Ole & Graham-Drawing & TED: Stuff I watched/drew and what I think about it.

  It’s a very busy time and an especially busy week. Will post more on that soon. In the meantime, I am going to take a stab at reviving this series of mine. Moving forward, I will try to make it seem “cleaner” with fewer links in text (mine were excessive) and less strict adherence to format (variation is OK-no-better than OK). Stuff I watched: Draw more, together: Ole Qvist-Sørensen at TEDxCopenhagen 2012 Why people believe they can’t draw – and how to prove they can | Graham Shaw | TEDxHull Stuff I drew: Ole Graham Toast   What I…

Let’s go out and eat hair: Week 5 Digital Story Critique

My digital story selection for this week is the product of lots of exploring and deep contemplation. Upon looking at the remix appendix at the end of Lankshear and Knobel Chapter 4, I noticed a remix type that I hadn’t previously considered: Political Remix. I have been a big fan of bad lip reading videos since discovering them a few years ago during the 2012 Presidential Election and became very excited at the prospect. Okay, so this photo is obviously a remix too, but I don’t want to focus on that. In fact, I’ve tried hard up until this point…

Stuck in my head: Week 4 Digital Story Critique

Another week, another digital story to evaluate (and I mean it in the best way possible). Going forward, my weekly critiques will include a different framework taken from the appendix of Lankshear & Knobel’s Chapter 4 New Literacies and Social Practices of Digital Remixing. For all of you who read my blog, this just means I will be making a more concerted effort to find digital remixes in new formats (movie trailers, music videos, etc.) for these assignments. As usual (drum-roll), I had a tough time finding a digital story this week. I am not accustomed to searching for this…

Searching for Celebrities in the Library: DS106 Design Assignment

When I first encountered the “design” category on the DS106 Assignment Bank, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Unlike the other assignments I’ve completed so far, this one does not specify which medium I will use. When I think design, I imagine audio, video, images, and just about every other form of digital output. In a moment of extreme bravery, I clicked the “random” button (even though the term bothers me due to it’s over misuse). The assignment I encountered seemed like a lot of fun! I was tasked with designing a menu! I am a long time restaurant buff…

5 Problems with Social Media

This video has inspired some thoughts… I’m sure I can speak for many people when I say I have mixed feelings about these problems with social media. The ability to share anything requires a lot of personal responsibility. In a nutshell, people do not exercise their best judgement when posting something on Facebook or Twitter which often “destroys relationships”, “creates triggers”, or something even worse. Despite these issues, I am aware that there are many people who exercise control with their social media presence. These people share only appropriate things and possess a strong understanding of the consequences of oversharing.…

Tribes

I’ve recently done some readings by people like Steve Godin about tribes. When using the term”tribe”, he (and others) are referring to a group of like minded people who share common views and compassion for each other. I like to think of it as a “collective identity” in which all members identify with one another. At this point in my life, I belong to many tribes: librarians, graduate students, alums of my college, members of my group of friends. By digging deeper, I can easily find other tribal components of my identity, but let’s just start with these. In my…

For-Profit Education

https://twitter.com/insidehighered/status/708367784389038080 (Links to an external site.) I found this article on Twitter a couple of days ago and felt compelled to share it. Full disclosure: I worked at a for-profit college for almost seven years. During this time, I gained a lot of worthwhile experience, but also solidified my position against for-profit education. I met all kinds of students. In some cases, they were motivated and bright but lacked the opportunity to attend a traditional college. This was usually due to financial reasons, time, or they just felt they would never graduate, However, many other students were admitted without the ability to complete…