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Weeknote 12/2016

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’ll be taking Monday off as it’s a Bank Holiday in the UK, and then down in London working with City & Guilds on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’m trying to work a little less over the next couple of weeks as my wife and children are on Easter holidays. 

Weeknote 31/2015

Note: this is my last weeknote until September due to my impending digital hiatus. I’ll write a ‘monthnote’ on my return! You can still contact me via my work email addresses but I’ll not be in social networks during August.

This week I’ve been:

Over the next month I’ll be up and down to London, reading a lot of stuff, and steering clear of screens when I’m not working! Today we’re off for a long weekend camping in the Lake District. It’s predicted to rain the entire time. Fun.

Weeknote 30/2015

This week I’ve been:

  • Away for most of the week – down in London from Monday to Wednesday and then in Brighton on Thursday. I stayed in a City Marque Clerkenwell serviced apartment and Hotel Du Vin, respectively. The former was noisy and the latter was wonderful.
  • Working with London CLC staff around a new manifesto and some digital strategy. We used Chris Messina’s recent, popular blog post about the full-stack employee as a provocation.
  • Going out for meals with lots of people: Oliver Quinlan (dinner, Monday), John Bevan (dinner, Tuesday), Dan Sutch, Kieron Kirkland, and Bryan Mathers (lunch, Wednesday), and Craig Taylor (dinner, Wednesday). All great company!
  • Recording and releasing Episode 19 of the podcast I record with Dai Barnes entitled Today In Digital Education (TIDE).
  • Negotiating (or at least beginning to negotiate) my City & Guilds contract from September onwards. I’ll be working either two or three days a week for them from that point, with my overall aim to do four days a week for clients and one as an (unpaid) ‘Doug day’.
  • Chairing my first Open Badges Strategy Group meeting for City & Guilds. I’ve halved the meeting time, ensured we have a decisions workflow that doesn’t depend on email/face-to-face meetings, and used Hackpad as an agenda/backchannel.
  • Having email conversations about some potential work for some new clients.
  • Enjoying the seamless experience Google Photos provides (more than I thought I would given my usual privacy concerns, etc.) I use the ‘full image’ option that counts against my 180+GB Google Drive rather than the tempting, but ultimately sub-optimal ‘high resolution’ option.
  • Working on some digital strategy stuff for City & Guilds.
  • Leading (with Bryan Mathers) a session on Open Badges for City & Guilds Kineo from their office in Brighton. People joined us both in the room and from their offices worldwide.
  • Creating a screencast on how to add Open Badges to your LinkedIn profile (after being asked for the eleventy-billionth time).
  • Writing:

Next week I’m down in London on Wednesday and Thursday and working from home for the rest of the week. We’re going camping as a family next (long) weekend and then I’m going incommunicado on the personal digital front during the first part of my Black Ops.

Photo looking down from C&G Kineo office, Brighton

Weeknote 29/2015

This weeknote is coming at you slightly late given I was away all weekend in the Lake District doing a Mountain Skills course.

So, last week I was:

This coming week I’ll be in London for two and a half days (Mon-Weds), and down in Brighton for a session at City & Guilds Kineo on Thursday.

Weeknote 28/2015

This week I’ve been:

Next week I’m not going down to London as I want to attend my children’s sports days. In addition, I’ll be away next weekend for Mountain Training and then in London/Brighton the week after from Monday to Thursday!

Image CC BY-NC-SA Barbro Björnemalm

Weeknote 27/2015

This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #180 of my Things We Learned This Week newsletter. Thanks to Think Associates for sponsoring June’s missives!
  • Trying (and failing) to repair the screen of my Sony Xperia Z Ultra. I’m selling the parts on eBay and using a very old iPhone 4 until I decide what I want next. I’m using my iPad Mini 2 (cellular) most of the time.
  • Writing another article for FE Week, this time about social media. Bryan Mathers illustrated it and, apparently, it’s all being turned into a double-page spread for an upcoming issue.
  • Releasing Episode 16 of the This Week in Digital Education (TIDE) podcast, which I record with Dai Barnes.
  • Spending three days in London, Wednesday-Friday. I stayed at the London City Suites by Montcalm, which has small but perfectly-formed rooms near the swimming pool I go to – and, of course, City & Guilds. It was around 35°C on Wednesday so I hid out in my hotel room after work so as not to melt…
  • Starting work on a short Open Badges 101 course/guide. Bryan Mathers and I will share it with the community towards the end of the month for input/feedback.
  • Talking with Neil Jones about work he’s involved in that’s potentially badgeable.
  • Writing an endorsement for Steve Bunce‘s upcoming Primary Computing book, as well as some LinkedIn recommendations for people I used to work with.
  • Exploring Open edX for the above. It worked well, but we’ll be going with P2PUs Course in a Box instead, I think.
  • Meeting up with James Richards from Chromatrope about various projects, including badges.
  • Getting people started using Trello to chart product development around Open Badges at City & Guilds.
  • Learning from Garry Avery, Director of Tarigo product management training. He helped with the development of some of Apple’s products.
  • Writing:

Next week I’ll be in London as usual on Tuesday/Wednesday and working from home the rest of the week.

