10 top email productivity tips | Doug Belshaw

This morning, Robin Dewar, a freshly-minted supporter of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter, got in touch to ask me some advice. What article(s) should he point his team towards to help them improve their use of email?

I realised that there wasn’t one blog post to rule them all, so instead I took the opportunity to go back through relevant articles I’d saved to Pocket. I removed any that were vendor-specific (e.g. Google, Microsoft) and ones that included tips as part of a wider ‘make your life more productive’ article.

The result, which I’ll continue to add to, can be found on my wiki,…

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Weeknote 25/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #263 was entitled ‘Sizzle’. Don’t forget you can sign up to Thought Shrapnel Live! using Telegram to receive links as I come across them.
Giving the closing keynote at an Open Badges event up at the University of Dundee. My slide deck can be found here. I enjoyed catching up with Grainne Hamilton from Digitalme while I was there (we were former colleagues at Jisc).
Redesigning the landing page of dougbelshaw.com on the train home from Dundee. I’m…

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“And she turned round to me and said…” | Doug Belshaw

I’d always assumed that my grandmother’s use of the sentence starter in this post’s title came from her time working in factories. I imagined it being reference to someone turning around on the production line to say something bitchy or snarky. It turns out, however, that the phrase actually relates to performing a volte face. In other words it’s a criticism of someone changing their opinion in a way that others find hypocritical.

This kind of social judgement plays an important normative role in our society. It’s a delicate balance: too much of it and we feel restricted by cultural…

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Badge Wiki: start of 30-day feedback period on Terms of Use and Privacy Policy | Doug Belshaw

Earlier this year, I wrote about the importance of thinking about a project’s architecture of participation when encouraging contribution from a new or existing community of people.

In that post, I included a checklist containing eight points to consider. I think I’ve got another one to add: get your policies right by soliciting feedback on them.

We Are Open Co-op is currently in the first phase of creating Badge Wiki, a knowledge base for the Open Badges community. It’s a project made possible through the support of Participate.com.

As part of this process, we have to come up with…

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Redesigning dougbelshaw.com | Doug Belshaw

I wrote my own HTML and CSS for dougbelshaw.com back when I was at Mozilla. It was originally a template to be used with Thimble, and a few people ‘forked’ it to use it for their own site.

Although it had some nice features, however — like a JavaScript library that swapped out text, a custom DuckDuckGo search engine, and one of my photographs of Druridge Bay — it wasn’t responsive and, quite frankly, it looked a bit old-fashioned.

So, on the train on the way back from Dundee today, I thought I’d do something about it. I knew that I wanted something pretty simple and minimalist, yet with…

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Weeknote 24/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #262 was entitled ‘Strong and stable’.
Recording and releasing Episode 85 of Today In Digital Education (TIDE), the regular podcast I record with Dai Barnes. We used Zencastr to record for the first time. This episode was entitled ‘Personalised Unbundling’ and we discussed the results of the UK General Election, unbundling education, personalised learning, using smartphones in front of your children, notification systems, and more!
Tracking all…

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Weeknote 24/2017 | Doug Belshaw

This week I’ve been:
Sending out Thought Shrapnel, my weekly newsletter loosely structured around education, technology, and productivity. Issue #262 was entitled ‘Strong and stable’.
Recording and releasing Episode 85 of Today In Digital Education (TIDE), the regular podcast I record with Dai Barnes. We used Zencastr to record for the first time. This episode was entitled ‘Personalised Unbundling’ and we discussed the results of the UK General Election, unbundling education, personalised learning, using smartphones in front of your children, notification systems, and more!
Tracking all…

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