I recently joined Mastodon, a developing open source and federated social media server. In particular I have come to participate in the mastodon.social incidence. And as this platform grows and is shaped by its users so has the discussion about community. What is community? Where does it come from? How do we foster and develop it? What community do we
With this simple #safetypin, know I stand with you. I will do my best to protect you. To provide you safe spaces. If you need support or solidarity, I am here for you.
This is a safe space.
I get the appeal of using technologies and analytic to “improve” and “enhance” learning education. To reproduce and make efficient a system that churns out a desired belief system and populous. I even can empathize with the well-meaning and idealism that leads us to believe we can use these technologies, use surveillance, use artificial intelligence (which is only a propagation of a programmer’s belief systems! The epistemology of artificial intelligence and machine learning, a topic for research and another time). But …
Science doesn’t magically create some sort of “fact” that is always True but rather that there is a human aspect: Interpretation is an essential aspect of science, and story telling is the way we share our interpretations. Narratives are the way we make sense of our world, of our data.
My writing is a lot more messy. Like my thinking. It’s that cooking process: where experimenting, testing, working in the moment is not only expected but encouraged. Most academic blogs read like the final meal, polished and presented in a way that makes them ready to consume. The things I write need a bit more work.