Voices in the margins

In open online spaces, we are not equally fragile. It is everyone‚Äôs responsibility to listen and care and support marginal voices. Whether or not they wish to speak. Whether or not they wish to be present. Whether or not they like what we do. – Maha Bali Bali’s quote challenges us not only to actively […]

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Deciding better, learning better: Different kinds of stories

Lately I’ve been thinking about data and stories, design and luck, prediction and intuition, faith, empathy, beliefs and truth, scale and thinking small, political and personal, power, control, freedom and social justice. And how all of these ideas crashing into one another inside my head. Conflicting and challenging one another. Creating turmoil, unease and discomfort. […]

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What do I hope to do?

I’ve been conflicted lately. I’ve felt the need to pause and reflect on what I’ve done, am doing and hope to do. What I’ve done: Working for a call center company is not glamorous. Most folks have an interesting/ tough story of how they got there. Few have others options. I was no exception. Incredibly […]

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Learning to code: Six women &a mooc

I have some much to do over the next few days, but here I am writing a blog post confession… Damn Twitter, damn interesting people who make me think ūüėČ Scrolling through my Twitter this morning, I came across Laura Gogia’s post about being a “reluctant coder.” I was struck with the similarities with my […]

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Noticing remarkableness

I’m tired of being told that online learners are uninterested, uninvolved and unengaged because, from where I sit, I see us as completely connected to our work, communities, families and school–we may just be too involved to step back and notice the remarkableness of it all. My last post got me thinking about my academic […]

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From the margins

“marginality … is also the site of radical possibility, a space of resistance “ ‚Äst¬†bell hooks¬†cited on the Marginal Syllabus¬†from her book¬†Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics (1990) as cited in Maha Bali’s Reproducing Marginality There have been a few things in my Twitter feed lately that have been on my mind. One of them […]

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