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Greg McVerry

Challenges in Open Source Blogging Communities

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As open source communities we need to keep each other energized and engaged.Many people contribute on volunteer time. Squeezing in opportunities to code around children and career.

Committment takes love and energy. We allowed a narrative of the loner coder pushing commits from a dark basement to define us for far too long. Let us redefine what open source communities look like in more inclusive terms. Let's build in supports for each other.

Blogging can provide this cathartic release for open source contributors. Yet, how do you we harness a digital hug, encourage friendly games, or allow for creative venting without putting undue pressure on an already busy day?

Use the blogs to uplift the community through fun. Make them simple. Design relevant task.

Blogging Challenges

You can add weekly, daily, or monthly challenges to your community or classroom. These challenges have existed since the dawn of the web. Both open pedagogy classes and open source communities have used have effectively used challenges to keep members engaged.

In this began with a daily shoot with a challenge to post a photo everyday. We ee similar types of games in social media streams all the times, but when playing along from a blog you can rest assure that contributing to your project doesn't mean social media silos get to suck up all of your data. They now have the infamous daily create bank that randomly tweets out a challenge every day.

In the community,  set a goal of having someone release gifts of code or content that is openly licensed well-documented and useful for others throughout the month of December in 2018.

Challenges You Can Try:

  • Six-word memoir-Post your reasons you open source in six words.
  • Daily quote (stay away from picture quotes to allow for inclusion..better yetteach accessibility rules first)
  • Hardest/Latest/First thing you learned
  • First/Latest/Most proud contributions
  • Daily photo challenges
  • 150 words a day/week/month
  • Parent challenge-Share memories or rants of open source work and parenting

You have to create a community around yoru code. Do not expect contributors to stick around pushing commits without the contaigon of fun.

To help try and provide a communal release in your open source community try blogging challenges.

 

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If you are an person using WordPress.org feel free to add your name to this list. @wiobyrne and I will be publishing it in our blogging chapter of the book: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1C2EM3nCKhRFqegCQShnuKRwyJZ-rmo3Y3USA0QDOir0/edit?usp=sharing

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This of course means bringing to @scsu Computer Science, English, and Education students. We can combine it with the some of the Open Leadership I and @sunnydeveloper and now others working with @chadsansig created as well. https://github.com/jgmac1106/worldsandwes/tree/master

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Capturing and describing the "why" of connected learning - YouTube

purpose rather than conent driven

Mimi Ito 48 seconds

Issues of power and authority come up immediatley

Bill Penuel

Joint endeavors for the community. What are the outcomes of groups we can measure

Bill Penuel

Literacy as a tool for salvation.

Vera Michalchik

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Then as Twitter blew up became a thing. Meanwhile @downes @gcorous @gseimens also were creating the RSS distributed class model that really blossomed in

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Twitter also sells your privacy. I rely pretty much on students who can answer the question, "My url is...." but many courses organize on twitter just to name a few.

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Team behind Samizdat: Journal of Blogging and Social Media Research continues to grow. Need experts from all disciplines and corners. Please lend expertise. Reclaim our research. https://samizdat.jgregorymcverry.com/ourteam.html

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@aleciamarie This is def an area of follow up research. I don't have a grasp on it fully but I want to keep studying and to track the spread of knowledge. The stong local components huge AND you are right most meet online first.

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Tracing Pathways of Perspective and Broken Promises #LRA18

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Perspective. Too often it's just the 250 words you can allot before describing yoru study, or worse the views of someone paying your tuition bills.

Yet when we think of design and building off of theory much of thw world is trying to replicate what we once meant by having a theoretical perspective drive your design.

I have tried to reclaim this aspect of my research over the past year.

Teacher Education Research Study Group

I had originally planned on working with the TERSG study group on work on culturally proactive pedagogy. Joy Meyers, Carin Appleget, Courtney Hokulaniokekai Shimek, Breanya Hogue. Awesome people I had let down.

Last year at LRA it was my first time trying not running a study group in five years. It felt liberating. Actaully it was my first year not being a section program chair or e-editor in in three years.

I looked forward to trying something new. The Teacher Education Research Study Group soudned great.I walked in not knowing a thing and I loved their design. Each year they nrainstorm a study , compelte study and present the next year. Rinse, wash, repeat. Brilliant.

I also thought trying to move my research into teacher ed would help me survive life at a comprehensive university. A 4-4 load, with three credits release for being graduate coordinator, and trying to organize an research agenda...I thought basing my research in my day to day of teacher prep  would help me breath.

The pressures on faculty are immense. We handle 30 applicants a semester. Advise 30-40 students a semseter. Hit enrollment targets, develop a plan and set targets for minority teacher recruitment. Collect data for CAEP, figure out the EdTPA roll-out, interview perspective students, sit on graduate council....who am I telling you know the story...

I loved the work we did with Teacher Education Research Study Group. We designed a series of lessons around culturally proactive pedagogy in our methods classes. Worked on iterating on design, reflecting on our own bias. Solid good work the it's meant to be.

I did some of my best teaching that semester. I wanted to model proactive. As an online class discovered new ways to track patterns that provided wonderful insight. Maybe even get a metholdogy paper out of this as well! After the semester I went to pick up the IRB forms dropped off to the office.

One student completed the form.

I had nothing. All the work, for naught. Which then makes you feel guilty for trying to make professional gains doing something that is so fundementally right.

I tried to stick with the group. I had made new friends. Slowly the pressures of the campus and a loss of perspective and I faded away. Letting my team down.

The research never truly drove me. I loved the search for new methods for data analysis of online classes but diversity in children's literature just wasn't my passion. Which also leads to guilt. Here I want to talk tech and students face a world of hate and opression.

I needed a new plan.

Perspective Possibilities

At my plan crumbled I was also making no secret that I think most of the education research, publication, and assessment industry is a sham at worse and a waste of resources as best.

I have always tried to advocate for greater open scholarship. Pushed hard. Got bruised harder and made no gains.

It's called power for a reason.

So I started searching and playing in open spaces. I have always fooled with tech. Never really a coder or developer, a tinkerer.Part of the reason I studied at the New Literacies Research Lab. I believe the way we read, write, and participate has fundementaly shifted and we as educators faield to respond.

Given my affinity for hanging online and my desire for open scholarship I was drawn to the IndieWeb community. In fact my first IndieWeb post came at LRA when I argued against the rights  we sign away to publishers.

So I chose to switch gears and continue the work I began last year when I presented a study on and Rhizomatic Learning.

Philosophies of Your Own Domain

Something different happens in  spaces people own online. The agentive writing, the continuos exchange of knowledge, and the struggle to understand all unfold as people fold their identities.

I began by trying to draw on Vygotsky's idea of perezhivaniya.After designing a research project around this philsophy I shared the work with the Extrended Mind Culture and Activity ListServ.

They pointed me towards Dewey. I missed the the "essence" that often will not translate to English. I have always been drwn to Dewey. Especially after long conversations with Chip Bruce and Rick Beach. So I tweaked my design around theories of democracy and education.

I ended up here in the paper: https://jgmac1106homepage.glitch.me/openpedagogycasestudy.html#power-platforms-and-individuals

Yet this makes me think about perspectives and international literacy research. Is Dewey, his pragmatism, as American as Apple Pie and frought with same cultural bias? Can you build toward an ideal without a focus on the critical?

These will be thoughts I will continue to explore. Well it's after midnight. Missing everyone at but Skip James been keeping me company. Enough rambling. Gonna call it a night. Enjoy vital sessions.

 

Greg McVerry

I added a few more pages to my satire piece "When You Give A Mouse A Domain" https://mouseadomain.glitch.me/