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Greg McVerry

Reflections on #credweb Community Group 2020-04-08 Meeting

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Yesterday the credible web group got together to do some though excercises as we get closer to building a credibility rating engine.

We began, and I did not have time to participate by rating credibility of public figures. You can see an example on the Google Doc using this framework.

I would rather link the credibility rating to a person canonical website than a social media silo but the tools we are trying to develop are directed more at social networks and journalistic publishers.

Still having your own place online is the first step to credibility and I think we should try to "attach" ratings to a person canonical ID. Not having a website, while a reflection of priviledge, is in itself a loss of credibility.

We then tried this thought excercise and didn't finish in the hour call because this stuff is hard. Common problems we had : should credibility be domain specific? is action required? how big of a scale do we need to ensure enough variance but not threaten internal consitency?

My thoughts

Some quick bytes:

  • you can't separate expertise from domain
    • we discussed relying on   self affirmed expertise. "I know Sandro. I know he is an expert in web standards. Sandro says he is an expert in auto mechanics. Therefore I trust Sandro with my car." This to me is way too fraught with engendered and cultural bias. A white male from the dominant narrative is way quicker to label themselves an expert
  • The action kept throwing me. Must we have an action be involved on a credibility rating?
    • The US  Georgia Governor said, "We just learned how contagious covid-19 is" I now trust him less. Not going tochange my actions. I would love to give him 4 pinnochio noses in my credibility browser extension

Is 1st degree and  2nd degree network effect enough?
I feel like I kind of already include credibility statements for the people I follow: https://jgregorymcverry.com/myfollowing

  • each person is arranged by domain of knowledge. I do include their first person expertise statements.
  • I have four different levels of trust "acquaintance, colleague, friend, muse" I use xfn for this like rel="muse"

This isn't a solution for the cred web work, just another example.. It isn't json-ld. It parses into JSON well so converting it to extra data to stick somewhere in the file wouldn't be hard once there are tools to try http://pin13.net/mf2/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fjgregorymcverry.com%2Ffollowing (the pinochio broswer extension doesn't exist).

I follow Sandro and he is more than acquaintance. He follows Subbu and says he is an expert in journalism. Therefore when I follow Subbu he gets some credibility points toward journalism. The more 2nd degree points Subbu gets the higher Subbu's credibility rating on a goven domain.


This is a little suspect to confirmation bias. Hard to eliminate the "being human part" and the idea that there is ever an objective credibility rating is nonsensical.

Can we annotate for credibility?
Back to the Kemp example. If I read this: https://www.newsweek.com/georgia-governor-didnt-know-asymptomatic-people-transmit-coronavirus-149569... I would want to be able to do something like:

<blockquote> <a class="h-card" href="https://gov.georgia.gov/" tag="dumbass"> Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp </a> said he wasn't aware that asymptomatic people could transmit coronavirus as he announced he was preparing to issue a state-wide shelter-in-place order. <cite> <a href="https://www.newsweek.com/georgia-governor-didnt-know-asymptomatic-people-transmit-coronavirus-1495695"> Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp Says He Didn't Know Asymptomatic People Could Transmit Coronavirus </a> </cite> </blockquote>

If enough 2nd degree people gave Brian Kemp a dumbass rating in my network then my browser would then add four pinochios, four pants on fire, whatever, after any Brtian Kemp mention that also linked to any georgia.gov page


Sorry for not using JSON-LD. I do not know it well enough yet. Easier for me to think in way where I can make my text and metatdata human readable at the same time. I will try and figure out how to mark up my example and add the data back in again  as JSON-LD.

Greg McVerry

I published another daily poem "Somber of Solitude" a reflection on the global lockdown, https://jgregorymcverry.com/mypoetry#audiopoems subscribe using RSS or on PocketCasts https://pca.st/8suh4x3o

Greg McVerry

Creating the #IndieWeb CourseWare with @ReviewTalentFS and @withknown thanks to @scsu and @uconn start-up grant

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Anyone who has followed my meandering path into the knows much of what I do gets driven by teaching.

Our company ReVIEW Talent Feedback System brings this vision to teacher coaching, evaluation and feedback. Reflection and learning should drive classroom improvement.

To that end, we partnered with the Known Open Collective to add learning and reflection to our our platform. We want to help open source learning tools. As part of a start up grant we got from Southern Connecticut State University and University of Connecticut we had three goals

  • Add Single Sign On through OAuth
  • Create a blogging platform to drive coaching and growth through reflection
  • Create an online course builder

OAuth Plugin

The first goal involves a bunch of plumbing. I won't get into this as much to say is what let's you sign into websites with your school email or a social media button. We did do and release all of the development open source. People are already using the OAuth pluging to connect Known to Moodle. That's cool. Open source helps knowledge spread.

Blogging Platform

The second goal derives from ten years of experience in teacher quality and evaluation. We learned important lessons. Mainly we want to measure teacher quality but don't really have the tools yet. Rubric driven observation and coaching does improve efficacy of teaching...jury still out on achievement.

