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Dynamic Skillset newsletter (April 2016)


Doug Belshaw

April 30 · Issue #3 · View online

Open Educational Thinkerer. Consultant helping people & orgs become more productive in their use of technology. Co-founded @WeAreOpenCoop. #digilit #openbadges

Hello! April marked the one year anniversary of Dynamic Skillset, the consultancy I set up when I left Mozilla. 
I’ve celebrated this in two ways. The first thing I did was to purchase a wonderful painting from local artist M.J. Forster. I’ve never bought original art before but, as my wife reminded me in a tongue-in-cheek way, one-year anniversaries are usually celebrated with ‘paper’.
The second is much more exciting, especially for clients. I’ve banded together with some ex-Mozilla colleagues and friends to form, a co-operative consortium of our respective limited companies. We’ll be sharing more on this soon, as our registration with Companies House was only completed yesterday! We did some work with our first client, the Digital Leaders Network, last week.
This month I’ve been doing my regular work with City & Guilds, some ‘critical friend’ work with three different clients, participated in a digital charities hack day, spoke on a webinar for DigitalMe, began some work with Cambridge English, and spent a couple of ‘quality mountain days’ in the Lake District towards my Mountain Leader award.

The best of what I wrote in April
3 Types of EdTech Baggage: Toolsets, Mindsets, Skillsets - DMLcentral
3 things I learned during my time at Mozilla | Doug Belshaw's blog
What is a ‘credential’ anyway? | Doug Belshaw's blog
The best of what I read in April
The Ideology of the Blockchain (for Education)
An Africa first! Liberia outsources entire education system to a private American firm. Why all should pay attention.
Mozilla's Web Literacy Map Teaches the Essential Web Skills Everyone Should Know
Self-presentation in scholarly profiles: Characteristics of images and perceptions of professionalism and attractiveness on academic social networking sites
If Your Answer To ‘How Are You?’ Is ‘Busy’, You Don’t Have A Life
The Unexpected Benefits of Sharing Everything You Know
Availability for May
I have very limited availability in May and, in fact, it would be close to zero if I hadn’t pulled out of a speaking engagement in South Africa (BadgeChain). Over the next few months, I’m adding another day for City & Guilds here and there to enable me to have August off camping with my family. May will also doing some more work with Cambridge English, attending the Thinking Digital Conference, bits and pieces for other clients, and some (exciting!) planning with my colleagues. 
Can help you and/or your organisation? Initial 30-minute chats are free, and I have reduced day rates for charities, non-profits, and educational organisations!
Get in touch!
You’ll get the fastest response from me via Twitter (@dajbelshaw) but I always respond to emails within 24 hours: /
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