Next Gen LMS

Photo by NASA on Unsplash
Reading the ever-exciting New Media Consortium 2017 report, it lists Next Generation Digital Learning Environments (NGDLE) on the 2-3 year timeframe for adoption.  I'm thinking about Network Narratives in this framework and realise that what we have in the various resources of this course, makes up a learning 'portal' (pg 45). Whether this provides a deeper learning experience than signing up for a Learning Management System (LMS) experience is something that I am pondering.

A portal
that allows a different view
from sea to sky, clear blue
hard to summarise for others
multi-faceted in tools
not so many rules
open in nature
shareable is preferred
remix is encouraged
onwards we learn
from this portal.

While my formal, mega-paid-up, education is within an LMS (or VLE for the Northern European folk), it's a very flat file, non-agile experience. There are reports to read, discussion board items to write-up and assignments to write up. That's ab…

Game it - Week 8.0

In this segment of Netnarr we are being asked to think about games. Here is a short reflection on two of my fave games at the moment.

Mahjong - the board game
This is nothing like the 'match the pair' version that is popular on computers. The goal of the game is to be able to make a certain pattern of the tiles (like cards) in a throw out/pick up routine. I like the routine and process of this game which starts with shuffling the tiles, building a wall, throwing dice to determine East wind etc. While the challenge is to complete your own set of tiles, there is an added challenge of guessing what your oponents want (or discard). What I personnally get out of it is relaxation (providing I'm not trying to teach someone the game!), memory of the hands and the connection with the other 3 players.

Goal - to fill in all the boxes....according to the rules. It's a solo challenge and the satisfaction is finishing it. It's annoying to share with anyone else because the…

Selfie Unselfie Project

Unselfie Title: Who am I looking at?

Artist Statement

I question my self
What is my normal
How can I portray the digital version
What happens to my embodiment
Where is my fingerprint
I am unique and trackable
Is my eye in contact with you
Where is your reply
Do I look at myself
Do I look at the future viewers
(That posthuman lens)
One last glimpse
Where are my hands, wrist, elbow, ankle
1 minute / 8 shots / choose one / upload / download /
New post
Insert image / Write / Preview / Edit / Publish
I'm reduced to common ones and zeros
There is no art in that!

Selfie: Twitter Profile picture
Purpose: To give the impression of a 'real' person that you could talk to
Design: Black and white to differentiate from the multitude of colour, taken at an angle like a passport photo, taken to resemble the image that you would see if we had a video hangout, taken in my work office.

by Wendy Taleo for the #selfieunselfie project 2018

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Tracks in the Stats sand.

Stats Pageviews 79....really? Ukraine (surely it's a bot) tracks did I have your permission? did you consent? DO I CARE?

Twitter chat safari

Image: Wendy Taleo, 2018
I missed the #Netnarr Twitter chat this morning. Here is a composition of my safari. With six images created a seventh image, I narrate my safari across these landscapes. What I miss is the interaction, so leave a comment and show that you have trodden this track.

Wearing the SOC(k)

Photo by Mike Wilson on Unsplash
These reflections are from the last iteration of Network Narratives. I feel that last years involvement was like being part of a SOC.
SMALL  OPEN  CLASS (SOC) At any point in time, there was between 4-10 open participants active (or that I have interacted with) in the Network Narratives activities. Some people were consistent all the way through and other people came into the class through the porous class walls. During our Open Bus Tour  Alan Levine mentioned this aspect of having this 'open class' and that it was 'about the right size'. I'm not sure about the size factor but I do know that it was a comfortable space and allowed repeated connections and conversations over the 3 months. The typical MOOC timeframe is 4-6 weeks and even shorter if you only participate for some of the time. Travelling along on this journey for a full University Semester has been a different type of open study. I was always aware of the weekly class of th…

Another Adventure Begins on the Messy Internet

In Week 1 of Network Narratives we were pointed to the website Network Effect. The above capture shows the word categories that are options for filtering this information. The front page of this programme has this information and questions.

The effect of this programme is nausea! A feeling of dread of the uselessness of it all, a sick feeling in the pit of one's stomach in the over dramatised but somehow ordered bits of information. The messy cultural messages. Did you try it? Leave a comment below on how you felt.