Main Gallery, Gallery 2
Come say hi! Grab a cup of coffee & chat with other attendees before we get started.
Speaker: Martin Hawskey
Welcome to my world of good and bad, right and wrong, a neo-noir landscape where technology simultaneously creates possibilities to empower and reclaim part of the web, but also quickly reveals the extent of our data traces, the ease in which we can be surveilled, the dangers of walking through a world where ‘individual consent’ is replaced with ‘social consent’ where privacy has to asked for rather than assumed.
In this talk we’ll look at privacy and surveillance, data ownership and accessibility. As part of this we will cast a light on the shadowy world of face recognition, passive wifi tracking and more. As part of this we’ll look at issues such as personal rights as well as gender and racial bias. My plan is to ultimately make you all join #TeamLuddite – not against technology or inept at using it, not against “the future” but ready to interrogate the moral and ethical implications of the choices we make.
More information can be found here.
Main Gallery / Gallery 3
Quick 10 minute break to grab refreshments and set up for the morning’s presentations.
Presentation Recording • Slides
Speakers: Autumm Caines, Sundi Richard, Joe Murphy, Mo Pelzel, Krissy Lukens
There is much alignment between ethos of Domain of One’s Own, Indie Web, and the tenets of a liberal arts education. The open nature of the web lends itself to an intersection of local and global expressions of civic engagement and intercultural knowledge. Access to these expressions along with critical evaluation of societal impacts brings up issues of ethical reasoning and critical thinking. Combined with the changing nature of the web it seems there is a potential for all of this to set a stage for lifelong learning. Yet the liberal arts environment can still struggle with implementation of DoOO and Indie Web concepts because of a whole host of issues including getting buy-in for funding, supporting pedagogical approaches, and trusting students with public spaces. Though not all of us may be affiliated with Liberal Arts institutions many of us have core curriculums or departments that pull from these tenets. This session will facilitate a conversational round table discussion inviting teachers, designers, directors, technologists, scholars, and others who work with DoOO in the liberal arts at various levels to discuss various questions including but not limited to:
This is just a sampling of questions that will come secondary to organic conversational flow and audience participation. Though fifteen minutes will be set aside at the end of the panel for questions audience members will be encouraged to interact throughout the session.
Speakers: Tom Woodward, Matthew D Roberts, Jeffrey Everhart
Gantt charts are convenient lies.
Design thinking is a marketing ploy created by 3M to drive demand for sticky notes.
Waterfall Agile Scrum Standups only result in ad campaigns for bespoke beard oils.
The most interesting projects are full of unknowns. You can’t plan it all out. You don’t know how many hours it will take. You don’t know if you have all the skills necessary to make it work. Your memorandum of understanding will not be enough.
Fling yourself into the abyss with a mixture of fear and elation.
We’ll break down four major projects that evolved and grew in unpredictable ways. We’ll focus on ups, downs and dispositional positions that enabled organic success in an KPI-driven environment.
Speaker: Bryan Ollendyke
Unbalance, unrest, and chaos can be brought with one simple act: Giving away everything. It’s a notion I explored in my MS thesis via open source; because, edtech systems are build on power. Power and control technology is largely codified through institutional history. Collapsing control, we can restore a greater order. I want to take you into the philosophy and madness that drives me and inspires the team behind HAXTheWeb.
#HAXTheWeb at its core is a new way of creating and remixing content. Think of it as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) built for the future. When I say WYSIWYG, you probably think text. But when I search YouTube, responsively embed it and save in ~10 seconds, all without leaving HAX or seeing HTML; it becomes clear this is not normal. This is just one massive time saver among many and why people in IndieWeb and OER communities are getting excited. Because HAX doesn’t live in just one platform. HAX is a platform that is portable and embeddable in many platforms, with all materials produced able to work in any other platform on the web.
Technology needs to focus more on why and less on how, especially now that Web components is THE way to build the web going forward! That focus on the why positions my team as villains in the edTech / LMS world. Like complex villains though, we have a competing vision of the world which is largely seen as chaos. Through this talk I’ll force you to challenge one critical idea: Why do you need platforms to publish?
“You said you were a man of your word”
“I’m only burning my half. All you care about is money.. This town deserves a better class of criminal, and I’m going to give it to them..”
The establishment understands money. They won’t pursue what is best for education unless it prints green. There’s a lot of great things that have come out of this pure capitalist approach to edtech but rampant complacency via oligopolies has ensued. We must shake up the industry by pulling ourselves up through decentralization; otherwise, we’ll never see the change needed. HAX is distributed, decentralizes power, is flexible, portable, slick, fast, the best of HTML without knowing it, future proof, and.. free. “I’m only burning my half” in order to establish a new market place that serves us, not the other way around.
“I once had strings, but now I’m free“
HAX can be used in HAXcms, Drupal (6, 7, 8), BackdropCMS, GravCMS, and WordPress; today. All capabilities in all places. Content produced in HAX, no longer requires HAX to render afterwards.
