higher ed higher pledge…

Higher ed

Higher pledge

between the threads

you teach

you propel

you dispell

you dish out

how you were lead

how you were shaped to be

through warped ideas

of ideologies

of inferority

of exclusive dominance

as you continuously

chok… the… fuck

out of all the creativity

from me

out of learning

What’s your intent?

Where’s your nobility

in nuturing minds

in loving

in  living

to the passion and desire of

shaping better people

for the greater good…

to create a better existence

yet what I feel, look, see, and touch

are  hidden touch points

of bias viewpoints

of top down culture

focusing on subsets, subcultures, subprofit, subdominance

compartmentalizing

the differentiation

of all thoughts

aspirations

dreams

playfulness

curious tinkering

as a detour

to maintain

the supremacy of nineteen hundred year old thinking…

Higher ed,

Higher pledge

to what?

group thought

group walk

group thinking

silos of shame

who can I blame

and non ethical lenses

what are you running from higher ed?

what cards are being played?

while you’re marginalizing

who am

as a disable person

as a veteran

as an immigrant

as a woman

a black woman

a creative

a polymath

of new thinking

what happened to those 21st skills sets you wish to teach and bring forth

through experietial learning

What happened to that entrepreneurial mindset that you wish all your students to seek

as I am here

you exist in fear

So when I say who I am

you then tell me what I can’t be

Higher ed

Higher pledge

                            between the threads

the lines of the lies

marginalizing creative thought

creative thinking…..

photo credit:  @mahanypery by @lucasmennezes for @maybellinenybrasil

An ode to Ed Technology

what mask shall I wear?

What pedagogical approach is right for the day?

Which identity should I choose

As a walk into “the game of orgs” that see’s

no value

in me

no respect

no love

harsh realities with fresh scars all in the name of  learning

Shall I stay silent today past the judgmental stares of inadequacy

Or …shall I take the path of bearing the fruit of my exuberance

while the distant light

of 19th century dominance (theory) runs from

the glare of me

who am I as a little black girl

to state boldly what I represent, what I create

to be more than what they call me?

what I’m designated to be within old hierarchy

my question

who am I not to be.

playing small with the light doesn’t suite me

living life  is not a game

I was born for a purpose

interstellar  transdisiplinary intentions

yet everyday I  walk into a field of discipline specific minds

where there is no consciousness

no ethical layer of honesty

Decisions are made within closed minds

closed doors

with no emphatically lens

no hope of inclusion or visible diversity

other than who wins?

who really wins…

within this game

of no valor

Trust is of little value

Thus the game of thrones is playing out

So therein lies

the life within Higher Education

Which mask shall I wear?

which pedagogical approach is best for you today?

Which identity shall I choose?

References

Image Credit :  by Diane Morgan http://www.nitrobeat.co.uk/news/unleashing-imagination-and-alternative-visions-fut/

 

 

 

a quick reflection on my day…

Today was a day of tremendous information overload and processing.  My attempt to move past this information overload  is that I’m choosing to experience more than just taking information from the center to my peripheral view.  Hell I live!  I go out explore, interact, take chances, risks, give back thru service, travel, and I’m semi ok with the failing concept.  See many within a dominant culture theory don’t understand the context of the word failure within the African american perspective.  There’s a severe cognitive dissonance of expectation and learning when looking from this extreme lens.   I, being a feminine spirit, that’s creative, and a black queen.. thrive in a world where everything is set up for me to fail (emergence theory).  So when we talk about experimentation..hell I do that every single day I get up and come to work in an environment that’s not shaped within my cultural perspective of being a human being.   Who I am, what I’m shaped from, and my intentions are all purposeful.  Yet within the system,  failure within work culture =  I don’t get projects.  So I have to be exceptional even if the powers of be don’t value what I bring. To be who I am and do what I do I have to be beyond exceptional on every accord.

So back to information overload…I experience life as a self care technique due to me being nerd chic within technology, an avid learning coupled with the creative gift of deep empathy.  I can take on a lot from others if I’m not mindful of my intentions for the day.  I can get easily distracted from the energy people bring to an experience.   So I am very thoughtful (picky) about who I choose to engage in conversation.  Call it how you choose.  I live life as truthful as I possibly can so I’m being honest about avoidance.  lol  It’s real!  It’s even noted as a contingency tactic when developing projects within Project Management Institute (PMI).

With that said, I create many beautiful things with people I don’t like.  Crazy right..or is it?  My main goal in life is always love and understanding.  LOVE=LEARNING.  LEARNING=LOVE.  Learning can happen at anytime, anyplace, and with anyone.  You never know what the universe may send as a messenger.  So I grow through the lessons I receive through this journey.

Currently I’m working through a reflective process with my design partner, Emily.  We’re attempting to wrap our minds around the first iteration of a immersive learning design experiment we just finished up in December.  We also have two other teammates we see once a week Tina and Glenn.  I love them as family.  We’re an eclectic bunch I tell yah!!

So to wrap up my thoughts..my day went like this:

  • got my babies ready for school.
  • made sure bills were paid for the month
  • attended a branding workshop
  • Pitch meeting for blog posts on the Hub website
  • shared some diagrams on Buzz words used within industry and academia
  • asked a whole bunch of questions
  • listened for  a different perspective
  • wrote a bio for an event where I’m the keynote
  • Figured out 4 different learning paths for a course
  • Collaborated on documentation
  • updated a course I’m co teaching.
  • Wrote a proposal for an article on reflection in learning
  • Created specs for image submission for a journal

Then finally the best…attending a event at the Kellogg center for a Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor.

Critique of the day:

  • Don’t shush your Inner VOICE.  It’s who you really are.
  • If people are uncomfortable with your exuberance.  That’s their shit.
  • write and get your thoughts out

Still processing some stuff..oh well.  Just finishing sending emails and scheduling meetings.   My OCD bestie Octavia talks about my inbox every time she looks at my phone.  Lawwdddd..    oh well I’m about to watch the New Edition mini series on BET to relax!!

Until next time.

P.S  I LOVE my life.  (smile)   Still tired as hell though lol

 

Getting over my fear of sharing my narrative …30 day blogging challenge

Last night I woke up in an encapsulated alarm.  My senses were going off as my body pulled upward so I listened for 2 minutes then slowly I grabbed my robe from the foot of the bed.   My mind said, “Get up and work out girl!  Get out all of this unprocessed energy.” so I did.

As I walked down two flights of stairs to my dinning room, I grabbed the latest book of my longing, “The eloquence of the Scribes by Ayi Kwei Armah with a highlighter as I went further down the magical staircase of my loving home to the treadmill in the basement.

I got lost into the narrative of  prose of Ayi Keie Armah. His story moves me in so many dimensions. At some point of time, I can only long to master the art of the narrative.

After my work out was complete, I skipped up hurriedly back to my dinning room to turn on my computer.  In my inbox was A.J Juliiani’s 30- day blogging challenge.  This was a Great challenge to start off the year.  I blog to myself quite often but there was somewhat of a simple view on blogging that he shared that made it more doable.

Why Blogging for me?

  • I just want to create through narrative art.
  • Express my self exploring a new way of writing.
  • Share and exchange with a global audience.

So for me as maybe it is for most…I just want to be free through my writing.

The rules

  • Write 100 words per day, every day for 30 days (you choose the amount)
  • Publish 3 posts per week (again you choose the amount)
  • If you miss a day, pick up where you left off. Don’t make up for lost days.

So Today is my first post.  Let’s see how well I do.  🙂

#mylifeasalearningdesigner

 

A change of …

I decided many moons ago within my soul to now only study and pursue African theory, literature, philosophy, and theology.   From 15+ years of colonial education, indoctrination, and self deprivation, this feels right to my soul.  Yet I won’t follow it under a prescribed curriculum.  The curriculum of my learning hasn’t been created yet and if I choose one it will be something that will evoke change in our current systems.

While thinking loudly, I believe my sensibility and pedagogy on how I learn directly evolved from the theory and practice of engagement, questioning,  unorthodox approaches, creativity, spirituality of choice outside theology yet within the history of its existence, and of intense immersion of love. Why wouldn’t I want to create something that has more fire than the sun?   In the essence of what I share, I am who I am due to having the most loving mother that was ever created.  Anyone who has been in her presence will say she is the most giving and nurturing person in the world. So in summary,  she taught me love.  As with many black people on the earth especially in america you mother is like your best friend in a particular way.

who I am right now, is a portrait within time, framed from a small black congregation of southern thought leaders who migrated  up North due to job shifts to Muskegon, a small industrial town near the vibrant shores of lake Michigan.   The water taught me fortitude persistence, quietness, and with direct intentions of every wave and thinking that comes out of me.  I’m more than Greek mythology, English prose, Capitalism, imperialism etc.., and I am not ever losing sigt of love.  My world hasn’t been without strife yet I persist within the bleeding lines of innovation, exuberant wisdom, and continuous insights.

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I am the future and beyond.

I am learning in its authentic state.

I am more than the eye can see

I give of myself daily to high wave lengths of existence

I follow my passion and desires with intentionality.

I am strategic in every breath that I take

I am more than my breath can fill within the atmosphere of impurities

I create new universes within the realm of the  living

I am a mother of new thinking

I am a facilitator of creative systems

I am love.

In its purest essence

and so forth love what it is….is my life journey and lesson.

This world is a matrix of paradoxes

Its old. it only seeks to recreate itself.

It is time, my people to love.

welcome to my narrative art.

