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Weeknote 38/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’m working three days for Moodle (Mon-Weds) and onboarding a new member to the MoodleNet team. I’m then planning to head up a mountain.

Weeknote 37/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’m working from home all day Monday and Tuesday morning, then I’m off to London for a mini sprint on the front-end development of MoodleNet with Mayel de Borniol and Outlandish.

 

Weeknote 36/2018

This week I’ve been:

Next week, I’m working from home on Monday, then in Manchester for the ALT conference from Tuesday to Thursday.


Image from p.118 of the excellent Life in Code by Ellen Ullman

Weeknote 35/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Working on the MoodleNet project (Mon-Weds):
    • Screening more applicants for the MoodleNet backend developer (Elixir) position.
    • Checking in with Outlandish about UX and front end development.
    • Meeting with Kaye Cheung about branding and the @moodlenet Twitter account.
    • Planning and booking travel/accommodation for an upcoming mini-sprint around front end development with Outlandish in London.
    • Defining sprints up to MVP release.
    • Configuring our GitLab to work as we want it to. We had initially set up sprints as milestones, but are reconfiguring to make it more legible to the community.
    • Creating the first draft of a quarterly team review report which I’ll be finishing off next week.
    • Publicising the first ‘office hours’ for MoodleNet next Thursday. Further details on the blog.
  • Collaborating with my We Are Open colleagues on some upcoming work (Thurs).
  • Joining my family in Devon at the in-laws.
  • Deleting my account on social.coop and reverting to an old account elsewhere on Mastodon.

Next week I’m back working from home working on MoodleNet and participating remotely in a thinkathon for London CLC.

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 30/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #313 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘Mootivation’. Thanks to those who back me via Patreon plus those who continue their support via Gumroad!
  • Hot. This week, it’s been around 30°C at times in the North East of England where I live. That’s pretty much unheard of, and given our bedroom is in the loft conversion, I haven’t been sleeping that well. I also got a bit sunburned watching my son at a football tournament all day last Sunday.
  • Working on the MoodleNet project:
    • Finishing off a sprint which was mainly focused on figuring out MoodleNet integration with Moodle Core. There’s still work to be done, but you can see Mayel’s working document here.
    • Collaborating with Outlandish on UX Milestone 2. This has taken up most of my time this week, with daily stand-ups and feedback as to how things should flow from the user’s point of view. We’ll be recording a couple of screencasts next week to show the community.
    • Meeting with Pat Lockley who has project called Solvonauts which searches OER repositories.
    • Writing up an idea around emoji triplets for persistent identity in decentralised networks like MoodleNet.
    • Reflecting on what the MountainMoot organisers do well and what we can learn from them. Also, the notes from the MoodleNet session I ran there are linked from this post.
    • Mocking up what Open Badges in MoodleNet might look like. You can preview them here.
    • Meeting with our Data Protection Officer to discuss what seems like, on the surface, a simple thing to do: add an email address to our draft Code of Conduct. However, there are layers of complexity in decentralised networks — which I think we’ve resolved!
    • Reviewed our use of Changemap (private beta) for community suggestions.
    • Deciding to move from Trello to GitLab issues for planning within the MoodleNet team starting with the sprint that begins on 7th August (i.e. Mayel’s figuring it out while I’m on holiday!)
  • Recording, editing and releasing Episode 105 of the Today In Digital Education (TIDE) podcast with my co-host Dai Barnes. We entitled this episode ‘I dunno… Idaho?’ and discussed emoji triplets, Don Norman’s call for more human-centred technologies, Microsoft OneNote integration with Google Classroom, living in public, and more!
  • Curating interesting things I came across on the Thought Shrapnel blog. This week I collected some quotations and commented on the following:
  • Continuing my streak learning Spanish on on Duolingo. I’m now up to 27 days!
  • Writing posts on my Discours.es blog about things that, for one reason or another, didn’t seem to fit elsewhere:
  • Putting together an introductory guide to Open Badges for a client with other members of our co-op. I’m looking forward to sharing it once complete!

Next week is the last before our family holiday: a European adventure around Europe via plane, train, and automobile! I’m going to be at home working on MoodleNet and some consultancy stuff.


Image by Henry Be released under the Unsplash license

Weeknote 29/2018

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #312 of my Thought Shrapnel newsletter. This one was called ‘If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Thanks to those who back me via Patreon plus those who continue their support via Gumroad!
  • Working on the MoodleNet project:
    • Travelling – I’ve been in Helena, Montana (USA) at the MountainMoot. There’s lots to learn from this ‘unofficial’ moot in terms of engagement and creating a great vibe. The photo accompanying this post is of Carroll College which is where the moot was held with the Montana mounts in the distance.
    • Running a session at the MountainMoot. The attendance wasn’t high, as you’d expect from an early-stage innovation project up against sessions with more tangible outcomes, but there were some great discussions.
    • Working with Outlandish on the second UX milestone. This one is a bit more tricky as we didn’t discuss many of the features from this milestone at the Design Sprint. Check out our meeting notes from this week’s call. We also came up with the user flow for the screencast demo we’ll produce at the end of this sprint.
    • Updating the MoodleNet white paper to v0.25. This was mainly small tweaks to reflect changes in scope and focus to the project over the last few months.
    • Drafting a proposal for the Mozilla Festival on the theme of ‘decentralisation’. You can see that here.
    • Thinking through an idea around emoji triplets for visually communicating identity when users can change both their username and avatar on a decentralised platform.
    • Reviewing Mayel’s draft document explaining how MoodleNet will integrate with Moodle Core.
  • Curating interesting things I came across on the Thought Shrapnel blog. This week I collected some quotations and commented on the following:
  • Writing posts on my Discours.es blog about things that, for one reason or another, didn’t seem to fit elsewhere:

Next week, I’m going to be at home working on MoodleNet, and in particular UX milestone 2.

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.

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