#BelshawBlackOps11 has started. See you in 2012!


As I explained a month ago, reminded everyone a couple of weeks ago, and have had in my email signature for the past week, my ‘Black Ops’ period has started. I’ll be back full of energy and bursting at the seams to write on January 1st, 2012.

What does this mean?

No personal email.

No social networking.


I’ll still be at work (although next year I’m really going to push to be off for the entirety of December)

You’ll be be able to catch me via Skype (doug_belshaw)

However, I’m uninstalling Twitter, Facebook and Google+ from my iPhone and TweetDeck from my various machines. I’m putting on my email autoresponder and deleting everything that comes in during December.

Need something to read?

These have been my most popular posts of 2011 (in descending order):

  1. The Essential Elements of Digital Literacies (#digilit)
  2. Commoditising learning through the #flippedclassroom (or, the difference between education and training)
  3. How I Use a MacBook Pro (May 2011)
  4. The Digital Native/Immigrant dichotomy.
  5. Project Reclaim: or, how I learned to start worrying and love my data.
  6. Semester of Learning: Open Badges and assessment
  7. What would a post-test era look like for our schools?
  8. Read the first complete draft of my doctoral thesis on digital literacies.
  9. 5 free, web-based tools to help you be a kick-ass researcher.
  10. Why I spent my twenties unlearning my teenage years.

But my favourite post of 2011? Probably this one.

Oh, and if you’ve never stopped by literaci.es, Doug’s Conference Blog or Doug’s FAQ there’s probably enough there to keep you going until I return. You can subscribe to everything I write via RSS or email at Doug’s Writing Feed.

Still here? Did you know I did Black Ops last year? I got lots of other stuff done!

Have a great Christmas and New Year. 🙂


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