Weeknote 28/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Helping with last weekend’s Scout camp at up in north Northumberland. Both our children were there. I wasn’t feeling great, so despite what my pre-written newsletter claimed, I drove home to sleep in my bed rather than in a tent.
Sending out Issue #311 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Under canvas’. Thanks to the 39 patrons who back me via Patreon plus those who continue their support via Gumroad!
Migrainey to the extent that I took all day Monday and Tuesday morning off work. I don’t know what triggered it, but it all started on Wednesday last…

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Weeknote 27/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #310 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Moodling about in Barcelona’. Thanks to the 39 patrons who back me via Patreon plus those who continue their support via Gumroad!
Slightly sunburned on a family walk to Linhope Spout.
Discussing some potential upcoming work for We Are Open co-op with MyKnowledgeMap.
Running a half-day workshop on non-linear pathways and Open Badges for the National STEM Learning Centre in York. You can see the 112 slides I used here and I’ve also put together a next steps document for them.
Presenting on…

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Weeknote 26/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #309 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Different’. Thanks to the 40 patrons who back me via Patreon plus those who continue their support via Gumroad!
In Barcelona for MoodleMoot Spain from Monday night to Friday night, where Mayel de Borniol and I:
Visited the newly-opened Moodle Spain office.
Presented at the DevJam and then at the Moot on the current status of the MoodleNet project. You can see the slides we used for the latter here.
Transcribed the post-it notes with feedback from participants in the session we ran. You can…

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Weeknote 25/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #308 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘World Cup(cake)’. Thanks to the 39 patrons who back me via Patreon plus those who continue their support via Gumroad!
Working on the MoodleNet project:
Completing our first two-week sprint. This was a ‘meta-sprint’ in which we got ourselves organised using our Trello board.
Started our next sprint, which will be a three-week one due to our involvement in next week’s Spain Moot (and DevJam).
Mapping out and writing a blog post about system architecture options for MoodleNet.
Discussing UX…

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Weeknote 24/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #307 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Home on the range’. Thanks to the 38 patrons who back me via Patreon plus those who are supporters via Gumroad!
Recording, editing and releasing Episode 104 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘Facebook folly’ and discussed leadership, inequality, anarchy, Facebook’s role in society, drugs use in universities, ‘facilitating’ subjects, and more!
Working on the MoodleNet project:
Continuing our first two-week sprint, focused on…

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Open source community calls in the wake of GDPR | Doug Belshaw

I am a supporter of the intentions and sentiment behind the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into force last month. However, it comes with some side effects.

Take community calls for the open source community, for example. Here’s how they often work:
Agenda — someone with a level of responsibility within the project creates an agenda using a service you don’t have to login to access and to which everyone can contribute (e.g. Etherpad)
Synchronous call — at the appointed time, those wishing to participate connect to some kind of audio and/or video conferencing services…

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Weeknote 23/2018 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #306 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Bachelor lifestyle’. Thanks to the 36 patrons who back me via Patreon plus those who are supporters via Gumroad!
Recording, editing and releasing Episode 103 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘Innovation != progress’ and discussed radical technologies, product management, the MoodleNet project, health, personal learning networks, academic innovation, systems change, off-grid networking, and more!
Working on the MoodleNet…

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