Last week, Bill 22 passed first reading in the British Columbia legislature. The bill purports to “strengthen access to information” (by introducing a fee for freedom of information requests) and “protect people’s privacy” (by weakening provisions such as data residency requirements which encourage the use of Canadian hosting). The bill has support from leaders in […]Read more "Just give up, I guess"
As 2020 kicks in, it’s not hard to find expressions of toxicity in the digital wonderland. Audrey Watters’s epic “100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade”, is a lot to digest even for longtime readers of her work. But if you haven’t read it… damn it, go. Now. And just yesterday, Google’s former Head of […]Read more "Hot 2020 Digital Detox Action"
Jim Groom invited me to crash the party on a position paper that he is writing. We were asked to “address pressing issues”, and to offer “examples of current educational designs, models, and formats that push the boundaries of higher education.” As the draft below indicates, I’m pretty far from a writing headspace these days, […]Read more "Interventions"
It was less than a year ago that a lifetime of music collection went up in smoke. Actually, eyewitness reports suggest that the vinyl did not really go up in smoke so much as it dissolved into a molten bubbly mass for about twenty-four hours, eventually hardening into a shiny black orb. Long-time readers of this blog […]Read more "The data does not lie. I am boring."
It’s always a pleasure to participate in a workshop hosted by BC’s Educational Technology Users Group. This year’s event did not disappoint, and I had the pleasure of attending provocative and thoughtful sessions on maker culture, open educational practice, portfolios, and OER. I’m always struck by how carefully facilitators and speakers prepare their sessions, and […]Read more "Privacy in a Big Data Post-Privacy World"