Weeknote 07/2019 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #332 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. It was entitled, ‘On social media’ and was, as ever, made possible via those who support me on Patreon.
Taking Wednesday again as my consultancy day, and talking to a three people via my new surgery slots. Two of the conversations were about Open Badges and the other one was about digital equity. I’m only available in the morning next Wednesday, so book your slot now!
Working on the MoodleNet project:
Pushing out an update which has received lots of thumbs-up from testers!
Sending out another MoodleNet survey,…

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Goodbye Digitalme, and thanks for all the fish | Doug Belshaw

This announcement from Digitalme is a real shame:

Since we joined the City and Guilds Group in June 2016, we have continued to help all kinds of teams recognise learning with the Open Badge Standard.

At this point in our journey, it is time to say goodbye to the Open Badge Academy in order for us to focus on supporting the design, development, and implementation of quality programmes that leverage the Open Badge Standard powered by leading technology — Credly.

After leaving Mozilla in 2015, I consulted with City & Guilds up to the point at which they acquired Digitalme. I’d known…

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Weeknote 06/2019 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #331 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. It was entitled, ‘YLet it snow, let it snow, let it snow’ and was, as ever, made possible via those who support me on Patreon.
Taking Wednesday as my consultancy day, and talking to a bunch of people via my new surgery slots. It was great to help people with things like expanding their Open Badges programme, getting started as a consultant, and the process of getting a PhD!
Working on the MoodleNet project:
Reflecting on some useful survey feedback from testers, mostly positive!
Triaging lots of suggestions…

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Experimenting with a Slack-based book club | Doug Belshaw

TL;DR: I’ve started a channel called #book-club-1 in the We Are Open co-op Slack. Everyone adhering to our code of conduct is welcome. Reading this. Join here. Starts Monday.

I was discussing book clubs over email with Bryan Alexander recently. He’s been running ones via his blog since 2013, and finds them a valuable experience.

This was prompted by a few people both in We Are Open co-op‘s Slack and the Thought Shrapnel Patreon saying that they’d appreciate the opportunity to discuss new books like Paul Jarvis’ Company of One and Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism.

I’ve never been a…

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Weeknote 05/2019 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #330 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. It was entitled, ‘You’d BETT-er believe it, people’ and was, as ever, made possible via those who support me on Patreon.
Recording, editing and releasing Episode 115 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘Art, milk and parties’ and discussed our experiences at BETT, the history of art, veganism, criticism of Facebook, MoodleNet testing, smartphone-based party games, and more!
Working on the MoodleNet project:
Feverishly getting things ready for the…

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Dr. Doug’s Wednesday surgeries | Doug Belshaw

TL;DR: I’m experimenting with 30-minute (free) ‘surgeries’ on Wednesdays. You can book me here: http://bit.ly/2SkJwWt

Every week I have one day devoted to consultancy or pro-bono work, and climbing mountains. In 2018, that day was usually a Friday, which was great for getting away and up mountains, but less good for my consultancy and pro-bono work.

That’s why I’ve decided to experiment with Wednesday as this day in 2019. It will split the work I do for Moodle into two (Mon/Tues and Thurs/Fri) and hopefully ensure that this day I’ve carved out doesn’t become just part of the…

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Weeknote 04/2019 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Issue #329 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. It was entitled, ‘All is fair in love and Brexit’ and was, as ever, made possible via those who support me on Patreon.
Working on the MoodleNet project (Mon-Weds):
Preparing for the first pilot test next week. We got 197 applications in English and Spanish, and everyone should now know which ‘list’ they’re on!
Collaborating on translations with Julia.
Catching up with Carlo, our DPO about data protection.
Talking with Bob about Moodle Educator Certificates and Open Badges.
Making decisions about what’s in…

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