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This is another eLearning and Activism post, to play this project you will have to use Adobe Flash 10. Hopefully the audio works this time…

 

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eLearning and Activism

This is the 1st part of a 3 part self paced module created on Adobe Captivate. The first objective featured here is a historical connection between 4 learning theories and their roots within social activism.

To run this you will need at least Adobe Flash 10.

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Soundseeing Tour

A soundseeing tour of my favorite house in the Emerson Park neighborhood in downtown Grand Junction.

Check out this podcast episode of Post Script below!

The Future of Learning

We all think about the future and sigh to ourselves will it finally be the Jetson’s time?  Where is my robotic housekeeper and nanny?!? The reality is that robotics and lifestyles will change drastically, learning will change drastically.  I CAN NOT WAIT FOR HOLOGRAMS!!! I believe as we get more productive as human beings we will look towards companies like Google, Facebook, and other tech giants; that believe in an inclusive learning with neurological benefits and social aspects to promote the human. Perhaps I am an idealist and humanist employer but people are better workers when they are rewarded and given time. If you over stress and undervalue an employee burnout is inevitable. Over working is the American way but I think that we will come to an understanding of humans and how we can evolve ourselves to be better not stressed.

I used thinglink.com which is an awesome website and tool!

Pictures are from pixabay, my go to for free images.

Here’s a view of my adult learning experience in 2048:

 

Command: Hands Draw Good

So I love art, my trips (that I used to take solo all over the world) would revolve around art museums. I would seek out these painting and pieces of art and weep when I would see them. When I was in Paris, I went to the Musee De Orsay three times, a security guard escorted me out of the Louvre because it was pass museum being open, I spent 85% of my time in Paris weeping. In Brazil in between World Cup games I spent my time devouring museums and art galleries. When I lived in Toronto going to school I would stop at art galleries on my way home from school, for clarity. Art museums and galleries artists pull me into their world.

Commanding my own body to make art has been more of struggle, I am not a very good artist. I feel like I am always trying to find my medium. I spent most of my 20’s bouncing from medium to medium, painting, charcoal, pencils, crayons, pens, sharpies, whatever I could put my hands on. I never really got it. Cooking came along (well it was always lingering in the background) and I just threw myself into it. It was a fit.

Drawing and sketching was this unobtainable nemesis. I spent time when I lived in Tanzania drawing more and it got better. Moving back to America, I lost that time, with TV, internet, constant power source and input, ALL THE TIME. This past week I got back into the saddle with some light drawing activities for the infographic I am making (dogs are hard to draw!!) and an activity for class. We had to doodle in sync with some TED videos, Draw More Together (youTube) and Why People Think They Can’t Draw (youTube) , then doodle how to make toast. These videos taught me something that I kinda knew all along, that we all can draw simple and more basic designs, artists like my wonderful partner Chris, can make more amazing things.

I saw a couple of my very studious classmates submit their assignments and with the typical steps on making toast in a toaster. I immediately thought about how I don’t even have a toaster and i toast things on our cast iron on the stove. My toaster was discarded long ago after one of my many moves and purging of my things. Every time I move or the season would change, I try to have less and less things and would purge all my stuff. When I moved in with Chris and we were living in the trailer (another post for another day) I was delighted to get rid of most of my stuff or cram my favorites, that weren’t going to join us on the gypsy lifestyle, into my parents garage. So without a toaster and my ridiculous ways of making our food from scratch (because I like to complicate things) I made my drawings from the beginning a simple bread recipe.

Not my best sketching work but it sure was fun! I encourage you to make yourself a pictograph of making toast in your own way, it was a soothing process and helped me work out those afternoon siesta times.

 

Music To My Eyes

 

I’ve been heavy into infographic production, well since last semester. This semester started off to the same visual challenge of dissection, what makes a good infographic. How do you judge a piece of art? Art this messy thing that tries to convey what the artist is putting out there not necessarily with words but with colors, sounds, lights, emotions, and all sorts of other inputs to convey something to the purveyor. Infographics to me are graphic art but a graphic art of data, taking numbers and telling a story through visualization. With the rise of our world becoming more and more visual, we command more visual information and with that has sprung infographics.

Infographics are very design heavy with creative ways of visualization for information, this has the reader or “looker” making a judgement on pictures of data rather than just saying what data is. Design and advertising principles are not foreign to me from a psychological standpoint or even as a “looker” although the actual terms and design principles are something that I am still learning about. So there is this principle in which we all see on a regular basis that makes our eyes drawn to something and “like” it more (big blue facebook thumbs up!!) These principles are called CARP not to be confused with CRAP which is also used as the design principle’s acronym but I cannot take that seriously.

