Friday, June 19, 2015

Bob Nilsson's Survey of Educator Satisfaction with OER

Saw Bob Nilsson's infographic in Twitter this am about a survey with educators and their satisfaction with OER. Thanks to him for making this item embeddable:

Survey: 94% of Open Educational Resources Users Are Happy With the Quality from Extreme Networks

I would like to know more about the survey group as I prepare a group of posts about my own excursions into OER as a faculty member, and instructional designer, and artist. How many was the survey sent to, and how many responded? Were the educators from k-12, higher ed or both? Looking forward to learning more.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

More Learning: This Time about Making Art

Critique June 11, 2015 I am taking online courses in painting and drawing and realize I need to practice basics, even while I am making art. I am starting to think I paint impulsively, though some or the early works are ones I feel satisfied about, though they were technically uninformed. In contrast, I have the feeling that if I had more of the fundamentals, I’d be much more able. For example, after struggling to resolve issues in a current painting, I just cut the canvas from the frame and kept the part of the painting that works (my opinion here). My Sistah Meema and I talk about what can happen when we loosen up in our work. From that vantage point, I see some early works I really like, and was engaged with, how I trusted the experience to guide me through techniques that produced work I like. These ruminations bring me back to this quote: “Before enlightenment you carry the water and chop the wood. After enlightenment you carry the water and chop the wood.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I was so excited to look at this painting today to recognize what I'd been learning about color value from a book and online course videos for a course I'd purchased:

Dorothy Morang was an artist, curator and salonniere in 20th century Santa Fe: #painting #womeninhistory

Posted by Matthews Gallery on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015

InVolen--Intergenerational Game Making for the Environment

I came across mention of this project in a listserv posting from the ARIS game people while looking for crowdsourcing examples. It is really an example of a number of things: crowdsourcing, maker spaces and serious games:

                                          12.15 ugolini involen from progettoacariss

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Women's History Salute to Colorado Adult Educator Lucy Stromquist

I met Lucy Stromquist, somewhere in the early 21st century, when she was one of the long-time trainers for CASAS literacy certification. I was in awe of this woman who so exhibited the traits of Master Teacher. A few years later, faced with developing online courses to meet the needs of Adult Educator Certifications in Colorado, I was struggling with how to group the needed competencies into courses and related instructional activities and assessments.

 I called Lucy and asked if I could pay her a visit. Beyond the opportunity to tap her extraordinary expertise, I was secretly hoping she would agree to co-develop the courses. We agreed to meet at the St. Vrain Literacy Center on a holiday weekend in Loveland Colorado. The snow part of winter had set in, so I had dressed accordingly with a winter-weight coat and snow boots, and luckily so. The center’s heat had been turned off for the weekend. Lucy and I seemed to have similar histories—I had been raised in the north and she was a hearty rural professional. So when we both showed up at the cold building, we were dressed to meet. She put on coffee and brought out a tin of cookies. Fully dressed in our outerwear, we waded through our histories and the competencies. Those discussions made clear two points: We were sisters in the trenches and traditions of adult education, and I was able to see how the competencies should be sequenced.

Most fascinating, was hearing about Lucy’s rise to leadership. Prior to Pearl Harbor, she’d applied for medical school. To my astonishment and sense of irony, one of the questions asked of her during her interview was whether she had a serious boyfriend. When she replied yes, the counter was, “How can you expect him to wait so long for this part of your education?”

Lucy followed this part of the account with, “And then Pearl Harbor happened.” So her beau went off to war, and she was invited to be one of the women trained to operate airplane production factories in Kansas.  The women were in classes or working 6 days per week, and received training that areonautical engineers might have, or at least to the production level.

So Lucy served and developed, and when the war was over, married her beau and had her family. And then was invited to finish her 4 year and grad degrees.  And
Followed by establishing the Ft. Vrain literacy center and serving on CASAS, a competency-based national literacy initiative.

At the end of the day, in her 82nd year, she declined to be my co-developer. But she agreed to review the courses. And affirmed that she wished she had had these courses when she began her career as an adult educator.

I executed many searches to develop this tribute to her. I could find so little.

Leecy Wise, and others, if you can add or correct my account, will you?

Creating a Multimedia Work--Attributions and Permissions Sought

I am working on a multi-media work "of you i sing" and writing a piece on the attributions. I've written a second email to ask permissions for the use of one of the images, a fabulous doll/statue by Rosalie Paniyak to her daughter, after first writing to the National Museum of the American Indian, where I saw this wonderful piece. The other image is part of a birthday card sent to me, and I cannot find the portion that bears the maker or owner of copyright. If anyone knows who this is, please contact me: This post is being linked to a QR code that will be appear on this work.

These images express the beauty of things grown and made—the pickup and the NM chilies come from a birthday card. The image of “My Love, Miss Liberty" by Chevak dollmaker Rosalie Paneyak comes from a photo I took of Miss Liberty in the National Museum of the American Indian in Manhattan. Nearby is the Staten Island Ferry that takes you to the French gift of the Statue of Liberty. To me, Rosalie’s is the most beautiful. Documents say she gave this doll to Bush 41. So does he still have a version or did he share this one? I first wrote to the National Museum and sent them a copy of the photo asking permissions. They advised me to contact Rosalie's estate or a gallery representative. After some searching, I also found that Rosalie's daughter Ursula Irvin is also a doll artist.

I have written to Rosalie’s daughter Ursula to ask permissions for the use of the photo of her mother's creation in the case I would make it public in some way. 

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

More About Code

An after school program recently shared there is a request for an enrichment learning class on coding. I’m not a coder, but you’ll remember I bought the toys Dash and Dot for the sake of understanding how these toys can forward knowledge and coding practice.

 The Hour of Code effort offers all kinds of curriculum for this purpose. and the Khan Academy are two such sites:!

This is the second year of Hour of Code events. This video highlight a couple things: President Obama’s visit with students during an Hour of Code Event at the White House, and the mention of Rear Admiral Grace Hopper, one of the early experts to convert binary computer code to language resembling code we use today:

  PS. Note

The programmable toy on the table in the video—yes, I’m working on a code routine for mine! So more to come. But in leaving today, I want to share this video by Common Craft which nicely elaborates on coding principles: