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Happy New Year — and Listening to Past “Me”

Happy New Year! I am filtering and sorting the past 3 years of my life in big piles this am. My family is putting up with piles of folders and papers, along with a big cup of coffee, on a portable desk and around my sofa while I watch the 2nd playing of the Rose Parade on TV.

2015 will be a harvesting year, so I’ll be sharing all my work on collaborative creation, learning, and future-building across lots o’ platforms. And drinking a lot of coffee and good wine.

About this time each year, I look at my stuff. Goodwill gets a lot of my physical stuff, and gets a lot more this year as two of my three kids are ensconced in colleges not in this same town. My third got the last of her college applications out yesterday morning. So I’ve been donating the “parenting” pieces of my life to go to other families.

However, this also is the time of year that I re-open my paper and digital files and find things I wrote from years past. I seem to be a information horder. It is like an archaeological dig. I find the “me” of times past writing to the “me” of now. And I find that my themes remain the same — and yet I seem to not have been fully listening to the “me” of 2009 and 2011. She really wanted to build programs that I have yet to truely build.

I also made a big mess by pulling out my old project files from the past 3-4 years . . . and I find similar unrequited themes. I also found many of my files from the start of my doctoral journey . . . and other unrequited work. Time to requite this year!

My next saga over the next day or so is the same archaeological dig of my own digital life and work. . . the keywords and collections . . . the digital detritus of a live digitally lived. I’ve created new themes and gatherings of ideas for my planned 2015 work — I’ll see what the “me” of the past continues to say to “me” in the days ahead.

Beginning to Tread “Digital Water”

I’m working on creative work — writing, discussions, documentary work, music, and performance — around the concept of seeing and understanding the sociology of Digital Water. What in the world is “digital water”? I created a YouTube video that began my journey to discuss the concept.  It was part of my proposal for SXSW Interactive,Continue Reading

SXSW Panel Picking Pending — Say That 3x Fast

         On Monday, August 19, 2013, SXSW starts its crowdsourced panel picking process for 2014.  Each year, thousands of people pitch great ideas to be voted on in a big crowdsourced process.  According to a recent email, 700 people pitched SXSWedu (education) panels for that conference.  More than 3,000 pitched for SXSWContinue ReadingContinue Reading

A MOOC as Interactive Video: Why Would More than 10% Heavily Participate?

I wrote the following response to a question in a Canvas MOOC on MOOCs this week.  The instructor asked why only 10% of the signed-up participants . . . participated. Here was my response: “Perhaps this question is comparing MOOCs to the wrong business model.  If this is an interactive video experience, 10% heavy participationContinue Reading

An amazing past few weeks on the road

I’ve just come back from a series of unique conferences, each with a very different view of the world.  Given our overly connected digital world, the proliferation and expansion of live events intrigues me.  These were just the four I picked of the dozen or so going on during this same three week period ofContinue Reading

Week of Publishing Change in a Season of Educational Transformation

We’re getting busier and busier around educational technology change with many higher education organizations now.  In this season of MOOCs and other education innovation announcements, I am focusing with many organizations on how to plan educational design with all of this output.  How do we syndicate and create multiple use streams?  How do we interactContinue Reading