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We are each unique – our brains make us so. At the microlevel the network in our heads is then tickled out into the the Web in, at first. the simplest of ways. Our first post, our first comment is that first baby-step. Unlike our firsf steps though, online everything we do is saved, is monitored, is shared. It takes on a life of its own. Multiplied billions of times now many millions of us have learnt to crawl, then walk, then run online. As we are virtual we can split into many versions or parts of ourselves too – the professional and private the immediate split, but then into hobby groups and as here, a study group. The network of networks is a living thing that mathematics can help to weight and categorize, even to visualise, but crucially – the point made here, humanising the maths requires the insight of someone asking questions, seeking to interpret what it taking place. I see currents in a digital ocean that transpires into a cloud that then precipitates digital artefacts in a myriad of other places. Others, like Yrjo Engegstrom, see the growing tendrils of a funghi. Either way it is fascinating to condense, simplify and sharing the thinking.
An evening in the Lanes at the Skiff.
This is Silicon Valley on the south coast of England. This was a Word Up.
Chris Harding from ‘More Than’ and memorial headstones insurance.
I’ve missed all of this, the casual, bright and open vibrancy of Brighton. Where else in on a Tuesday night do get beer, cake and good crack while talking shop?
Never in Milton Keynes.
Chris used a great analogy on bike riding with all kinds of sensors.
He monitors his performance when road racing to deal with the boredom and to understand what the training is doing for him. His joy is Mountain Bike riding. Without analytics you don’t know a blog’s performance.
Set some KPIs before you start.
Clicktale – add in WordPress
NB unique visitors
Dwell time now down to 5 seconds
Page impressions – eyes on a page
Bounce rate people leaving within 10 seconds
Keep key content above the fold to disclose as much as possible in the first 250 words.
Find out what people are saying
Fill yourself in slowly
Like at pub
Weave them in gently
Find niche for yourself
It is very much like a play
Hejaz a degree in theatre
Real or people you have made up.
When you are writing a piece of content bare them in mind.
Translation packages for WordPress
How to avoid the stale
All in WordPress SEO pack
Use inbound writer
Re Resolving and Google
Your content is you currency
Eyes & Ears campaign. Encouraging corporate responsibility and reporting incidents and events. Video, Events, Regional TV & Press.
I love what I do and from every angle want to be an effective communicator blending intelligence and ideas with video and social media to get the job done. It’s become akin to live theatre: you can measure success or failings with bums on seats, their applause or otherwise, comments, feedback and participation.
If they’re with you they’ll even do the job for you, spreading the good word and generating compelling content.
My response to this? Don’t get in their way! Can this be intellectualised?
Not only can everything be taught, but cause and effect should be analysed and written up so that through reflection and sharing with colleges you learn to improve and adapt the narrative of your actions.
I have one more module to gain an MA in Open & Distance Learning too; why this? Because learning is an effect, it demonstrates an ability to pass on and develop skills, ideas and knowledge.
Because we can’t help ourselves, it’s how we humans progress.
The day job, studying and 8-12 hours online: how do I do it? It makes me tick. A decade ago I shared a thought in my blog, suggesting that I kept a diary, journal, log, blog, photo journal, scrap book, garage full of junk in order to prove that I am alive (that I was here).
If I can be harnessed to a good cause and earn a living from it too, all the better.
Six different types of learning
‘Categories of Activity’
5) Informal and lifelong
6) Support or coordination
Spontaneous communication and collaboration, e.g. one-to-one or one-to-may by texting or mobile phones, by sending a message to a forum or blog while travelling.
e.g. Childhood journeys. Taking octogenarians home through mobile devices.
Naismith, L., Lonsdale, P., Vavoula, G. and Sharples, M. (2004) Literature Review in Mobile Technologies and Learning, Report 11 for Futurelab. Online. Available.
I find as I read David Waller’s biography of strongman Eugen Sandow that its relevance a century on is profound: it touches on fame, fortune and celebrity, advertising, entrepreneurship, showmanship, self-publicity, branding and networking, as well as British Empire and our relations with Europe, The US and the ‘colonies’.
