Social Media and Digital Identity workshop

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Coming soon Social Media and Digital Identity workshop … Friday 9th June 14.45 Room TBA

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Go to Regent’s Uni intranet to book your place.

Only 202 days until Christmas …time to enrol for #12AoC 2017

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Just set up the 12 Apps of Christmas course here ….guess I need to run it now!

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Learning to #Twalk Storify

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Learning to Twalk
Storify created by @andrewmid

Paris Climate Agreement and why it matters for learning technology

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The Paris Climate agreement aim is to create a global agreement on reducing pollution emissions and slow down the trend in global temperatures. The governments of the countries who signed up to the agreement committed themselves to keeping the increase of global temperatures to less than 2% – and hopefully to less than 1.5% increase. Not exactly a radical proposal in my view but it is significant as it would have a big impact on pollution and world energy levels. It is proposed that these limits will be enforced by making polluters pay a climate tax. Put simply – the more they pollute the more tax the pay. This should encourage countries to look for renewable sources of energy and away from heavy emission power stations reliant on non-renewables like coal and oil.

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All of us working in HE and Learning technology need to be concerned with Trumps proposal to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. After China the United States is the biggest polluter and contributer to global emissions. Working with technology it might seem that we work in a carbon-neutral environment when we are on our university campuses but this is not the case. The energy to power our virtual learning environments, gadgets, smartphones, laptops and pc’s are all generated somewhere! We need to do whatever we can to intervene in what is essentially a political argument about global warming. It is Trump and his followers who are propagating the argument that it is these solutions to global warming that are causing job losses in the US. Sometimes we need to look beyond the immediacy of our own clustered environments and do something ‘political’ to change the world. These can be big a small things – send a Tweet, write a blog post, go on a protest, organise a meeting on campus – things can be done to create a better world!!!

Blackboard Catalyst Award Winner 2017

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Just opened my emails this morning to find out I’ve won a award!

“Dear Chris,

On behalf of Blackboard, I am pleased to inform you that you are a winner of the 2017 Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching & Learning!  Congratulations on this achievement! You join a select group of people from around the world whose participation has been recognized as a significant and exemplary contribution to our Blackboard Community…..”

Awards will be presented at BbWorld conference in New Orleans in July – Just have to find someone who will pay for me to pick up the award now 🙂

It also gets a mention in the Regent’s University 2017 staff conference montage:


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/224917380″>Staff conference montage 2017</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/regentsuni”>Regent's University London</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Reflections on Regent’s Twalk #SIGCLANS

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This is a very short post to capture my initial thoughts about the Regent’s Twalk at lunchtime…..Today I organised a short walk on the main campus of Regent’s University London. During the walk we visited five different types of learning spaces; The Refectory (an informal learning space), ICT2 (a IT lab), The Tate Library (Collaborative learning space). Room H242 (classroom with furniture designed for ‘flexible’ learning) and H243 ( a traditional lecturer theater). We walked around these spaces tweeting out photos and answering the following questions:

  • What is the value of informal meeting spaces like cafes for today’s learner?
  • What other good meeting spaces do we build into our campuses? What are their qualities?
  • Where do students do group work?
  • How fit for purpose is the traditional PC Lab?
  • How are they used, who by, and when?
  • Where do our students ‘feel at home’ on campus and amongst friends?
  • What do they do on campus?
  • How does it promote their sense of belonging?
  • What do today’s classrooms look like?
  • What does flexible mean and is flexible desirable?
  • Is it time to rethink the need for ‘teaching walls?’ and lecterns?
  • How do you define an Active Learning Classroom?
  • Do we support staff to move from the teaching wall to the middle of the room?
  • What is the role of technology in the room?

We started on time and just two lecturers and three members of the learning technology team turned up. Even though this was about the numbers I was expecting it was still very disappointing. There are some obvious reasons why this was the case; teaching has finished so many lecturers are not on campus, there was a JCC meeting on at the same time, it clashes with lunchtime, end of term fatigue. But having said that the event was well advertised so to only get two academics was a bit demoralising. However, the two who turned made up for the numbers with their enthusiasm, energy and genuine desire to engage with the tasks!

The questions certainly sparked a lot of discussion among the participants. There was a really nice interaction between the learning technologists and the tutors who had not met before. Even the two academics had not spoken to one another before even though they have taught here for a number of years and even teach the same subjects (in a slightly different context).

I think I need to go back and look at the tweets later when I have time. I was too busy taking people round and explaining the tasks too fully concentrate on the Twitter stream. It would also be interesting to see how much interaction was going on between the different institutions organising the walks.

Would I do it again? If so, how? I definable would do it again but I need to think of better ways to get the message over the the lecturers. For me the activity was not really about using Twitter but about exploring and critiquing learning learning spaces on campus ..in other words creating a dialogue. I really don’t think that most lecturers who saw the posters/leaflets/intranet/tweets saw it as this – or even thought about how they could use this as a teaching activity with their students. Maybe next time I need to get staff to book the event more like a normal workshop? Or simply just take round a sign-up list? Who knows – you just need to try things out sometimes and see where they go:)

 

 

*NEW* TWALK Poster #SIGCLANS

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Facebook and HE – some useful articles

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Just starting to investigate the recent literature on Facebook and HE. These are the results of a very quick research. Any comments greatly appreciated.

