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Expected Surveillance

Britni/ July 17, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Last week I traveled to the West Coast for the first time; I took a short trip to San Diego, California. And number one on my San Diego to-do list was visit the zoo. While we were there, something struck me as odd. There were no metal detectors. No one inspected the bags (bags the zoo even encouraged you to

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Narratives OF Science

Britni/ June 30, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Parallel to the narratives we create in doing science, we must be cognizant of the narrative of science. The narratives that shape science as an institution and culture, as a pillar of our society. Because after hearing “science” and thinking of experiments and hypotheses and the scientific method you probably think of facts, rules, and other abstractions that someone out

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Science and the Humanities

Britni/ June 29, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 3 comments

Science, per Google, is defined as “the study of the structure and behavior of the physical and natural world through observation and experiment.” And I would wager that some form of this definition is the one most of you are familiar with, especially with worlds like “experiment”. Because when you think about science, you think about experiments, and hypotheses and

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Britni/ April 22, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Okay, tell me if I’m crazy… is anyone familiar with ? They have an Education section, and I’m wondering if something like instructional design work would be something people would pay to support. A monthly fee for maybe some graphic design, lesson plan and activity creation, Instructional design consulting based on a pay scale…Patreons can vote for what I

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Pay-to-win Edu?

Britni/ February 8, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I had half a thought today, and wanted to capture it here before it escaped. Are you familiar with the concept of microtransactions in games? These are in-game purchases, often in free to play games (games without an initial purchase fee, or without subscription fees) that allow you to modify your in-game experience. And make companies lots of money. Watch

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And I Breathe

Britni/ January 29, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I want to resist. To fight. The world around me seems to be erupting in flames. Burning. Burning with hatred and fear. Burning with passion and resilience. Burning. Every day I watch the fire touch every aspect of my life, of humanity. And deep within me I feel the fire catch. A passion for humanity; a visceral need for humanity. 

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Annotation & Personal Epistemology

Britni/ January 18, 2017/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

Annotation, particularly open web-based annotation–as afforded by platforms like–has been discussed by Jeremy Dean and Remi Kalir to serve as a source of conversation, and interruption. But there is more to annotation than just conversation and interruption. When talking about the politics of open annotation, Jeremy Dean said: The idea is there are all these official voices on the

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Addressing the Epistemology of Post-Truth

Britni/ December 16, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

I ended Part 1: Ontology and Epistemology of Post-Truth with “So what do we do about that?” Not exactly a call to action, but perhaps a springboard for one. What do we do once we frame “Post-Truth” as an epistemological stance of  subjectivity? Does it make a difference in our actions–how we approach the “problem”, especially as academics and instructional

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Ontology and Epistemology of Post-Truth

Britni/ December 15, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 4 comments

Post-Truth. It’s the biggest buzzword of the moment. Enough to be named Oxford Dictionary’s 2016 Word of the Year. According to the Oxford living dictionary, Post-Truth is “an adjective defined as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief’.” You can find a plethora of

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Learn Like Humans

Britni/ December 9, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

We are not machines and should not be expected or praised for being like them. We need to praise having humanity & civility. — BritniBrownO’Donnell (@BMBOD) December 8, 2016 // Education should be more HUMAN. More empathetic, more kind, more critical, more passionate. It should not be more training, more algorithms. — BritniBrownO’Donnell (@BMBOD) December 8, 2016 // Artificial intelligence

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