Weeknote 12/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #251 was entitled ‘Vernal Equinox’.
Releasing Chapter 4 of my productivity audiobook: #uppingyourgame: a practical guide to personal productivity. This latest chapter is on ‘time’.
Collaborating with two of my We Are Open Co-op colleagues, Laura Hilliger and Bryan Mathers. We ran a mini-thinkathon for ourselves around the topic of ‘digital employability’.
Recording and releasing Episode 79 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my…

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Chapter 4 of my new audiobook on productivity is now available! | Doug Belshaw

I’m in the midst of creating an audiobook entitled #uppingyourgame: a practical guide to personal productivity (v2). It’s a side project that I’m aiming to have finished by mid-2017, and I’m pleased to announce another chapter is now available!

Chapter 4 focuses on something that many of us never feel as if we have enough of: Time. This chapter explores methods you can use which will allow you to do more of what you enjoy and value. The idea is that you can finish listening and start implementing straight away!

As usual, I’m using my OpenBeta publishing model, meaning that this product…

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Weeknote 11/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #250 was entitled ‘(Azure) Window on the world’.
Relieved that my father’s heart operation to fit a pacemaker went so well. I was also amazed that his heart is now connected wirelessly to a computer he keeps next to his bed, which in turn is connected to the local hospital. It’s like a high-stakes version of Fitbit!
Recording and releasing Episode 78 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host, Dai Barnes. This episode was…

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My Daily Routine | Doug Belshaw

One of the books on my ‘daily reading’ list is Mason Currey’s fantastic Daily rituals : how great minds make time, find inspiration, and get to work. I implore you to buy a copy if you haven’t already. It’s ace.

Each entry by the author is a couple of pages about the kind of routine that people such as Virginia Woolf or Charles Darwin followed throughout their life. Sometimes this was an easy task for Currey, as the individual wrote specifically about their routine. Other time, it has taken painstaking research, putting together information for a number of sources.

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What does it mean to be ‘digitally employable’? | Doug Belshaw

Let’s define terms:

Employable

Suitable for paid work.
Able to be used.

So being employable means that someone is useful and can fill a particular role, whether as an employee or freelancer, for paid work.

Having written my doctoral thesis on digital literacy, and led Mozilla’s Web Literacy Map from inception to v1.5, one of my biggest frustrations has been how new literacies are developed. It’s all very well having a framework and a development methodology, but how on earth do you get to actually effect the change you want to see in the world?

For the past few weeks, the…

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Badges, Proof and Pathways [DML Central] | Doug Belshaw

My latest post for DML Central has now been published. It was originally a commission through our co-op from Concentric Sky late last year, so I’m glad to finally have it published! It features a great header image from Bryan Mathers.

The focus of the article is on a new open standard for badge pathways that is available in Concentric Sky’s Badgr platform. I’m hoping other platforms adopt it quickly, as it makes a lot of things possible that until now have only been hypothetical.

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It just happens that all of these badges are issued via Badgr, but they could be issued by any…

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Weeknote 10/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Doing different and diverse kinds of work. I’ve really enjoyed the variety of this working week in particular. I’m self-employed so I get high levels of autonomy and agency in my work anyway, but the focus of the things I’ve done for three different clients has been vastly different. It’s also involved a nice mix of working from my home office, travelling within the region that I live, and travelling further afield.
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #249 was entitled ‘Ain’t no time…

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