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I See What Google Did There…

A few years ago, I read a book called What Would Google Do? I actually don’t recommend it. But there’s a little nugget that I took away that is the only reason I remember anything in it. It’s this quote: Google has turned commodification into a business strategy. It’s through this quote (and through a Coursera course […]

Placemaking and the Web

I’ve always felt that deep down I’m not a technology person–I’m a community person. And it just so happens that throughout my life I’ve happened to find an abundance of community through technology. But overall I’m much more interested in building community. Over the last couple of months, I’ve been thinking more about what lessons […]

Looking Closer at Oklahoma and National Pell Grant Data

For the past five weeks, I’ve been leading a faculty reading group with Mark Morvant on Paying the Price by Sara Goldrick-Rab. This has been a great experience given the fact that I didn’t feel I would have time to be involved in Bryan Alexander’s online group like I was for We Make the Road By Walking. […]

Restarting the Battle

I’ve been listening to the New York Times Daily Podcast since it launched the last couple weeks. They end the first episode asking when in your lifetime you have felt that your life was intersecting with history. For me, the first time was April 19, 1995 when a white radical named Timothy McVeigh terrorized the Alfred P. […]

Insight.

I have to be honest. I’m really struggling with carrying on business as usual, particularly in the online space, due to the events that took place during the first weeks of the new presidency. Even more so, I struggle with how to be a valuable participant in the conversation. And so I struggle with what […]

This transforms the road.

This transforms the road. — Horton Freire Bot (@hortonfreirebot) December 14, 2016 This will be my last blog post on the series I’ve been doing over the book We Make the Road by Walking, which included three chapter posts (1, 2, 3), a technical post on my quote generator, a co-authored post with Amy Collier, […]

A brief pause from social media.

For an undetermined amount of time, I’m going to be taking a break from most social media activity. Call it whatever you want: rest, recovery, therapy, need for a change of scenery, election fatique, information overload, a distraction. They are all correct. Sometime this summer, I found myself becoming noticeably less involved in the conversation […]

Updated Look For The Dot Com

As a designer, I quickly fall into the trap of thinking my site looks tired. Unfortunately, I’ve written about this before (and before that) but both my personal site and course sites serve as spaces for experimentation as much as anything else. Recent projects have had me focusing on designing small, nimble sites that run on very little. […]

It’s the Middleburys

Yesterday I gave a talk at Middlebury College on the creative process and domains, which is now published in essay form over on Medium. This talk was first given in a much abridged form at the OU Digital Humanities Day a few weeks back and was further expanded on to tell a more full story about my experiences this […]

I love visitors. Visitors are my favorite.

It’s been a whirlwind of a semester already and things aren’t even close to slowing down in the DLT. We’ve added 400 more sites to OU Create, assisted in the Canvas implementation to the tune of 35% adoption, and have also been fortunate enough to give the Norman VIP treatment to a couple of people […]

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