#BYOD4L Day 1: Connecting, connections, and just a little bit of mild panic

Day one of the BYOD4L short course (we’re still discussing this: is it a short course, a course, a learning ecology? One thing we’re certain on … it’s certainly not a MOOC!) has been and gone. Well done everyone who engaged and ‘connected’ with the theme of connection.

Unfortunately, I didn’t. Part of me was busy and being pulled in different directions during the evening, and part of me was terrified of what I’d gotten myself into. A twitter chat is not for the feint of heart as it can be a full-on stressful and powerful thing (I’ve tried a few before and found myself overwhelmed and confused). I dipped in at various points and noted the quality and diversity of participation and participants, I looked at the Twitter map (thanks to Martin Hawksey again!) and was impressed at the variety of locations people were engaging and connecting from: well done!

Twitter Map
Twitter Map

I can see that tonight, when it’s my turn to lead and facilitate the chat (communication), I’m going to have my work cut out. I’m not doing it alone, I have the lovely Katherine Jensen to keep me company (and sane). Well both be active in Facebook, Google+ community, Twitter, and reading as many blog posts (and other submissions that come in from other social spaces) as I can.

Please use #BYOD4Lchat in response to the topic and the questions we’ll be posting tonight (8-9pm, using the @melsiguk account). See you later.

  • Emmadw

    I think that the point you make about twitter chats being confusing is very valid; a colleague pointed that out yesterday, adding the additional confusion for someone who’s dyslexic. https://twitter.com/richboakes/status/427915939049259008
    I wonder how we should go about supporting those students in chats?

  • Kathrine Jensen

    I share your mild panic David :) – but I am really quite reassured by the many contributions from everyone taking part and impressed with the conversations I saw so maybe we don’t have so much to worry about…

    • I am always aprehensive about something I’ve not been able to test fully before standing up in public. Thanks for the vote of confidence, we’ll be fine :)

  • Emmadw

    P.S. The comment box, (on Chrome/Mac OSx) is disappearing under the side bar … not sure if it’s the browser or what. I have tried reducing the width of the page, but all that happens is that the side bar continues to float over the comment box, until a certain width when the side bar goes.

    • Yeah, rubbish isn’t it :(

      • Emmadw

        You’ve changed the template :) Works as expected now :) :)

        • Much better now isn’t it! Thanks for the contact.

  • YOu will be fine David. Are there ways to make a Twitterchat more manageable? I am wondering. I didn’t feel stressed at all for some reason. I didn’t try to follow all conversations. Just found some hooks and then connected with a few people. When you are at a party, do you dance with all? Some people don’t even dance when at the party but still find it an enjoyfull experience. Let me know what you think about this option.


    • Thanks Chrissi, feeling better and confident about it since writing this, thanks :)

      • Great! Be positive and relax into what you do! Then you will enjoy it more ;) Chrissi

    • Emmadw

      I think that’s where it links to the point that Rich made, that if you’re dyslexic, it takes time to work out which threads you want to follow & which to ignore. How you manage, as David says, is a challenge.

    • Jordan Sanders

      Jordan from Quantum 7 here. There are plenty of tools to make it manageable. One that I use all the time to summarize it at the end
      is Storify. Amazing tool and easy to use.

      • Emmadw

        I think that Rich was thinking about simplification during, rather than after the chat. Would storify do that? What other tools do you recommend?