Open Educational Resources and the Distributed Web

Jenny Connected

Another criticism that is often levelled at open education is that it has a colonising effect, propagating the voice of Western society, but Stephen also pointed out that if you create your own open educational resources, you can promote your own culture.

2018 225

Ten Reasons to Keep Writing

Jenny Connected

Because the more you write, the more you understand about the process, and the more you get out of reading. Because you know that stories are how people from different cultures and with different experiences communicate, empathize and grow to understand each other.

2018 193

Security, identity, voice, opportunity and agency on the distributed web

Jenny Connected

As content and media become more sophisticated and more autonomous, how do we bind these to our personal cultural and ethical frameworks we want to preserve and protect? I have always understood learning to be the process through which learners learn to become the person they want to be.

2018 187

Edusemiotics, the Divided Brain and Connectivism

Jenny Connected

It is a process which draws on the work of Ferdinand de Saussure (semiology) and Charles Sander Peirce (semiotics) to defy Cartesian substance dualism. This is understood as a process that parallels (or in unsophisticated theories, is) the creation and transferring of symbolic entities.

2018 217

Learning to be creative on and off the distributed web

Jenny Connected

She believes in remix as a culture, transparency of work and multi-media work and has a website and many videos to prove it. stephen@downes.ca, Dec 20, 2018. It is the history, process and provenance of the creation that gives it meaning, relevance, and ultimately, truth.

2018 148

Community network mapping: just get going!

Making CommunitySense

Solid methodology is important for professional purposes, of course (see for heavy-duty mapping processes the CommunitySensor methodology for participatory community network mapping). Here are some of the key questions useful for starting your own community network mapping process.

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Links of the Quarter: June 2018

How to Save the World

photo by Ian Nelson of Hanalei Bay, Kaua’i after the April 2018 floods, which swept away some livestock fences and introduced some species to some novel ecosystems. The musical duo Anna and Elizabeth do a bit of cultural anthropology, in two-part harmony.

2018 46

‘Betweenness’ : a way of being in the world

Jenny Connected

Mariana Funes & Jenny Mackness (2018) When inclusion excludes: a counter narrative of open online education, Learning, Media and Technology, 43:2, 119 138, DOI: 10.1080/17439884.2018.1444638. What is moving and seamless, a process, becomes static and separate – things.

2018 148

Badges are not sufficient

Jenny Connected

A change of mindset, culture and beliefs will be needed, if new approaches to assessment which take advantage of the distributed web are to be adopted. This week Stephen invited Viplav Baxi to join him in a discussion about this week’s topic – Recognition – for the E-Learning 3.0

2018 139

Building “networks of communities” for a civic intelligence movement with impact

Making CommunitySense

These are just a recipes for ever more socio-economic and cultural alienation, disillusion and disempowerment. We live in an age of confusion, stagnation, and crisis. What we need is not more of the same top down, neo-liberal corporate and government interventions.

2018 182

Improving Things for Knowledge and Information Workers

Michael Sampson - Currents

There’s a mental process at the core of how such people deliver value, even if there’s a physicality to how that value is delivered (such as a document, report, slide deck, article, etc.). But these are only supportive of the knowledge and information process, not primary to them.

2018 116

Links of the Quarter: March 2018

How to Save the World

Rotten: Td0s writes about our culture’s unwillingness to do things well, and to pay to maintain the infrastructure we build and depend on : Doing something well, making something that will last, is not prized in this culture. Is Civilization a Wetiko Culture?:

2018 46

Using Data Analytics on People for Better Decision Making

Michael Sampson - Currents

In process transformation, by comparing and contrasting process productivity across different teams within a company. Read more: How People Analytics Can Help You Change Process, Culture, and Strategy (Harvard Business Review). Culture & Competency

2018 116

Do You Have a Productive Partnership or a Tug of War?

