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CC attribution

CC attribution

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My brother often corrects my grammar. It’s as easy to get it right as to get it wrong… he would say. Even though I find this mildly irritating, especially as he’s my younger sibling, he’s quite right – and secretly I upgrade my grammar without giving him any satisfaction, only to knowledgeably correct others on the same point.

So this thinkery about Creative Commons attribution might feel mildly annoying, but when it comes to attributing an author or creator for something you get to use for free, I think it’s worth the secret upgrade…

Wikipedia – Active vs Passive learning

Horrible Histories? Absolute genius. I’m sure it’s creation needs deep understanding in order to use the weapon of humour around a topic. I’ve found the same is true with imagery (indeed Horrible Histories uses imagery so well), and so I love it when my son is able to deploy his own Visual Thinkery in school homework – which often contains humour too, if he thinks he can get away with it. Teach to learn…

This off-the-cuff comment by Lucy Crompton-Reid at the recent OER conference resonated with me, and it illustrates one of the simplest techniques of creating thinkery: to draw out the contrast between two things.

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CC & Me

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CC & Me by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND

I love the idea of the Creative Commons, and the more I create the more of a Commoner I become. Over the last while, I’ve had the pleasure of working with the CC team on a few different projects.

One aspect of CC licensing that’s always bothered me is the icons themselves. I’d like to mark my creation as being part of the Commons, but am acutely aware of the addition of a heavy visual on the illustration itself.

Following a conversation with Maha Bali and Sue Beckingham, I thought – why not create an icon relating to the context of the creation itself?

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The OER big wave

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Some times I wander around art galleries trying to quickly reproduce what my eye sees. Simply by forging a direct connection with my hand, my eye starts to show me details, techniques, and feelings that my head is so quick to throw out as mere noise; getting under the skin of a creation, and sometimes getting a glimpse of it’s creator.

The rest is simply a Hokusai mashup, created for OER17, which I’m also hoping to see from a new understanding.

All the artwork relating to OER17 conversations is now available here under a CC-BY licence.

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Machine Learning

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I often listen to podcasts when I’m drawing something. However, recently I tuned into Audrey Watters and Kin Lane‘s Contrafabulists podcast – and as their conversation progressed, I found my mind wandering from what I was supposed to be drawing and thinking about an image of the conversation, which explored what Machine Learning is and of course, what it’s not… The podcast itself is very accessible, and definitely worth a listen.

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The unwritten books of Dr Belshaw

Conversational thinkery is where it’s at. Armed with a pen and paper, there are gems to be uncovered and captured. Recently, with my WeAreOpen comrades Doug Belshaw, Laura Hilliger we thought (online) through the overlap between Digital Literacies and Employability and before long I found myself capturing these book titles which ultimately helped us frame what we were talking about.

It’s evolved much further as part of Doug’s post: Eight ways to think about digital employability

A co-operative state of mind

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When a friend of mine asked if I’d be interested in forming a Co-op, I had to admit, I’d never considered it as a viable vehicle for business. Having come to the conclusion that there was no reason not to be a part of the adventure, I jumped in. I’d come across co-ops briefly having come from a farming background, but even in digital consultancy sphere it now makes total sense to me. This thinkery is my attempt at illustrating why…

Originally created for this blog post: Are YOU ‘Co-op Curious’?

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