Ryan Brazell shared the prep work he did last week framing UMW’s various digital projects for the AAC&U Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference in Chicago. Just yesterday he presented alongside Tim Owens and Mary Kayler on UMW Domains, the Online Learning Initaitive, and, based on the document below, at least a nod to the nascent Digital Scholars Instititue. If the document Ryan created as a resource for attendees is any indicator, it looks to have been an amazing session.
I really appreciate the way the handout balances the history and vision of DTLT’s work in the “Bags of Gold” section and then goes on to outline the convergence of the various digital initiatives happening at UMW. All of which is topped off with nuts and bolts resources for getting up and running with your own domain as well as a sidebar “Reclaim Toolkit.” I’ve been blogging about much of this work for over eight years now, and I’ve never been able to clarify and synthesize it all so cleanly. It’s such a great document because it captures the spirit of all the digital happenings at UMW so succinctly.
DTLT will be presenting Domain of One’s Own to the Board of Visitors in ten days time, and I think this would be an awesome addition to that presentation as a takeaway. In fact, I’m thinking about re-working this document a bit and printing a couple of hundred to distribute at both my “Reclaim Your Domain” workshop as well as the keynote presentation at Sloan-C talk in Dallas, Texas. Moreover, this would make an awesome addition to DTLT’s website given how crisply it tells our story. It would make a great pointer for the “bio page,” so to speak, for our group. It perfectly frames who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Brilliant stuff. All that said, I still didn’t find the supposed Easter Egg—I think he’s bluffing 🙂
Oh the easter egg is most certainly there. 😉
I can’t find it, but I always sucked at Easter Eggs. Also, why is Reclaim Hosting not listed in the Reclaim Toolkit? Why does Ryan want to sink us? That’s like taking food out of my childrens’s mouths. I can hear them crying now!
Tim and I actually did talk about including Reclaim Hosting on the toolkit, but we both agreed it would appear self-serving to promote that as part of the presentation. I’m a hippie, remember — we sell ideas, not services 🙂
Y U ALWAYS KEEPING US HONEST? 🙂
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I like to vet my backlinks, especially from types like you still on wordpress.com 😉
Y U NO APPROVE MY BACKLINK?
If I recall correctly, it was your idea to include an easter egg. It ended up not being the exact one you suggested, but darn close to it 🙂
I have to say, this was a lot harder to make than I expected. There is so much awesome stuff to say about UMW Domains that choosing what’s most important, and what can be left out, was incredibly difficult. I rewrote major portions several times in an attempt to get it right, and there are still some sections that could use major work.
That said, I definitely made this document with some remix potential in mind. For example, I’m reworking the last half-page to include headshots for everybody, and take off the AAC&U-specific references so it can serve a broader audience. There are plenty of other things we can do to make this more multi-purpose, just let me know what you have in mind and we’ll get that going ASAP.
Did I come up with the Easter Egg idea? I’m brilliant, although I think it was someone else. That said, I finally found it, brilliant. As for the difficulty shows in how seamless a read it is, nothing that smooth comes naturally or easy. Also, I have larger plans so let’s sit down with it this week. You rule.
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