2021 Week 39


⚙️ Work

We had a bit of a hiccup with UCalgaryBlogs, where it looked like Akismet wouldn’t be available due to licensing costs. I briefly turned it off for a bit to test out an alternative approach, and got emails from users complaining about the flood of spam. Thankfully, Akismet granted us access as a non-profit edu institution, and we’re protected from spammers again. It’s apparently blocking about 150,000 spam comments per month. Every month. And any brief interruption in anti-spam countermeasures results in a flood of garbage getting published.

While I was in server admin mode, I finally upgraded PHP on that server to 7.4.x, so WordPress would stop nagging me.

I was fortunate to attend a Courageous Conversations webinar hosted by Dr. Malinda Smith. Presentations by Dr. Marie Battiste: Decolonization, Disciplines And Indigenous Knowledges In The University, and Dr. Catherine Odora Hoppers: Ubuntu As A Syncretic Encounter In The Dialogue Of Knowledge Systems: An Analysis Of The South African Truth And Reconciliation Commission.

It was an intense week, with a lot of back-to-back-to-back(-to-back) meetings. And one high profile meeting that had a bonus outburst of public and highly visible microaggressions targeted at myself and the other associate directors in the TI. So that was fun.

🤔 PhD

I completed 2 more course design interviews. Only 1 left, and then I can start analyzing. So many great conversations with profs who are doing great work in designing amazing online courses.

📚 Reading

Working on a stack of books that are piling up.

Boettcher, J. V., & Conrad, R. M. (2021). The online teaching survival guide: Simple and practical pedagogical tips. John Wiley & Sons.

Laurillard, D. (2013). Teaching as a design science: Building pedagogical patterns for learning and technology. Routledge.

🧺 Other

Got out for a couple of rides, which is the best thing I can do for clearing my head.

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