Session 1: Informal social media use in education, led by @_Daniel_Scott
- social media used as communication tools, e.g. Facebook page, library Twitter
- Students see Facebook mainly for family and friends – why not try and use LinkedIn for education then?
- Example: closed LinkedIn group
- institutions might block social media sites, organisational policies can stop effective usage of social media with students – make a case for the social media you want to use and why and challenge your IT department/senior management. Make them understand that usage won’t automatically lead to abuse. Show them the impact it could (will) have (“do and ask for forgiveness later”).
- LinkedIn can be used to build student’s CV and profile throughout the year, and they can use it for job hunting afterwards
- “lurking” on social media is okay – it’s good to be skeptical (especially in relation to social media)
- you can never look at social media as replacement for organisational tools, e.g. VLE, but they can enhance the learning/teaching experience
- students need to know about social media and other tools to help them in work later/after college
- important to agree guidelines and objectives before using social media in class
- tools people use with learners: Facebook, Prezi, Sokrative, Wordle, Padlet (ex-Wallwisher), SyncIn, LinoIt, Evernote
Session 2: MOOCs – like them or not? Led by @makoto_inoue
- OpenLearn – self-paced
- Khan Academy – self-paced
- Coursera – mostly timed/need to follow at a certain time -> people form real-life study groups through meetup
- Udacity – self-paced
- Alison – free certified learning
- discussion about what MOOCs are and options of accreditation
- why do people drop out? -> missed assignments, not interesting/relevant, lack of knowledge/skills to follow course, completion not everyone’s aim anyway
- at the moment main aim for providers: retention
- Can MOOCs make an organisation any money, realistically? Is it ethical to charge?
- Coursera feels very much like HE, “filtering out”
- Udacity more focused on everyone completing
- who are MOOCs aimed at, higher educated people? -> are they really open to everyone? It seems that you have to know how to learn to succeed.
- MOOCs do not equal Open Education
- only top universities invited to contribute to e.g. FutureLearn
- could FE work in similar way to promote FE colleges?
- xMOOC vs. cMOOC: have a look at this link
- is it necessary to produce your own? see what’s available first before wasting time and effort
Session 3: sharing useful tools for learning and teaching, led by @GrahamRichards
Notes on PiratePad.
Most useful to me: Pearltrees
Session 4: Learning through play, led by @johnpopham
- blurring boundaries (work/life) are okay, and even good, if you like your job
- “work should be enjoyable”
- engage people
- teach people through what they are interested in/passionate about
- games need to challenge the mind to engage and for learners not to feel patronised
- storytelling is important
- http://vine.co/: share videos
- “Go away and inspire people” (John Popham)