Once upon a time…

This website is part of a lifelong learning project. I’m a retired craftsman who, after studying the art and science of glass, worked 20 years as a scientific glassblower in Silicon Valley making gas LASERs, X-ray tubes and the high intensity short-arc lamps used to manufacture computer chips. I often traveled in North America visiting museums, galleries and universities, attended glass conferences, and worked part time as a bookseller, all to continue learning. Now I’m traveling to Digital Humanities, Sociological, and Educational Technology conferences to keep learning about our new digital world. I recently completed Associate’s degrees in Liberal Arts and Sociology (with highest honors!) and am designing my Bachelor’s degree in the College of Individualized Studies at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, MN, through their distance learning degree program. In I was selected as a HASTAC (the Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) Scholar for the 2017-19 cohort. An “innovative student-driven community”, HASTAC is the “world’s first and oldest academic social network.” “We are building a community of students working at the intersection of technology and the arts, humanities and sciences.”

I’m currently working with a favorite social science teacher doing an ivestigation of commercial Learning Management Systems (LMS) as we answer the question; “Is learning possible through digital technology?” I’ve created a position as the Learning Technologist at the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) in Berkeley to apply this learning, before matriculating as a Master’s student to use Action Research to complete a degree in Social Justice Through Education at WISR. I’ve participated in #ds106, #western106, #DHSI (the Digital Humanities Summer Institute at the University of Victoria, BA), #DigPedLab (the Digital Pedagogies Lab at the University of Mary Washington, Virginia), #netnarr (Networked Narratives), #openlearning17 and many other digital opportunities to learn the new skills needed to create this Digital Learning (e)Portfolio. I’m documenting my lifetime of learning experiences and preparing for, what I heard former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Dr. Margaret Hamburg describe as, “My Portfolio Life.”

Image from Museum of Victorian Science
Glaisdale, Whitby, North Yorkshire UK