I’m going to be co-teaching a class for our county’s administrators on creative communication. The idea is basically that email is boring and often ignored so spicing things up really helps for important communications. You can check out some of the work of my co-teacher, Jen Maddux, below (a few more of her movies to follow later).
So many interesting things. Retronaut Futility Closet The conscience fund During the Civil War, the U.S. Treasury received a check for $1,500 from a private citizen who said he had misappropriated government funds while serving as a quartermaster in the Army. He said he felt guilty. “Suppose we call this a contribution to the conscience fund and get it announced in the newspapers,” suggested Treasury Secretary Francis Spinner. “Perhaps we will get some more.” …. Many contributions are sent by citizens who have resolved to start anew in life by righting past wrongs, but some are more grudging. In 2004, one donor wrote, “Dear Internal Revenue Service, I have not been able to sleep at night because I cheated on last year’s income tax. Enclosed find a cashier’s check for $1,000. If I still can’t sleep, I’ll send you the balance.” Make for an interesting writing prompt. Neatorama Could we hear a 6 inch human? All sorts of interesting things to think about. Puritan Valentine’s Day cards for The Scarlet Letter. Nuns Forgive Break-in, Assault Suspect Home Depot Purchases Wallpaper, Blinds Retailers Utah Girl Does Well in Dog Shows Judges Appear More Lenient on Crack Cocaine William Kelly was Fed Secretary Autos Killing 110 a Day, Let’s Resolve to Do Better Dealers Will Hear Car talk at Noon Arafat Swears […]
I recently tried to present something on #ds106 and MOOCs in general at VSTE. It’s probably best it wasn’t filmed. I’m going to try to present something more coherent in writing.I’ll skip my pitch about how there might be some lesser revenue streams in the model that would encourage HE institutions to start doing this more. Maybe I’ll do that later just to see Jim’s reaction. This will be a description of what made this course work for me although I believe it could be generalized at least some to the world as a whole. My description of #DS106 was essentially an online courseI know the slide says OER. I’m still thinking about why I did that other than online course was too long. meets Woodstock. You take a guided online experience and mix it with both chaos and, more importantly, community. At the core, this is all about community. I’ll play out a few of the things that seem to indicate that to me. Mechanical Aggregation DS106 seems to have the semi-mythical eduglu working. People are writing in all sorts of places with a variety of clients and it’s being captured in a way that encourages both commenting, community, and creativity. The synchronous aspect of this course is important and one that is encouraged and leveraged by being able […]