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

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 […]

A Page For Courses

For awhile now, I’ve had a link on my site menu titled “Course Site” which links to prpubs.us, but I didn’t feel that accurately played the evolution that has been Pubs. I’ve recently come to realize that I’m a bit of a gluten for punishment as I’ve had four separate public versions of the course. […]

My Essential iPhone Apps

Last week, it finally happened–I broke my phone screen. I’ve had an iPhone for 8 years and have failed to do this before, but that streak has unfortunately ended. Another thing I’ve failed to do in eightyears is delete much of anything at all. The pack rat that I am has text messages dating back to […]

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 […]

WordPress Multilingual Multisite

I had a great meeting this afternoon with the good folks at Middlebury (Amy Collier, Sonja Burrows, Evelyn Helminen) to talk about a project they have with their School of Hebrew. They are looking to create a Community of Practice for their faculty where much of the content is in English, but there is also […]

HowToCollege

In March, I had the opportunity to host the IndieEdTech gathering with Eddie Maloney of Georgetown and Kristen Eschelman at her place at Davidson College. As I wrote then, the gathering was focused on a design sprint in small teams around personal APIs. Led by the nudging of Audrey Watters, my team’s idea focused around […]

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 […]

Sticking a Fork in the LMS

I had a moment of panic over the weekend. I was expecting to teach my summer course from June 14 to Aug 5. It turns out that due to an administrative error (which, quick frankly, I should have caught earlier) it was scheduled to start on Monday. It usually takes me a full eight hour […]

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 […]

Recapping the OU Creaties

Yesterday afternoon we held the first OU Creaties award luncheon, which was a ton of fun. As I wrote a couple weeks ago, it’s great to get to celebrate the work of your community. We wanted to simply have a way to acknowledge and showcase the work that has taken place at the OU since […]

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