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Weeknote 31/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #314 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Final Holiday Countdown 🏁 ⏲️ 🏖️ ’. Thanks to those who back me via Patreon plus those who continue their support via Gumroad!
  • Playing You’ve Got Crabs! as a family for the first time, which was hilarious. It’s by the same people as Exploding Kittens.
  • Recording, editing and releasing Episode 106 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘Keeping track of all the things’ and discussed MoodleNet milestones, Seth Godin’s approach to learning, assassination markets on the blockchain, keeping track of articles you want to read, and more!
  • Working on the MoodleNet project:
    • Finishing off UX Milestone 2 with Outlandish, which proved interesting after Matt, their Head of UX, went off on paternity leave. This was expected, however, and Rob another UX guy, stepped in seamlessly.
    • Responding to community feedback on the screencasts, and collating it on our Changemap.
    • Starting to put together a job landscape for a back-end developer.
    • Meeting briefly with Steve Watt to discuss MoodleNet sustainability.
    • Testing out the new Jira interface. It’s fine, but we’ve decided to go with GitLab issues as it’s less confusing for our purposes.
    • Meeting with Michael Shaw, Director of Tes Resources about potential ways we can integrate.
    • Submitting our MozFest proposal.
  •  Curating interesting things I came across on the Thought Shrapnel blog during the last few days of July. I’m taking a holiday during August, so only a few links to share:

Next week, I’m wrapping things up on Monday, and then heading off on holiday from Tuesday for two weeks. We’re interrailing and taking in Barcelona, Lyon, Zurich, Ljubljana, Salzburg, Munich, and Stuttgart!

Image by Matt Artz used under the terms of the Unsplash license

Weeknote 28/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Helping with last weekend’s Scout camp at up in north Northumberland. Both our children were there. I wasn’t feeling great, so despite what my pre-written newsletter claimed, I drove home to sleep in my bed rather than in a tent.
  • Sending out Issue #311 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Under canvas’. Thanks to the 39 patrons who back me via Patreon plus those who continue their support via Gumroad!
  • Migrainey to the extent that I took all day Monday and Tuesday morning off work. I don’t know what triggered it, but it all started on Wednesday last week, and took about a week for me to recover. I don’t know where migraines end and I begin at the best of times, and I’m glad to be feeling a lot better.
  • Behind on my MoodleNet work due to the above. I did, however, manage to catch up with Mayel on work he can be doing while I’m away this week and next. I also wrote a blog post updating the community on work we’ve done with Outlandish on UX work we’ve done over the last couple of weeks.
  • Curating interesting things I came across on the Thought Shrapnel blog. This week I collected some quotations and commented on the following:
  • Resurrecting my Discours.es blog after half a year of neglect. I wrote on things that, for one reason or another, didn’t seem to fit elsewhere. I guess I see it as kind of ‘long-form bookmarking’:
  • Running a workshop on digital literacies in Manchester for the Carnegie UK Trust‘s #NotWithoutMe digital accelerator programme. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was very tired at the end, despite it only being a half-day session! My slides can be found here.
  • Missing the regular 90 minutes of the England vs. Croatia World Cup football match. From Manchester, I got to Bryan Mathers‘ house just before extra time started.
  • Meeting up with my We Are Open Co-op colleagues in London, which I’ve written about on our blog. As ever, I really enjoyed it and it reaffirmed my faith (as meetups always do) in the importance of what we’re doing.
  • Visiting the Tate Modern in London. I appreciate modern art, and am a big fan of people using whatever medium they want to express themselves. I do find it hard to get too excited about models of concrete tenement blocks and canvases painted a single colour, however.

Next week, I’m going to be in Montana, USA, for this year’s MountainMoot. I’m running a session on MoodleNet but, more importantly listening to, and learning from, the Moodle community.


