Category: Weeknotes (page 1 of 26)

Weeknote 16/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Working on the MoodleNet project:
    • Discussing some potential upcoming work with a range of design and development agencies. More on that soon, I hope, as I want to get cracking with a design sprint in May.
    • Talking with smart people, including Emma Richardson (President of the Moodle Users Association), Mike Larsson,
    • Catching up with the recording of the Moodle All-Hands meeting on Wednesday where some important things were announced to colleagues.
    • Adding some more detail to the wiki page I’d started, digging into different types of resource-centric social networks.
  • Attending the OER18 conference with my Moodle hat on. It was a great event, superbly organised by the ALT team. I caught up with so many people in sunny Bristol — too many to name individually. I also participated in a Virtually Connecting session (recorded) and learned a lot to apply to my MoodleNet work.
  • Running a thinkathon with my co-op colleagues for CET in Israel about a digital literacy MOOC they want to create for teachers in the city of Beer Sheva with the municipality. It went really well, and we’ll be following up soon.
  • Collaborating with Bryan Mathers on some follow-up co-op work for the Inter-American Development Bank. We’re making use of Badge Wiki for the outputs.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m going to be at the OE Global Conference 2018 in Delft, Netherlands. Moodle is sponsoring it and I’m looking forward to catching up with Martin Dougiamas.

Weeknote 15/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m off to Bristol for the OER18 conference. I gave the keynote four years ago, and there’ll be plenty of people there that I know!


Photo taken by Hannah Belshaw at Jersey Zoo, and edited in Snapseed.

Weeknote 14/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out the agenda for the next 6th Morpeth Scouts Executive Committee meeting. I also made a small tweak to their website.
  • Messing about with my family, as they’re all on Easter holidays. I have never seen children consume so much chocolate. We made collages using cut-up bits of newspaper and magazine (mine is at the top of this post!)
  • Working on Project MoodleNet:
    • Talking with smart people, including Mark Pegrum, Stephen Downes, and Mike Larsson.
    • Finalising the job advert for a Technical Architect to help me out. It will be a six-month position, initially, and should be posted before the end of the month.
    • Leading the first monthly community call. The agenda, notes, and recording can be found here.
    • Working with Paul Greidanus on testing some potential solutions for the MVP. Unfortunately, they didn’t work. It’s always useful to bear in mind that Edison quote when that happens…
  • Hanging out with my We Are Open co-op colleagues for our monthly co-op day. We talked about the new website we’re building, GDPR, upcoming work, the Co-op College conference, our involvement in the CoTech network, and other silliness.
  • Writing:

Next week, I’m taking a short break to go on holiday with my family in Jersey at the start of the week. After that, I’m doing a couple of days with Moodle and then spending a day finishing off some of the IDB work for the co-op.

Weeknote 13/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week it’s the Easter holidays, so I’ll be at home and not be working on Monday. From Tuesday to Thursday I’ll be working on Moodle-related stuff, and co-op things on Friday.


Photo of the University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre taken by me on Monday.

Weeknote 12/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m in Glasgow from Sunday afternoon until Wednesday evening for the UK & Ireland MoodleMoot. I’m working from home on Thursday, and then taking the long Easter weekend off!


Photo of the Berlin Cathedral Church taken by me on Thursday using my OnePlus 5. Postprocessing in Snapseed.

Weeknote 11/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #295 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘A wee problem…’ and featured curated links from the Thought Shrapnel blog (where you can also sign up if you don’t yet subscribe!)
  • Recording, editing and releasing Episode 98 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘Zoom zoom zoom’ and discussed audio recording, coding, philosophy books, the work of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, thinking about dying, big tech, and some tech tricks!
  • Working on Project MoodleNet:
  • Recording a podcast episode with Jeff Utecht about Open Badges.
  • Working with Bryan Mathers on behalf of the co-op on some follow-up work for the Inter-American Development Bank. I’m delighted that we’ll be sharing those outputs on Badge Wiki.
  • Planning for next week’s presentation in Berlin.
  • Attending a fantastic basketball match on  Friday night where Newcastle Eagles came from behind to destroy their opponents, Bristol Flyers. My family loved it!
  • Unexpectedly free on Saturday, after Scout Camp was postponed due to the snow. I was supposed to be leading a group for a mini version of Operation Twilight.