Image CC BY-NC Kacper Gunia

Weeknote 26/2015

Well, here we are, half-way through 2015! This week I’ve been:

  • Sending out Issue #179 of Things We Learned This Week, thanks to the sponsorship of Think Associates! (I’m looking for a sponsor for September…)
  • Down in London on Tuesday and Wednesday (as usual). I stayed at citizenM London Bankside, mainly so I could take photos as inspiration for our upcoming loft conversion!
  • Leading a ‘brown bag lunch’ at City & Guilds on Open Badges with Bryan Mathers. Good turnout and even better Q&A.
  • Going out for dinner/drinks with Chris Kirk, Jason McGonigle, Harry Kinloch, and Bryan Mathers,
  • Breaking the screen of my Sony Xperia Z Ultra by putting it in the pocket of my bag and cramming it into a locker while I went swimming. I’m going to try and fix it myself.
  • Releasing Episode 15 of Today In Digital Education, the podcast I record weekly with Dai Barnes. This week’s episode was entitled Gizoogle ya data.
  • Plotting and planning some digital strategy stuff with Chris Kirk.
  • Performing some visual thinkery around Open Badges with Bryan Mathers.
  • Meeting up with Darshan Sanghrajka for coffee. He’s a fascinating and inspirational entrepreneur with a heart for social justice.
  • Made chair of the C&G Open Badges Strategy Group. One of the first things I’ve done is to create a meta-level Trello board to track projects. I found this post on the Trello blog invaluable, and will be writing more on this soon.
  • Reading Stoner by John Williams. It’s a melancholic but very moving novel. The writing is on a level with Paul Auster, if not beyond.
  • Discussing my pension options with a financial advisor. I was slightly unnerved that I seemed to know more about my options than he did…
  • Catching up with Steve Boneham and Andy Stewart. I’ve invited them to my super-secret Slack channel.
  • Going for lunch with Jonathan Sanderson. We share a mutual friend in the shape of Vinay Gupta and met in the rather lovely Tyneside Cinema cafe.
  • Writing an article for FE Week, planned with and illustrated by Bryan Mathers about technology and culture. I also wrote about Mozilla pushing on with Web Literacy Map v2.0.
  • Thinking about how I’m going to structure my week post-September. It looks like I’ll have a day a week open for other clients. I’ve got a few things queued up, but get in touch if you’ve something for me to get my teeth into!

Next week I’m working from home on Monday/Tuesday, then down in London Wednesday to Friday. It’s TEDx Newcastle on the Sunday, which I’m looking forward to attending.

Weeknote 25/2015

This week I’ve been:

  • Publishing issue #178 of my newsletter, Things We Learned This Week. The awesome people at Think Associates are sponsoring June’s missives.
  • Spending three days in London due to a meeting on Monday afternoon. I stayed at the City Marque Clerkenwell serviced apartments (fast becoming one of my favourite places to stay).
  • Finalising an Open Badges 101 presentation for use internally in City & Guilds. Bryan Mathers and I are running a ‘brown bag lunch’ for staff next Tuesday.
  • Swimming – twice in London at Golden Lane and then once in Ireland. It can be meditative at times.
  • Releasing episode 14 of the TIDE podcast. Dai Barnes and I decided to call this one Foucault your edtech.
  • Meeting with Paul Bailey and Simon Whittemore from Jisc about learning analytics and, inevitably, Open Badges.
  • Making some recommendations around team collaboration for City & Guilds, building on this wiki page.
  • Buying an iPad Mini 2 (16GB cellular). I spotted it was £185 via HotUKDeals so it was almost rude not to buy. It’s partnered with this very smart cork case. I find an iPad mini pretty much the perfect conference device: battery life is amazeballs.
  • Attending Nesta’s Ready Player Two event as part of London Technology Week, which was great. Afterwards I had dinner at Pizza East in Shoreditch with Oliver Quinlan.
  • Participating in an invite-only Jisc Digital Capabilities event run by Helen Beetham where we got to play with pipecleaners! I enjoyed catching up with familiar faces such as James Clay (now at Jisc), Josie Fraser, and Sheila MacNeill.
  • Adding links to my discours.es blog.
  • Nipping home overnight on Wednesday/Thursday to see my wife and children.
  • Travelling to and keynoting the CELT conference in Galway, Ireland. Catherine Cronin‘s been saying I should come over for years so I was glad to have a chance to go. What a beautiful, friendly place! Many thanks to Iain MacLaren, Sharon Flynn, and the rest of the organisers for the warm welcome. I enjoyed the other keynote from Siân Bayne – especially the stuff on twitterbots! You can find my slides below:

Next week I’m taking it a bit easier after three weeks of more intensive travel. I’ll be in London Tuesday/Wednesday as usual but otherwise working from home. I may also organise a family camping trip to Galway for August; the original plan of heading to the area around Parco Nazionale del Gargano and back in a week is looking slightly ambitious!

