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Digital Identities & Digital Citizenship: Houston, We Have A Problem
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A couple of weeks back, I gave the closing keynote in Keene State College’s Open Education spring speaker series. It was a rumination on Open as a set of practices and a site of identity, particularly for those of us in higher ed. I wanted to consider what it means to engage in digital scholarship – and digital leadership – from [...] Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:40:37 +0000

Antigonish 2.0 – The Plan
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America this is quite serious. America this is the impression I get from looking in the television set. America is this correct? I’d better get right down to the job. It’s true I don’t want to join the Army or turn lathes in precision parts factories I’m nearsighted and psychopathic anyway. America I’m putting my [...] Sat, 07 Jan 2017 04:34:43 +0000

Temporarily Embarrassed Millionaires
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(This one’s long. Sorry.) Ronald Wright’s A Short History of Progress (2004), quotes John Steinbeck as saying: “socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but temporarily embarrassed millionaires” (p. 124). This expression has stuck with me for nearly a decade. When I first read it, it sent [...] Thu, 01 Dec 2016 02:32:33 +0000

Opening The Dissertation: Why We Need To Make Open The Default
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I want to talk about open. And academia. And the outmoded gatekeeping process of the dissertation, world’s most glorified and inflated five-paragraph essay. *** Last week was Open Access week, and just before I got on a plane for Australia, Dave & I coordinated a series of Lightning Talks at UPEI about a bunch of different [...] Wed, 02 Nov 2016 18:27:58 +0000

The Spectacle…Or Welcome To The Handbasket?
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I ended up thinking about Debord’s Society of the Spectacle (1967) whenever I opened up Twitter this past week. I mostly blame the clown-car/lynch mob that was Trump’s Republican National Convention (America, you have my bewildered sympathies). The ghastly God-I-wish-this-were-surreal-but-nope-it’s-reality sense of overwhelm that the convention engendered in me, even from the comfort of my securely-Canadian couch, was ugly. [...] Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:42:25 +0000

Excellence &…The Wild Rumpus
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This week I got to descend upon Ohio – and OSU’s annual Innovate conference – to give a keynote about networks and higher education. Here are the slides I used to try to tell the story I was trying to tell: Funny story about that story. Innovate’s theme for this year was “excellence,” with a focus on, as their [...] Mon, 16 May 2016 02:05:12 +0000

Third Places & Third Spaces – #Digped Pei
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Part the first: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Love the Internet (Kinda) I come from a small place. Seen from Google Earth, Prince Edward Island is a dot off the northern edge of the Atlantic Ocean, a pastoral sandbar best known for lobster, potato farms, and Anne of Green Gables. I left in [...] Fri, 01 Apr 2016 02:38:20 +0000

Tower Of Song
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For my birthday back in January, Dave bought me a Leonard Cohen biography. I opened it and laughed and laughed. He bought it because Cohen is still alive. David Bowie – who for more than thirty years was my imaginary boyfriend and the person I wanted to be when I grew up – is dead. And I woke up the [...] Fri, 04 Mar 2016 14:29:51 +0000

What Your New Year’s Facebook Posts Really Mean
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So I did that Facebook “Year in Review” thing a week or two ago even though I’m moderately sure it serves up some extra layer of data-mining capacity on a platter to Zuckerberg’s new personalized learning minions. Encapsulated in ten photos, my reductive 2015 in review looked…nice. Really nice. A lot of travel, a lot of family time, a Ph.D [...] Thu, 31 Dec 2015 17:27:39 +0000

inequality & networks: the sociocultural implications for higher ed
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Next week is #dLRN15 at Stanford. Months of planning and debating and collaborating (and panicking!) all come together to launch an inaugural conference/conversation on Making Sense of Higher Education: Networks & Change. It’s all Panic At The Disco around here these days, people. *** There are some serious high hopes embedded and embodied in #dLRN15. Not just [...] Wed, 07 Oct 2015 01:21:46 +0000