It’s been a funny old week. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
- Speaking to some people (including Charles Miglietti from the excellent tldr.io) about potentially aligning with the Web Literacy standard.
- Working on my slides for OER13.
- Submitting an abstract for the PLE13 conference.
- Attending (Tuesday) and keynoting (Wednesday) the OER13 conference. My presentation was entitled Ambiguity, OER and Open Badges.
- Suffering from two migraines, leading to me reading Migraine by Oliver Sacks to try and make sense of them. I took Thursday off to recover.
- Planning a workshop on Mozilla’s Webmaker tools as part of Nesta’s One Day Digital event.
- Driving up to Edinburgh on Friday afternoon with my family for the Nesta event.
- Running a workshop with thirteen 12-15 year-olds (7 boys, 6 girls) on Saturday. I still miss teaching, dammit.
Next week it’s Easter Monday so I’ve got a four-day working week. I was going to be running an Open Badges workshop for the BBC in Salford on Friday, but that’s been pushed back to be outside of the Easter holidays (so more people can attend). I’ll be planning my keynote at the PELeCON conference the week after next – which I’m entitling A History of Open Badges through the medium of animated GIFs. 😉
I’m presenting at the OER13 conference today. My slides should appear above and you can also access them by clicking through here. I’ll update this post when the recording becomes available.
I’d like to thank Paul Martin for his feedback on an earlier version of the slides. 🙂
This week I’ve been:
- Delayed coming back from the DML Conference in Chicago (my write-up of the conference is here). My flight was cancelled due to the First Officer being ‘sick’ on St. Patrick’s Day. 😉 My subsequent flight was delayed meaning I didn’t get home until Tuesday lunchtime!
- Taking a day off to spend with my family.
- Working with Matt Thompson on a diagram to explain what Mozilla’s Web Literacy standard is for. It still needs some work before sharing more widely!
- Summarising the previous week’s Web Literacy standard work.
- Booking travel to OER13 and the PELeCON conference, both of which I’m keynoting. Also booked flights to the Mozilla All-Hands meeting in Toronto in May.
- Planning out my OER13 keynote in Evernote. I’ll be talking about ambiguity, Open Badges and Web Literacy.
- Talking to people who may want to align with the draft version of the Web Literacy standard being launched on April 26th.
- Continuing to talk to people/organisations about Open Badges.
- Writing an abstract for the PLE conference (with Tim Riches) and sending Brian Kelly a title and abstract for IWMW13.
- Helping interview a potential new hire to our team.
- Getting things sorted for Nesta’s One Day Digital event in Edinburgh next Saturday. I’m running a workshop on Mozilla’s Popcorn Maker and taking my family up for Friday/Saturday.
Next week I’ll be returning to the place of my birth (Nottingham) for the OER13 conference (Tuesday/Wednesday), continuing to work on the Web Literacy standard stuff and travelling up to Edinburgh on Good Friday with my family for the Nesta event mentioned above.
This week I’ve been:
- Tidying up my article on ambiguity. I find myself referencing a 2011 article I wrote with my Ed.D. thesis supervisor Steve Higgins fairly regularly. It’s now available at http://dougbelshaw.com/ambiguity. Comments welcome!
- Talking to companies about Open Badges. This week included a large media organisation, the people behind one of my favourite video games of all times, MOOC providers, and people who make stuff for railways. Badges for everything!
- Confused about meeting times. It’s that time of the year when the US enters Daylight Savings. Everything will be up in the air again when we do likewise in the UK at the end of March!
- Updating the Web Literacy standard blog. If you haven’t already subscribed, it’s here: http://weblitstd.tumblr.com.
- Submitting titles and abstracts. The organisers of both OER13 and the PELeCON conferences both wanted more details on my upcoming keynotes. One of them will have a Wild West theme and the other one will feature more animated GIFs than you can stick a shake at. 😉
- Travelling to Chicago. It was a fairly uneventful trip – oh, apart from the four and a half hours I spent in the immigration queue. Tired Doug is/was tired.
