I was lucky enough to hear Anne-Marie Imafidon speak at the EDULEARN16 conference in Barcelona in July and Martha Lane-Fox at the WWW2016 Conference in Montreal in April. I was also able to talk with both inspirational speakers after their keynotes were finished.
From these talks and subsequent chats it became clear to me that the Doteveryone organisation is a vital and very interesting set of intiatives which include, among others, the:
50/50 strand – which aims to fix the gender gap in technology
Doteveryone Campus – which aims to network interested partners for transformational change
and importantly for me,
Digital Skills – which has a focus on developing digital literacies and Powering Up MPs (both topics close to my heart)
I really hope that I will be able to be involved with this work at some stage (as opposed to a keen supporter) and advise anyone reading this post with the energy, skills and knowledge to help the organisation to check out the links above and get involved.
I’ve been developing some ideas and principles around the concept of a Socio-Technical Approach to education – specifically UK Higher Education. These ideas are still in development, so any thoughts or comments you may have would be gratefully received.
I have attempted to outline (in fairly over-simplified terms) this approach in the graphic below.
I will soon have the pleasure (and nerves!) of presenting our work with the ‘Living and Working on the Web’ module (University of Southampton) at the IATED EDULEARN16 Conference, the 8th annual International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies.
My presentation slot is on Tuesday 5th at 10.30am in the Collaborative Virtual Learning Environments strand in room H2.
The accompanying paper will be available through Google Scholar and the Conference Proceedings.
An earlier draft can be viewed here:
Here is a simple interactive graphic which attempts to expand on the question of what a Personal Learning Network is. Click the hotspots on the right hand side for fuller explanations.
Here is a copy of the interactive video which I prepared for the InnovationInHE blog and the WWW2016 Conference.
When an interactive hotspot appears feel free to click on it. The video will automatically pause and some extra information will be available.
Let me know your thoughts.
Really excited, and nervous, about the Pecha Kucha style presentation I’m giving with Dr Lisa Harris on Tuesday at the WWW2016 conference. Here is the link to the slideshare page for the presentation – pretty basic, but at 20 seconds a slide for a maximum 20 slides they couldn’t be much else!
Having been inspired and educated by Holly and Melina this week, I have produced an infographic using piktochart.com to summarise the advantages and disadvantages of a single or multiple online identities:
The presentation in which it was used can be found here. In the same presentation I shamelessly ‘borrowed’ the videos which featured in Shriya‘s blog! Thank you to all #uosm2008 for the inspiration.
Here is a simple graphic to explain the Learning Process students undertake on this module and the poster to accompany it. This module incorporates many features of PLN and Digital Literacies development in a highly innovative way (see graphic).
It has been well received by the students, according to their blog posts and official module feedback. They report it as being highly engaging, very real-world relevant and that the learning approach (collaborative co-construction of knowledge) is different, interesting and enjoyable.
Made this using Canva.com – free design software. It is very template driven and not fully flexible, but it is quick and easy.
Have just finished the paper for the Digital Workshop that I will be involved with at the WWW Conference 2016. Hope to see it appear in the conference proceedings later this year! The workshop will present an innovative module entitled ‘Living and Working on the Web’ under the session title ‘Collaborative social learning: rewards and challenges in mainstream Higher Education’. I am very excited by this as it will be my first major conference as a presenter (albeit a workshop).
Today’s networked, self-regulating learner has an autonomously and organically created network of connections which they grow, manage and activate for specific purposes in specific ways. Learners have established preferences over the devices, software and activation patterns that best suit their learning contexts. This network includes:
- human contacts,
- technological devices,
- social networks,
- professional and academic networks,
- gaming networks,
- personal blogs,
- email networks……… and more.
The emerging research field of Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) considers all these networks and preferences as component networks within a single personal learning resource which needs to be fully described and explained before PLNs can become a powerful addition to teaching and learning.