Stuff that isn’t blog-post-worthy, but may be helpful to think out loud.

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Going through feeds in NetNewsWire resulted in a few open tabs for deeper reading today. ars Drama in iRacing as IndyCar champ wrecks F1 star on purpose - crazy. no live sports, so race teams are competing in iRacing to keep in practice. And, without the expense of blowing up a multimillion dollar car in a road rage incident, things are going off the rails. Nine years ago, SpaceX called its shot on capturing the flag - Musk is a wreckless fratboy douchebag, but I hope SpaceX pulls this off. Read More

Tools in D2l at UCalgary

In our Learning Technologies Advisory Committee Processes Working Group meeting this week, we were discussing how instructors access new tools, or enable existing tools. Much of the discussion was about communication, rather than the processes directly - instructors aren’t aware of the tools that are available, or what they can be used for, so they ask for new tools. We have several applications available as the core online learning platforms at UCalgary: Read More

Links: Sample PD Sites Teaching Instructors About Online Learning

Keegan Long-Wheeler posted a tweet yesterday, and it got a lot of interesting responses: 🧐I'm searching for examples of PD programs/sites aimed at "teaching instructors about online learning." (Any focus: pedagogy, visual design, etc.) 🧐 ❓Know any good examples? Your links are much appreciated! ❤️#SquadGoalsNetwork #Pedagome #onlinelearning #CanvasLMS @OLCToday — Keegan🦔Long-Wheeler (@KeeganSLW) January 27, 2020 Some of the links provided in response: Websites / Guides SUNY: Teaching Online website Charles Sturt University: Strategies website Portland Community College: Instructional Best Practices Portland Community College: Tutorials and technical support Florida International University: Teaching Online Guide Georgian College Center for Teaching and Learning: Online workshops and modules University College London ABC LD Toolkit Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Special Interest Groups Cathy Moore Yale University’s Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning: Teaching Online at Yale Courses Northwestern University: Visual Design in Canvas course Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts: Online Teaching Certification (OTC) Online Network of Educators @ONE’s Course List Open (text)books Matt Crosslin et al. Read More

Surveillance Capitalism

Shoshana Zuboff, in the New York Times: We thought that we search Google, but now we understand that Google searches us. We assumed that we use social media to connect, but we learned that connection is how social media uses us. We barely questioned why our new TV or mattress had a privacy policy , but we’ve begun to understand that “privacy” policies are actually surveillance policies. and Read More

Photoblog automation using iOS Shortcuts, Mk II

Trying a photo publishing workflow to Hugo using iOS Shortcuts app. It’s almost working, but still a little funky. I still can’t get it to save the Hugo file as a .md file rather than .txt, so I’ll need to rename the file before publishing. But, still. Handy. This Shortcut currently lets me pick a photo from Photos, resizes it to 750px wide for use on my blog, saves it where I tell it (but this could be done better…) then asks me for a title and description before generating a Hugo file entry with proper frontmatter. Read More


Brenna’s Digital Detox post about algorithms got me thinking about where algorithms and opaque magic bits of code intermediate what I see online. It’s definitely less than it has been, since unplugging from Facebook and reducing my Google exposure. But, still. These are the ones I’m aware of… (I’ll update this as I think of stuff and/or realize something’s managed by The Algorithm™) Algorithmic stuff Amazon - searches and listings are based on what they think I’ll buy. Read More

Disinformation Campaigns

John Gruber: I really feel as a culture we are barely coming to grips with the power of YouTube, Facebook, and to some degree, Twitter, as means of spreading mass-market disinformation. The pre-internet era of TV, print, and radio was far from a panacea. But it just wasn’t feasible in those days for a disinformation campaign — whether from crackpots who believe the nonsense, corporate industry groups, or foreign governments — to get in front of the eyes of millions of people. Read More

The Tyranny of Convenience - The New York Times

A good article by Tim Wu in the New York Times, on the effects of convenience. Convenience has the ability to make other options unthinkable. And Yet our taste for convenience begets more convenience, through a combination of the economics of scale and the power of habit. The easier it is to use Amazon, the more powerful Amazon becomes — and thus the easier it becomes to use Amazon. Read More

What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party - The New York Times

A tragedy is like a fault line. A life is split into a before and an after, and most of the time, the before was better. Few people will let you admit that out loud. Source: What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party - The New York Times That bit resonated. Actually, the whole article resonated a bit more than I’m comfortable with. Read More

The Looming Digital Meltdown - The New York Times

Zeynep Tufekci, in the NYTimes: Modern computing security is like a flimsy house that needs to be fundamentally rebuilt. In recent years, we have suffered small collapses here and there, and made superficial fixes in response. There has been no real accountability for the companies at fault, even when the failures were a foreseeable result of underinvestment in security or substandard practices rather than an outdated trade-off of performance for security. Read More