- What the New York Times’s ‘Snow Fall’ Means to Online Journalism’s Future – Technology – The Atlantic Wire – – (none)
- How The New York Times’ ‘Snow Fall’ project unifies text, multimedia | Poynter. – The discussion of how the piece was composed demonstrates that it is more like vid and simulation inserted into the text stream that structures the story, in a very conservative, none-risky way. "better design" here means using the genre-traditional structure to guide the placement of other media. Media are added on not integral to. That's not future. What's revealing is that the designers are basing their choices on traditional text-encompassed values. – (multimedia multimodal journalism semiotics )
- Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word: An Even Matchup? – mark the secion on collaboration: not ral time but asynch, using comments and markup – (collaborativewriting collaboration )
- Data journalism at the Guardian: what is it and how do we do it? – Where data touches rhetorical delivery. A little self-serving (We Are The Guardian), but a good starting point for more investigation. – (data data_analysis visualization journalism prezi )
- Learning Reimagined: Participatory, Peer, Global, Online – Taming a mini-mooc-like environment, with the emphasis on co-learning. – (oer mooc ple )
- Americanisms: 50 of Your Most Noted Examples – – (fyc )
- Stephen Downes: Open Educational Resources: A Definition – This is the way to do it: work towards a genus:species definition (see F/T/W, Ann Berthoff), explaining the rationale behind the choices. – (taxonomy OER definition defining #en3177 )
- OpenLearn – The Open University – OER courses. – (OER )
- CC’s The Power of Open – – (readlater )
- [toread] Post by Robert Scoble: Tips – Yesterday 2:19 PM (edited Yesterday 2:26 PM) A little test – (none)
- Teaching teachers how to teach web media. – Jennifer Jones’ PhD Notebook – An outlined CPD workshop with commentary worth reading. Or commentary on CPD workshops worth reading with an outline of a workshop. – (CDP teaching )
- [toread] MOOCs as ecologies – or – why i work on MOOCs » Dave’s Educational Blog – A step back from the Siemens-Wiley debate. – (MOOC PLE OER )
- [toread] The Technological Dimension of a Massive Open Online Course: The Case of the CCK08 Course Tools | Fini | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning – – (OER MOOC PLE casestudy )
- Do open online courses have a role in educational reform? « Connectivism – Good entry point to the Siemens and WIley debating some of the qualities and position of MOOCs. “the fact that people don’t have the skills to participate in distributed networks for learning and sensemaking is exactly why we need MOOCs.” – (MOOC PLE OER futureofeducation salvation )
- 80 Apps and Resources for Cloud-Based Web Dev – – (wcw )
- Bloggers illuminated by their screens – Dust off your semiotic analysis hats and take a look at these images of bloggers. – (bloggers blogging semiotics en3177 )
- Hyperbole and a Half – Multimodal composition. – (newjournalism multimodal erhetoric )
- Eye blog » (No) end of print. Reports of print’s death have been greatly exaggerated – Overview, with links and artifacts, of the print debate from a print designer’s perspective. – (visualdesign printculture print design )
- Two centuries of propaganda in posters » OWNI.eu, News, Augmented – Extensive collection for A&E – (A&E fyw argument visualliteracy visual_argument )
- FAQ #1 – Advantages of using the Institutional LMS – Draconian policies in the guise of FAQs from U Toronto. It”s all worth looking at for the naive understanding of teaching and learning, for driving pedagogy by administration, and for the nasty way of passing their silliness off as FAQs. A good one: “Students may be disadvantaged if they are required to learn how to use and navigate multiple systems.” Response: Student *will* be disadvantaged if they do not learn to use multiple systems. – (LMS policy commonsense )
A caveat: I’m working only from my own experience in making these suggestions. Experience is limited and limiting, but these are the moves that I can trace back and forward to my being able to learn independently. I’d suggest that my experience is not unique, so others might find the set useful. These are not the only moves, but I would argue they are foundational.
For a learner new to using a PLE, I would advise the following in no particular order. Get everything used. Ideally, you can pass the books on when you’re done with them.
> Get and read and work through the first 8 chapters of Stoner and Perkins, Making Sense of Messages. For evaluation, don’t compose a paper. Do something else, multimodal.
> Read Lanham’s Analyzing Prose, 2nd edition. Follow his lead in a chapter of your choice in workiung with someth9hg other than a literary text: use your drivers license, or a menu. Then see if you can apply any of the techniques Lanham uses to something visual.
> Read and work through Berthoff’s Forming/Thinking/Writing. There are assisted invitations. Take up the invitations. Start and use a dialectic journal. Draw as well as write. Read Louis Agassiz as a Teacher, by Lane Cooper (Gutenberg link), especially those of Shaler and Scudder. Pretend you are a student and Berthoff is your Agassiz.
> Read social semiotics – not commentary on it but the actual stuff. Social semiotics will give you the literacy chops you’ll need to really read the texts you’ll encounter online and in RL. I haven’t found a good practice book yet, so practice Kress’s techniques on non-textual artifacts: a fashion spread, a car or two, something your kid drew at primary school. Try one of these: Multimodal Discourse, Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual…, Multimodality: A Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication. If you don’t get it right away, push on. You will.
> Read and with practice something on visual thinking. I like Colin Ware, Visual Thinking for Design, and Horn, Visual Language, but Dan Roam, The Back of a Napkin and books of that ilk are good. Ask around. Search Amazon and read reviews to find something comfortable.
Why not read bits and pieces of these things online? If you want to, if you can locate them, go ahead. Some of the books aren’t available in e-versions, or only bits are available online. Those that are will read differently – hence mean differently – than the print versions. Materiality is modal; we create meaning with it – but you’ll still get what you need. My suggestion is to read and manipulate the texts: try to do what they do. Practice. Take your time.
Two more if you fancy novels: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, and Lila, both by Pirsig. Read these as you read about Agassiz: as an autonomous learner on the move. Just don’t romanticize them. Please.
- VoiceThread – Group conversations around images, documents, and videos – Yet another social media exchange. Similar to a wiki page in that comments and layers are associated with the specific target. Unlike a wiki and more like a blog in that the target itself is not modified but layered. But the layering is interesting. It means that a target can have different sets of commentary and notes: a different story for the same diegesis, different emphases of the same ground … – (socialpractices socialmedia multimedia multimodal de web collaboration presentation voicethread audio twwt )
- Fix Your Track Record: What to Do About Embarrassing Projects From Your Past – – (blogging freelancing )