Nurturing Global Collaboration #iCollab


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Presentation for EdTech14 Conference, Dublin, 30th May 2014. The presentation was prepared by Catherine Cronin and Thom Cochrane, describing and reflecting on the iCollab project 2011-14. Other iCollab partners include: Helen Keegan, Mar Camacho, Ilona Buchem, Averill Gordon, Bernie Goldbach and Sarah Howard. See for further information.

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  • Not connected/limited by geography, space, time...
  • New kinds of learning spaces… both physically and virtually outside the confines of the institution; with particular focus on personal, mobile technologies.
  • The paradigm that has worked for over a century, is becoming obsolete.
  • I must say I have learnt a considerable amount about social media and networking sites this term, which is a bit of surprise to me to be honest. I went into this term not expecting to learn much about social networking but I must say I was proven very wrong. I learnt that social networking sites like Twitter can be used for more than just socialising, they can be used for educational and academic purposes also. I spent the first few weeks of the semester not seeing the point in it but the idea grew on me as the weeks went by. What changed my mind was when we learnt about the iCollab project. It gives students a broader learning curve and is a good starting point for using social networking for academic purposes.
  • Nurturing Global Collaboration #iCollab

    1. 1. ImageCCBY-NC-SAheloukee Nurturing Global Collaboration Catherine Cronin • Thomas Cochrane • #icollab #EdTech14 • 31-May-14
    2. 2. @catherinecronin @thomcochrane #edtech14 #icollab
    3. 3. “I don’t think education is about centralized instruction anymore; rather, it is the process [of] establishing oneself as a node in a broad network of distributed creativity.” – Joi Ito @joi (2011) Image: CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 yobink
    4. 4. Flickr CC images: cdessums, infidelic, sholeh!
    5. 5. Flickr CC images: cdessums, infidelic, sholeh! Space prepares you to receive or to respond. “Sensing Spaces”, Royal Academy of Arts - Jenny Mackness
    6. 6. Space prepares you to receive or to respond. “Sensing Spaces”, Royal Academy of Arts - Jenny Mackness
    7. 7. CC BY 2.0 linh.n CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Susan NYC CC BY 2.0 sndrv Space prepares you to receive or to respond. “Sensing Spaces”, Royal Academy of Arts - Jenny Mackness #icollab Vine by Daniel Adolph
    8. 8. learning... active, social, connected, open Image: CC BY-NC 2.0 bitzi
    9. 9. “…largest and most comprehensive metanalysis of undergraduate STEM education published to date…results raise questions about the continued use of traditional lecturing as a control in research studies, and support active learning as the preferred, empirically validated teaching practice in regular classrooms.” published May 2014
    10. 10. The higher education sector has reached a critical point where it must address the innovations that have changed the way its learners, and the rest of society, seek and engage with knowledge.
    11. 11. Image: CC BY 2.0 dlofink
    12. 12. At its best openness is an ethos not a license. It's an approach to teaching and learning that builds a community of learners online and off. - Jim Groom
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    15. 15. #icollab 2014
    16. 16. student-showcase
    17. 17. authentic audience Image CC BY-ND 2.0 loop_oh
    18. 18. #icollab TAGSExplorer thanks to @mhawksey
    19. 19. power
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    21. 21. #studentvoices
    22. 22. trust
    23. 23. Source: Harold Jarche (2012) Coherent Communities
    24. 24. risk
    25. 25. student voices
    26. 26. Social Media Tips #mscsm #icollab University of Salford
    27. 27. “I learned a lot more about writing to the public. Before this I would have been less likely to express my views to a group of people online whereas now I would not have a problem in doing so.” “By posting publicly it opened up our world to other academics or people who are just interested in the topic... I don’t think anyone would have thought that the author of one of the works we were researching would get involved.” #studentvoices Openness...
    28. 28. “I have learnt that social media / social networks are not just to be used as a distraction for not getting work done but can be used as an aid to get the work done. Social media / social networks can provide useful tools to help with academic learning.” #studentvoices Social media...
    29. 29. “Before studying it, I used Facebook and Twitter mainly just for keeping in contact with people, but since have discovered they both have much more to offer. They are places to discover new information and boost your knowledge. That both education and socialising can be rolled into one… ” #studentvoices Social networks...
    30. 30. CCBY-NC2.0Idrose
    31. 31. Thank you! Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin Thomas Cochrane @thomcochrane Image CC BY 2.0 visualpanic