- Attending DML2013. I’ve been in Chicago since Wednesday night for the Digital Media and Learning Conference (where we launched v1.0 of Open Badges). It’s as much a chance to catch up with my colleagues as attend the (excellent) sessions. I’ve written about it on my conference blog.
Next week I’m back home on Monday and in London on Thursday (just for the day) to talk to the games studio alluded to above.
This week I’ve been:
- Taking PTO (Paid Time Off or ‘holiday’ as we call it over here). I took Monday off work as it was the first day of the half-term holidays. We went to Belsay.
- Writing the first draft of a vision document for Mozilla’s Web Literacy standard work.
- Leading an #etmooc session. I blogged about T3S1: Digital Literacies with Dr. Doug Belshaw (#etmooc) and linked to the recording.
- Responding to comments on my DMLcentral blog post Why We Need a Learning Standard for Web Literacy
- Advising how to make your blog posts last forever in the wake of Posterous announcing it’s closing down.
- Planning more activity around the Web Literacy standard work I’m leading for Mozilla
- Celebrating being granted planning permission for the ‘shoffice’ we’re going to build at the bottom of the garden.
- Travelling to London for a couple of days’ work (Thursday/Friday).
- Speaking at the University of West London about Open Badges. The lecture theatre was packed (standing-room only!) with over 90% students. Slides here.
- Contributing to the repeated Web Literacy standard kick-off online gathering. You can access the recording via the Mozilla wiki page.
- Posting to the Mozilla Webmaker Google Group.
- Planning a presentation and creating a video for the SXSWedu session that Kate Stokes (Nesta) and I are running.
- Booking flights for the next Mozilla All Hands in Toronto (week beginning 20th May)
Next week it’s nose to the grindstone. I’m at home all week spending a couple of days helping judge the Mozilla Game On competition and planning the start of the Web Literacy standard weekly calls. However, as I’m at SXSWedu (Austin, Texas) and then the DML Conference (Chicago) with only a few days inbetween, I need to get planning! Not only do I need to have the whole ‘arc’ in place for the Web Literacy standard work before DML, I also need to start getting ready for my OER13 keynote and the Nesta One Day Digital (Edinburgh) session that are coming up before the end of March. 🙂
This week I’ve been:
- More unproductive than usual, overall. Despite what’s below, I feel I should have achieved more this week. I’d like to attribute this to external factors such as jetlag knocking out my schedule but, to be honest, I should know better. Not enough exercise, too many late nights, and eating the wrong foods at the wrong times of the day. It all adds up.
- Working on preparation for upcoming work around defining a new, open learning standard for Web Literacy. This has taken up a fair amount of my time writing copy, checking links and sorting out workflows. Whenever something looks simple and straightforward, it’s usually because someone has taken time over it beforehand.
- Writing about online peer assessment building on interest-based pathways to learning.
- Spending time on Quora. I really like the new blog feature. The whole experience gets a bit addictive – it’s a fairly compelling package now.
- Talking with organizations about Open Badges. I’m never sure whether for-profit organisations are happy to tell the world they’re thinking about using badges (I should probably ask), but needless to say there’s plenty of interest from well-known ones!
- Spending time with my family after being away most of last week (including the weekend!)
- Registering for the DML Conference 2013. Not only is Mozilla launching v1.0 of the Open Badges Infrastructure (OBI) there, but it’s a great chance to catch up with people I usually only interact with online.
- Marking some bids for the Nesta/Nominet Trust/Mozilla Digital Makers call.
- Starting to brainstorm ideas for my OER13 keynote.
- Replying to questions in the Open Badges Google Group
- Sorting out Asana, a web app we use to co-ordinate team efforts within Mozilla. I get it now.
- Changing my avatar everywhere as I’ve started wearing a hat. This may or may not be related to #LettingGrow.
Next week I’m looking forward to planning (with Kate Stokes from Nesta) our SXSWedu panel, figuring out more stuff around online peer assessment, and kicking-off Mozilla’s collaboration with the community around a new, open standard for Web Literacy.