2021 Week 41


⚙️ Work

We kicked off the first meeting of the Learning Technologies Advisory Committee. Lots of great discussions with the amazing interdisciplinary group of people from across the university. I’ve got pages of notes to go through to pull out themes for this year’s meetings.

I’ve been invited to be on a panel at EDUCAUSE at the end of the month. It’s an industry-led session, so, yeah, but I’m curious to see where the panel discussion goes. It’s not a manel, at least…

Tyson launched a new Learning Technology Forum community initiative, to learn from instructors about how they use technologies in their courses. It’s off to a great start!

This is a busy week for LTDT programming, with D2L Essentials, Creating Educational Videos, Student Assessment, the new cohort of the Teaching Online Program, Learning Spaces and Digital Pedagogy, Designing Engaging Online Synchronous Sessions, and Building a Powerful Gradebook. Holy.

📚 Reading

Ian McNaught, in eLearn Magazine: The Myth of the Pedagogically Neutral LMS (via Stephen Downes)

This is so important to keep thinking about:

Both these quotes highlight an important truth that is often overlooked or even denied: the technology will always shape your practice. A system as complex and all encompassing as an LMS is not simply taking you from A to B, it defines how you work, it creates opportunities and also imposes limits. When planning an investment like this, it is a mistake to think you are just buying a product (like you might buy a car or a printer), instead you are buying the processes and practices the software developers baked into the system and accepting that they will change the way you do your work.

Ian Bogost, in The Atlantic: A Day Without Facebook

Likewise, yesterday’s day without Facebook will have no lasting effect—nor even a temporary one, besides fueling a spate of technology columns like this one. Between the time I started and finished writing this article, Facebook reappeared, vanquishing its critics’ very brief and implausible dream that, somehow, a trillion-dollar behemoth could be felled by a few hours of off-time, while most of its many billions of users worked or slept or shopped for mustard.

Apparently, FB glitched its DNS config and their entire multibajillion dollar digital empire snapped out of existence for a few hours. Yikes. I’ve been sans-FB for a few years now (and off Twitter for almost a year, this time.)

Anne Helen Petersen, in Culture Study: Revenge Bedtime Procrastination. (via Jason Kottke) Oof. At like 11:30pm on Wednesday, J said “where did the evening go?” I replied “the same place it goes every time.” Revenge Bedtime, in a nutshell. So exhausted that we doomscroll and numb ourselves with garbage TV to the point of further exhaustion, only to repeat it all over again the next day. Fun.

🧺 Other

No bike rides this week. I am pretty amazing at talking myself out of getting on the bike…

So… Foundation. Amazing.


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