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Weeknote 27/2015

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #180 of my Things We Learned This Week newsletter. Thanks to Think Associates for sponsoring June’s missives!
  • Trying (and failing) to repair the screen of my Sony Xperia Z Ultra. I’m selling the parts on eBay and using a very old iPhone 4 until I decide what I want next. I’m using my iPad Mini 2 (cellular) most of the time.
  • Writing another article for FE Week, this time about social media. Bryan Mathers illustrated it and, apparently, it’s all being turned into a double-page spread for an upcoming issue.
  • Releasing Episode 16 of the This Week in Digital Education (TIDE) podcast, which I record with Dai Barnes.
  • Spending three days in London, Wednesday-Friday. I stayed at the London City Suites by Montcalm, which has small but perfectly-formed rooms near the swimming pool I go to – and, of course, City & Guilds. It was around 35°C on Wednesday so I hid out in my hotel room after work so as not to melt…
  • Starting work on a short Open Badges 101 course/guide. Bryan Mathers and I will share it with the community towards the end of the month for input/feedback.
  • Talking with Neil Jones about work he’s involved in that’s potentially badgeable.
  • Writing an endorsement for Steve Bunce‘s upcoming Primary Computing book, as well as some LinkedIn recommendations for people I used to work with.
  • Exploring Open edX for the above. It worked well, but we’ll be going with P2PUs Course in a Box instead, I think.
  • Meeting up with James Richards from Chromatrope about various projects, including badges.
  • Getting people started using Trello to chart product development around Open Badges at City & Guilds.
  • Learning from Garry Avery, Director of Tarigo product management training. He helped with the development of some of Apple’s products.
  • Writing:

Next week I’ll be in London as usual on Tuesday/Wednesday and working from home the rest of the week.

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