Category: Weeknotes (page 1 of 25)

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.

Weeknote 06/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’ll be splitting my time between Mandurah and Perth in Australia, before flying home on Friday (and arriving Saturday).

Weeknote 05/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m working from home all week, flying to Perth (via Dubai) on Friday.


Image by Michal Grosicki used under a CC0 license

Weeknote 04/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #288 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Socially and emotionally unavailable’ and featured curated links from the Thought Shrapnel blog (where you can also sign up if you don’t yet subscribe!)
  • Making a snowman with my seven year-old daughter on the field near our house. It’s never really snowed enough in her lifetime to do so before!
  • Celebrating my son’s eleventh birthday. Time. Flies.
  • Continuing work on Project MoodleNet. This week, whiteboarding and system architecture (not quite ready to show the world yet), meetings, planning for a trip to Moodle HQ in Perth, Australia next month, starting a GDPR course, catching up with Learn Moodle Basics 3.4, and finishing off a series of posts on the project blog.
  • Recording, editing and releasing Episode 95 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘New Year, same old TIDE’ and discussed what we’ve been up to since the end of last year, family life, book recommendations, using smartphones wisely, GDPR, and more!
  • Renegotiating our mortgage and deciding on which car to go with next, as our current lease expires in March. After a 24-hour test drive of a Toyota C-HR, which is a very cool car, we’ve decided to go with the 2018 version of our current Toyota Auris Touring Sports, as it’s extremely practical for the kind of life my family leads.
  • Curating and scheduling Issue #25 of Badge News, a regular newsletter for the Open Badges community. It’s going to be hitting inboxes on the last Friday of the month from now on.
  • Looking after my family, who all managed to lose their voice due to some kind of cold this week.
  • Participating in the first Mozilla Open Leadership Map community call, led by Chad Sansing. It’s promising work, and I showed up to say hello to former colleagues and connect the work with other initiatives (both previous Mozilla ones and elsewhere).
  • Attending the Bett Show on Friday with Bryan Mathers, whose family also gave me a place to stay on Thursday night. It was good to see, amongst others, Sophie Bessemer, Graham Brown-Martin, Dawn Hallybone, Gavin Henrick, Paul Hutson, Tony Parkin, and Oliver Quinlan there.
  • Writing:

Next week I’m at home, working with Moodle from Monday to Thursday, and then planning with Bryan Mathers for upcoming work we’re doing on behalf of We Are Open Co-op with the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. next month.

Weeknote 03/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m working from home from Monday to Thursday, then I’ll be at the Bett Show in London on Friday.


Photo taken today as my son and I headed to Kielder to pick up an ex-hire hybrid bike he’s getting for his birthday on Monday.

Weeknote 02/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m at home from Monday to Wednesday, then I’m down meeting with my We Are Open Co-op colleagues in London on Thursday and Friday. The week after I’ll be at the Bett Show on the Friday.

Weeknote 01/2018

So here we are! The first weeknote of 2018. You know the drill.

This week I’ve been:

  • Celebrating the New Year. I spent Christmas at home with just my wife and children, but we went down to Devon to the in-laws for New Year and had a great time.
  • Redesigning Thought Shrapnel, which is now not only a weekly newsletter, but also a blog! I think you’ll agree that Bryan Mathers did a great job with the logo. Read more about that here. You can become a supporter to show your appreciation for this work, and to ensure it continues!
  • Returning to life as an employee! As I mentioned before Christmas, I’m leading a new innovation project for Moodle. This involves working for them four days per week, and I can do so from home (with a bit of travel). So in a sense, lots has changed, and nothing at all. Note I’m still doing some consultancy, mostly through We Are Open co-op.
  • Meeting with Moodle colleague Tom Murdock about various things.
  • Introducing myself on the forum for the upcoming Learn Moodle Basics course. It’s been a few years since I used Moodle, so I thought I’d get back up-to-speed along with Mary Cooch and the community!
  • Working a short week due to New Year’s Day on Monday. My ‘Doug day’ (or, more likely, ‘consultancy / admin / catch-up-with-all-the-things day’) is likely to be Fridays, most weeks. This time around it was full of admin and my children begging me to play with them instead, — as they don’t go back to school until next week.
  • Sorting out various things as Secretary of the Executive Committee for 6th Morpeth Scouts.  I’m trying to streamline some stuff around meetings, calendaring, etc.
  • Facepalming at Dell, who want to charge me over £900 to fix a my less than one-year old XPS 13 laptop which has a threaded screw in the base. This is causing it come apart near the screen. As a result of their greed and poor customer service, I’ve used duct tape to patch it up as best I can, and bought a £60 battery to resurrect my Lenovo X220. I prefer the keyboard on the latter anyway, and in fact I’m using it to type this!
  • Writing:

Next week I’m at home all week, and celebrating my daughter’s birthday towards the end of it. I’ll be in London twice this month, the week after next for a co-op meetup, and then the week after that, I’ll be at BETT on the Friday.

Photo taken by me on New Years’ Day at Branscombe beach, Devon.

Weeknote 51/2017

It feels weird to be writing a 51st weeknote of the year, as usually I’ve gone on ‘Belshaw Black Ops’, forsaking social media and blogging for the last month (or two) of the year. This time around, I haven’t felt that I’ve needed to, which I suppose is a good thing.

Anyway, this week I’ve been:

Next week it’s Christmas! I’m not working until Tuesday 2nd January, when I start my new four day a week role with Moodle. I’m still available for consultancy one day a week, most of which I’ll be doing through We Are Open Co-op.


Featured image of a 3D-printed Christmas decoration taken by me earlier this week!

Weeknote 50/2017

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’m working four days (Monday-Thursday) from home on the MoodleNet white paper. It’s my birthday on Friday, so I’ll be eating mince pies, drinking whisky, and playing FIFA 18 instead of working.


Photo of Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge (where I stayed in Dublin) taken by me on Thursday night.

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