Bookmarked Reflections on Domains 19 by John StewartJohn Stewart (John Stewart)

If act one was the development of the technical, financial, and human resource models for building Domain of Ones Own projects, act two will I think focus on answering the existential challenge of integrating Domains into “normal” pedagogical practices.

In light of #Domains19 finishing, John Stewart reflects on the achievements of domain of one’s own and the challenges that still need to be overcome. These include the seeming demise of blogging, problems of privacy, the fear that EdTech does more harm than good and the ongoing challenge of getting buy-in. Stewart suggests that for domains and digital literacies to thrive, then they need to become more ingrained:

I do not think Domains can thrive or that digital literacy more broadly can thrive, if we are only teaching digital literacy skills in DS type courses. The idea of consciously constructed digitally intensive courses that slowly contribute to the students’ digital literacies throughout their matriculation, seems more realistic. Just as no student is likely to become a great writer after their comp101 course, no student is going to grok the problems with social media, the difficulties of web sec, the affordances and production of multi-modal communication, the promise of new media, and the challenges of surveillance capitalism after a single digital studies course.

I think that this is a problem facing all facets of education, especially how we provide structured experiences, not just information.

Replied to #Domains19: Martin Hawksey Keynote by John StewartJohn Stewart (John Stewart)

In the Q&A, sava saheli singh asked how we balance the “cool factor” of exciting new tech with our critical concerns. I think that’s a great way of identifying the challenge that we face, both in ed tech and technology spheres more broadly. As Martin said, many of us are tech magpies, and we enjoy playing with these new techs. However, we have an ethical duty to think critically and teach others to do the same about these new techs.

Thank you John for sharing your notes associated with Martin Hawksey’s keynote for #Domains19. I liked point of the ‘cool factor’ of technology and Martin’s point about the ethical duty. I reminds me of a post I wrote about being secure, safe and informed.
Bookmarked Video in situ (John Stewart)

There are a few programs playing with instructional video in really interesting ways. At OU, we have moved away from back-of-the-class lecture capture, producing instead sets of short videos where the instructor explains the key concepts. We have built a light screen so instructors can write like the would on a white board while looking into the camera and talking to the students. I think this takes us passed the poor substitution standard and into augmentation.

John Stewart reflects on the way in which the La Blogothèque website / YouTube channel redefines the video experience, creating new and unique possibilities. He wonders if the same changes could be incorporated into the filming of educational videos for blended and online courses, in particular, the possibilities for capturing field work. I have written about the Take Away Shows before, discussing the possibility of redefining the whole pedagogical experience. The reference to capturing field work reminds me of an early Google Glass exercise capturing CERN.
Bookmarked Blogging at Scale with Google Sheets (bavatuesdays)

Jim Groom and Tim Owens speak with John Stewart about the use of Google Sheets as a kind of WordPress Multisite stand-in wherein Google manages scaling the infrastructure for you. Stewart has also unpacked the benefits of blogging via Sheets, as well as the code associated with the project. This continues his use of Sheets (see Collector) to create agile solutions.