What happens to our towers when their functionality provides equal Authoring Experiences (AX)?
What happens to Gutenberg (a WordPress only editor that is terrible for OER / open web) when we improve the AX of ALL solutions?
We will set you free.
Presentation Recording • Slides/Resources
Speaker: Laura Gibbs
Even better: others can use your script too! Just share the script address with them and they can use the script to display your content in their own webpages, blogs, etc.
My goals for the presentation:
• Explore the power of random content for sharing massive quantities of digital stuff and also for promoting student engagement in online course spaces.
Presentation Recording • Slides
Speaker: Zach Whalen
For the past 15 years, I’ve included blog assignments in my classes as a default, routine, and generally low-stakes assignment. It began with a simple journal where students kept track of their progress through a video game, and through the years, the assignment has ranged from similarly simple logs or progress reports to the more ornate and decorous “features articles” where students seek to emulate magazine writing and engage with a public audience. At times, like when having a platform online was still a novelty and the adrenaline rush of Web 2.0-fueled activism took flight in the optimism of Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign, blogging totally made sense. As a classroom experience, a blog assignment helped students find their digital identity through written expression. By finding their voice digitally, students found themselves.
But while this will still happen, and while I still see brilliant writing from my students, the era when the exigency of a blog assignment can be reliably vindicated by an authentic external audience has ended. It’s time for something else, which means it’s time to re-evaluate what blogs have been and what we have needed them for in order to find the best ways to meet those goals through other means. In this short presentation, I will offer several suggestions.
This is, however, an aspirational proposal. I’m writing this between semesters as I reflect on the Fall — where blog assignments didn’t always meet my goals or in some cases arguably undermined other goals for my class — and thinking ahead to the Spring — when I hope to implement some new assignments based on this recent conviction about the ineffectuality of blog assignments. Therefore, by June, my expectation is that I will have something new to report: either finding success with an entirely new set of assignments and corresponding tools, or returning to the familiar embrace of blog assignments with a renewed sense of their value.
Most likely, I’ll be somewhere in between, but my hunch is that different forms of discursive content creation will help students take control of their learning and find direction for their digital identities. Whatever I find in the coming semester, I’m confident that I’ll be ready to share some insight into the intents, purposes, and outcomes of inviting students to do intellectual work on the internet of 2019.
Presentation Recording • Slides
Speaker: Jennifer Hill
There is a war a raging in our cyberworld and it is time for you to join the resistance. Cambridge Analytica stealing Facebook user’s data, white supremacists getting verified on Twitter, and child pornography on Instagram. The list of atrocities continues. We as technologists know the inner workings of social media platforms more than anybody. We see the hypocrisy and the evil of social media platforms in a way that most people do not. It is time for us to awaken from our passivity and take a stance against our corporate social media overlords. Weaponizing Your Website will give you ideas, or ammunition, to fight against our broken social media world. This bootcamp will include learning how to utilize the strongest weapons in your stockpile; your voice and your website. With me, Jenn Hill, a University of Mary Washington student, at the helm I will prepare you for taking up arms and battling the corporate social media tyrants.
Speakers: Zach Coble, Ashley Maynor
While many universities strive to offer the latest and greatest tech support and IT services to support innovation, at NYU, we’ve found that old school style web hosting fills an important need and service gap for digital pedagogy, digital humanities, and other forms of innovation and creativity on campus. Offered through the NYU Libraries, our simplified, down-to-earth service is easy to manage with a small team and integrates into a larger ecosystem of digital publishing services and support on campus. Come hear about our approach and the strengths and weaknesses we’ve encountered in our three years of offering the service.
Film available for viewing here.
Speakers: sava saheli singh, Tim Maughan
Blaxites follows the story of a young woman whose celebratory social media post affects her access to vital medication. Her attempts to circumvent the system leads to even more dire consequences.
Presentation Recording • Slides
Speakers: Lee Skallerup Bessette, Randal Ellsworth
The mission of the new Master’s of Learning, Design, and Technology program at Georgetown University is “to give our students a deep foundation in the tools and theory of learning design, technology innovation, learning analytics, and higher education leadership, a foundation on which they can create engaging and innovative learning experiences for all students.” Working in and with Georgetown Domains is a key part of this engagement; the students learn about and create their domains during the opening week-long foundations course, and build on it throughout the duration of the degree, ending with a final portfolio on their domain of their work. In between, the students have the option of taking a one-credit course in Domains, as well as showcasing their coursework and projects on the site. For some, their personal Domains specifically and Georgetown Domains more generally have become the subject of their research and study. What this allows is for students to engage directly with the technology, as well as questions of accessibility, privacy, surveillance, and tools. They learn about and apply these lessons as they move through the program, perform and reflect on their research, and build their sites. But most importantly, this allows for students to own their own intellectual property, as well as provide the tools to apply what they have learned in a practical and holistic way. The e-portfolio requirement at the end of the degree highlights this commitment to students’ intellectual property as well as professionalization, while also providing an experimental and reflective space for students to connect their work. This short presentation will discuss curricular examples (Intro week, Domains course, Studio and Studio Capstone) of how Domains has been integrated into the program, sharing some student sites, projects, and portfolios.
