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A trip to the analogue world

Posted in MAIS, Online with tags , , , , , , on September 18, 2012 by onepercentyellow

Now I’ve been a digital student for about 3 years, and this weekend I had another chance to take my digital self into the analogue world for Athabasca’s first grad student conference.  While the nerves just about did me in, I made it through the weekend ecstatic about the whole experience.

First I must mention, I was presenting at the conference… a very applicable topic – autobiography and the digital world.  I wanted to use autobiographical theory to explain how we develop a believable, and hence FUNCTIONAL, digital identity.  A good autobiography, like a good digital presence, shares something of our humanness and makes us a REAL textual person – a person others can relate to, a story they can draw on in understanding their own journeys through life.  Like reading a good autobiography, meeting a digital self can help you expand what you believe is possible in a life.

Thiswhole process has been a huge exercise in reflection.  On the one hand, I was aware that the self most of my audience was familiar with was my digital self.  In fact, this is the a priori self – this textual, video, photographic avatar.  My analogue self would need to be consistent with my digital.  Not difficult for me as I’m pretty much the same person in both places, but I struggled with finding space to present all of the aspects of my digital self that I wanted to bring across in this analogue circumstance with its temporal limitations.  I only had 15 minutes (!!!!!) to present!  How could I possibly include everything in such a short time span?  I had to broaden my scope.

I decided to make my entire weekend a part of my presentation – again, not too difficult as my topic was autobiography – and meld the digital and analogue as much as possible.  Friday night’s meet and greet came and went and I introduced myself in both spaces, leveraging my more established digital self to make space for my analogue expression:

Saturday night I got to bring my ukulele-playing, participatory-music-promoting, dancing, laughing, kazoo-toting self!  The most precious moment of the entire weekend was when Terry Anderson, an educator and theorist I highly respect, played my kazoo along with the horn section of the band!  After interacting with everyone’s “real” self (and here I oppose it with their polished, professional, academic selves), how could I be nervous?

Sunday morning Katherine Janzen welcomed me with tales of metamorphosis in the educational journey.  The butterfly, present so much in my life this year, showed itself once again to remind me to step forward with courage.  And I did, with new friends in the audience, and old friends tuning in on #ds106radio.

I’m excited to put Mark McCutcheon’s (@sonicfiction) question to work in my further research.  What exactly do I mean by authenticity?  And I’m happy to have such a positive experience under my belt.  I will continue to use this research as I participate in conversations later this week on digital education in Liberal Arts universities.

But what I will take away the most is the confidence this experience has given me.  I wrote, I practiced, I edited, I practiced, I worried, I practiced and finally I presented.  While those 15 minutes were important, it was sharing my uke, my love of music, and my broader self that made the connections that will last beyond this presentation.  Once I had made a space for my whole person to attend the conference, that shy, self-conscious, impostor-syndrome-suffering academic wasn’t alone.  She had a musician, a gypsy, and a connected educator at her side, and with that host of selves lending their light, the academic in me could shine.

ART – keeping you real since the internet began

Posted in eci831, MAIS, Online, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on August 24, 2012 by onepercentyellow

Well, it’s that time again: the beginning of the semester.  While I have not signed up for my next MAIS course, I have been enticed into participating FOR REAL THIS TIME in #ds106, the MOOC with the MOST (other than ECI831 – sorry, all… @courosa still holds the special place in my digital heart!).  This coming as I prepare to present on autobiographical theory and digital identity development, or as I like to think of it – living the autobiographical self.  I put out the question – what makes people real in the digital world – to the #ds106radio audience on my birthdaycast.

So I have finally made my first true entry into the #ds106 world… I AM REAL!!! I can make an ANIMATED GIF!!! With @cogdog’s help, of course.
#makesomeartdammit

a course in time

Posted in eci831 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on November 29, 2011 by onepercentyellow

Is it a good thing if a reflection on your learning moves you to tears?  I think so.  It means that I have been affected by the course I have taken.  I have let myself be known and opened my perspective of the world to influence.  This has been a wonderful experience.  Here is my video reflection on my learning along with a long list of links directing you to the people and places on the web that have had a significant impact on my learning this semester.

