Tag Archives: Communication

The survival of higher education by Steve Wheeler

‘The Survival of Higher Education’ by @timbuckteeth

I’ve been following and talking with Professor Steve Wheeler for several years now, and have had the honour of presenting at his Pelecon conference and sharing the billing at the eAssessment Scotland conference.

Steve often writes individual posts or, like recently, he writes a series of post with common themes to expand or challenge a certain approach or concept of education – his 2010 series on ‘Distance Learning / Distance Education’ initiated some interesting discussions. Steve has, this time, been looking at the survival of Higher Education – please read all of Steve’s posts, you know you’ll be the  better for it.

I’ve linked to Steve’s original work here, as well as my response I posted to his website – I concentrate on  specific aspect of his posts/series, but please be sure to read the full posts so my comments (and the quotes) are not taken out of context:  Continue reading

Association for Learning Technology

ALT Community: Tech Tales #edtech

ALT has produced a series of short films to give you an inside view of who we are (learning Technologists), who they are (ALT), what we do, and why members enjoy being part of our community. Announced on the ALT website earlier this week the videos are of, from, and about the ALT membership who are “making innovative use of learning technology in education about what it means to be part of the community.”

The three videos, embedded below, are:

  • Using Augmented Reality to Enhance Learning and Teaching
  • The Open Course in Technology Enhanced Learning (ocTEL)
  • Seeing the Connections: Twitter Community Exploration with TAGSExplorer  Continue reading

Reading: “Experience of developing Twitter-based communities of practice in higher education”

Research in Learning Technology

Lewis, B. and Rush, D. 2013. Experience of developing Twitter-based communities of practice in higher education. In Research in Learning Technology 2013, 21: 18598 – http://dx.doi.org/10.3402/rlt.v21i0.18598

“This article presents the results of a case study of the use of a microblogging tool by a university academic to increase their knowledge and experience of social media for educational purposes. The academic had the role of digital steward in a university and attempted to use microblogging (Twitter) to increase professional contacts within the framework of a community of practice. Several types of data were collected and analysed. These included the structure of the network arising from the links formed with others by microblogging, the similarity of stated interests between the academic and others in the network, and the contents of postings such as their external references. It was found that a personal network had been established, with some of the characteristics of a community of practice. The activity demonstrated the utility of social media in supporting the professional development of academic staff using technology.”

A Straightforward Guide To Using Pinterest In Education

Using Pinterest in the Classroom #edtech

If you have been thinking about how to use images and Pinterest in your classroom in an engaging and innovative way, and wondered about how ‘pinned’ images, videos, etc. can be used to group, collaborate, and crowdsource resources, then this infographic has some useful tips and links for you (click to view the full version):

 A Straightforward Guide To Using Pinterest In Education
Infographic: A Straightforward Guide To Using Pinterest In Education

 Here are a few interesting points to get you started:

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4Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking and Creativity

I found this video on Twitter tonight thanks to David Walker (@drdjwalker) who re-tweeted the video from The Partnership of 21st Century Skills.

The video is called “Above and Beyond: the story of the 4Cs”. Enjoy

The video is described as;

“In an increasingly complex, demanding and competitive 21st century, students need to learn more than the 3R’s they are tested on in school. It’s time to help them go “above & beyond”, by embracing the 4Cs –communicationcollaborationcritical thinking and creativity.

“To get the word out to about the “3Rs + 4Cs” approach, P21 and FableVision partnered to produce a short, animated film called Above & Beyond. Enjoy & share, so we can help ALL our students flourish in the 21st century.”

What I took from this video is that it is a good example of how two different perspectives can work together, whether they complement or conflict with each other, to produce something truly unique (and hopefully something that works). But also it is through such trial-and-error that learning takes place, ideas are developed, and relationships are built.

Go on, when was the last time you encountered an opportunity to do all 4C’s?

Video: Obvious to you, Amazing to others

There are some good animated videos from Derek Sivers YouTube Channel that are worth watching (try a few out and enjoy the distraction for a few minutes) but this one I especially liked. This rang true with me and my blogging activity; what is run-of-the-mill or simple to me is special and innovative to others, in the same way as reading someone else’s blog post or research has inspired me may not be  anything special to them … ??

So, who has inspired you, and who have you inspired … ?

This other one is a little sickly in the way it gets the message across, but essentially it’s about considering who is on the other end of your communication (personal, business, etc) and there is a need to consider how they will react to your rant, to your action, etc.

 

WordPress

WordPress Plugin #10: Subscribe to Comments

Note: In this series I’ll delve into some of the better plugins available for WordPress that I am already using, or about to start using. I’m aiming to highlight 30 of the better plugins.

If you’ve gone to all the effort to read a blog post and then type your comment in to the blog, waited to have it checked and moderated by the blog owner, wouldn’t you want to know when someone else replied or commented to either the original blog post or your own comment? I do.

By using the ‘Subscribe To “Double-Opt-In” Comments‘ plugin you give your WordPress readers this ability. The plugin

“allows readers to receive notifications of new comments that are posted to an entry, with double-opt-in feature. First, the user will get an e-mail with a confirmation link, after the user has confirmed the subscription, he or she will be noticed about new comments.”

The plugin comes with plenty of settings you can edit including the ability to improve  and personalise the standard text that is sent to the user when they subscribe. You can also query the plugin to see who is subscribing to what, and which of your posts are the most popular for email alerts on comments.

I have used this many times on other blogs, it is a very useful way to keep the conversation going. Otherwise you leave a comment then forget what you said, in response to what, and where you left it! For me that defeats the purpose of engaging in the first place?

So, when it comes to leaving a comment on a blog, do you like or use this feature, or do you leave the comment and forget about it?

Infographic: Communication intimacy

A wonderful set of infographics on the Pamorama website today, and this one really caught my eye: “10 Levels of Intimacy in Today’s Communication” outlining the changes in communication (including chatting, texting, Facebook, Social Media, and Twitter) …

The Future of Mobile Media and Communication

SIMYO and Ahead of Time presents the future of mobile media and communication. This film is presenting a summary of key result of the open think tank MOCOM 2020. Join the conversation at www.mocom2020.com

Thanks for MAMK for showing me this.