Here is the Storify from Andrew Middleton’s Twalk last week:
Here is the Storify from Andrew Middleton’s Twalk last week:
Our joint proposal (Alex Spiers, Andrew Middleton, Claire Moscrop, Santanu Vasant and Jeff Walcock) for a conference workshop entitled ‘Walk this way…reflections on a #Twalk’ has been accepted at the 2017 Social Media for Learning in HE Conference at Sheffield Hallum University on 19th December. Here is the outline of the session we submitted:
By the end of the session workshop participants will,
The impact of the workshop will be increased participant awareness of the application of social media in a blended learning strategy and the implications of this for learning space and curriculum design.
The workshop will begin with a round of structured stories from some of the universities who participated in the global #Twalk event on 31st May 2017.
A set of activities will show the potential of the #Twalk as a method for enhancing a higher education learning experience:
Activity 1: Using metaphor and motion– walking changes the learning dynamic and the readiness of a learning network to engage. We will explore the transferability of the #Twalk model and how spatial landmarks can be used to structure discussions by considering how a walk and its ‘pause point’s can stimulate engagement in face-to-face and tweetchat learning conversations in any disciplinary area.
Activity 2 – Participants will do a micro-Twalk, with a Christmas theme, to try the method and explore different types of learning spaces (formal/informal, ‘real’/’virtual’) by taking a 10 minute route through one floor of the conference building.
Activity 3– Using our #Twalk planning template, participants will draft a ‘Twalk’ for their own institution and discipline with the support of peers in the room.
Concluding discussion and whiteboard activity
Participants will select from the following topics to generate ideas and guidance:
Pre and post activities
The organisers will be ‘flipping the twalk’ by running a pre-conference virtual twalk in which ‘walkers’ will follow an online route, interacting with, grabbing, making, photographing and sharing what they find using social media.
Participants will feedback on their activities using social media and will be encouraged to join a collaborative online space to record their future Twalks.
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Over the last few weeks I’ve been working on a new pilot project setting up a staff Digital Champions scheme for academics working at Regent’s University London. The scheme is to help Digital Champions share good practice across the university on a wide variety of learning technologies from Powerpoint, social media, blogging to email and Blackboard content. The Digital Champions will be allocated a Learning Technology who will work alongside the lecturer to support their project over the course of the academic year.
I started out by trying to clarify what the project was actually trying to do – here is my first attempt at outlining the aims of the scheme:
The aims for the Digital Champion Scheme:
Next I went on to outline what the scheme will actually provide for the Digital Champions:
What Digital Champions scheme provides.
Next I plan to sort out the time scale of when things need to be done by – First I’m planning to get the scheme up and running, posters up, website with application form etc. Hopefully this will involve getting staff to apply at the start of the academic year in Sept/October and then appointing the Digital Champions and moving forward with their projects from mid October onwards.
It would be great to hear from anyone else who has set up a similar scheme in their college or university. What have been the pros and cons? What are the pitfalls to avoid? How best to publicise it? Please leave a comment!
Slides from my keynote presentation at Bishop Grosseteste University’s Teaching and Learning conference:
I did an interesting workshop on social media and digital identity for our staff Learning and teaching conference here at Regent’s University this afternoon. I started off with a brief introduction explaining why I think the issues of online identity are becoming more relevant to academics. It’s not just one reason but several; they want to make their research more visible, some are using social media in their teaching and classroom activities, lecturers themselves want to increase their personal profile (and brand), and even those who don’t want to participate get ‘dragged’ into other people’s social media whether they like it or not!
The first activity was to look at their digital footprint so I asked them to search for themselves on Google using first just their name, then their name and home town and finally their name and ‘Regent’s University London’. We repeated the exercise using DuckDuckGo (another search engine that doesn’t keep your search data). We then had a short discussion on the results and any surprising findings that we found.
The second task was based around a ‘typical’ lecturer at Regent’s called Dr. Jane Doe. I had a bit of fun with this. I got my colleague Steve Dawes to create a photofit picture in Photoshop, based on some of the participants who I knew were attending the workshop. Here is the finished version:
Here is Jane’s Facebook profile:
“Jane primarily uses Facebook to keep in touch with friends and family. Jane has a lot of Facebook ‘friends’ from school and her days as a university student, many of whom are people that would still be considered ‘real friends’. However, some of her ‘friends’ she no longer has regular communication with and does not share any life/interests with them. In the past Jane has accepted friend requests from people, some of whom she has not met in person. She has a great profile picture from her pre-wedding celebrations in Paris but she has made her privacy settings on Facebook so that only her ‘friends’ can see the photos that she shares.”
We spent a little time looking at this facebook profile and discussing if there was anything we would change. We then looked at the other social media sites Jane is using, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Academia.
Finally I went through some general points about maintaining an effective online presence base on advise from The Institute of Academic Development at Edinburgh University:
Thanks to Zubin in particular for his comments about his own experiences of using these sites:)