Next week I’m working at home for Moodle Monday through Wednesday. I’m then flying to Berlin to speak on digital literacies at an event organised by the Goethe Institut. I’ll be back on Friday to finish off my Moodle work.

Weeknote 10/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m at home all week, working on all things Moodle from Monday to Thursday, and then co-op stuff on Friday.


Image by Udo Rabe used under a Creative Commons BY-SA licence.

Weeknote 09/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #293 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Making cheese grate again’ and featured curated links from the Thought Shrapnel blog (where you can also sign up if you don’t yet subscribe!)
  • Jet lagged. I thought I’d beaten it with Melatonin tablets, but it came back to bite me on Tuesday — three days after I got home! I took the day off to get back into the groove.
  • Recording an episode of the Today in Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host, Dai Barnes. Unfortunately, the recording didn’t work properly and only Dai’s side of the conversation was captured after the two-minute mark. It’s disappointing, as we’ve only just moved to a paid account on Cast after experiencing some issues with Zencastr. Not the best present for Dai, whose birthday it was this week!
  • Buying a Chromebox (Asus CN62) for my office, as I’m sick of having to connect and disconnect my laptop every morning. I just want something where I can turn it on and go straight into a video conference. It’s obviously not as powerful as my laptop, but does the job.
  • Snowed in. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so much snow in Northumberland, where I live!. The snow was lying 22cm deep outside our house, which meant no school for three days for the children, no travel, and most shops either shut or on reduced hours. I work from home, so the only way it affected me was reducing my options for exercise and having to do some childcare.
  • Booking travel for upcoming events in Berlin, Glasgow, and Bristol.
  • Working on Project MoodleNet:
    • Catching up with stuff I’d missed while away last week, including the recording of the all-hands meeting and (always!) emails.
    • Revisiting my notes from the leadership week in Australia and feeding them into my planning.
    • Adding new scenario images and tidying up the white paper.
    • Talking with lots of smart people, including: Jim Groom, Tom Salmon, Clint Lalonde, Grainne Hamilton, Nitin Parmar, Greg McVerry, and Ian O’Byrne. I very much appreciated their insights and have some more conversations lined up next week!
    • Scheduling the first community call (15:00 UTC, 4th April)
    • Putting together a milestones document for planning and resourcing.
    • Finishing off the Futurelearn GDPR course I’d started. It’s possibly the first online course, other than Learn Moodle Basics, that I’ve ever completed!
  • Participating in our monthly We Are Open Co-op day. We discussed and worked on a bunch of things, including our new website (coming soon!)
  • Writing:

Next week I’m working five days for Moodle as I took a day off this week. I’ll be digging into the Project MoodleNet milestones planning and overview document (initially for internal use) and talking to more smart people!


Image by John Johnston used under a Creative Commons license

Weeknote 08/2018

This week I’ve been:

I’m heading back to the UK this evening then will be at home for the next couple of weeks working on Project MoodleNet and wrapping up some consultancy work. After that I’ve got a bit of travel to events in Europe from mid-March onwards.

Weeknote 07/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #291 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘ Necessary koalafications 🐨’ and featured curated links from the Thought Shrapnel blog (where you can also sign up if you don’t yet subscribe!)
  • Working in Perth and Mandurah, Australia at a Moodle team leads workweek. It was great to hang out in person with my colleagues, some of which I’d never met in person. We got lots done, and it was my pleasure to help facilitate some of that.
  • Putting the finishing touches to plans with Bryan Mathers for next weeks’ work in Washington DC with the Inter-American Development Bank around Open Badges.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m in Washington DC from Monday to Saturday. Over and above the work we’re doing there, I’m looking forward to hanging out with Bryan and a few people I’m planning to catch up with.

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