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Catherine Cronin
Works at NUI Galway - Facilitator, Lecturer and Academic Coordinator of online IT programmes, National University of Ireland, Galway
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The +The New York Public Library is a wonderful follow on both G+ and Twitter -- and the NYPL Reading Room https://flic.kr/p/dZZQY7 (which I revisited last week) is one of the best places on earth :) Thank you, NYPL.
 
This year female writers make an impressive Pulitzer showing, winning in the fiction, drama, and biography categories. Love winners Donna Tartt, Annie Baker, and Megan Marshall? Then take some good advice from on 21 female authors you should be reading." http://on.nypl.org/1nc5btW
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Perspectives on Identity within Networked Learning

Earlier this week, I attended the Networked Learning Conference #nlc2014 in Edinburgh. I collaborated with +Jane Davis and +Joyce Seitzinger to present a symposium on 'Perspectives on Identity within Networked Learning'. Links to our 3 papers are below, as well as the Slideshare for my presentation:

Jane Davis - Dimensions of identity and the student experience of networked learning http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/abstracts/pdf/davis

Joyce Seitzinger - Curate me! Exploring online identity through social curation in networked learning http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/abstracts/pdf/seitzinger

Catherine Cronin - Networked learning and identity development in open online spaces http://www.networkedlearningconference.org.uk/abstracts/pdf/cronin

Please check the conference site for PDF links to all of the papers presented -- there were many excellent contributors and papers: http://nlc2014.sched.org/. I plan to blog about the conference (after returning from a short spring break!).
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#FAILBETTER What a terrific exhibition at +Science Gallery Dublin! Last night's #failbig event was a riotous celebration of creativity -- music, improv comedy and plenty of hands-on crafts. I'm inspired to design learning experiences which might include some of this spirit of joyful endeavour -- pursuing our goals yet accepting the inevitable mistakes, sidetracks and dead ends. #FAILBETTER win ;)

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Happy St. Patrick's Day, everyone!

(photo taken March 17th, 2014, Finavarra, Co. Clare)
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Slides from #openeducationwk webinar by +Sheila MacNeill and me. Many thanks to +David Walker, +Anne Hole and +TEL @ Sussex University for inviting us and for hosting the webinar. Really enjoyed the conversations!
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Leaving New York City today... happy times with family & friends.

"This joy you feel is life."
- Gertrude Stein

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Please read this book  Like many people, I've been recommending danah boyd's latest book It's Complicated for the past several weeks. But now I'm sending an even stronger plea to all educators and parents: Please Read This Book.

Yesterday and today I've been communicating with educators in both Ireland and the US, trying to help a teen in distress. This young person shared their despair via Twitter -- and then, thankfully, reached out to a teacher on Twitter. The teen's identity (including their gender) and location were not revealed in their Twitter profile -- an example of what danah boyd calls "social steganography" or hiding messages in plain sight. Many young people use these kinds of signals so that their public communications via social media can be understood by their peers, but the meanings can pass undetected by others, especially adults. danah boyd illuminates these practices and motivations in It's Complicated  (and, it must be said, in much of her work of the past ten years), including the voices of many young people. She encourages adults to educate ourselves so that we can understand and respect the social media practices of young people, and be ready to support those who call for help.

Must-read book, especially for those of us involved with #socialmedia .
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Thanks +Bianca Ní Ghrógaín for link to this great review of It's Complicated, by a teacher:
http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2014/04/01/fp_passani_networkedteens.html
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Brogrammers and blind spots

 This is an outstanding essay by +Zeynep Tufekci -- recommended for all who work in IT and STEM fields. No, Nate, brogrammers may not be macho, but that’s not all there is to it. How French High Theory and Dr. Seuss can help explain Silicon Valley’s Gender Blindspots

I've been involved in many conversations (over too many years) about the dearth of women in IT and STEM. This piece is devastatingly clear about the problem, its effects, and how we can move forward. No blame, just clear-eyed analysis -- and an acknowledgement that change isn't easy, but it's essential.

"Lack of critical awareness about the sea in which one swims is a very difficult problem to overcome and requires dropping down defenses to listen, as a first step."
#ITwomen  
How French High Theory and Dr. Seuss can help explain Silicon Valley’s Gender Blindspots
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...and a very happy Pi Day (& Pi Month!) to all :)
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Open leads to open

This is what openness is to me -- open sharing that leads to unintended connections and learning. Yesterday I found +Alan Levine's  amazing True Stories of Open Sharing blog

http://stories.cogdogblog.com/

-- via a conversation in the comments section of my own blog http://ow.ly/uv0ql.

Open leads to open. Yes, it's about open practices -- sharing resources, blogging, etc. But for me it's more about having an open mind and embracing a spirit of openness. Far from being hubristic, I agree with Cameron Neylon's description: it's about embracing a particular form of humility. We cannot know who or how someone may use our work, and contributions and insights may come from anyone, anywhere. It's only by taking the risk, by being open, that we can find out, stretch ourselves, be challenged, encounter wonder -- and learn.

Cameron Neylon - http://cameronneylon.net/blog/open-is-a-state-of-mind/

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Indeed! And it seems that people like you and Laura and me are happy to be -- indeed committed to -- helping them along :) Glad to be connected, Stacy. Thanks, Laura :)
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I teach and facilitate online at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), where I work as academic coordinator of online IT programmes. I also teach #CT231 Professional Skills in the BSc Computer Science and IT programme, where our focus is on the practices of research and communication and a wide range of social media and digital literacies. I'm currently pursuing a PhD in the area of open education, focusing on digital identity, access and equity.

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