I must give special thanks to the amazing gabyreel, a friend here in Montreal,  for giving me the idea of doing a stop-motion assignment.

in order of appearance: #ds106radio, david goa@gsiemens@shareskijohn francis@bryanjack@intrepidteacher@noiseprofessor@davecormierabject.ca@drgarcianomadopen oath@courosadtlttoday#ds106assignment bank@cogdogd’arcy norman@lethejerome@mburtis@jimgroompurposeful playpaulofreireepisode 86@giuliaforsythe@malynmawby@timmmmyboy@rushaw@sgreenla@sherbani, Sandra ReinSean@nancywhite#eci831.

and here’s the transcript:

Reflection on your learning is always so difficult because learning is for life.

School is a pilgrimiage.  It is the movement of the heart and mind in a particular way.

It requires wayfinding and sensemaking as there is no coheret whole. You have to find your own way.

And so we move from one temporary centre to another, never knowing who we will learn from.

But don’t worry… if something is important, it will resurface.

For me, this journey is a map of people.  Planetwalkers John Francis and the peace pilgrim have shared the road, showing me that the secret to finding a special place in life’s patterns depends on living in harmony with others and having the right attitude – that being wonder and humility.

I am indeed humbled by the beauty people create together around the world – and the affect that can have.   All through the power of sharing ourselves openly with one another.

I have shared john francis’ words with many over the term… maybe you can’t change the word by your actions alone, but you can change yourself.  And when you do, the world around you may change by trying to understand you, as we all try to understand each other.

For me, this is the base of rhizomatic learning.  When I change myself, though the interconnectedness of thought and knowledge, I have an effect on the beings around me.  Through the deep and broad roots that ground the human legacy in the earth, I can tap into ancient wisdom and by sharing those cashes with others, I shift the means of the whole.

Counter to what we have known, this is not a question of Who belongs here? rather it is a space where Free Range Students wander as nomads and encouter Free Range Teachers – our knowledge production happens in the space of everyday life. It is founded on an open oath that holds that the world’s knowledge is a public good – a part of the commons to which we all deserve equal access as beings on the planet.

Who is teaching me? Is the wrong question.  I both learn from and teach who I share with.

Who am I sharing with?

What am I sharing?

How am I sharing?

The DIY or do-it-yourself model seems cold – like a mechanical repository of contextless media – but the opportunity to be a producer puts the agency in my hands – am I producing something meaningful?  I guess that’s up to me to decide!

In the meantime, I get to participate to collaborate to contribute without boundaries or borders – d’arcy Norman

I am able to participate in live knowledge building on a daily basis with a group of peers – dave cormier

The point of it all is intellectual emancipation -  taking us to a place where we understand ourselves and our reasons for acting beyond ideology and beyond the commonplace. – Jerome melacon

One of the ways to reach this space of freedom is through art.  “poetry is nothing…..

Purposeful play helps liberate students and teachers from passivity – validating their experience by honouring the process.  It is a safe place to experiment and become a producer of knowledge. And from that production we begin to see and understand ourselves.

A gift of authentic human expression cannot be paralleled. It is a gift of self in the form of artifact.  And it is the foundation of the online life.  Sharing with one another authentically makes social truth transparent and makes a direct challenge at those who perpetuate lies.

“Let your actions reflect that which burns within you like a voice”

Quote by Paulo Freire “True revolution cannot fear the people, their expression, their effective participation in poer.  It must be accountable to them, ust speak frankly to them of its achievements, its mistakes, its miscalculations and its difficulties” (Pedagogy of the Oppressed, p. 128)

If I am free

I will choose to be free

With people who are not afraid

To be human

This is the growing space of learning.  This is where people are gathering.  It is a global space.  It is a space of existential revolution. It’s about discovery and change, community as curriculum, personal learning and emmersion and it’s a place where art is welcome, and sharing encouraged.  Where the artifacts of the lived process provide presence and authenticity.

This is the space of the social artists

I want to thank these social artists

You have introduced me to each other

You have introduced me to ideas

Validated my personal expressions of self

And made them meaningful

And showed me that they have meaning

I would especially like to thank Alec Couros for being my professor for the past 3 years that I have sat in on this class.  And to the 2011eci831 group, thank you for your presence and your willingness to embark on this educational journey.   And for letting me play my uke in class!!! Xoxo

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