Partnering Resources

What are the stages in the partnering process? Join Maya on Saturday, March 17 for a conversation about partnership at “It’s About People” panel at the Mass Cultural Council Institute. They’re supposed to be your ally. Your co-conspirator. Your partner.

2018 141

Context for Group Process for Reconciliation (and other hard things)

Full Circle Associates

In our … Continue reading Context for Group Process for Reconciliation (and other hard things). culture of love engagement facilitation identity

2018 52

Hierarchy is the Enemy of Learning

How to Save the World

There is considerable evidence that our ‘modern’ abstract languages date back to when humans first settled in one place and required organization to get large-scale work done: agriculture, military/defence, and later industrial processes of all kinds. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 92

From Changing Tools to Making Progress

Michael Sampson - Currents

e.g., the elements of the process that people follow or embrace to get their work done – what information they access, what systems they use, which people they collaborate with, etc.

2018 116

Building “networks of communities” for a civic intelligence movement with impact

Making CommunitySense

These are just a recipes for ever more socio-economic and cultural alienation, disillusion and disempowerment. We live in an age of confusion, stagnation, and crisis. What we need is not more of the same top down, neo-liberal corporate and government interventions.

2018 130

Conversation and Silence, Part One

How to Save the World

They are about using a deliberative process to move beyond the fixed thoughts and ideas in our own heads and to appreciate others’ ways of thinking and seeing, with the goal of achieving agreement and cohesion with others we live and work with. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 74

Skills for ‘Being’ in a Digital Age

Jenny Connected

In an organism there are no steps – there is a flow of process. Only water exists before the encounter, and the river actually comes into being in the process of encountering the landscape, with its power to say no’ or not say ‘no’. For McGilchrist the answer is to create a different world and change our culture.

2018 109

May I Ask a Question?

How to Save the World

Iteratively move an idea or process forward or deeper. To iteratively move an idea or process forward or deeper. Our Culture / Ourselves Working SmarterImage from pixabay by Dean Moriarty, CC0.

2018 63

The Death of Truth: A World Where Lying Pays

How to Save the World

In our modern global human culture there are huge rewards for dishonesty. So the seeming recent perfection of the processes and technologies of lying are just what has apparently happened, for no reason. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 51

Moving in a direction

Chris Corrigan

Sometimes this can involve sophisticated research and narrative capture and other times it’s a simpler process of observation and pattern detection. Imagine an organization whose culture is fragmented and siloed with petty conflicts and turf wars over resources.

2018 80

Michael Pollan Has Lost His Mind

How to Save the World

These diseases, he says, have in common that they occur when “the default mode network” (a series of connections in various parts of the brain that usually launch our thinking and reacting processes) becomes overly rigid, and caught in repetitive loops. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 61

True Story

How to Save the World

The facts are necessarily “authentic” in a way that the processed thoughts and feelings of a narrator can never be. Our Culture / OurselvesCartoon from poorlydrawnlines. Tell me the true story, about the time when that man.

2018 51

Self-Impression

How to Save the World

Our Culture / Ourselvescartoon by the late, wonderful Charles Barsotti. T his past weekend I attended a get-together of about 20 enthusiastic, knowledgeable people on the subject of radical non-duality, organized around the (rare) visit of Jim Newman ( Non-Duality Dude ) to North America.

2018 46

The Wheel of Blame

How to Save the World

Like the rest of us, they are surely all doing their best to make their lives, and the lives of their loved ones, better, and make the world a better place in the process. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 54

How to Ask Strangers What They Care About (Without Scaring Them Off)

How to Save the World

This makes the whole process annoying, and less than transparent. What I like about these questions, and these criteria, is that they can apply even when the people involved are poles apart socially, culturally or politically. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 57

Non-Duality Dude: A One-Act Play

How to Save the World

The apparent character or body continues to behave seemingly exactly as it did before, based on its embodied and cultural conditioning. Do you think tribal cultures at some point were free of selves? image from Pixabay, CC0. Scene One: Mid-afternoon, summer.

