Digital Alchemy

Britni/ January 18, 2017/ Networked Narratives/ 0 comments

Digital Alchemy. What is it? What importance does it serve in our lives? Why is it the focus of Networked Narratives? What are we doing over here? I’m jumping in to find out. To make it up. Here’s my definition. Digital Alchemy: transforming words into truths using the power of digital spaces, leveraging connections among people and narratives. Taking the

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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 hypothes.is–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 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js 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 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Artificial intelligence

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Community

Britni/ November 30, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

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

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#safetypin

Britni/ November 11, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

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.

Technology that Tracks Us.

Britni/ November 9, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 4 comments

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 …

Narratives in Natural Sciences

Britni/ November 6, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 2 comments

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.

Thinking Visibly

Britni/ November 5, 2016/ Uncategorized/ 0 comments

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.