On Not Being a Thought Leader

My plans for the day — such as they ever are in the time of Covid-19 — have been scuppered by a barfing toddler, and I’m cuddled with him and the cat in bed. As I’m not as entirely carried away by Blue’s Clues as these two are, I’m thinking about the week that has been. It’s June of 2020, which I hope will mean something to scholars of the future. I hope this date…

I can’t go on, I’ll go on (with apologies to Samuel Beckett).

I had been an educational technologist for seven months when Covid-19 hit. I’ve been joking that the main thing keeping me going is my intention to keynote #OER40 with that opening line (I like a small, manageable dream), but I think about the insanity of this career move in this moment a lot. In my old gig, I would be finishing up my four courses, helping my colleagues navigate the new reality, probably being looked…

Academia’s Default Mode is Ableist…

… so every minute that we’re not pushing back, we’re complicit. Of course, academia’s default mode isn’t just ableist. It’s also racist, sexist, transphobic, classist. I mean, the list goes on. And on. And on. But today I’m thinking about ableism, because I’m thinking about how hard it is to get a video captioned for education. My favourite hack is to run your video through YouTube, swipe their machine-generated captions, and edit them into a…