About the Workshop

October 4, 2017 | 9:30am – 5:00pm | University of California, Irvine. Pacific Ballroom B

Staking the Claim Big Country Workshop Poster

What Will Happen

How do educators support students as they navigate an open web? What is our shared responsibility as curators of the web? How do we build an open space that maintains a culture of kindness and playfulness? To understand the challenges and affordances of an open web, to realize its democratic potential, we must be players on the web. At most educational institutions–kindergarten through college–students and teachers are limited to whichever Learning Management platform the institution supports. But the promise of the open web can never be realized inside the LMS: learning to curate, make, network, collaborate, and create robust identities happens outside, on the open range. We invite participants to imagine, play, and and stake their own bit of land on the open web.

With a Connected Learning framework–principles that focus on identities, networks, and communities– and expanding on last year’s Staking a Claim workshop, we will open up the frontiers of possibility with hands on exploration and creativity.

We will saddle up and roam among multiple examples of teaching and learning on the web that leverages the affordances there. This is not about creating course content sites as a knock off of what the LMS does, but of creating course experience sites.

We hope that the examples from a range of courses will provide inspiration for you to construct your own iterations, whether it’s a home for your professional digital identity or a site to do something not possible inside the Big City LMSes. Or maybe to dream of something that does not exist yet.



Time Activity
9:00-9:30am Welcome, Participant Interviews and Intros
9:30-10:00am Why The Open Web
10:00-10:30am Explore Open Web Landscape
10:30-11:15am Setup Space at StateU and creating a Quick Calling card
11:15-11:30am Break
11:30am-12:30pm First Rides: Twitter (or not) and Serious Use for Animated GIFs
12:30-1:30pm Lunch (or feel free to keep building stuff!)
1:30-2:00pm Introduction to all the horses and tools in the corral, includes ones named "SPLOT", getting saddled up.
2:00-4:30pm Explore on your own Better Calling Cards, SPLOT Image Collector, SPLOT Writer, SPLOTpoint, Syndication Course Hub, The Daily Blank, Open Assignment Bank
4:30-5:00pm Final questions, aspirations, how to continue, riding off into the sunset. Complete DML survey.

Claim Stakers

Your guides...

Kim Jaxon

Associate Professor, English (Composition & Literacy), CSU Chico @drjaxon

Kim Jaxonis associate professor of English (Composition & Literacy) at California State University, Chico. She received my Ph.D. at UC, Berkeley in the Language & Literacy, Society & Culture program in the Graduate School of Education.

Her research interests focus on theories of literacy, particularly digital literacies, the teaching of writing, participation, course design, and teacher education. In her research and teaching, Kim uses a variety of digital platforms and consider the affordances in terms of student learning and participation. She recently co-authored the book Composing Science: A Facilitator’s Guide to Writing in the Science Classroom (TCPress 2016), which is the culmination of a three-year, NSF funded project focused on the teaching and learning of writing in science.

Currently Kim is a featured blogger on DMLCentral. Finally, she is a gamer and a self proclaimed geek.

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Alan Levine

Itinerant Web Geek @cogdog

Alan Levine typically consults with higher educational institutions on digital technologies and the affordances of the open web, working with a variety of higher education institutions and organizations. Additionally, he develops open web-based tools shared openly on Github.

Alan's recent major projects in 2017 include developing a certification program for Creative Commons, Domain of One's Own coaching for the eCampus Ontario Extend project, and adjunct teaching in at Kean University. In 2015 and 2016 he developed the platform and faciliated activities (on-site and online) for the UDG Agora Project, a faculty development effort for almost 400 professors at the University of Guadalajara managed by the Justice Institute for British Columbia. He has also been an instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the Maricopa Community Colleges.

When possible, Alan enjoys the peace of a little cabin in Strawberry, Arizona. His interests include digital photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into the infinite rivers of the internet.

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Image Credits

Movie poster mashed up from an original one for The Big Country found on the Art and Artists blog post on Saul Bass film posters. This post has no attribution for the images, an obvious parody done in the name academic endeavor used under claims of fair use.

Further on Down the Road, Willa... flickr photo by cogdogblog shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license