Cuesta, M; Eklund, M; Rydin, I; Witt, A (2015)
Using Facebook as a co-learning community in higher education. Learning, Media and Technology Vol 41,Issue 1

Donlan, L.(2014) Exploring the views of students on the use of Facebook in university teaching and learning. Journal of Further and Higher Education, 04 July 2014, Vol.38(4), p.572-588. Routledge

Grosseck, G ; Bran, R ; Tiru, L. Dear teacher, what should I write on my wall? A case study on academic uses of Facebook. Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2011, Vol.15, pp.1425-1430

Kent, M, & Leaver, T. (eds) (2014) An education in Facebook? : higher education and the world’s largest social network. Abingdon : Routledge

Blaine A. Legaree; Considering the changing face of social media in higher education. FEMS Microbiol Lett 2015; 362 (16): https://academic.oup.com/femsle/article/362/16/fnv128/2131698/Considering-the-changing-face-of-social-media-in

Muhammad Kamarul Kabilan , Norlida Ahmad, Mohamad Jafre Zainol Abidin (2010) Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Muhamad_Kabilan/publication/222250561_Facebook_An_online_environment_for_learning_of_English_in_institutions_of_higher_education/links/55374f080cf218056e9552ea.pdf

Sharma, S K. ; Joshi, A ; Sharma, H. (2016) A multi-analytical approach to predict the Facebook usage in higher education. Computers in Human Behavior, February 2016, Vol.55, pp.340-353

VanDoorn G. and Eklund, A.A. (2013) Face to Facebook: Social media and the learning and teaching potential of symmetrical, sychronous communication. Available at: http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1268&context=jutlp

Wise, L., Skues & Williams, B. (2011) Facebook in higher education promotes social but not academic engagement. Available at http://www.ascilite.org/conferences/hobart11/downloads/papers/Wise-full.pdf

UCISA – Spotlight on Digital Capabilities conference slides

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Slides for my presentation at the UCISA Spotlight on Digital Literacies conference Weds 24th May

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Join the Twalk at Regent’s University London #SIGCLANS

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Join the Twalk

Wednesday 31st May 2017 – 1 to 2pm

The aim of a walk is to experience a different conversational space around a set of landmarks. The walk will last one hour.

The Twalk will happen at Regent’s University London, but it will also happen on other university campuses at the same time. We will walk, talk and post together.

At our event we will stroll around the Regent’s University Campus campus as a group strictly following the schedule. Other groups located at other universities will be doing a similar walk on their own campus and engage via Twitter using #SIGCLANs to respond to each Viewpoint topic during the walk.

Viewpoints – ‘pause places’ where we can have discussions relating to our theme. Each Viewpoint creates an opportunity to discuss a new topic inspired by our current location. The walk leader will pose the new question and in small groups we will discuss, snap, tweet and walk.

Don’t stay long at a Viewpoint – long enough to ask the question and begin your small group discussions. But move on!

People will take photographs, and discuss the topic as they walk in pairs to the next Viewpoint. Everyone – Don’t forget to Tweet!

Wherever you are Twalk! : Snap! Chat! Tweet and Walk!

Itinerary: Places to Visit and Viewpoint Topics

There are 5 places, 5 Topics, just 1 hour.

The Twalk is open only to members of staff at Regent’s University London.

Time Place Rm # or Name Topics

Discuss, photograph and tweet on the following topics

13.00 Meet at reception – main entrance Are you ready? Tweet group selfies and say “Hi” #SIGCLANS
13:05 Refectory T1 What is the value of informal meeting spaces like cafes for today’s learner?

What other good meeting spaces do we build into our campuses? What are their qualities?Where do students do group work?For Topic 1 (T1), answer A1 #SIGCLANS [your answer…]

13:10 ICT 2 – Jebb basement T2 How fit for purpose is the traditional PC Lab? How are they used, who by, and when?For Topic 2 (T1), answer A2 #SIGCLANS [your answer…]
13:20 Library – Jebb 1st Floor T3 Where do our students ‘feel at home’ on campus and amongst friends? What do they do on campus? How does it promote their sense of belonging?

(see Oldenburg, R. (1989). The great good place: Cafés, coffee shops, community centers, beauty parlors, general stores, bars, hangouts, and how they get you through the day. New York: Paragon House.)For Topic 3 (T1), answer A3 #SIGCLANS [your answer…]

13:30 H242 T4 What do today’s classrooms look like? What does flexible mean and is flexible desirable?For Topic 4 (T1), answer A4 #SIGCLANS [your answer…]
13:45 H243 T5 Is it time to rethink the need for ‘teaching walls?’ and lecterns? How do you define an Active Learning Classroom? we support staff to move from the teaching wall to the middle of the room? What is the role of technology in the room?For Topic 5 (T1), answer A5 #SIGCLANS [your answer…]
13:55 End Wave Goodbye! Final thoughts to #SIGCLANS