The main impression I get looking at this list is that there is a one-to-one relation between microcredentials and courses. This makes sense, and I suppose there's nothing wrong with it, but what I would be really looking for is a microcredential that doesn't associate with a course at all. That's how it works for other badging systems - for example, I received a badge from my CPAP machine for running it every day for the last months. And Google Guides gave me a badge for partticipating in the community forum. If we can learn by doing, and get badges for doing things, then we have a mechanism for thinking of alternatives to courses. And we should.
So, yes, yes it is. "Email is the original robust, decentralised technology. It’s built on open standards. It’s free. You can do almost anything with it,. This is why, despite Silicon Valley trying to come up with alternatives, email refuses to ‘die’. It’s just too useful." The only real issue with email, to my mind, is spam. That's a pretty significant issue, though.
ds106radio was one of my favourite things to come out of the ds106 course back in 2011 and I spent many hours playing around with the idea. Too many hours, really, which is why I let my efforts with web radio lapse a number of years ago. I always think about getting back into it, but who has the time? Well, Jim Groom has the time, as this post amply demonstrates. It's a nice mix of the ethos of web radio with the details of the tech needed to make it work (though too focused on Apple software to be useful to me).
This is a pretty good post in setting the stage for a discussion of digital ethics bnut one that ultimately leaves me unsatisfied in its resolution. I like the discussion of networked publics ("not just individuals grouped together, but transformed by networked media, its properties, and its potential” (boyd, 2010)) and social practice theory (Holland & Lave, 2009), but the post then left me hanging. It's always useful to talk about what others thing (I do it all the time) but ultimately I want tyo know what the author things about the subject.
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