#domains17 – MBFWL

Justing getting back home to the shores of the North Atlantic and wanted to be sure & make some notes before too much time passes.

This gathering was a brilliantly organized node hosting a large portion of my favourite people & practitioners.

So many great memories:

Witnessed a brilliant keynote from Martha Burtis – thoughtful as always with insights and provocations to consider and rise to the significant challenges we face as educators in online spaces.  Read her transcript and listen to the recording of her keynote w/ questions from the floor as heard on #ds106radio

Witnessed the strong mojo going on at Muhlenberg College.  Tim Clarke is a model academic librarian bringing passion, drive, and passion to bear in his work.  Not only was his Domains Fair table on point, but the zine I got at his table revealed I won a prize! I won all the fixings needed to create a LibraryBox or Piratebox + more.  Most definitely going to flex the gear and write about it.  Muhlenberg also raised the stakes with Lora Taub-Pervizpour and Jordan Noyes with #domainsresist and their great work with sscommons.org.  Big fav among the SSCommons is the Street Art Graphics collection.

Talked #webaudioapi and Javascript with Tom and Brian and got a chance to bring 10 people to a synced EuroTrash jam with their mobile devices using Ableton Link.

You should not be surprised that @grantpotter is rocking out at #domains17 — Jim Groom (@jimgroom) June 5, 2017

Finally got an opportunity to meet John Udell and hear him talk web annotation spec and application.

As a role playing gamer from wayback, Keegan’s great work with http://goblin.education/ caught my interest and attention.  So much potential and value in role playing games for teaching and learning yet to be tapped – really happy to see Keegan doing great work with it.


The Moodle Fighters (side project of @Deadmoocmen and @BlackboardSabbath members) via Luke Waltzer (@lwaltzer) June 7, 2017


Heard Tom Woodward preach the gospel of his SubGenius-inspired #wordpress mojo

Hung out with Scott Robarts & talked WordPress + opened.ca in British Columbia.

Gathered great #crypto resources from Jonathan Poritztextbook and reading.

Met Tim Klapdor and learned more about the Charles Sturt online learning model.

Huge props to the ReclaimHosting folks for a fantastic job gathering this group of educators, designers, and technicians to share work, ideas, and visions of better futures.


2011 #edtechbc Conference

An incredible weekend in shirtsleeves Vancouver with fantastic friends and colleagues exploring freeform, distributed radio on #ds106radio with marathon broadcasting from the #yvr Soundlab, top volume jams at Sanctuary Studios, a great run on #rsd11 performances and festivities, and talking education during the #edtechbc conference.

Managed to broadcast the closing panel /LIVE to #ds106radio – a great conversation facilitated by Paul Stacey with plenary members Avi Luxenburg, George Couros, Alec Couros, Chris Kennedy, and Sir John Daniel.


Sir John Daniel | The Global Challenge of Achieving Education for All – Some Answers



Panel Discussion | The Future Landscape of Personalized Learning Online


Open For Learning

Call for Proposals

ETUG Spring 2011 Workshop
Selkirk College,  Nelson, BC.
June 2 – 3, 2011 (Thurs & Fri, pub night Wed June 1)
Deadline: April 8, 2011

ETUG welcomes proposals from faculty, staff and students to present at this year’s Spring Workshop.

Open and free tools, resources, and learning opportunities abound, but how are we integrating them into our work? What new skills are needed? What challenges are we facing? What value does open provide? What are the costs and risks?


Canadian eLearning Conference 2009

Just back from three great days at the Canandian eLearning Conference where post-secondary educators from across Canada gathered to share educational technology projects, products, and directions.  I enjoyed many sessions but a few stood out for me:

North Island College – Remote Science Lab

Ron Evans and Albert Balbon from North Island College illustrated how the Remote Science Lab mixed technologies to create a unique application for distributed learning.  With some creative customization, the lab allows students to remotely control lab equipment by robotic arm.  Sensors in the remote lab equipment can be calibrated using an embedded Flash application with resultant data retrieved within the same application.   We were treated to an impressive live demo of the lab in action but what impressed me most was the presenters’ sense of enthusiasm and spirit of exploration when discussing both the development and future plans for the project.  Although the equipment being leveraged in the project is quite costly, the methods and software driving the project are being offered by NIC to all BC post-secondary institutions who wish to explore a similiar project.  Although I don’t see a robotics project on my horizon, I certainly came away from the session energized by the team’s DIY ethos and courage in taking on such an ambitious project.

Poster Presentation – Is the Past Present

A well researched application of serious gaming challenging students to gain an understanding of how difficult and disorienting it was for aboriginal children to attend residential schools.  Topics such as language barrier, isolation from family, and cultural displacement are explored through use of cinematic sequences, role play simulations, and links to articles, audio, and video, among which are a collection of first-person testimonies.  I lived in Aklavik, NWT for 4 years where I worked as a teacher and school administrator.  Aklavik had 2 residential schools that left a legacy of painful memories for many aboriginal people in the Northwestern Arctic.  This project resonated with me and is a resource that would be a very valuable use in Arctic public schools as a way to effectively communicate to northern aboriginal youth the endurance and courage of elders who surived these trials.

Just Plain Fun

I had the good fortune to jam with Scott Leslie and Brian Lamb in two WordPress workshops – one intro session and another on aspects of using WordPress in Education.  From my perspective, there appears to be a rising interest in supporting more open forms of student discourse in higher ed.  If the feedback immediately following the session is any indication, I think we will be seeing more WordPress fuelled creativity in the coming year(s).  Major props to Novak, Enej, Andre, and all the UBC WordPress crew who shine a bright light for other BC institutions leveraging WordPress for education within their own contexts.

As always, getting together with ETUG folks is just plain fun.  This gathering was particularly fun as it was the 15 year anniversary of ETUG.  I am grateful to be working with such a creative group of people who encourage and support me as I experiment with my crayons ( tip of the hat to Barbara Ganley for the metaphor ).  For some literal digital crayons check out Brian and I having some crayon fun on the Wii-hacked surface Shauna, Jeff, and I managed to get rolling during lunchtime in the ETUG party room.