Weeknote 27/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #310 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Moodling about in Barcelona’. Thanks to the 39 patrons who back me via Patreon plus those who continue their support via Gumroad!
  • Slightly sunburned on a family walk to Linhope Spout.
  • Discussing some potential upcoming work for We Are Open co-op with MyKnowledgeMap.
  • Running a half-day workshop on non-linear pathways and Open Badges for the National STEM Learning Centre in York. You can see the 112 slides I used here and I’ve also put together a next steps document for them.
  • Learning Spanish after setting up a Moodle club in Duolingo.
  • Presenting on digital literacies to the European Commission’s Connect University Summer School 2018. My slides are can be found here.
  • Working on the MoodleNet project:
    • Working less Mayel was fighting off the ‘flu and I took Wednesday afternoon off due to a migraine. We’ll both catch up!
    • Responding to feedback from last week’s MoodleMoot Spain session. You can see our answers to some of the questions in this blog post.
    • Reviewing the collections and communities functionality of Google+ in this document.
    • Planning with Outlandish on upcoming UX work. You can see the outputs of their research/discovery phase here.
    • Providing input for Outlandish on the first UX milestone. We created documents to demonstrate the functionality we want for threaded discussions and notifications.
    • Reviewing a document prepared by consultant Phil Barker around OER sources and following up on his recommendations.
    • Meeting with Tom Murdock to discuss integration with MoodleCloud.
    • Drafting community guidelines for participating in the project.
    • Committing code for the first time to our GitHub repository. Mayel created a prototype tool to hash contacts before upload for privacy-respecting social discovery.
    • Considering submitting a proposal for the Mozilla Festival in late October (right before the US Moot) on the theme of ‘decentralisation’.
  • Breaking (and then fixing) my WordPress installations both here and at Thought Shrapnel by clicking ‘update theme’ without thinking about it first. I’ve only been using WP for, what, 15 years now? I should know better.
  • Curating interesting things I came across on the Thought Shrapnel blog. This week I collected some quotations and commented on the following:

I’m helping out with a Scout Camp this weekend, which means I miss the football on Saturday! Next week I’m at home working on MoodleNet-related things on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, I head to Manchester to help with the Carnegie UK Trust’s #NotWithoutMe programme. I’ll then continue my journey by heading on to London for a We Are Open Co-op meetup!

Weeknote 26/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m working from home on Monday, in York on Tuesday working with the National STEM Learning Network, and then working with Moodle from Wednesday to Friday.

Weeknote 23/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #306 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Bachelor lifestyle’. Thanks to the 36 patrons who back me via Patreon plus those who are supporters via Gumroad!
  • Recording, editing and releasing Episode 103 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘Innovation != progress’ and discussed radical technologies, product management, the MoodleNet project, health, personal learning networks, academic innovation, systems change, off-grid networking, and more!
  • Working on the MoodleNet project:
    • Starting the first MoodleNet two-week sprint with Mayel de Borniol. It’s a meta-sprint as we figure out the best way to work together and run the project.
    • Leading our monthly MoodleNet community call. You can catch up with what we discussed and access the recording here.
    • Updating the MoodleNet overview slide deck to v0.6 (in progress!)
    • Taking a great Udemy course on product management. I’ve done plenty of project management before, but this has some great insights from someone who’s a product manager at Soundcloud.
    • Getting set up in a separate (hosted) GitLab with Mayel.
    • Figuring out the best way to set up our Trello board.
    • Using Whimsical to create a flowchart for community contribution to the project. I’ve also tidied up the project home page a bit.
    • Writing up the sociocratic design sprint process Outlandish took us through.
    • Catching up with remote colleagues in the weekly Wednesday virtual office hangout.
  • Curating interesting things I came across on the Thought Shrapnel blog. This week I collected some quotations and commented on the following:
  • Sorting out car lease stuff. After being messed around a bit by our local Toyota dealer, we’ve hired a car and are looking at other options.
  • Responding to a couple of requests for consultancy work through We Are Open co-op. I also worked on a proposal for follow-up work with CET Israel‘s digital literacy MOOC.
  • Updating the privacy notice on the website of the local Scout group and watching my son (who’s a Scout) try to surf at Longsands, Tynemouth. 😂
  • Writing:

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


Weeknote 20/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’ll be in London all working week for the MoodleNet design sprint. I’m very much looking forward to this, as it should provide a fantastic basis for the work we’re starting right afterwards. That being said, I know myself well enough to have booked three days off the following week. After a period of compression, it’s important to then have time to decompress.

