CT231 - summary of 1st term


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Summary of the topics we explored in the autum 2011 term of CT231 Professional Skills, 2nd year module, BSc Computer Science and IT, NUI Galway

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  • My compass for these explorations is AUTHENTIC LEARNINGLearn by Doing. In real-world contexts, if possible. facilitate self-directed and independent learning encourage confidence & cultivate skills such as judgement & flexibility (a challenge for most learners!)Authentic learning is often “messy”, as is real-life!
  • DI = the persona we present across all digital communities It is often said that we leave our "digital footprint" behind as we share and interact online. Elements of our DI include information that we create ourselves -- as well as information about us which is posted by others.In class, we discussed DI:Protect your digital identityProactively choose/create your digital identity  an act of identity construction, “self authoring”
  • What *is* privacy?Is it closing the door? Is it closing the door to whom we wish, when we wish?The nature of digital artefacts is that it is very, very difficult to ensure the privacy of ANYthing online!Mark Zuckerberg, asserts that sharing or "public" is the new social norm.  Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, acknowledges that fear accompanies the adoption of any new technology and notes that "we will make a lot of mistakes as we develop social norms around how to treat information online". Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together, maintains that democracy requires that we retain a zone of privacy around the individual.danahboyd writes about being aware of an "invisible audience" -- defines 4 key characterisics of information (about us) which exist online. Persistent: recorded & archivedReplicable: can be duplicatedScalable: potential visibility is greatSearchable: accessible through searchPrivacy on Twitter – it doesn’t existPrivacy on Google+ ... set up circles... But they are leaky! Private posts can be shared Circles can be invited others (and others can do this!)
  • We have to embrace play!Moodle/BB = students are themselvesTwitter / SN’s = anything they want to be  value here, but we must be willing to accept & engage.Web *IS* a place for play & experimentation... pseudonyms, avatars, different IDs in different placesWe *ALL* do this to a certain extent!We must allow our students to do the same.
  • The idea behind curators and content curation is that there is such a flood of new content pouring through the Internet pipes these days that being aware of all of it and sorting it out in meaningful ways is simply not possible. Curators are people or organizations that do the hard work of sifting through the content within a particular topic area or “meme” and pulling out the things that seem to make most sense. This effort involves significantly more than finding and regurgitating links, though.locating and evaluating valuable contentorganizing and connecting content so that it is as accessible as possiblecreating and re-purposing content when it adds to the underlying valuecapitalizing on the Social Web to build connections and contextbuilding trusted relationships with learners and other curatorsdesign learning experiences (in a much broader sense than traditional approaches)Bottom line: A curator is an individual or organization who excels at helping others make sense.
  • CT231 - summary of 1st term

    1. 1. instructor-led → student-ledindividual → collaborativein class → online, open 1 classroom → authentic learning
    2. 2. 3 tenets of my teachingopenness • social media • student voice/choice
    3. 3. openness • social media • student voice/choice AIM: choose openness where possible & where appropriate USE open resources CREATE create to share, CC-licensed SHARE openly, including my/our own learning
    4. 4. openness • social media • student voice/choice Social Media enables connection and learning across the (artificial) boundaries of time and space TIME... class time, term time, academic year SPACE... classrooms, labs, desks, buildings
    5. 5. openness • social media • student voice/choice Use as many opportunities as possible for students to Choose & Create. TOPICS ASSESSMENT MEDIA RUBRICS TOOLS ...
    6. 6. quick review
    7. 7. Stages of Research Research Tools Define the Search research engines, Wikipedi question a (THINK before you SEARCH) Google Scholar Read & Refine Advanced Search Read Library resources:selectively, activ Books, ely, critically Electronic journals, Databas es
    8. 8. searchCC BY-NC-ND 2.0 catd_mitchell
    9. 9. Writing ww.nuigalway.ie/wrapCC BY-SA 2.0 openDemocracy www.nuigalway.ie/wrap
    10. 10. digital identity Image CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 Frederic Poir
    11. 11. privacy CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Frank
    12. 12. Identity construction involves identity play! Image CC BY-NC 2.0 maria clara de melo
    13. 13. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 will-lion
    14. 14. CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 catspyjamasnz
    15. 15. digital curation “organizing, filtering and‘making sense of’ information on the web and sharing the very best of content with your network” - Judy O’Connell
    16. 16. digital literacy
    17. 17. digital literacyiesinformation media academic
    18. 18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LeaAHv4UTI8&feature=youtu.be
    19. 19. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebtGRvP3ILg