Gallery 1, Main Gallery
Food will be provided in buffet style in Gallery 1, and attendees may eat in the Main Gallery.
Reclaim Hosting will share company updates, including their journey with the VPAT, the roadmap for a Domains 2.0, and more.
Speaker: Amy Collier
Brasil’s tropicalia movement was a revolutionary expression of resistance to authoritarianism and nationalism through art, music, and theater. In this talk, we’ll travel back in time to 1960s Brasil, quaking under a military dictatorship, to explore how the key goals of the tropicalia movement connected to the educational/pedagogical approaches of Paulo Freire. We’ll tap into songs from tropicalia’s greatest musicians (e.g., Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Os Mutantes, etc.) while diving into Paulo Freire’s writings. As we explore those connections, Amy Collier (whose heart still lives in her home country of Brasil), will draw us back to the present moment and point to how the tropicalia movement can be an inspiration for our digital work in higher education. “Seja marginal, seja heroi.” (Helio Oiticica)
More information can be found here.
Main Gallery, Gallery 3
Stand up and stretch your legs! Light snacks and coffee will be provided in Gallery 3.
Presentation Recording • Slides
Speaker: John Berlin
This long presentation would take the form of a workshop, which will be partly a demonstration with brief optional interactive activities for attendees. More folks should know what web archiving is and how it can be used to support teaching and learning so in this workshop we’ll start by covering some fundamental concepts in web archiving including: defining terms, exploring main components of web archiving workflows and ethics of collecting, discussing how one can scope a web collection and how to share what’s collected. After the groundwork is laid we’ll begin creating collections with Webrecorder.io.
Webrecorder (webrecorder.io) is a free, easy to use, browser-based web archiving toolset provided by Rhizome. Rhizome, an affiliate of the New Museum in New York City, champions born-digital art and culture through commissions, exhibitions, digital preservation, and software development. Webrecorder’s development has been generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Workshop attendees will be given an overview of Webrecorder’s features, then have the option to engage in brief hands-on activities and discussions. Further instruction will alternate with opportunities for participants to use the tools introduced and share their thoughts or questions. Instructions on how to manage the collected materials, download them (as a WARC file), and open a local copy offline using Webrecorder Player will also be covered in this workshop.
Human scale web collecting, which entails capturing web pages one at a time ‘by hand’, with Webrecorder is not expected to meet all the requirements of every web archiving program but can satisfy many needs of researchers or smaller web collecting initiatives. Webrecorder can be a great tool for personal digital archiving projects as well. Larger web archiving programs can benefit from using Webrecorder to capture dynamic content and user-triggered behaviors on websites. The WARC files created with Webrecorder can be downloaded and ingested to join WARCs that have been created using crawler-based systems. WARCs created with other tools can also be uploaded into Webrecorder.
With Webrecorder anyone can get started with web archiving quickly at no cost, which is empowering both to teachers, students, information professionals and other stakeholders. Let’s learn how together we can make web archiving a more inclusive practice and use Webrecorder to meet the project’s mission to provide ‘Web Archiving for All!’
Speaker: Andrew Millington
As an EdTech developer, do you ever get frustrated with the tools that are available to support your programming? Are you jealous that in most other domains, you can find a multitude of open source packages that all solve the same problem in a slightly different manner, yet you struggle to find one open source learning tool to support your particular use case?
Large open source software foundations provide popular learning tools such as Moodle and uPortal. These are well supported and actively developed but there seems to be a gulf between these large scale projects and volunteer led efforts within the educational sector.
All higher education institutions face similar problems but many develop custom solutions in isolation. The need for grass-roots, small scale, learning tools that are developed by volunteers with a common interest, and shared for the wider community to contribute to is not being satisfied.
This presentation examines the current state of open source development in the educational sector, comparing it to popular, volunteer led open source projects, to see if we can do things differently, take inspiration, and push the boundaries to provide better learning tools that serve the community and developers alike.
The presenter will discuss his experiences developing WebPA, an open source peer assessment tool, being lead maintainer for PHP’s most popular OAuth 2 server, and releasing an open source WordPress LTI connector for the University of Edinburgh.
Speakers: Jeff Everhart, Tom Woodward,
Are you looking for low stakes ways to store and display data? Welp, here’s Google Sheets. Do you want to automate all of the boring parts of your job and sip a drink on a beach somewhere? Looks like you owe Google Sheets a beer. Have you ever wanted to build a lightweight full stack application without spinning up an orchestrated Docker container cluster running on AWS using Typescript that has 90% unit test coverage. Well, hold on to your hats, cause Google Sheets is about to hit 88 MPH while keeping your molecular structure intact.