This week Ken joins Alan Levine to discuss open sharing on the internet. I followed Alan’s work for some time and in 2015 I had the opportunity to work together with Alan, Brian, Tannis, Nancy, and others as part of the award winning #AgoraUDG project. The collaboration continued and I contributed an open story about connections leading to more connections to contribute to another Alan Levine project “True Stories of Open Sharing“.
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About our Guest
Note that this is taken directly from Alan’s page which I invite you to view directly at Cogdog.info.
Alan is recognized for applying new technologies to education. A pioneer on the web in the 1990s and an early proponent of blogs and RSS, Alan shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. Among his interests are openness and sharing, strategies for connected learning, building tools for attribution, exploring new forms of web storytelling including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and the StoryBox, teaching and building sites for courses and projects like ds106, Networked Narratives, Ontario Extend, and unleashing these strange WordPress based tools called SPLOTs.
He typically consults with higher educational institutions on digital technologies and the affordances of the open web, working with a variety of higher education institutions and organizations such as eCampus Ontario, Coventry University, the University of Guadalajara, Creative Commons, Virginia Commonwealth University, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, The Open University, Digital Media Hub, and Mozilla. Additionally, he develops open web-based tools shared openly on Github. Sometimes people even invite him to visit to do keynotes and workshops.
Alan’s recent major projects included facilitating/encouraging faculty participating eCampus Ontario Extend project, building and co-leading the Mural UDG project, developing a certification platform for Creative Commons, and teaching at Kean University. In 2015 and 2016 he developed the platform and faciliated activities (on-site and online) for the UDG Agora Project, a faculty development effort for almost 400 professors at the University of Guadalajara managed by the Justice Institute for British Columbia. From October 2014 – March 2015 Alan was an Open Learning Fellow at Thompson Rivers University where his portfolio included producing the You Show faculty development series and developing the suite of “SPLOT” tools. He has also been an instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the Maricopa Community Colleges.
Alan’s personal interests include digital photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into the infinite rivers of the internet.
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I’ll leave some good links here for you to check out for more Cogdog.
- PechaFlikr is a wonderful tool that Alan developed which you can use in your classroom or events. It makes for an excellent ice break activity.
- Do you find it difficult to give credit to excellent open licensed photos that you find on Flickr? Well the “flickr cc attribution helper” is there to help you!
- Would you like to implement a connected course network hub environment for your course or courses? I have done this for some time now and Alan’s five part blog post series on this is wonderful.
- Give a listen to episode 218 of the Teaching in Higher Ed Podcast by Bonni Stachowiak.
The music (titled Aloft) clip at the start and end of the podcast is copyright by Kelly Walsh and used with permission.
Podcast Logo Credit
The image of a microphone used in the logo for our podcast is courtesy of Eric Harvey.