Contrast: is the difference, whatever draws your eyes into a piece. The contrast of items on the page that will draw your eyes in.

Alignment: is the intent of where pieces are placed on the design. All placements of items should have intent to make visual connection of the elements to one another and the overall purpose of the design.

Repetition: is simply, using similar design elements throughout the page to make it cohesive.

Proximity: of items that are used in the design are grouped together to link an association.

So after wading through many infographics I am going to use THIS one to show how CARP design principles are applied to actual designs. I don’t know about y’all, but I am a self proclaimed news junkie and lover of verifiable sources. I recently found this website The Pudding.cool and it’s basically the best news website I’ve ever been to. If I were more computer literate, could even finish a thought process, and better at making things I would apply to work for them since they are hiring. EVERYTHING they make is beautiful, interactive, tells a very well thought out, and well resourced story, and uses data in an amazing way.

 

This article is about words used within Hip-Hop. Honestly I wouldn’t change anything about this maybe make the background a different color and rely less on the black and white.

Contrast: In accordance with the main design the starkness of the black and white features make your eyes focus on the mapping and visual aids that have very little color. By the use of gray text bubbles/snippets that explain the graphs and visual aids your are drawn into the movement of the graph and the contrast of words outlined in gray. With the use of kinetic (movement) within the article as you scroll up and down your eyes are drawn to the movement of the visual aids that physically change the contrasting the different language used in hip-hop.

Alignment: The alignment of the article is larger width bands on either side and the articles visual aids either taking center stage or accompanied by text on the left side. I really liked that the width brought you into the data and the text bubbles/snippets were more excerpts rather than full text boxes that conveyed information.

Repetition: The same use of fonts, graph styles, and pictures of the artists faces used create a cohesive whole document.

Proximity: The graphs are aligned with the text about them. The use of kinetics in the visual representations are very slight and sleek. I would have made the mapping of the artists lyrical similarities spaced differently for a desktop, although it worked great on my phone, it is spaced so heavily at the bottom of the area for the artists.

I hope y’all learned something about design and hip-hop artist lyrics, stay tuned for more updates on my infographic journey!

 

 

Drive: Pack Prey Defense (fight or flight)

We have a beloved family member who we call “baby #1” or Vegas. Chris adopted Vegas before we met and this border collie/doberman/mutt has been the fourth member of our family. Vegas has his quirks, like any dog, we’ve made exceptions, anthropomorphized his behavioral issues, worked with him and had our frustrations as any pet owner has. We knew the addition of Marian would be a stressful event for him, he already wasn’t the fondest of children. It has been a slow learning process for him and her, Marian has exuberant love for him as a budding toddler and he tolerates her. Her moving around has been a challenge and a total stress factor for us, not just the baby proofing our cabinets and rooms, more of Vegas’ very sensitive and sometimes erratic behavior. Needless to say after our trip to Texas over Dec.-Jan. we noticed some behaviors getting worse and needed to call in reinforcements.

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Through one of our friends Chris got a dog trainer’s number. We called her up and made an appointment. We aren’t exactly in the financial place to be spending money on dog trainers (seems like something for billionaires) but we also really love Vegas and wanted to find a solution for our family. Erica came over and met with us and Vegas we discussed our issues and what we wanted from our sessions. She thought it would be an easy fix and gave us a packet of information. In the packet she laid out how dogs operate in three main drive (although some researchers say there are four) pack, prey, defense (fight or flight). Learning about how to train a dog to go back and forth from these drives are a little more personalized to the dog and owner. The basic outline of pack, prey, and defense drives were really interesting to me, all dogs have these drives and all dogs have different natural amounts of these drives.

Concurrently as this is happening I started a new semester, I am taking Integrating Media and Mobile into e-Learning and Creative Design of Instructional Materials. I am very excited for both of these classes for the creative and design elements but trepidatious for the technology to produce these projects with. My very first assignment is an INFOGRAPHIC!!! I love infographics and have a whole folder dedicated to infographics I like on my computer desktop. The hard part was deciding what to make an infographic about, I toyed with a couple ideas (sexual harassment, making a brownie recipe I have perfected, or swimming lap instructions.) I really wanted something that I could make with animation that had very direct visual cues, I can’t even give myself credit for this idea because it was Chris’, so hence dog drives.

Stay tuned to learn more about my infographic creation mishaps and triumphs!