2018 57

How Our Bodies Sense the World, and How ‘We’ Misinterpret It

How to Save the World

At this stage the brain processes these sensory inputs autonomically — there is no ‘conscious’ thinking; there is no ‘self’ (yet) to be conscious of anything. Creative Works Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 51

Fragments

How to Save the World

It believes that such a process can help it cope, and thrive, and it believes that it has the free will and control to make use of the sense and meaning it conjures up. Our Culture / OurselvesW hat we think of as our ‘life’ is actually just an infinite series of fragments.

2018 51

On Gratefulness: A Self-Enquiry

How to Save the World

Without free will, ‘my’ self can only believe, and do, what its biological and cultural conditioning can believe and do given the circumstances of the moment. Our Culture / Ourselvesphoto by geralt at pixabay CC0.

2018 46

How Would We Behave Without ‘Selves’?

How to Save the World

To our surprise, they don’t look or act at all like the vestigial 20th century indigenous communities untouched by civilization culture that we have studied. True, they do have extensive ornamentation over their bodies and in their hair, which is likely a way of expressing their culture.

2018 51

Principles focused evaluation and racial equity

Chris Corrigan

Wielded unconsciously, evaluation can be a colonizing tool introducing ways of knowing that are alien to the cultures of the communities that are doing the work. The source of those principles are deeply rooted in stories and teaching from the culture that is pursuing peace and peacefulness.

2018 83

Separation Anxiety

How to Save the World

Gould and Lewontin have written that the attempt to study genes, organisms and their environments as if they were separate entities is a largely hopeless process, because these elements of life co-evolve in such an intricately intertwined and complex way that teasing them apart is impossible.

2018 51

What Happens in Vagus…

How to Save the World

E volution is a precarious process. Accidents happen in this process. This response is (for evolutionary reasons) vastly faster than the brain’s complex thought processing system. Our Culture / Ourselves

2018 46

Collapse Watch

How to Save the World

My reason for posting this update is a number of conversations I’ve had with fellow “collapsniks” about whether or not the (IMO insane) gun culture of the US will mean that collapse will unfold differently there than it does in the rest of the world.

2018 46

On the Shoulders of Giants

How to Save the World

“So then”, she went on, “they go on to talk about the issue of free will, and, like we were discussing the other day , conclude that it really doesn’t exist — it’s just a rationalization of the mind-process.

2018 46

Liberating Structures in Higher Ed: Vancouver 2018

Full Circle Associates

Faculty, Instructors, Teachers, Learning Designers, Leaders – all who are called to facilitate learning, meetings, sessions, groups, presentations, workshops, processes, communication and change. (I

2018 70

Networking to Find Better Work

How to Save the World

We’ve been indoctrinated to think of the process as entailing usually-humiliating rounds of want-ad/job board reading, applications, cover letters with résumés, phone calls, rejection letters, and interviews. The process is somewhat iterative as your contacts and knowledge grow.

2018 46

Listening is love

Chris Corrigan

If they are separate, it is a cerebral process and the door to essential understanding remains closed. These aren’t acute disputes but rather long simmering cultural characteristics of exclusion, mistrust and a loss of meaning in work.

2018 49

A couple of musings on democracy

Chris Corrigan

While the voting process is important, it is what happens in-between elections that shows the mark of a mature democracy. Such participation in the long term increases voter participation, knowledge of governance processes and collective responsibility for the health of democracies.

2018 48

Curious About Radical Non-Duality But Hate Videos?

How to Save the World

T he essential message of radical non-duality, as opposed to more historical types of non-duality, is that there is no ‘you’ — no separate person or thing, no self, no ‘awareness’ or ‘consciousness’ or ‘enlightenment’ or liberation, no self-control or choice or volition or agency or responsibility, no time or space, no life or death, no path or process to get closer to the ‘truth’, no knowledge or experience, no meaning or purpose.

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