No doubt Sandow would have done movies (and appears in a pre-1900clip). He is part Arnold Schwarzenegger, part Simon Cowell or Rod Hull and Emu both Michael Ballentine and Richard Branson. It’s a read not merely for those who operate leisure centres and gyms, but also successful athletes and their agents, franchisees, and soft drinks companies, ad and PR agents and events companies. You’ve got to exploit what you’ve got while you have your admirers.
It should even interest body builders, sports coaches and anyone whose lifestyle includes fitness. And add in the British Army for good measure.
Homosexuality, parenting, the state of the nation’s health and what today would be called ‘wellness’. With Waller there is always the sense of a well read mind and a well exercised pen. I happen to have read HGWell’s Tono-Bungay, but this to me suggests that David is as much an historian as an English scholar, as he does in EH Carr’s words ‘read on a period until you can hear its people speak’. The context of profound ante-German sentiment leading up to The Great War is touched upon and handled well. Indeed, there are occasional phrases or words than give the sense that the author is sitting in his study in his Edwardian smoking Jacket smoking a cigar.
This and I’ve added half a dozen new words to my vocabulary.
Is there a difference between nuisance spam and illegal spam?
You should consider this while watching the Monty Python Spam sketch set to Lego animation
Rather like between fly tipping and dropping litter? is it simply a matter of scale … And being caught in an ocean of digital activity?
The Hub and Mulberry Suite, Open University Campus
An extraordinary end to an extraordinary week capped by what might have been lunch alone, but at The Hub the chances of a meeting with like minds is always high. (The Hub is the Open University Campus refectory; it sits, as the name suggests between various faculties behind Walton Hall).
I joined OU eCommerce Director Mark Everest and Project Manager Alex Cabon; our enthusiasm tumbled over each other like dogs playing in fresh snow.
Alex was the Student President of AIESEC a remarkable organisation that puts young minds to work, mixing their education with applied thinking (a heady combination, we call it ‘practice-based learning’ at the OU Business School.
It made me think partially of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, but also of a consultancy service that Oxford students give to local businesses through the Careers Office there, mixed in with The School of Leaders in Poland (a Soros Foundation that Dr Zbigniew Pelzynski established soon after the collapse of Soviet communism).
Mark enthused about video over text – this should be me to camera for 90 seconds rather than 270 words.
I shared my idea for ‘WikiTVia’ in which every highfalutin wikipeadia entry becomes a video clip while Mark hankered for thousands, or was that hundreds of thousands or even a million testimonials from the OU Community i.e. everyone, ‘stakeholders’ we would all them, students, staff, alumni … he mentioned the value of the footage of the plane that landed on the Hudson River, even though it was caught on a mobile phone. Footage of rough quality with an important story or event captured is sometimes referred to as ‘Zapruder’ after the footage of the JFK Shooting … production stands count for nothing where the story is powerful.
During the Tsunami in Japan while I watched footage first on BBC News 24, then CNN and finally on NHK English my 12 year old son was watching authentic content without the commentary directly from mobile phones on YouTube. We’ve got ‘citizen journalism,’ now for ‘citizen TV.’ No longer should we be asking people to pick up their pens, rather we should be saying click record on your phone.
I’ve armed myself with a Sony Flip, yet I’ve been a broadcast cameraman in my time.
What a Sony 35mm digital camera (movie quality, can be hired for £75 a day!) cannot deliver is the content, that extraordinary story, the narratives of each person’s experience with the OU. Often I feel overwhelmed by these personal stories. Anyone can tell their story – I’ll interview you over Skype if that helps. Perhaps interviewing requires skills and patient, there are craft skills to shooting, editing and lighting a ‘film’ (which we still call them).
My role in bringing these stories to the screens of smartphones, iPads, laptops, TVs and the like occurs every time I reach for a digital recorder (sound or sound and pictures), but in the coming months will be me and a BAFTA nominated cameraman.
Have you got a story to tell?