Author: John Stewart (Page 1 of 33)

A Poem for Evie

The night of the election, I wrote a letter of apology to my daughter. Last night, after spending most of the day watching and thinking about Dr. Blasey Ford’s testimony, I wrote my first poem. Sadly the letter and the poem share a common theme.

The trust that Evie places
in the very sound of my voice
when I tell her bedtime stories
will not be reciprocated
when she awakes one day
a woman seen by men
who hear her voice
and dismiss her truth as a fairytale.

WP Campus 18: Playing on the Web

Playing and learning involve experimentation, getting dirty, and breaking stuff. Both on the web and IRL, I want people to test a toy or a technology or a theory in order to see what it can provide and where it will break. In one of the opening lightning talks at WordPress Campus 18, Donna Talarico challenged us to play and explore as we develop our web projects.

In my presentation, I talked about how Domain of One’s Own initiatives encourage play and experimentation by giving faculty, staff, and students a place to build and experiment with the web. At the end of each year, we bring people together to celebrate the best new websites for the Creaties, our own version of the Webbies.

When we were developing the idea for this celebration, and as we’ve iterated it, Adam Croom, Anoop Bal, Keegan Long-Wheeler and I wanted to try to use the event to build a community that could play together. We try to draw people out to tell us about the challenges they faced as they were building them, the experiments they tried out, and the clever things that worked along with those that didn’t.

Rachel Cherry and her team did an excellent job of organizing WordPress Campus. One of the many things I liked was that they recorded many of the presentations and encouraged us to put together some sort of artifact to open the discussion for everyone was wasn’t at the conference. I built a WP site that lays out a lot of my presentation and shares some of the resources and thought that went into the Creaties. I hope you’ll take a minute to watch the presentation or play with the site, and let me know how your school can play with the concepts of DoOO and the Creaties and adapt them for your campus.

OLC Innovate CFP Extended

The call for papers for OLC Innovate 19 has been extended to 11:59pm on September 26th. I’m co-program chair with Kate Sonka this year, so I particularly want to appeal to all the people I know to share their wonderful work with us in Denver in April.

In the video below, I chatted with Kate (Michigan State) and the two engagement co-chairs, Kate Miffit (Penn State) and Keegan Long-Wheeler (OU), about some of the formats and themes we’re particularly excited for this year. I can’t wait to see more papers on OER, open pedagogy, and inclusive course design. I also really love the way that this conference encourages conversation and network building rather than the traditional 20-minute lecture style presentations.

I chatted with Kate Sonka, Keegan Long-Wheeler, and Kate Miffit about the CFP in this video

Put in a proposal for the CFP and come join us in the new Gaylord Rockies Resort.

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