Hope more people will toot about #OEGlobal22. If not, we’ll summarize afterwards, for all the #OpenEducation practitioners and advocates, here.

The "premium location" price you pay for picking up and dropping off a rental car at the airport

I don't use a screen reader, but I benefit from image descriptions too because they help me understand what the poster wanted to communicate with the image. They're especially helfpul when it's a screenshot of something I don't have context for.

This has to be the most exciting finish to an EPL season I've witnessed. What a final day!

I am loving this new Florence + The Machine album, especially this track which jumped out at me the first time I heard it. Maybe because I find it highly relatable music.youtube.com/watch?v=ui8k

I am new to this flex work schedule thing, but I gotta tell you it's very sweet when the calendar works in your favour and your flex Friday aligns with a Monday stat holiday to give you a 4 day weekend.

@clintlalonde Yep. At my uni they had one week in March 2020 to turn their face to face subjects into online delivery, mostly without having ever taught online and having been sent home to work with 24 hours’ notice. Totally different techniques required, if done properly it’s basically rewriting the course which of course nobody had time for.

" More disconcerting is that when classes returned to mainly in-person in fall 2021, student performance did not bounce back. The problem isn’t only that students learn poorly online. It’s also that when they go through a year or more of remote classes, they develop habits that harm their ability to learn offline, too."

No, the didn't develop bad habits. This should tell you mode of delivery made no difference to learning outcomes so maybe it wasn't online learning that is the reason?

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"It’s no surprise, then, that in one of the first studies to examine broad-scale learning outcomes during the pandemic, researchers found that the switch to online learning resulted in more course failures and withdrawals in the Virginia community-college system, even despite more lenient grading."

Of course there were more course failures & withdrawls. Maybe they were sick with COVID. Maybe their family members or friends were sick. Maybe they were grieving. Maybe they lost a part-time job.

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So many bad takes in this article. Yes, students are tired, yes they are burnt out, yes their mental health and, consequently, their learning is suffering. But to lay the blame at the feet of online learning is false. Students didn't do poorly because of online learning (and what occurred over the past 2 years is not online learning but emergency remote learning - there is a huge difference). Perhaps they have been struggling to do well because, oh idk, GLOBAL PANDEMIC? nytimes.com/2022/05/13/opinion

We're doing No Mow May this year for the first time and things are starting to get quite wooly. I am a bit worried that by the time the end of the month rolls around my poor old electric isn't going to be able to handle it.

City council where I live have taken a lot of heat over the creation of an integrated network in the downtown core. There has been a lot of whinging that the protected bike lanes have been a waste of money and they will be rarely used. Yet every time I travel on them they tend to look like this. And with gas now topping $2.30 (CAD) a liter I can imagine many more will take up commuting by bike this year @mastobikes twitter.com/i/status/152671620

Absolutely no mention that increased adoption & use of could be a factor. All the AAP seems to tout is inclusive access as the reason why students are spending less on materials. But then again, it is the AAP so I shouldn't be surprised (h/t @bryanalexander) publishers.org/news/%ef%bf%bca

Interesting to see fediverse.info/explore/people seeking to provide a directory enabling Mastodon users to find other people with similar interests. The nice part is of course that you are NOT in the directory unless you add yourself. It's "opt-in".

The challenge is that they need a certain number of people to register in order for it to start being useful. (I have not yet, but might.)

I have some vague memories of similar directories being created for email a few decades ago.

Shirley Temple of Doom, Regretel, Buckingham Malice, Pushycat, Slaying Mantis....nobody does the nom de plume better than our local roller derby crew the Eves of Destruction evesofdestructionrollerderby.c

A Google Alert for the term "mastodon" fails hard when Mastodon the band announces a new tour.

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