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🔥 Dynamic Skillset newsletter (February 2017)


Doug Belshaw

March 4 · Issue #10 · View online

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

Hello! This newsletter is slightly delayed due to travelling earlier this week. Apologies for those who were hitting refresh on their inbox in anticipation…
In the past month I’ve wrapped up work with a client with whom I’d been doing some medium-term work, enjoyed a short half-term family cycling holiday, presented at a couple of events, launched BADGE BOOTCAMP with my We Are Open Co-op buddies, consulted with an edtech company on blockchain technologies, and travelled to Jersey, London, Geneva, and Rome.
Along with tens of thousands of WordPress-based sites on the web, a few of my websites were targeted for a particularly pernicious attack. I’ve learned a lot this last month on the technical side of locking down and protecting my digital assets!
If you don’t already listen, you might enjoy the regular podcast that I record with Dai Barnes called Today In Digital Education (TIDE). You can subscribe via iTunes, SoundCloud, or your favourite podcast app!

The best of what I wrote in February
Open Badges offer evidence where resumes don't
Coming up with a manifesto to underpin my work
Against mass consumption of ‘already certified’ credentials
The best of what I read in February
Promising Practices of Open Credentials: Five Years of Progress
Ours to Hack and to Own: the rise of platform cooperativism, a new vision for the future of work, and a fairer internet
What's on the Horizon (Still, Again, Always) for Ed-Tech
Are We Innovating, or Just Digitizing Traditional Teaching?
Blockchain: The Invisible Technology That's Changing the World
Digital literacy and democracy
Availability for March
I’m very much looking forward to a ‘Story Hack’ that I’m helping run next week at Gateshead Libraries. It’s a form of book sprint, and I’ll be learning a lot from my fellow facilitators! I’m then off to Dublin to run a thinkathon with Bryan Mathers, before working on a new discussion platform for a Scottish trade union. 
I’ve got some spare capacity towards the end of the month, so why not get in touch? It all starts with a 30-minute exploratory conversation, for which I don’t charge. I’m interested in your project, so let me how I can help.
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