October, 2017

#SOCRMx – Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC. Week 1

Jenny Connected

Source of image. I am currently participating in two MOOCs – the #openedMOOC run by David Wiley and George Siemens , and this one – Introduction to Social Research Methods, run by Jeremy Knox and his team at Edinburgh University.

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Does Social Media Activism work? Social Media for Awareness Raising #metoo

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Will the Harvey Weinstein issue raise awareness or bury us in memes? Social media and in particular Facebook & Twitter raising awareness of issues that womens’ nonprofits have being trying to direct attention to FOREVER.

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Trending Sources

Tribute to Michael Gurstein – founding father of the Community Informatics Field

Making CommunitySense

On October 8th, Michael Gurstein – founding father of the field of Community Informatics – sadly passed away. I first met Mike when I stumbled into the wrong” workshop room at the first Communities and Technologies conference in Amsterdam in 2003, chaired by Mike.

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Conferences for ENGAGEMENT…rather than display

Networking Action

“Conferences can lead to both knowledge exchange and impact – we just have to do them differently,” writes Mark Reed. Amen to that. I, too, don’t want to go to conferences designed around cutting off the top of heads and … Net Dev

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Pick up the unclaimed portion of joy

Chris Corrigan

Another two friends died yesterday. They were well known men in our community and both part of the hosting world on our little Bowen Island, integral to providing experiences for visitors that allow us to provide well hosted learning experiences for people here.

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More Trending

New publication – CommunitySensor: towards a participatory community network mapping methodology

Making CommunitySense

de Moor (2017). CommunitySensor: Towards a Participatory Community Network Mapping Methodology. The Journal of Community Informatics , 13(2): 35-58. Abstract.

Why as an L&D professional you should even be interested in artificial intelligence

Joitske Hulsebosch

In our book Leren in tijden van tweets, apps en likes there is a clear call for people working with learning, change and innovation processes to dive into technology. Everyone sees that technology is increasingly taking an important place in our lives- even people who are not into technology.

Meeting intros…beyond the go around.

Michelle Laurie

A few weeks ago, I got a request from someone new to facilitation asking about a great way to do introductions at a meeting. I have a lot of icebreakers up my sleeve but I was testing out something new at another meeting and had been given some ideas from an online group too.

Explaining to London’s Deputy Mayor how mapping can help connect Londoners and #reclaimourspaces

Social Reporter

As I reported earlier in the this update , I’ve been working with community groups and networks to develop ideas for a more networked approach to support for London’s civil society.

#SOCRMx: Week 3 – Working with images

Jenny Connected

I have found the working with images resources in the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC very stimulating. According to the information provided in this course, visual methods are becoming increasingly popular.

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#MeToo Why SILICON VALLEY Can’t Follow EDUCATION in Managing Abuse of Power

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

How can communities – Silicon Valley, Wall Street, Hollywood – manage harassment and abuse situations? Are Health and Education doing a better job? When I evaluate communities online and offline I look for power bases.

How Leadership Is Critical In Content Marketing

Ken Carroll

Leadership is critical in content marketing. Because there simply is no content marketing without the leadership to drive it. As content marketers, you and I must think and act from a leadership perspective if we are to impact on the world. Leadership Is Critical To Marketing On Facebook.

To conference or to unconference?

Joitske Hulsebosch

I was hesitating for a long time whether I would attend the L&D unconference , organized by Ger Driesen in collaboration with the L&D connect community. The unconference costs you a whole day of your time and follows the open space method. There was a theme: the future of L&D.

Intuitive ‘instruction design’


It’s third season of the workshops for homeschoolers that we organise together with Wout Zweers , who works at an intersection of art, design and making. Today is another workshop and, being up early, I started to think about my role in the process. The first part is logistical. I sort out the dates, write announcements, communicate with the participants and make sure that contributions get collected. The second one is educational.


How to Save the World

I wander out onto the small balcony, seeking a quiet place to get away from the earnest people gathered inside, people trying to make a hopeless situation better. It is more than I can bear tonight. You, a stranger to me, are already out there, sitting on a deck chair, alone, in the dark.

#SOCRMx End of Week 3 Reflections

Jenny Connected

This is the third week of the Introduction to Social Research Methods MOOC , which I am finding both very useful and frustrating at the same time.

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#openedMOOC Week 2: Copyright, the Public Domain, and the Commons

Jenny Connected

An infographic created by Shihaam Donnelly from [link]. This week’s videos and readings are a lot more interesting than I anticipated.

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SOCRMx Week 2 Surveys

Jenny Connected

I have divided this post into two parts. The first part reports on information from the course site. The second part is an attempt to complete one of the suggested activities. Surveys: Part 1. Source of image here.

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Hand-cycling for the Prince’s Trust

Jenny Connected

A week ago today at this time, I was congratulating myself and others on having completed the Palace to Palace charity ride in aid of the Prince’s Trust. This is an annual event. The ride is 45 or 90 miles, depending on which route you choose from Buckingham Palace to Windsor Castle.

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#openedMOOC Week 1: The value of ‘open’

Jenny Connected

Link to source of image. Why Does Open Matter? This is the key question for Week 1 of the Introduction to Open Education MOOC, being offered on edX by David Wiley and George Siemens.

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Life goes on


It is always difficult to start writing again after a long period of silence. Like this time. My mother passed away last year. She had a long history of heart problems that were not getting better, but it still came very unexpected (and seeing her writing on FB just hours before made it worse). Next to the emotions there were lots of other things to work out and no desire whatsoever to write in an open space. But life doesn’t stay still. Grieving and all that comes with it give way.


How to Save the World

So I decided to look closer, to see if I could see. the true wonder of everything that is. I bundled up against the rain and chill, set up my tent in the back yard, positioned so that. out its open door I could see no human artifacts, and stared out through the mist.