Weeknote 19/2018

Next week I’m working from home on Moodle stuff, and attending the Thinking Digital Conference on Thursday, as well as the pre-conference workshop and dinner on Wednesday afternoon/evening.

Weeknote 18/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #302 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Read aloud for maximum effect’. Thanks to the 31 patrons who back me via Patreon plus who continue to lend their support via Gumroad!
  • Celebrating the two year anniversary of We Are Open Co-op. We’ve inducted a new member and launched a new website, which you can read about here.
  • Recording, editing and releasing Episode 101 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘An introduction to…’ and discussed the two-year anniversary of We Are Open Co-op, some utopian thoughts, how to be super-productive, the benefits of reading aloud to children, security, memes, and more!
  • Working on the MoodleNet project:
    • Reviewing applications for the MoodleNet Technical Architect role.
    • Discussing the Technical Architect role with three promising candidates.
    • Updating project’s wiki page to make it a bit cleaner.
    • Scheduling next Wednesday’s community call.
    • Getting in touch with Moodle-using educators (recommended by Mary Cooch) to interview for the upcoming design sprint.
    • Drafting a survey to go out next week to the Moodle community, again to give us data to use in the design sprint.
    • Talking with Garnet Berry who, in addition to his role with Moodle, is involved with EQUELLA. We investigated its potential use as part of the MoodleNet ecosystem.
    • Reviewing the UX team’s plan to improve the user experience across Moodle. I’m impressed with the work that colleagues Alberto Corado and Suganya Arthanareeswaran showed me!
  • Reorganising my home office (standing) desk. This is not a trivial thing, and involves adapting to a new layout — including my old monitor in portrait mode (for Telegram / Zoom).
  • Figuring out whether I need to get all of my newsletter subscribers to opt-in again because of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). My research would suggest not, actually, as Recital 171 states, “Where processing is based on consent pursuant to Directive 95/46/EC, it is not necessary for the data subject to give his or her consent again if the manner in which the consent has been given is in line with the conditions of this Regulation, so as to allow the controller to continue such processing after the date of application of this Regulation.” I have unambiguous and demonstrable (i.e. auditable) consent in line with Article 7, so it’s all good.
  • Receiving confirmation from my home insurance company that they will replace my Dell XPS 13 Developer Edition laptop. I won’t be getting another one of those, partly because it had a sub-optimal layout, but mainly because I felt Dell screwed me over with their lack of support. I’m currently using my backup laptop, a Lenovo X220 running Ubuntu 18.04 (for which, I have to say, I have unlimited love).
  • Curating interesting things I came across on the Thought Shrapnel blog. This week I collected some quotations and commented on the following:
    • Getting on the edtech bus
    • “You can’t pull yourself up by your bootstraps if you have no boots.” (Joseph Hanlon)
    • Space as a service
    • Blockchain as a ‘futuristic integrity wand’
    • “The difference between profit and benefit is that operations producing profit can be carried out by another in my place: he would make the profit, unless he was acting on my behalf. But the fact remains that profitable activity can always be carried out by someone else. Hence the principle of competition. On the other hand, what is beneficial to me depends on gestures, acts, living moments which it would be impossible for me to delegate.” (Frédéric Gros, A Philosophy of Walking)
  • Catching up with Kev Jones about the Digital Guild project he’s been leading. It’s looking great, and makes fantastic use of Open Badges for student work placements.
  • Enjoying this time of the year. It’s a time when I can spend more time walking and running outside. I also start swimming again, as my asthma doesn’t trouble me so much in the drier weather!
  • Reading a couple of fascinating books:
  • Buying quite a few Verso books, due to their 1st May offer. I particularly like the way that you can buy the print version and ebook together for a reasonable price.
  • Writing:

This Bank Holiday weekend, I’m heading up some mountains with my wife. These should count as two more Quality Mountain Days. Next week, I’ll be having conversations with more applicants for the MoodleNet Technical Architect role, and preparing for a design sprint later this month.

Weeknote 17/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’m at home working on the business case for the MoodleNet project, recruiting a Technical Architect, and improving the documentation.

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.