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:
- Childhood amnesia
- You cant escape your problems through travel
- Don Norman on human-centred technologies
- Microcast #27: what people say versus what they do (Patreon supporters only!)
- “Aim above morality. Be not simply good, be good for something.” (Henry David Thoreau)
- “A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.” (Lawrence Pearsall Jacks)
- 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.