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Where does Self Begin if at all?

So I am back to working on Chapter IV of our book on Open Pedagogy and it is really taking me on a journey into where self, identity and the collective begin.

 

From Kaku, Gee,  Kant, Hume, and Bhudda really covering it all....and trying to get it done in fewest paragraphs possible.

 

We are distinguishing from the self and  consciousness from Me(s) and identity work. As Me(s), those we project on the world and get projected back on to us involve activity at a more social level.

 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13rdoaA2zdQYLL5XV301O3YoZ8T6Kt8GYb8L1vHGpoAE/edit?usp=sharing

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Professors Must Learn How to Teach | HuffPost http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/professors-must-learn-how-to-teach_us_593b66e4e4b0b65670e56a80

At ReVIEW Talent Feedback System we actually begin before the lecture hall. We must teach department chairs how to observe and coach for effective teaching.

Then we focus of the individual areas and strengths of each professor and create a personalized learning plan about teaching.

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There will be huge growth in early childhood. expansion in suburbs should begin at PreK while those who care about accountability measures in our urban schools should expand down.

In the burbs parents join for the daycare. In the city we know enough to know we must start as early as possible.

A powerful pairing: Pre-K boosts future incomes and reduces risk of jail, especially when schools spend more | Chalkbeat http://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/us/2017/06/12/a-powerful-pairing-pre-k-boosts-future-incomes-and-reduces-risk-of-jail-especially-when-schools-spend-more/

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How do we ensure our students of need and PoC get a rewarding online experience. The performance difference is a reason used to stifle online teaching.

I see it as proof to why we must increase online experiences for ALL our students. The jobforce demands experience in blended environments.

Promises and pitfalls of online education | Brookings Institution https://www.brookings.edu/research/promises-and-pitfalls-of-online-education/

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The AI I Need

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My desktop is a mess. Bits and scraps of a hundred projects. I want something that guesses where things go based on what I have been doing. Its gotta handle curve balls and quick left turns.

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Playing with Padding #teachtheweb

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I have been playing with image classes in Bootstrap. I like the circle images but wanted to see what I could with margins and padding to make new shapes.

It was fun. Above I alternated 50px of top padding and fifty pxels of bottom padding. It made a neat shape. The pictures look cool.

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Get Involved with @Mozilla in 2017: Looking for Curriculum Help #edtechchat #digped #oer

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As digitally engaged scholars we rely and help build the open web. Over the past year we have been working on Mozilla's Open Leadership Toolkit and after all-hands this past December we have a few modules getting ready for testing.

The first step is a simple Quality Assurance Test.

We need your help.

Here is the information to the two tasks on GitHub.

Awesome Slides

Deep Listening

GitHub not your thing? Do not have an account yet? No worries. 

Basically you make a copy of a Google Sheet by clicking this link. You will then complete a review of:

Awesome Slides

Deep LIstening

You use the spreadsheet as a rubric and rate each criterion on a scale of 1-3.

Just make sure to ping me and I will note in GitHub that you have taken on the issue.

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Recognizing Many Networks Loosely Joined at #MozAloha

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Yesterday I got the chance to catch up with the Participation Team as we continue our development of the Leadership Toolkit.

Everyone is off at all-hands in Hawaii. I joined remotely from Connecticut to hack away at some work. It was great to catch up with Mikko, Verena, and Emma. When it comes to developing resources for open pedagogy on a global scale I can't think of anyone more qualified than this team. We were also joined by Jane who helped us shape our pupose and goals


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We began by discussing the futre of our initiative. As someone joining all-hnads remotely I probably missed some contexts but what I got out of Emma's quick overview the Particatipation Team and the Innovation Team have joined under the moniker of "mobilzers." 

Emma highlighted that the focus will shift more to partners who share Mozilla's vision. Think of Mozilla  more of an alliance rather than a single organization.

That makes sense. Its more webby. I am always brought back to Weinbergers 2002 idea of "small pieces loosely joined." I think many networks loosely joined makes sense for Mozilla moving forward. Especially in terms of our goals of mobilzing new contributors to our projects and activists to our causes.


