Developing practice based massive open online communities of interest

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Chris Follows, DIAL Project Manager, Digital Integration into arts learning, CLTAD at University of the Arts London
Abstract
Introduction

This presentation aims to explore and question the challenges, motivations and benefits of staff and students participating in open online learning communities, as a casual observer and/or as an active contributor. What are our motivations for being part of an online community of interest, as a learner, a teacher or as a digital steward?

Methods

Chris Follows will draw from his past seven years experience of working with online open educational practice and digital literacies projects and activities including: the ongoing agile development of process.arts.ac.uk and the JISC/UAL developing Digital literacies project, Digital Integration into Arts Learning (DIAL) project.

Results

Chris will summarise a broad selection of the key findings, issues and lessons learned from across DIAL and process.arts including:

• Stewarding the digital stewards; managing and curating multiple online communities of interest
• Supporting online communities; the DIAL communities of practice approach to developing digital literacies
• Collaboration: Departmental collaboration and local strategy change
• Fear of digital (institutional and individual): skills, competencies, awareness damage to traditional practice and repetitional risk

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