Author Archives: Brian

About Brian

I am a Strategist and Discoordinator with UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. My main blogging space is Abject Learning, and I sporadically update a short bio with publications and presentations over there as well...

More love for East Van-style DIY

Now in its third year of growth and development, the Garibaldi School Community Garden just came off of a landmark weekend, with a manure sale that raised money to finish the tool shed/play area, greatly enriched the soil at the … Continue reading

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The zen of open data

B33 – HorseHead Nebula shared CC by Skiwalker79 The Zen of Open Data, by Chris McDowall Open is better than closed. Transparent is better than opaque. Simple is better than complex. Accessible is better than inaccessible. Sharing is better than … Continue reading

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On sustaining and reviving culture

No Dark Sarcasm in the Classroom shared CC by Thomas Hawk When I do my little talks on open education, I like to reference things like learning parties, maker culture, the kind of practical DIY education that is important enough … Continue reading

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It will be an epic Open Access Week at UBC

Open Access shared CC by AJC1 I have a few more substantive posts brewing, but until I get a few minutes and a few more brain cells to rub together… I want to offer my congratulations to the team that … Continue reading

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Sustain this?

Wind farm and greenhouse gas farm, together shared CC by kevindooley I’m still finding my way with regards to the ‘sustainability’ part of my job. I know I’m new to this, at least professionally, so I’m trying to focus on … Continue reading

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UBC Reads Sustainability

“books” shared CC by bjornmeansbear A few changes in my professional profile at UBC in recent weeks… My old Office of Learning Technology has merged with the former Centre for Teaching and Academic Growth to become the Centre for Teaching, … Continue reading

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everything not real only a series of tapes being played for us

Philip K. Dick – I consider the universe shared CC by Muli Koppel I read an excerpt of this Inside Higher Ed article nearly two weeks ago, and I still find myself thinking about it. At the University of Dayton … Continue reading

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Fear and frothing in England

Freak Out shared CC by Parksy1964 Last July I was honoured to give the closing keynote for the JISC Open Educational Resources International Symposium in London, England. It was a terrifying prospect on a couple of levels… First off, I … Continue reading

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International study claims higher education is still good for you

Some interesting reading in my morning paper: In purely financial terms, the benefits of a postsecondary education to individuals and Canadian society at large far outweigh the costs, a new report suggests. However, as Canada spends more and more on … Continue reading

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Ooooh, I want one of those iPanopticons sooooo bad

Geek and Hype iPod touch shared CC by pickupjojo How illuminating… every time Chairman Steve does one of his high-gloss sales-pitches, my Twitter and RSS feeds are overrun by panting consumption lust, usually from people who make their livings as … Continue reading

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