Weeknote 16/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #300 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Tricentennial’. Fist-bumps to the 29 people who support me via Patreon plus those backers via Gumroad!
Meeting with representatives from Brunel University about some potential upcoming Open Badges work. Also with Cliff Manning about a workshop I’m running in July for the Carnegie UK Trust.
Curating interesting things I came across on the Thought Shrapnel blog. This week I collected some quotations and commented on the following:

Clickbait and switch?

“Once you learn to read, you will…

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Weeknote 15/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #299 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Jersey shore’. Thanks to the 26 people who support me via Patreon and the original backers via Gumroad!
On holiday in Jersey with my family from Saturday to Tuesday. It rained most of the time, but we still had fun exploring the island — including the zoo. During the trip I read the 700+ pages (including appendices) of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods. While I’d listened to the audiobook a while ago, I’m not sure I ever finished it. Reading it in a short, intense period of time means that I now…

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Winnowing the MoodleNet project down to MVP size | Doug Belshaw

Note: this post refers to the MoodleNet project that I’m leading. More on that can be found here: moodle.com/moodlenet
Context

As a knowledge worker, you can’t win. If you do your job well, then the outputs you produce are simple and easy to understand. It’s your job to deal with complexity and unhelpful ambiguity so that what’s left can comprehended and digested.

In a way, it’s very much like the process of writing for an audience. We’ve all read someone’s stream-of-consciousness email that said much but conveyed little. Good writing, on the other hand, takes time, effort, and editing….

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Weeknote 14/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #298 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Easter treats’. As of this week, I have 25 people supporting me via Patreon and some backers via Gumroad.
Sick. Ignoring my own advice (for which Laura scolded me) I worked through the weakness. Instead of taking my laptop to bed, I should of allowed myself time to get better.
Curating interesting things I came across on the  Thought Shrapnel blog. This week I collected some quotations and commented on the following:
Microcast #012 (supporters only!)
“All that is gold does not glitter,

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No easy answers | Doug Belshaw

In the early days of new ‘disruptive’ technologies (see MOOCs, blockchain, Open Badges…) the rhetoric is always about how one thing will replace something else, democratise a system, and/or reduce costs. While the latter is usually true, unfortunately what tends to happen is that existing power dynamics, far from being disrupted, are reinforced.

I’m thinking about these things after conversations with a whole range of people about Project MoodleNet — including one with Stephen Downes yesterday. There’s no such thing as a neutral system, so every time you design a new technology-based…

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My takeaways from Stephen Downes’ talk on personal learning | Doug Belshaw

In general, I have great intentions to watch recorded presentations. However, in reality, just like the number of philosophy books I get around to reading in a given year, I can count the number I sit down to watch on the fingers of one hand.

I’ve been meaning to watch Stephen Downes’ talk on personal learning since he gave it at the at the Canada MoodleMoot back in February. Since I’m talking with him this afternoon about Project MoodleNet, that served as a prompt to get around to watching it.

(as an aside, it’s a blessing to be able to play YouTube videos at 1.5 or double speed —…

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Weeknote 13/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #297 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Springing Forward’. Are you a Patreon supporter yet?
Participating in the MoodleMoot UK & Ireland in Glasgow, which I MC’d. In addition, I presented on Project MoodleNet and ran a workshop. Slides and outputs from those can be found here. It was great to catch up with colleagues while I was there, as well as Grainne Hamilton and Dave White (briefly!)
Putting together a ‘job landscape’ for a Technical Architect for Project MoodleNet.
Curating interesting things I came across on the …

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