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Academic failures – got any previous?

We carry around our academic failures like previous convictions.

If pressed, we might even blame something: but I’d never even been to France so it just didn’t make sense…

Whether or not the excuse is fair, we accept what the piece of paper tells us. I’m not very good at that. Sadly, what we really believe is this: I could never be good at that…

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Web 2.0 Country

Welcome to Web 2.0 country

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Web2.0—the web of platforms, personalization, clickbait, and filter bubbles—is the only web most students know. That web exists by extracting individuals’ data through persistent surveillance, data mining, tracking, and browser fingerprinting and then seeking new and “innovative” ways to monetize that data. As platforms and advertisers seek to perfect these strategies, colleges and universities rush to mimic those strategies in order to improve retention.

From Pedagogy and the Logic of Platforms by Chris Gilliard via this post by Brian Lamb

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POSSEE

POSSEE & DoOO

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POSSEE by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND

Doug Belshaw was the first to enlighten me on this self publishing principle, and encourage me to set up my own site, and publish out from there. Every drawing should have it’s own canonical link he’d say. Unambiguous words, and I’m glad I listened. This rang true again when working with Jim Groom and Reclaim Hosting on the articulation of a Domain of One’s Own, in a learning context. But the immediate feedback of social media can make one (me) a touch lazy. Reading Kin Lane’s post on the Personal API, I’m reminded of just how important this principle is to those who would publish…

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A personal API

API: And this time its personal

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So in the middle of reading Jim Groom’s post on The LMS is dead, and getting my head around next generational digital wonderment, I found myself jumping into Kin Lane’s post on the Personal API. As a programmer, I’m aware of what an API is and how it works, that it becomes a fundamental part of loosely coupled, highly cohesive system design, but I’d never thought of a personal API stack with me as it’s puppet master. Or it as my data shield…

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