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An Alliance 

I like the idea of thinking about the many parts of our communities as an alliance. Open Science, Firefox, WebVR, Open Journalism, the Hive Network, MDN, Campus Clubs and other Moxzilla groups all have unique missions but we share a common goal. 

Then on the next level of the network there are many other organizations who share these same goals. I persoanlly began contributing to Mozliaa when the National Writing Project (a US non-profit) organized a Hakasaurus hackjam at the National Council Teachers of English (a US professional organzation). 

Protecting the web and ensuring a basic level of web literacy is too crucial a cause for any one organization.


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Decentralized

We spent much of 2015 and 1016 looking inward as organization. The workflow shifted dramatically and major programs were relaunched. I do fear in the spirit of better and faster a large portion of power was shifted internally and away from the community.

Any networked approach to mobilizing people must remian dectralized moving forward. Yet at the same time we need the systems in place to track our success. This requires an understanding of community building, learning sciences, design based research, social network analysis, and analytics. I am glad tough problems are so much fun.

These can also be draining on the limited resources of MoCo and MoFo. We have to be careful efforts are shared and not simply duplicated. In many ways to reach this vision of greater particiaption Mozilla will need to draw on a diverse set of new contributors working between netowrks. 


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Cross-Pollinators

Emma used the metaphor of a flower to represent the work of our team. In 2015 we were farmers, in 2016 we had the particiatpation buffet, and now in 2017 it looks like the bee will be our metaphor.

This makes sense. A network approach will require cross-pollinators. We need to mobilze and recruit organizations. We need to go back to our communities and bring people along for the ride. I, for an example, am an academic. I need to encourage other schoalrs to contribute while also working with Mozilla to carve out a space for contributors to be recognized for their work.

You maybe a poet or an artist, a designer, a developer, an engineer, or a journalist who share values with Mozilla. Great. Lets empower you within your network so we can create a symbiotic relationship around the web.

What does this Require?

  • Championing Other People
  • Low Barriers of Entry
  • An all of the above platform approach
  • A bunch of other stuff I can't think of. Will you help?

What does this mean for our efforts on the Leadership ToolKit?

  • Hopefully we build somethign that can be used by any networks.

 

  • Networks are the people in them. I do not want to try to build self paced online learning modules. Its bad learning. Instead we are building our modules for live coaching delivery and will help people fork them for synchronous or aynschronous online learning (even self paced online).

 

  • We need to settle on a platform. I don't want to build one more place for Mozilla contributors to have to join. We somehow need a platform that is platform agnostic. For me that is the web. All of our course design should be built on the POSSE model, Publish on Your Own Site, Syndicate Elsehwere. For now this might be Discourse, Twitter, Facebook, or Telgram. We have to let conditions in the nodes decide where learners will share what they make. What we can do is empower the people who use the toolkit to own what they make and control their privacy as they decide where to share it. Personally I believe chat streams enabled with yet to be devloped bots and AI will be the future of distributed learning spaces.

Greg McVerry

Exploring Open Pedagogy with @wiobyrne

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The past few years at LRA @wiobyrne and I have been exploring Open Pedagogy. We started the Alt. Pub study group trying to push open research and publication.

We have developed and pushed a research agenda around open pedagogy.

The two of us have decided its time to get all our ideas together and focus them on a book. 

We are going to try and make the entire writing process transparent. We will read and annotate online with hypothes.is. We will interview and post podcasts with thought leaders. We will collect our thoughts on random blogs. Our drafts will be made available somewhere with final versions of each chapter published on our blogs.

Will we shop around the book to publishers? Yes, but only to those who will allow a creative commons book to exist in the wild. After all that is part of the main argument. The community supports itself in the wild.

Not sure of the platform we will use for drafting. May go FOSS but may also use a gDocs with an open document. So there is the first dilemma, but unrelated pedagogy (or is it?) can something be open if it lives on a private platform?