Algorithms, Education, & Inequality – OU Reading Circle

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Next week I’m kicking off a reading circle at my Uni. We’re reading Weapons of Math Destruction – How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Dr. Cathy O’Neil. I’ve been looking forward to reading this book since I missed Bryan Alexander’s reading group last year. I was excited to see folks at OU share my interest […]

Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 2 Newsletter

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I’ve converted the curriculum for the second week of this info literacy learning community covering web literacy into this newsletter. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure this week. Background Web literacy is often the most valuable skill when recognizing fake news. Since most of fake news is easily propagated across […]

Engaging Students in Information Literacy – A Quick Post

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Life has been a bit hectic lately (more on that at the bottom of this post), but I wanted to share a project I’ve been developing. Ever since the election, I’ve felt like society (or maybe it’s just me) is having an identity crisis. Politics is more polarizing with the prevalence of a “party before […]

11 11 11 #postvember

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Daniel Lynds is posting “11 sentences everyday that take spatterings from things around [him]” during the month of November and I wanted to write one because I like the idea and it looked fun (what better day than 11/11?). I’m still pondering the fantastic/organic discussion we had during our reading group this week about cultural […]

Humanizing The Search Index – Becoming An Algorithm

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This week I created edufeeds.keeganslw.com, which uses a simple web app as a educational blog aggregator. It’s built in WordPress with plugins, and it’s a tool I’m planning to use in order to save time, energy, and stay updated with blogs I follow. In fact, I’m hoping to beat out Google in terms of tailored […]

Securing Websites & Saving Space With Static HTML

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A couple weeks ago, I completed a couple web maintenance projects I’ve been meaning to tackle. HTTPS FTW I (finally) secured many of my DoOO websites using this guide from Reclaim Hosting (thanks Tim!). Now keeganslw.com, GOBLIN, eXperiencePlay, etc. will automatically serve encrypted https:// links instead of http://. I’m really EXCITED about completing this project as Google […]

Everyday Software As Website Builders

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Last week, I explored building websites using Google Docs. Since you can export a .html version of your document from GDocs, you can upload and host this file to any web server. In other words, this document can be hosted on my domain like so: gdocwebsite.keeganslw.com. Everyday Software As Website Builders Google Docs is not […]

Facilitating Events At OU, Logistically – CTE Manual

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Teaching is my favorite part of my job—hands down. Yet, working in faculty development, there are significant logistical considerations that must be addressed every time I want to experience the joy of teaching. Over the last few years I’ve streamlined my approach to the logistics that precede my teaching engagements on campus. This is an […]

OLC Innovate: Reflections on Virtually Attending

Recently, I had the pleasure to attend OLC Innovate. Well, not in the traditional sense. Rather, I participated through the available digital mediums at the conference. Twitter was a large portion of my engagement, but I also joined a couple conference sessions hosted by Virtually Connecting and even remotely played games with several attendees. All in all, I connected with … Continue reading OLC Innovate: Reflections on Virtually Attending

OLC Innovate: Open Twitter Data

During OLC Innovate, I setup TAGS Explorer to collect all the tweets containing #OLCInnovate. Originally, I was only interested in the various hashtags used at this conference. Overtime, my interests quickly evolved as others started engaging with the dataset. Now I want to give others the opportunity to play with and analyze the tweets from OLC Innovate. Access the Data! … Continue reading OLC Innovate: Open Twitter Data