Strongly recommend @Saywhatnathan and his blog on attributing Indigenous cultural knowledge properly

"If we are looking for things that are easy, the answers will be prescriptive. The answers will be big and they will be corporatized. If we want things to be small and holistic they will be hard. They will be work. They will make us take things that are imperfect and we need to be ok with that." @Telias on scalability of technology for her excellent talk

I'm back on Mastodon after... 4 years I think?

The key thing I'm working on these days with many wonderful educators across the globe is which we hope will be a renewal and re-energizing experience for educators around the world and working on different things - our topics will center
* open education and digital literacies
* critical pedagogy and social justice
* community building and reflection
* wellbeing and joy

More info and to express interest:

Try to get back on Mastodon! Is anybody out there??

To all my Open Education colleagues: Keene State College is beginning its Open Pedagogy Faculty Learning Community (OPLC) soon. I would really appreciate any suggestions for readings or other resources for our group. Thank you!! And please send to anyone else who might have suggestions. @ShorterPearson @econproph @catherinecronin @cogdog @bonstewart @katebowles @clhendricksbc

love the last paragraph of this article - thinking of value of positive language & active choice: "Instead of saying "I don't have time" try saying "it's not a priority," and see how that feels.... Changing our language reminds us that time is a choice."

...and on that note I'm off to practise for 30 mins (setting timer) because it is a priority. :)

I have been away for a couple of weeks, but hoping to be back and more active on Mastodon! Glad to see trending again. I am a biology professor who has been learning and experimenting with Open pedagogy, OER and working to bring all things Open to our Keene State College campus. My scientific interests include coral reef conservation, arachnology and animal behavior. I am also a long-time feminist and activist working on LGBT, gender, race, class issues.

@karencang And it's so hard to do that when the message is, sometimes has to be, that what is going on around us is unacceptable. Like right now. I struggle with how to speak to those who seem to not be listening to facts or reason, when the ethical arguments that I feel deeply are right make no impact. It feels like such a divide.

I am thinking about the downhill slide of the public narrative surrounding higher education. Has it been our success at producing grads that can name and confront bigotry that has made higher ed now ground zero for the attacks against liberal ideas and multiculturalism? Or have we failed miserably to bring to our communities the true value of these ideas? Value that translates to a better quality of life for people?

I heard Winona LaDuke last night talk about her difficult work at Standing Rock (and in many other struggles). How she and others somehow achieve victories (sometimes) in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds is very energizing. Our work to transform education so that it is truly student-centered and not corporate-driven is yet another steep uphill climb, especially now. But I feel better about trying to move forward from a place of empowerment.

"Do not operate out of a place of fear, operate out of a place of hope." Wise words from Winona Laduke tonight.

After reading Sara Goldrick-Rab's "Paying the Price" (required reading for anyone in , and I don't say that lightly!), I wanted to participate in responding to the crisis around financial aid and college costs in the U.S. I am using to give to the Fast Fund. This is not a way to solve the larger problem, but in addition to our ongoing advocacy work, we need to care for our most vulnerable students who need help right now. Check it out!

Ok, finally created a Mastodon account. Trying to keep up with the cool kids!


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