The Digital One-Day<br />Identity, literacy and community in (partially) synchronous distributed learning environments <br />
Aim of the Digital One-Days<br />3 events of current interest as new form of CPD<br />Online identity<br />Digital literac...
Innovation and novelty<br />Topics are challenging<br />The environment is challenging<br />There is an interaction betwee...
Questions<br />Might identity, literacy and community be threshold concepts in educational development?<br />Does the Troj...
Outline<br />The environment<br />Elluminate<br />Brookes Blogs<br />The learning design<br />The topics<br />Evaluation<b...
Elluminate<br />New breed of collaboration tools allowing people to be simultaneously present in an desk-top computing env...
Uses<br />Teaching events<br />Meetings <br />Distributed/distant co-presence at face-to-face events (conference streams)<...
Disbenefits?<br />Technical<br />The Internet is not like the movies: Lag<br />Hardware/software compatibility<br />Instit...
Learning Design<br />Website “home page”<br />Email joining instructions and briefs<br />Familiarisation sessions<br />Sim...
http://digident.brookesblogs.net/<br />
Topics<br />Identity<br />Technical/political<br />Ego<br />Social<br />Literacy<br />Multi-literacies<br />Skills and com...
Community and literacy have become “aerosol words”<br />Constructed communities and constructed identities (where there is...
Evaluation<br />Some considered the online interface ‘much richer than face-to-face sessions’, found the  different channe...
Challenges<br />A participant who thought the familiarisation session went well referred to the session itself as ‘fraught...
Questions<br />Might identity, literacy and community be threshold concepts in educational development?<br />Does the Troj...
Thank you<br />George Roberts, Rhona Sharpe, Patsy Clarke<br />Josie Fraser, Helen Keegan, <br />Helen Beetham, Richard Fr...
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Digital One Days

  1. 1. The Digital One-Day<br />Identity, literacy and community in (partially) synchronous distributed learning environments <br />
  2. 2. Aim of the Digital One-Days<br />3 events of current interest as new form of CPD<br />Online identity<br />Digital literacy<br />Communities (of practice) in HE<br />(in the event, 2 have run)<br />Cover the topics<br />Exploring the potential of <br />Synchronous<br />Distributed<br />Collaboration <br />
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  4. 4. Innovation and novelty<br />Topics are challenging<br />The environment is challenging<br />There is an interaction between the environment and the topics<br />
  5. 5. Questions<br />Might identity, literacy and community be threshold concepts in educational development?<br />Does the Trojan mouse effect persist in any new learning environment?<br />Any novel medium with or through which learning, is done serves to foreground not the medium but the meaning of learning<br />i,e, discussions about e-learning are really discussions about learning<br />
  6. 6. Outline<br />The environment<br />Elluminate<br />Brookes Blogs<br />The learning design<br />The topics<br />Evaluation<br />The questions<br />
  7. 7. Elluminate<br />New breed of collaboration tools allowing people to be simultaneously present in an desk-top computing environment based on a classroom metaphor<br />2-way voice & video communication<br />Text chat<br />Graphics<br />A “White Board” on which “Slides” can be displayed<br />Presenters <br />Participants<br />Icon-tools such as “hand-raising”, emoticons (smiley faces), polling<br />
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  9. 9. Uses<br />Teaching events<br />Meetings <br />Distributed/distant co-presence at face-to-face events (conference streams)<br />Benefits<br />Reduced travel – time, cost and carbon saving (?)<br />Recorded for replay<br />Distributed groups<br />
  10. 10. Disbenefits?<br />Technical<br />The Internet is not like the movies: Lag<br />Hardware/software compatibility<br />Institutional firewalls<br />Cultural<br />Literacy: how to use the $%^&*! thing<br />Community: <br />Interruptability, participation, open plan spaces<br />Identity: representation of the self<br />Expectation management<br />It is different from both face-to-face and “traditional” on-line discussion-based distributed elearning<br />
  11. 11. Learning Design<br />Website “home page”<br />Email joining instructions and briefs<br />Familiarisation sessions<br />Simple activity flow<br />Breaks and continuity<br />
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  13. 13. http://digident.brookesblogs.net/<br />
  14. 14. Topics<br />Identity<br />Technical/political<br />Ego<br />Social<br />Literacy<br />Multi-literacies<br />Skills and competence<br />Social<br />Community<br />Image: www.momswhothink.com<br />
  15. 15. Community and literacy have become “aerosol words”<br />Constructed communities and constructed identities (where there is an intentional aspect) are problematic where authenticity is valued<br />Literacy is a function of community and identity<br />Digital one-days introduce genre questions which expose the inter-relatedness of these concepts<br />With academic & digital literacy, communities of learning & practice, and online identity (Facebook etc), these concepts are exposed as foundational or threshold concepts for doing and being in higher education <br />
  16. 16. Evaluation<br />Some considered the online interface ‘much richer than face-to-face sessions’, found the different channels useful. <br />‘Interesting and productive environment’ effectively replicated a face to face workshop/seminar in terms of medium and activities.<br />Useful learning medium once acclimatised<br />Breakout groups worked well for engagement<br />Interesting conceptual stuff from the panel discussion<br />Excellent questions raised <br />The moderators and the participants with different views of a very interesting topic, with moderation that made sure that all was somehow held together<br />The experience of taking part in online learning in this format.<br />The (useful) flow of presentation through to reflection and discussion <br />
  17. 17. Challenges<br />A participant who thought the familiarisation session went well referred to the session itself as ‘fraught with problems’.<br />Participant who came late took the first 30 minutes to catch up, experienced technical difficulties particularly with sound at first and did not manage to get a webcam working at all.<br />Communication a challenge in the medium. Sound problems <br />Difficulty with giving attention to a presentation for full 20 minutes <br />Bandwidth broke up audio in breakout groups<br />Attending an online workshop from the work place different from attending a face to face events as the presence of the web, msn, email and telephone is distraction affecting concentration; needs discipline <br />
  18. 18. Questions<br />Might identity, literacy and community be threshold concepts in educational development?<br />Does the Trojan mouse effect persist in any new learning environment?<br />Any novel medium with or through which learning, is done serves to foreground not the medium but the meaning of learning<br />i.e. discussions about e-learning are really discussions about learning<br />
  19. 19. Thank you<br />George Roberts, Rhona Sharpe, Patsy Clarke<br />Josie Fraser, Helen Keegan, <br />Helen Beetham, Richard Francis, Frances Bell<br />

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