Archive for November, 2011

Preparing for Online Educa

Sunday, November 27th, 2011


I’m involved in four sessions at Online Educa next week in Berlin.  Should be a good conference!

Firstly, with Ishay Mor, Yannis Dimitriadis and others, I am involved in a pre-conference workshop on 30th December, entitled ‘Theory and practice of designing for learning‘. It follows on from an excellent STELLAR workshop last month, Art and Science of Learning Design. The session will include a broad overview of the state of the field of learning design, introduce participants to some pedagogical patterns and enable them to explore a number of learning design tools.

Secondly, with Graham Attwell and others I am involved in an educational version of Question Time – should be fun!

Thirdly, with Tapio Koskinen and Lieve Van Den Brande I am involved in a session entitled, ‘Creative Learning Environments’, which will include the launch of a special issue of elearning papers on learning design.

Finally, on Friday afternoon with Ulf Ehlers and others I am involved in the OPAL awards ceremony for best practices in Open Educational Resources, which will be followed by a drinks reception.

So all in all Online Educa looks set to be a busy conference!

More musings on social networks

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

The other thing that occurs to me is that the way I interact in social networks has changed what I do and how I do it. I rely more and more on my Twitter network for up to date information on interesting reports and as a network to ask questions of…. I used to spend a lot more time watching dvds etc and now find I can easily spend an evening on fb, twitter, skype etc – reading posts, commenting or chatting to people. I feel I have got to know so many more people better through this and it’s lovely to meet someone face-to-face that you have communicated with online. Social networking has definitely changed my practice for the better, yes its time consuming, but its worth it…..

My social network

Saturday, November 26th, 2011

Giving LinkIn and Google+ another go has made me think what is the role and purpose of my social network? At the media and learning conference last week we had a great panel session on the implications of social and participatory media. As usual the room was divided… some people were very into social media, others couldn’t see the point and just didn’t understand how those using these tools find the time and energy to interact.

Now I am the first person to admit I am rubbish at email, as anyone out there who has found that I have taken ages to reply will testify ;-) but Twitter and fb have become essential daily tools for me. I use them in different ways, fb is more about social stuff connecting with friends and family, banter with the likes of Martyn Cooper, etc… but also a good way to keep in touch with/connect with people I meet at conferences. Twitter is more about knowledge sharing on work related stuff. It’s also great as a means of asking questions of the network. Recently I couldn’t find a full references for a paper by Kay, I spent hours looking for it on Google, tweeted and in five minutes had five replies all giving me the same full reference! Now that is the power of the network!!!

Of course new social media are emerging all the time. I am in Google+ and LinkedIn, but to date haven’t found any value in them beyond what I have with fb and Twitter, maybe I just haven’t had my ah ha moment yet….

But surely there is a limit to how many networks we can be part of and is there an issue of defragmentation across these different tools? I don’t know the answer to this and if anyone else does please let me know! Also interestingly as a result of using these tools I am blogging less, but blogging (like this) IS useful, it is a different more reflective tool, I must find more time to give some tlc to my sadly neglected blog.