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A Twitter of Our Own at OERxDomains 2021 Conference

The Association of Learning Technology and Reclaim Hosting hosted the OERxDomains 2021 Conference last week.

They’ve just opened up the entire conference program with links to all of the sessions and videos for those who’d like to watch them.

You’ll see my presentation video embedded above. If you’d like you can also watch it in the custom player made for the conference, though I notice that it doesn’t replay the live chat.

Due to scheduling issues beyond my control just before the conference, I had to shorten my hour-long workshop down to a 20 minute talk. I intend to do a couple of separate hands-on workshops at upcoming Domain of Our Own meetups so that people can implement the moving pieces I demonstrate into their own websites. Let me know if you’re interested, and I’ll let you know when they’re scheduled.

I’m hoping that when the next conference rolls around at least some of us can participate using our own domains and not need to rely on Twitter’s infrastructure.

I posted a link to the slides last week if you’d like to follow along that way and have links to some of the resources. (You should also have access to some of my notes/rough transcript as well as alt-text for some of the images included.) The slides still have some context and links to portions of the original version that got cut out.

For those unaware of the conference or topics, it was two days of great presentations about the topics of Open Education Resources (OER) and A Domain of One’s Own which is focused on giving teachers and students to websites and underlying technology of their own for daily personal and professional use. Those interested in the IndieWeb may particularly find the Domains track enlightening. Others interested in teaching, pedagogy, and publishing will get a lot out of the OER tracks.

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Chris Aldrich

I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal processing, IndieWeb, theoretical mathematics, and big history. I'm also a talent manager-producer-publisher in the entertainment industry with expertise in representation, distribution, finance, production, content delivery, and new media.

19 thoughts on “A Twitter of Our Own at OERxDomains 2021 Conference”

  1. A Twitter of Our Own at OERxDomains 2021 ConferenceI enjoyed Chris’ presentation on personally breaking away from the silos and building up the technology that enables his home on the web. I have mixed feelings about the level of effort this takes, having just made it to “Level 2” of IndieWebify.Me myself with Webmentions.It’s a lot more involved to create your own independent website and implement microformats, Webmentions, etc. on your own, than to use a silo like Twitter. On the one hand, that’s a great filter. I enjoy reading folks in the IndieWeb community because, just by the nature of having their own website, I know I’m connecting with resourceful and clever individuals who have something to say, and who I can probably learn from. On the other hand, it’s harder to find each other. There’s no central IndieWeb discovery feature, which, I suppose, is part of the point.

    1. Thanks Mrs. D. For some additional context, the majority of the people in the audience at that conference (particularly the Domains portion) specifically have some online infrastructure already, and almost all already have domains, most of which have at least a WordPress site. Just having something to start with is one of the bigger hurdles. The missing portion of my presentation, originally scheduled as a workshop, was a hands on walk through of adding those missing pieces. I’m not saying it’s all a piece of cake, but it helps to know what’s currently possible and begin helping people to put those pieces together. I’m hoping to do the rest of the workshop part in the coming weeks to help people realize some of these technologies for themselves.

      For those who don’t want to build it for themselves, or need something temporary, I’d recommend Micro.blog or perhaps one of the services at https://indieweb.org/Quick_Start. (If nothing else, IndieWeb can’t be said not to offer any options.) Incidentally you can connect your external blog to Micro.blog as a means of finding people.

      On the discovery part, you’ll slowly but surely find the crowd. You can find some interesting and useful examples here to start: https://indieweb.org/discovery.

      Good luck, and do let us know if we can help. 🙂

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