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Jim R C Baker, MA
Blog:Everything is Available
Other roles:Archivist - Gregory Short northwest composer
Country:Seattle, Washington USA
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April 24, 2024

Jazz to 1960 | Is This Jazz? | My Sandbox

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Reflections and insights

Culture: A dilemma in US society and the western world more broadly is that many of us walk away from opportunities of being more fully present, being more fully ourselves, relaxing into our lives, and appreciating the simpler things. This culture does not invite us to simply be present, and be ourselves in the face of all the chatter and directives. The concern is that what will be revealed in our self is unlovable, ugly, dark and seedy. Yet in the transparent moment, there is a great illumination of joy and darkness gets swept way, transformation continues with awareness, and grace is so easy.

Creativity: It is hard when the creativity is squeezed out of the job. It is the loss of creative experience. It is the devaluing of creativity. The travesty is that each human soul finds it difficult to introduce that creativity in a way that really allows one to thrive. When you have to hide or squeeze in and make excuses or receive ridicule or challenge for your creative expression, it is not a very healthy environment for the true self.

Feedback and notes from my WikiNeighbours

Hi Jim, I have discovered that there are two categories for the US: Category:United States and Category:USA. The USA category has a LOT more entries. I'd like to discontinue Category:United States, we only need one. If you agree, can you please revise your country category on this, your user page? (It's hard coded at the bottom.) Thanks much, --Alison Snieckus 21:28, 27 January 2010 (UTC)

Very nice to meet you here. WikiEducator is a very warm and comfortable community. () . If there is any way I can help you, please let me know (coloured backgrounds, margins, user pages in multiple languages). Come visit my user page. Also, just to remind you, I put up a new page on which you can practice collaborating, by using your editorial skills included in the tutorial. See: Alternative Teaching methods and add your comments, criticisms, more methods, or reflections. Just try it. Cheers, Phil. --Phil Bartle 10:44, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

  • Very nice to see you have an early start on making your User page. If you have not seen it yet, I recommend that you look at the youtube video clip on Wikis. In WikiEd, as in the video, the most important buttons are edit and save. A third button, Link, is not quite the same on WikiEd. To make a sub page, in edit mode, you simply give it a name. put forward slashes around it, then two square brackets in front and after the result. When you save, the word will be in red. Click on it and it will tell you there is no such page. As soon as you start editing, the sub page is created. Another tip is to borrow from your Wiki neighbours. Browse around other User pages. If there is anything you like, just copy it and paste it in to your user page. Make any modification you need, and there you are.--Phil Bartle 01:44, 27 July 2009 (UTC)
Phil, awesome to hear from you again! I had not appreciated the significance of online collaboration - putting together a hike - for jazz awareness untiI reviewing that wiki vid at your suggestion.
I am thinking about creating a break-out group in the Jazz Awareness Course! As you may know by experience at conference, break-out groups can be an effective tool for discussing special topics. At eLearning conferences, for example, we have 'online assessment' break-outs to focus on that software in smaller working groups.
Law students typically form small study groups wherein each active participant tutors the others in civil procedure, criminal, constitutional law, contracts and such. These are very traditional groups that may be migrating from the law library to the Web. Grad students typically meet in formal seminars with professors. On Sunday afternoons, there can sherry to sip - though not yet available online. Ideas?!
With a Wiki, we are just an EDIT click away from creating a working document for adding and modifying text as a group. Perhaps the shared content could be a typical issue such as "What if I don't like it?" Moreover, if a relevant side issue appears - "Is jazz an acquired taste?" - we could create and populate other documents for such tangential threads.
  • Jim, you have been doing an amazing job on your userpage. --Nellie Deutsch 16:53, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Thanks! Let me know what more I can do. --Jim 18:12, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Great to see you in the tutorial, Jim, and to see your user page. Do you have any concerns about the quality of educational resources developed using an open authoring approach? If so, what are your concerns? If not, how does an open authoring approach contribute to high quality learning materials?--Phil Bartle 06:07, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
Phil, thank you for focusing attention on the issue of high quality learning materials. My view is that the measure of the materials can be evaluated in the training. (Research could include data from subject matter experts combined with the perceptions from participating learners.) I do not know of any metrics that show the quality of open-authoring-approach materials, so I cannot tell you what we are getting and using. Let's continue the discussion. OK? --Jim 16:29, 19 June 2009 (UTC)
  • 80px-Wikineighbour V2.png Hello Jim! It's great to have you in the EL4C25 Workshop! It's good to see others interested in America's only true art form! Benjamin Stewart 00:54, 16 June 2009 (UTC)
Agreed! So far we've come up with the Constitution of the United States and jazz. More contributions to come in this century?! --Jim 18:12, 19 June 2009 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Hi Jim, excellent work, I love Jazz!. --Gladys Gahona 04:02, 29 May 2009 (UTC))

Hi Gladys, I am glad you you love jazz. :o) My ears, heart, and mind - opened by Cal Tjader's Concert by the Sea (Monterey Concerts, 1958) - are expanding from Jelly Roll Morton through Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood and beyond. Your WikiNeighbor, --Jim 16:36, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Jim, Welcome to WikiEducator. I'm enjoying perusing your Jazz material. Wonderful work, thanks. Just wondering, do you prefer comments to be added here at the bottom of your user page, or on your talk page? Your WikiNeigbbor, Alison
  • Allison, OMG! I am happy to see your question. Ah, the bottom of a page works for now. I set them to watch, so that I have the context at hand.
  • Hi Jim, it was a pleasure surprise finding a person who share the love for jazz. I would to share a video with you. This is Michel Camilo, a Dominican pianist, during his performance for the 40th anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival, held in a tent on the lawn of the White House. Hope you enjoy it!! --Zobeida Ramirez 20:33, 18 June 2009 (UTC)
Hi Zobeida, indeed I do enjoy your gift! This fills my heart.
I love the robust music for piano solo by the great Spanish composers such as Granados, moved over to exploding jazz pianists such as Bobby Enriquez and Hermeto among others, and now there is the torrential Michel Camilo. Awesome pianist! I am excited by that hot pianism - thanks!
My warm regards,
--Jim 20:56, 20 June 2009 (UTC)

(Comment.gif: Dear Jim, It goes without saying that you are already a very skilled Wikieducator and well on your way to becoming a WikiMaster Warm wishes, --Patricia 18:14, 27 July 2009 (UTC))

Thank you so very, very much for notes.

(Comment.gif: I love the idea of putting a "let's chat" area on the user page. --Nellie Deutsch 20:13, 26 August 2009 (UTC))

  • (Comment.gif: Hi JIm Nice to meet you! Your User Page is absolutely awesome and very impressive. I still have a lot to learn and it's fantastic to see how everyone else is doing. Warm wishes --Janet Bianchini 16:40, 28 September 2009 (UTC))
  • Hi Jim! Nice to know! I will learn many things from you! --Tero Toivanen20:09, 11 February 2010 (UTC)

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For several decades I served as a Distance Learning Instructor at PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF EXTENDED STUDIES where my roles were Instructional design and development of undergraduate and graduate degree courses. To become more familiar with 'Wikieducator I am building an education resource in collaboration with others participating in WE. Moving ahead, I gratefully accept your constructive criticism and contributions to Jazz Awareness Interaction.

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