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Greg McVerry

In order to close the budget gap for the Connecticut State College System CSCU president Mark E. Ojakian asked staff to voluntarily use unpaid leave as a kind of a "furlough day."

It is awesome when some who gets:
-335,000 a year in salary
-A free car
-car insurance
-free vehicle repairs

asks someone who makes under 70,000 a year in state salary, has 500 a month in student loans, pays for his own car, and insurance to take unpaid "days off."

Furlough days do not work for faculty. We do not get off time. Students need feedback and classes must still be taught. Faculty positions are not 9-5. Do I furlough the countless hours I spend after my kids go to bed when I record instructional videos? Do I furlough the hours where I sneak out of bed the next day at 5AM to squeeze in another hour or two of work?

I donate hundreds of hours a year beyond what my contract requires and now Ojakian wants more.

He and Malloy need to stop calling this a budget crisis. It has been this way since the day I started at Southern. A crisis can not be permanent by definition, and the budget can't be fixed by me working for free.

I do enough of that already.

How about the family events I miss, like my sons birthday, so I can provide programming on campus on the weekends?

Do I take a furlough day when my reviews are due to journals on tight deadlines?

Do I take furlough days when I finally have time to write and try to get published?

I love how the rich assume that shared sacrifice means just getting a little bit more out of those who can not afford it.

I already donate a large portion of my salary to pay for retirement health benefits I will never see. Literally I have to fork over cash twice a month because the state made promises they could never afford.

No wonder businesses and people want out of Connecticut as quick as possible.

Greg McVerry

Replied to a post on medium.com :

Great post on OER @audreywatters In the end there has to be some kind of platform or if we are going platformless with OER some kind of standard that allows resources to have tagged metadata.

Do you know how good people are at when it comes to tagging?

I agree OER needs something such as GitHub. So I have a challenge to everyone go get three teachers. Tell them to take there three best lessons, convert them to Markdown, and get them up on Github.

Watch heads explode. 

It has taken me a year to get to a point where I am comfortable enough to screw things up on GitHub. You can not ask teachers to open up terminal and expect any contributions.

So I have hopes for wikkity.cc — or something similar. I think fedwiki is awesome but it suffers from the same problem as github only worse. Any UX that needs or looks like documentation is a non-starter for norms.

Thus Mike Caulfield’s need to puddle participants at conferences in order to grasp at meaning.

Yet OER does not need to be an act of titling at windmills or involve pink elephants at all.

What OER databases need, and this is something Hannah Kane has written about (http://hannahgrams.com/2016/02/01/our-evolving-approach-to-the-curriculum-database/) is a content creation first approach. That is something the Mozilla community is focused on. We need a lightweight, dare I say, CMS that has two buttons: publish and remix. 

I am hoping whatever we create will be as platformless as possible but there needs to be some level of discovery, and discovery takes search, and search takes tagging.

. Hopefully much of the sausage making will not be visible.

This vision is what Mike Caulfield brings: curriculum not as a repo but as an organism.

Greg McVerry

@slamteacher @mcjsa @KrisGiere @Bali_Maha @edtechinsight Or do we need to cause some disruption and be empathetic to struggle?

My students demand rubricized and structured online learning modules. They want step by step walk-throughs of every task.

Is it more empathetic to build the learning space that gaurantees success or do we just provide support when students fall in the inevitable pits of non-linear learning?

Greg McVerry

@mcjsa @KrisGiere @Bali_Maha @slamteacher @edtechinsight What about when learners want or expect linear. Is empathy sometimes a straight line of design?

Greg McVerry

Can I use javascript to surface additional file types? if those file types have some kind of keywords or metadata attached.

I have a friend with a ton of downloadable materials. She wants people who download here stuff to get a "If you like that you may also like..."

Is there a tool that will search either by file type of div id?s

The files are mainly pdfs.

Greg McVerry

IndieWebCamp NYC - Aaron Parecki https://aaronparecki.com/events/2016/01/22/1/indiewebcamp excited to attend the Friday of

Greg McVerry

I can't make what I want . I was trying to make my syllabus using a navigable javascript slide deck. I tried to make: https://d157rqmxrxj6ey.cloudfront.net/jgmac1106/16778/

It looked fantabulous on my desktop display, but when anyone else opened it it looked like crap. The fixed pixels of elements and text spilled out of the divs.

I tried really hard to fix it but it looks like crap. I should have juts used Google Docs for my syllabus.

Greg McVerry

I have long respected @BRCrandall out reach with under represented voices and his cherishing silenced narratives. More importantly he awakens those once silenced.

I would love a chance to collaborate and think of NWP regional events.

-@wiobyrne, I , and a crew of others used to organize the print2pixel unconference. What about writing unconferences? Not really grant funded just some local begging.

-I am also creating the Youth Zone at our Women's Studies conference this year. Its in April. Thinking of doing some activitites. I would love to co-sponsor the space with CT Writing Project. Even better if you want to bring young women to share their voice.

-I am also the Gear Up coordinator for literacy. I will be running a class for 11th graders every Monday?Wednesday. We will be doing some SAT prep but mainly, writing, and .

-Local affiliates should look to partner and run activities with the in your state. Even better if you can write your involvement into the 2018 calls when they come out. Build the relationships now.

Greg McVerry

New paste • Fedora Project Pastebin https://paste.fedoraproject.org/ This looks pretty cool.

Greg McVerry

@humphd @soapdog @chadsansig @flukeout the final: https://d157rqmxrxj6ey.cloudfront.net/jgmac1106/19181/index.html

Many of my students were using the Three things project for their final but I wanted to create another multipage portfolio option. I kept the pic of East Haddam in there for @chadsansig.

I was watching my students yesterday complete the final and thinking about looking for growth. I think for now I am most interested in how far a deviation it is from the template.

I probably should have moved the menu into the main content div and made it a horizontal table but when working with people marking up pages for the first I have learned to try and keep it simple. My stylesheet is already far too long.

I also could not get the JS to work properly as the menu was meant for a single page website that jumped between divs.

Now it is on to finishing my portfolio so my students have a mentor text.