Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Suzanne Docherty gives her thoughts on our workshop at altcmu

Discussion Notes from our workshop at #altcmu

What follows is the notes from the discussion at our workshop at #altcmu, kindly provided by David Westwood, E-Learning Research Developer at Middlesex University.

Web 2.0 use discussion:

Q) – Agendas of certain technologies, issues with privacy, Students experiences of using such tech in different ways, how do we decide which technologies to use when and how to guide students through their use?

CR) Need for any use to be justified pedagogically – technology is but a means to a pedagogical end.

AD) Horses for courses
What is the purpose? When is it to be used?
Need to establish conventions through the use of, and around the use of technology.
Use the assessment criteria to structure the Blogs and student reflections.
Look to what is positive, do not place value on historical views or possible misconceptions, use what is fir for purpose and is sustainable.

AC) Need for focus and reflection and to highlight good exemplars from other students.

Q) Were any differences noticed in the nature of reflection in the ‘public’ arenas in compared to more traditional ‘private’ mediums?

CR) Firstly due to the cohort – cultural differences were noticed in the types of reflection offered by the students.

The students were sharing reflections within a ‘closed’ Facebook group so although public within the cohort – not actually public.

The way in which FB was embedded built a cohort which was happy and felt comfortable to use the space to reflect in public.

AC) Structure the reflection in order to deal with the differences between public and private presentations.

Reflection in this arena allows students to learn the process of maintaining a professional digital identity.

AD) Reflections of students (within more traditional arenas) are normally highly subjective and affirmative. The ‘public’ nature of blogs allows control over this – students self regulate and think more critically.

CR) need to keep a student centered approach and remember who the students are (demographically), and what the justification and pedagogical purpose of the blog was in the first place.

Q) Have the panel any thoughts on students in future cohorts referring to and using previous student’s works?

AC) beneficial – extends the connectivist network – more nodes = more learning.

AD) Blogs update regularly thus making this logistically difficult. It is however positive (if possible) to use prior good exemplars of work. (Posits) the use of wikis in order to construct organic networks of good practice and knowledge.

CR) Think of using Web 2.0 not only as knowledge support but also to enhance social support and cohort belonging – Students still use the FB group even though the course has finished.


Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Questions to consider from todays workshop

What are you taking away from this session

So what... ?
Why did this grasp your attention

Now what... ?
How might this you implement or use what you have encountered in this session

Learning Outcomes for todays workshop

Describe and briefly demonstrate the use of facebook, blogs and digital storytelling within two professional programmes

Discuss the educational value of web 2.0 technologies and the process and challenges of introducing and establishing such learning networks

Thursday, 24 June 2010

Middlesex Universities Annual Learning and Teaching Conference

Keynote speakers

Tara Brabazon (Professor of Media at the University of Brighton)
Tara will be giving a keynote presentation entitled "Digital Dieting:  a guide through information obesity". A preview of the presentation is available in the following clip. [abstract]
She will also be delivering a workshop on "Podcasting Postgraduates" for which there is also a preview.

Steve Wheeler (Senior Lecturer in Education and IT, Plymouth University) will be delivering a keynote entitled "Digital Tribes and the Social Web: How Web 2.0 will Transform Learning in Higher Education". [abstract] Steve is an active blogger and presenter on appropriate use of IT in Education. You can view his blog for further information. 

Professor William Wong (Professor of Human-Computer Interaction at Middlesex University).
William is particularly interested in HCI and multimedia in learning, and in virtual environments and will be addressing "What matters (?)" [abstract]. For more information see his profile.
In addition to these keynotes, there will be workshops on a variety of digital literacy issues. These are presented by Middlesex University staff and by selected external staff.

Invited speakers
Anne Flood (JISC), Marian Clark and Maureen Smojkis 

This is a free event so we would strongly encourage people to book early as places are limited.

Web 2.0 for learning and teaching: The teachers’ tale

Workshop Outline
Caroline Reid, Alex Chapman and Alan Durrant (Middlesex University)
This workshop is intended for colleagues who use, or are thinking of using Web 2.0 technologies in their learning and teaching. The session will briefly introduce how web 2.0 technologies, including digital videos, facebook and blogs  may be utilised to facilitate communication and collaboration in learning and teaching. Consideration will be given to how learning theories such as connectivism underpin the use web 2.0 technologies and influence approaches to learning and teaching. The workshop will provide the opportunity to share experiences, concerns and opportunities for the use of Web 2.0, with a particular focus on the teacher's perspective.

The workshop aims to:
  • Describe and briefly demonstrate the use of facebook, blogs, and digital Storytelling within two professional programmes
  • Discuss the educational value of web 2.0 technologies and the process and challenges of introducing and establishing such learning networks