 

#mylifeasalearningdesigner

EMERGENCE: From Personal Networks to Connected Communities

 

emergence

I had a great time  last Thursday facilitating a  co-work session with a few of my peers at the MSU Hub on the theory of emergence. Our topic was specifically related to  personal networks to connected communities with emergence as an underlining theme. Those who know my teaching style know intimately that I tend to inject art, movement,  sound, and high media elements into my teaching so it carries over into facilitation as well.   We didn’t get as far as I wanted yet we uncovered things that I probably wouldn’t have gotten from a normal meeting. Check out the flow and artifacts that was created from the meeting:

What is emergence?

definition of emergence

My current thoughts on emergence:

  • Emergence always involves connections and networks
  • You can create conditions for emergence through connections
  • Personal connections are important
  • change happens through emergence
  • the whole is greater than the sum of its parts
  • new properties emerge at the level of the whole
  • unique properties that emerge from the whole of the system
  • Interaction is needed from the sums of its parts to emerge
  • Divergent thinking
  • Holism vs wholism vs Human centered design??????
  • “Art without Science is Nothing.” (Latin Proverb)
  • “Everything you can imagine is real.” Pablo Picasso

I’m still in deep thought on this!!  This will be my focus for the next two years.

Emergence Inspiration pieces shared:

Side conversations:

  • Does emergence have anything to do with the sum of its whole?
  • I noticed that the music from the inspirational clips where scary and eerie…does that have to do with creating something new and unknown?
  • Emergence relates a lot to Fractals in mathematics.  Its a from of patterning across different scales.   (Images of Fractals below)

First story prototype:  How do you learn?

Mindset:  Being Authentic 

I would typically start a session off with this question and introduce a particular mindset for the group to create a safe space for empathy to arrive.  Due to the close nature of myself and my peers that atmosphere is a given.  We  greet one another everyday with love and respect.   So I moved the group to do some prototyping without saying what they were prototyping.  How do you learn?  What does that mean to you? How does this shape you as a person?  These thoughts link deeply into who you are as a person and how you learn as well as teach.  Here are some initial prototypes below:

What did I learn:

  • Learning artifacts – definitely will use smaller clips and make sure I use a variety of learning artifacts that is inclusive of philosophy as well as systems design.  Although I do believe that many of the clips were a fusion of everything.
  • Tempo –  the tempo has to be set at the beginning as well my facilitation style and technique while setting the tone of each mindset for each activity. I didn’t get a chance to get to the heart of the co-work but that just means doing it again with more people will help shape the topic as it goes along.
  • Light installations – thinking about creating an art installation that represents emergence for me to use during other co work sessions.
  • I love learning. I will keep moving forward.

Deeper Reflection:

As an immersive learning designer, empathizing, patterning, transforming, and observing,  are many of the creative thinking tools that I use whenever I decide to explore or create.  Often more than most, I like to study subjects from a Social Science Lens as well with my Learning science background,  such as “How does learning effect adverse learning environments in higher ed?  Why is there a creativity shortage within the higher ed system in America?”; “What does the theory of emergence mean to me as a learning professional in the ed tech field?”,  Once I find the connection through exploration (observing, collecting evidence through interview, and developing insight through practice and intense study), I’ll use it as part of my personal story. Learning for me is making sense out of something within life.   It allows me to develop a language and intuitiveness to understand what I’m learning from a global view.  The theory of emergence is guiding me someplace.    So I’ll ask questions from a diverse array of people who are apart of my personal learning circle (circles make so much more sense to me than groups).   It has cultural design significance using circles that create a powerful framework to share, grow, and learn.   Women understand the intuitiveness and power of these as it develops an intimate space to question, heal, and grow.   Some of my larger circles are indirect at times…I learn from art, mixed mediums, philosophy, and movements of other people who may not directly know that they are apart of my learning practice.    Jeff Grabill, the Associate Provost of the MSU Innovation Hub for Teaching and Learning asked this provocative question that allowed me to articulate that specifically.

Do people apart of your learning network know that they are apart of your learning network?  Is it passive or active ? Why?  – Jeff Grabill 

I’ll dig deeper into this question in my next blog post it has many connections to the role of a mentor and mentee and its significance in our society as a whole.

From me to you,

@keesav  #mylifeasalearningdesigner

A Shift in my Paradigm – On Being more Decisive in everything

decisive

Last week I decided that I am and will continue to be decisive in everything that I do.  I stumbled upon this decision while attending a DISC training within my work group where we all were put into fractions (DISC designations). My apprehension about the whole exercise is that I’m many of these classifications at different times of the day.  I’m quite understanding that these tools can be helpful for some…just not me.  I’d rather understand the individual and create an environment where there’s trust, openness, honesty, and friction..due to the fact I typically create work that grows in emergent environments.  Well.. It’s time to do everything much differently, so I’m embracing my dominate traits and excelling at everything I decide to do. I”M STEPPING OFF THE CLIFF EVERY DAY INTO THE UNKNOWN!

 

In deeper reflection,  I know the way I’ve been living the last three years has to change.  I’m not the same learner, teacher, mother, or friend as I was and the lessons learned from these experiences creates a space for me to share more freely my collective thoughts, visions, and ideas, so its time for my actions to match…it’s time for a shift into mastery.

when-teh-student-is-ready-the-master-appears-aspire-siraj-greogry-penn-insight-sessions2It doesn’t mean that I’ll be the nicest person in the room all the time yet this change allows me  to follow my path with stronger vision, conviction, love, passion and with eloquent fury.

From me to you,

#mylifeasalearningdesigner