideas. I haven’t even started an online portfolio, so it should be one of my top priorities. Your posts have already fixed in my mind that it should be designed so that non-techies can follow it, and that potential employers or partners would be interested in my process, as well as in the final product. So thank you.

  • Sandy Brown Jensen

    Alan,
    You’re giving me the “giggles.” Period “inside” the “quote marks.” Har.

  • Cole

    I watched the first episode and reeally love the idea and the format. Nice work to you and Brian! It is just great to see you both pushing so hard on this.

  • Terry Elliott (@telliowkuwp)

    You’ve got the dogs now where are the ponies? http://giphy.com/gifs/OKqQ3CsiYNOtW/html5

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