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OU Director of Digital Learning. Indie web. Indie EdTech. Student agency. Citizen journalism. Vinyl collector.

The LMS has landed.

It was announced in late Spring that OU was moving from Design2Learn to Canvas as its primary learning management system. Since then, all forces in our Center have been pointed towards all things LMS. Being that Canvas is a much bigger, nastier beast than our sweet, innocent Domain of One’s Own initiative that I’ve been working […]

Three potentially non-related thoughts on media and identity.

Thought One I was practically raised in some form of a media store. I have childhood memories of going to rent videos in my hometown. There were a couple of family owned video rental stores, but we were partial to one called Bronco Video, which was ran by an old man named Charlie (Charlie liked that we […]

Some Musings On Barriers to Remix

There has been an awakening. Have you felt it? Mike Caulfield penned a quite brilliant post titled Simon’s Watchmakers and the Future of Courseware. This response was partly inspired by David Wiley’s post OER: Some Questions and Answers which was partly inspired by an op-ed by Pearson. Note that these are arguably all required readings […]

On Teams “Of Tech and Learning”

David Kampmann was kind enough to have me on his new podcast #OfTechAndLearning. I didn’t realize until the interview that I was actually the first guest to jump on with David, which is a really cool honor. David is a super nice guy who I had the fortune of first meeting last April at et4online […]

Journo-programmers

I try my best to keep up with a handful of blogs and one of them is Dave Winer‘s blog, who was both and early blogger and early advocate for syndication. John Markoff, who happens to also be one of my favorite technology journalists/storytellers, described him in 2001 like this: David Winer is a software designer […]

Using Known and RSS to Power an Email Newsletter

I’ve busted out Known on a new subdomain. I used it in the past as a way to reclaim my tweets. At the heart of Known is the idea of syndication. It really is a very powerful application for those who wish to deploy the POSSE (publish on own site, syndicate elsewhere). One app to power all the […]

Blockchains for Federated Student Data

A couple folks  (Dave Winer, Gardner Campbell) shared a really interesting article this morning titled “Is Blockchain the most important IT invention of our age?” The timing is really nice because a good friend of mine, Dylan Mackey, has been helping me get up to speed on block chains and help me think through how […]

Finishing Up at Pepperdine

It’s been one quick summer and I’m afraid I’ve written less on this blog than I originally anticipated. Summers are always funny because they are, to a degree, this false hope that you now have time to get your pet project done. In reality, you take a vacation, important people that you need to help […]

Bidding Farewell to Copeland Hall (Again)

I just finished packing up my office in Copeland Hall as CTE is moving to the second floor of Old Science Hall. I’ve got used to moving every so often as it has somehow became the standard MO every 18 or so months of my short career at OU so far for whatever reason. But […]

Is LMS a new market for WordPress themes?

I occasionally peruse Themeforest to see what new offerings they had available and I’ve been surprised by the number of education offerings, in particular LMS imitator themes, have popped up over the last year. In fact, they’ve gone ahead and created an entire Education category for all the WordPress themes that are now available. To be […]

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