Silent Sunday

37. Sun through the trees

37. Sun through the trees” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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Silent Sunday

Mugdock Loch

Mugdock Loch” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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Silent Sunday

Snowdrops

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Silent Sunday

Frog
Frog” flickr photo by NomadWarMachin shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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#Rhizo24: the reunion

Fridge magnet with map of world and connections drawn over it. Text says #rhizo14What were you doing 10 years ago? On January 14th, 2014, #rhizo14 – or Rhizomatic Learning – The community is the curriculum as it was officially called, began. As fellow rhizonauts will remember, this was the brainchild of Dave Cormier, and was originally envisaged as being a six week event to explore rhizomatic learning. It was a whole lot of fun, and I made a lot of very good friends through it. 

Over the years since, some of us have mused about getting the band back together, and a few weeks ago a few of us started jotting down some ideas in a Google Doc with an idea of revisiting #rhizo14 in some shape or form over the summer of 2024.

So, here’s my suggestion: we find out who’s interested in being part of the planning, and we do some brainstorming over the next few months with the aim of running something over the summer of 2024. All are welcome to sign up for any role that they fancy with one exception.

It would be good to have a student body this time to practise with – and I am nominating Dave to be that body. 

So – who’s in? Comment here, reply to my tweet, toot or Facebook post, or indicate in the Google Doc what you think.

And here’s to more rhizomatic adventures.

Image is of fridge magnet sent by Clarissa to rhizo14 participants. It is still on my fridge today.

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Silent Sunday

13. Virginia Creeper

13. Virginia Creeper” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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From Icemeet to Runswick

A ChatGPT response for today’s Daily Create

n the heart of winter, a tale unfolded—a journey from the frost-kissed village of Icemeet to the coastal haven of Runswick. A trio of travelers set forth on this expedition: Elara, a young scholar with a penchant for adventure; Thorne, a seasoned tracker with eyes that mirrored the forest; and Einar, a jovial bard whose songs could thaw even the iciest of hearts.

The trek commenced under a sky draped in the hues of the Aurora Borealis, casting a mystical aura over the snow-laden landscape. Elara led the way, her map clutched tightly, guiding them through valleys blanketed in powdery snow. Thorne’s keen instincts ensured they stayed clear of treacherous paths, while Einar regaled them with lively tunes, lifting their spirits amidst the biting cold.

As they ventured deeper, the scenery transformed—the icy plains gradually gave way to towering pines and frozen rivers that shimmered like glass under the sun. Yet, the journey was not without its perils. A sudden blizzard swept through, testing their resilience. With Thorne’s guidance and Elara’s unwavering determination, they weathered the storm, finding solace in each other’s strength.

Days turned to nights filled with stories by the campfire, laughter echoing in the quiet wilderness. With each passing mile, Runswick’s allure beckoned, promising respite from their arduous odyssey. Finally, the distant sight of the sea and the salty breeze signaled journey’s end. The quaint harbor of Runswick greeted them with open arms, a picturesque haven bathed in the soft glow of the setting sun.

Their expedition, fraught with challenges, culminated in triumph and camaraderie. As they stood by the shore, watching waves dance against the rocks, they knew that the memories forged on this unforgettable voyage would forever warm their hearts, even in the coldest of winters.

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Silent Sunday

Frozen Sage

Frozen Sage” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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Bricolage

Lines of Thought

My One Little Word for 2024 is bricolage.

Bricolage is a French word which roughly translates as ‘do it yourself’. It is a practice of taking what is available (what is ready to hand, as Heidegger says) and reusing it for the current purpose. I use it to describe the remixing that we do in CLMOOC and DS106 (see this paper by me and Wendy Taleo). I have also used it to talk about to describe my approach to research and scholarship, and to describe a model of learning and assessment that is based on my own online experiences (this is paywalled, but I’ll happily send a draft to anyone who asks for it).

Lines of Thought” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

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Silent Sunday

Inverness

Inverness” flickr photo by NomadWarMachine shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC-SA) license

Walking over the road bridge to visit Leakey’s bookshop, before celebrating Rowin’s life.

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