Social, educational & open media in an SFU classroom.

I have used Storify to introduce social media before. And I’m not above doing so again. For its sheer ease of use, and how quickly you can assemble a story from a wide assortment online sources, it should be an early stop on your Edmedia quest.

I have tried to keep a robust set material to explore on the Open Educational Resource Page (OERs), but this is a topic that is shifting so fast these days its impossible to keep up but in a cursory way. Unless of course you are leveraging a ‘PLN’ (more on that in class discussion 😉

As noted, there has been a more extensive set of learning objectives for this session, but I have  been updating it for today’s session.

And hopefully many more.

I am hoping by linking to the awesome CC artwork I will be OK as far as licensing goes, but there is a story there.

Also, this video…

Below is a snippet from a Storify story created using found media online.

Brunswick Sanderson’s Letter to the Editor

Sept. 26: Letters to the editor


8:27 AM

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

SFU suffered a breach of security last week in which a disputed artifact was stolen from its museum.  There are several things that went wrong here, and someone should answer to this crime.  But I’m not only speaking about the theft itself, I’m talking about the crime of poor decision making that went into it’s assessed value and the expensive, untested security measures put in place to protect it.

We have a responsibility to protect artifacts and to educate the public about the nature and history of these objects, and to correctly declare its value financially, historically and academically. To inflate the importance of an object with whiffs of Dan Brown conspiracies and shadowy guardians is dishonest and it’s reckless.  We here at SFU need to debunk fake news, not create it.

So for all of its fanfare and invented prestige, there’s a disservice being done here. The SFU Dala Horse is a nice antique from Sweden.  It’s in great condition and it shows the cultural past of Scandinavia from 300 years ago, and it may or may not have been given to King Charles XII.  However, let’s be clear: it’s an older version of a carved wooden children’s toy; it’s not The Thinker or the statue of David here.  It’s decorated  in copper-based red Falun paint, not gold, not silver, and no, there aren’t any miraculous Trojan treasures waiting inside.

I should know what constitutes vital importance of artifacts.  I spent weeks in prison in Libya for defending and securing true artistic historical works from the fiery hands of war, looting and destruction at the end of Gaddafi’s bloody rule, and I’d do it again if I had to. Priceless ancient Greek Sculptures from Cyrene, Roman amphoras from Leptis Magna, assorted relics from all eras, now safe and secure.  And let me tell you this: The SFU Dala Horse is no Roman amphora. 

Prof. Brunswick Sanderson, SFU, Burnaby, B.C.


The Mystery of the Dala Horse

Who Stole the Dala Horse?

SFU has called upon our preeminent EMP Investigators to solve the case of the stolen Dala Horse.  The suspects are swarthy and shifty, each with their own motives and means to steal the Horse, but also with alibis to supposedly prove their innocence. When conducting your investigation, always remember to keep an open mind. There may be false alarms, red herrings, circumstantial evidence, incorrect suspects, incomplete evidence and several shades of truth and lies. Below you will find the background, the experts to be interviewed and, of course, the suspects!  Good luck.

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