Weeknote 24/2015

This week, after sending out Issue #177 of my newsletter (sponsored by Think Associates) on Sunday, I spent Monday to Friday away from home in Barcelona and London. It was my first time in Barcelona and I absolutely loved it.

I was there with Patrick Craven from City & Guilds and Bryan Mathers at the ePIC conference. Happily, the Eden conference overlapped with it, meaning I could catch up with people in my network such as those in the image accompanying this post (left to right): Steve Wheeler, Martin Weller, Sheila MacNeill, Me, Audrey Watters, Jim Groom. While I was there I also had a virtual catch-up with Joyce Seitzinger and Mark Smithers to discover more about Academic Tribe.

I spent the time in Barcelona working on this Big Journeys to Small Steps presentation with Patrick and Bryan, as well as introducing them to some key people in the Open Badges community.

On Friday, after (finally!) meeting up with Simon Gough for breakfast, I attended John Bevan‘s #dotcomrades event at the Mozilla London community space. I helped facilitate some of the discussion around Open Source governance and fed back to the wider group at the end. It was great to catch up with former colleagues such as Kat Braybrooke, Adam Lofting, and Paul Le Dieu.

Bryan drew this great diagram as an overview of what we discussed:

Organising Labour

Next week I’ll be down in London from Monday afternoon until Wednesday. Then I’ll be home for the night before flying to Dublin and then taking the bus to Galway to keynote the CELT conference. I get back Saturday. Busy few weeks!

Weeknote 23/2015

This week I’ve been:

  • Working four days with City & Guilds. I was down in London on Wednesday and Thursday this week and stayed at the London City Suites run by Montcalm. It was quite posh but I still prefer serviced apartments.
  • Running a digital literacies workshop for the Scottish Social Services Council on Friday. As seems to be par for the course these days, slides from the input part made the Slideshare home page. After an extremely delayed journey, I stayed at the Destiny Scotland – St. Andrew Square Apartments. Which was fab.
  • Finalising details for a ‘brown bag lunch’ at City & Guilds around Open Badges. Looking forward to that one as there’s lots of interest across the various business units.
  • Working on a six-month plan with a super-secret codename for City & Guilds. I’ve also been looking at recommendations for them around internal communications. My Twitter network helped with that and I’m building out a wiki page.
  • Writing up a report with some recommendations for Gateshead Council around Open Badges after our meeting last week.
  • Putting together issue #176 of my weekly newsletter Things We Learned This Week. This was the last week of C-Learning’s inaugural sponsorship. Huge thanks to them! I’ve got sponsors lined up for June and July, then I’m taking August off from writing. Let me know if you know anyone who’d like to sponsor any month from September onwards!
  • Sending through my bio and abstract for my CELT conference keynote in Galway later this month.
  • Reading a couple of interesting articles around Open Badges. This one in particular deserves to be re-read.
  • Meeting up with the people behind Chirp and suggesting Open Badges as a use case for their technology. I wrote that up here.
  • Booking a place on the next stage of the ladder to become a Mountain Leader. I’m doing a Mountain Skills course over the course of a weekend in July.
  • Finding somewhere to swim while down in London. Doing a quick 50 lengths on Wednesday re-energised me. This was particularly important due to the extreme hayfever/allergy reaction I seemed to suffer towards the end of the week affecting my right eye and ear.
  • Taking our brand-new secondhand Ford Focus Estate into the local garage due to a fault. I knew we should have bought a German car. <sigh>
  • Interviewed by Ian O’Byrne as part of the process accompanying the article we co-wrote with Greg McVerry about the development of Mozilla’s Web Literacy Map. You can watch that on my Literaci.es blog.
  • Reducing the price of The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies to £3.99. More about that here.
  • Kicking off a conversation around the technical side of badge pathways thanks to some prompting by Nate Otto and a great ‘badge constellations’ drawing by Bryan Mathers.

Next week I’m in Barcelona from Monday to Thursday for the ePIC conference. It’ll be great to meet friends old and new in the Open Badges community! On Friday I’m at former colleague John Bevan’s dotcomrade event in London.

Image CC BY-NC-SA Chris Scott