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Presentation to get discussion going at #cll1213 - Changing the Learning Landscape http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/alldisplay?type=events&newid=2013/18_April_CLL_Bristol&site=york ...

Presentation to get discussion going at #cll1213 - Changing the Learning Landscape http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/alldisplay?type=events&newid=2013/18_April_CLL_Bristol&site=york

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  • But this is where I grew up in a very beautiful part of the world. This is a mile up the road from my mum’s house – a lovely view of the Mourne mountains. There is a strong sense of community here and when I return I am not known just by my achievements but by my relationships.
  • The sheep! Yes, they are hardy and we could perhaps learn something about ‘thriving in a colder climate from them’. You might recognise this photo as I have had it as my twitter backdrop for a few years. More recently I added the ‘determined not to be one of the sheep’ line to my twitter bio. What did/do I mean by that? I suppose it is a reaction against the ‘herd mentality’ that we sometimes seem to see online. I wanted to assert that I pride myself on being critical, sceptical and reflexive.
  • My very first tweet was made in May 2008. I was invited to join Twitter by a friend who works in IT. It just happens that at the time I was still at work thinking about a teaching session so my first tweet has quite a strong medical education flavour. Like many people I wasn't sure what to actually make of Twitter after this and I left it for several months until I went to two medical education conferences and decided that social media could serve a purpose for me.
  • Although I had colleagues in the university I needed to know about what was happening further afield. I did feel isolated and at that time neither of the organisations which I was a member of were giving me the chance to network with others. So I decided..
  • --to start my own blog. This was my first post.
  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevegarfield/6426905021/And lastly, you can inspire others. Do you know this amazingly busy, and productive man? It's AtulGawande- surgeon, author and researcher. The eloquent AtulGawande can teach you about how to use Twitter.
  • Last year, I spotted this tweet one Sunday afternoon. Two minutes later I had made my reply to him.
  • . I invited him to participate in a discussion of his paper in the Twitter Journal Club, a twice monthly discussion of a paper on Twitter, started by a medical student, Fi Douglas, and Natalie Silvey, a junior doctor. This was too good an opportunity to miss. What do you think happened?
  • Well- the discussion started and there was no sign of AtulGawande. People were making some of the usual complaints about the original surgical checklist paper. It didn't apply to the developed world etc etc. But then he joined in. He started commenting on the discussion. And if you have any doubt about how 140 characters can be used to communicate anything useful watch and learn from this master. So what was the reaction? People were thrilled and informed. AtulGawande was on vacation with his family but he was able to share his expertise with students and others who asked him questions about his work. He was inspiring. Do you want to inspire others?
  • We’re balancing the risks of sharing and learning through openness against the safety and privacy (to maintain more fixed identities) of a closed environment.
  • But the barriers to sharing this kind of local practical information are not only technical, they are more likely to be social. After all email has been around for years. If we were truly happy sharing about our practice then we would have been doing this already. Some of the reasons that we don’t share our practice are concerns about who we are talking to- who is in control? Who has power? What will be the implications of sharing for how we see ourselves and how others see us?

What you should know about twitter..... What you should know about twitter..... Presentation Transcript

  • What you should know about Twitter… Dr Anne Marie Cunningham Academic Lead for eLearning School of Medicine, Cardiff University @amcunningham
  • “determined not to be one of the sheep”
  • I’m no techno-evangelist…
  • The rise of open? practiceresearch data OPENeducation gov source
  • My first tweet…
  • isolation
  • My first blog post“I want to link up with other people in medicaland health sciences education so that we canlearn together”
  • A famous tweeter?http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevegarfield/6426905021/
  • #ukmeded#teamhaem #twitfrg #foamed
  • Balancing Closed Openness
  • ContextAnonymity Power Identity Control Trust
  • Networks are work too…
  • elephant in the room?How much time does this take? Who will value this activity?
  • …..we need network literacies. CooperationCoordination Collaboration
  • We need to help students decide… Real names Protected Pseudonyms Public
  • Where are we at on the Gartner Hype Cycle?Image: Jeremy Kemphttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gartner_Hype_Cycle.svg
  • Thank youAbout.me/amcunningham@amcunninghamcunninghamam@cardiff.ac.ukQuestions?