We wanted to give educators a chance to reflect on their growth outside of, but connected to their talent management platform. So we have added the ability to host a school wide network using the software of the Known Open Collective. In fact we donate 50% of any revenue from the reflection blog tools back to the Collective

Course Builder Plugin

I am most excited about the course builder plugin. I have always wanted an IndieWeb course builder and this open source tool is now closer to reaility. We have a few kinks to iron out before we release to the wild for beta testing but I thought I would provide an early view.

You start by clicking on a new course.

You can then design the front page of the course and add course objectives and a code of conduct

adding objectivesThis allows you to include course goals on the front page

add modules and tasksYou can then click on a button to add a schedule or events or add a module.

add a readingOn each module page you get the option to add description, a featured image, a video, and readings.

This is a screenshot of the live module page. We will change the way the reading displays.

My favorite feature, every task is its own page. That means educators or learners can send in artifacts of learning as a webmenton. Meaning they do the learning on their own websites and just link to the task.

The instructor will then be able to see all submissions in one place, while the learner mantains control over their work!

Next Steps

Even cooler we will use this feature for an upcoming webmention badges plugin.

We also need to develop the APIs for the rubrics built into REVIEW Talent Feedback System so we can display scales inside of Known or pull posts into ReVIEW. This goal is more long term.

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Example of a most effective and effiicient way to ensure all students succeed in #k12 #highered online. metacognitive checklist, an example from #edu106 @scsu

1 min read

Want to know the most effective and efficient way to help students succeed in your online class? Just provide a metacognitive checklist.

Here is an example from my Southern Connecticut State University class an intro to

https://edu106.jgregorymcverry.com/2020/learn-something-module-checklist

Did you read the Maisha Winn article?

Did you make a concept map, drawing the shape of Winn's piece? How would you visually represent the ideas, organizations, and connections?

Did you publish a post describing what you will learn?

Did you publish a blog post, meeting our new high standards, reflecting on the readings?

Did you bookmark three sources you will use to learn something?

Did you take and share notes on the bookmarks you shared?

Did you share three written reflections on what your are learning?

Did you share thee audio reflection on what you are learning?

Did you analyze a mentor text using our graphic organizer?

Did you submit a graphic organizer analyzing an online community

Did you write a 250 case study of your online community evaluating the space using a connected learning lens?



Greg McVerry

Week One Module for #edu506 @scsu studentd building up their skills in teachign online literacies in k12 classrooms

2 min read

Goals: 

Explore methods to make our online classes a caring place where every student know what it takes to succeed.

Objectives:
  • Analyze how you applied elements of Community of Inquiry to your first week
  • Explain why intentional hospitality matters in online learning.
Read

Skim the readings for the salient points. Try to survive this week. I debated just giving you an infographic but I went full source in case you return.

Bali, M., Caines, A., Hogue, R. J., DeWaard, H. J., & Friedrich, C. (2019). I ntentionally Equitable Hospitality in Hybrid Video Dialogue: The context of virtually connecting. eLearn, 2019(5), 5.

Garrison, D. R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2010). The first decade of the community of inquiry framework: A retrospective. The internet and higher education, 13(1-2), 5-9.

Write

Share a reflection of your first day.

Share yoru daily and/or weekly schedule

Participate

You took pride in designing your classroom. Your online class should be the same. Over time you can add all the paint and posters, get all the student work hung up, make anchor charts.

For now less is more.

  • Get a piece a paper,
  • Draw out the text structure of a "class period" or "day" depending on your k12 school gets set up.
  • You get no more than four boxes.
  • Now make this layout in Google Classroom.
  • Provide a shot of your paper and the classroom template (NO student data can be displayed)
Reflection

This first week with your students your major focus has to be on social presence and intentional hospitality. Share the strategies you used to keep learning social while creating an environment where students know you care.

 

 

Greg McVerry

Hey #edu106 here is your "Learn Something Module" Checklist

1 min read

  • Did you read the Maisha Winn article?
  • Did you make a concept map, drawing the shape of Winn's piece? How would you visually represent the ideas, organizations, and connections?
  • Did you publish a post describing what you will learn?
  • Did you publish a blog post, meeting our new high standards, reflecting on the readings?
  • Did you bookmark three sources you will use to learn something?
  • Did you take and share notes on the bookmarks you shared?
  • Did you share three written reflections on what your are learning?
  • Did you share thee audio reflection on what you are learning?
  • Did you analyze a mentor text using our graphic organizer?
  • Did you submit a graphic organizer analyzing an online community
  • Did you write a 250 case study of your online community evaluating the space using a connected learning lens?

Italics are currently in progress and due by 2020-04-03.

Greg McVerry

Greg McVerry

A website second best tool (after paper) for tracking the learnign that happens through choice...well learning happens through reflection on activity, and motivation for the activity increases through choice. track it all on my url

Greg McVerry

@jennfrey Part of me though has been questioning whether argumentation as the highest form of discourse is one of many Original sins of Western Civ...Like what if our entire schooling was built on idea that "reflection" and "listening: mattered mroe

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