Using social media to develop your own personal learning network
Using Social Media todevelop your own Personal Learning NetworkSue Beckingham and David Walker
What is Social Media Technologies that enablecommunication, collab oration, participation and sharing. Hughes A, 2009 for JISC Social software, software that supports group communications Shirky C, 2003
Social Media is a tool for augmenting human social and collaborative abilities a mediumfor facilitating social connection and information interchange an ecology for enabling a "system of people, practices, values and technologies in a particular local environment" Suter, Alexander and Kaplan, 2005
Social Media: An EcologyAn ecology, habitat, or studio is simply the space forfostering connections. Networks occur within something.They are influenced by the environment and context of anorganization, school, or classroom. Certain ecologies aremore conducive to forming connections. ... Connectionbarriers are aspects of an ecology. ... The nature of theecology influences the ease, type, and health of networkscreated (Siemans 2007)
Solis and Thomas (2009) http://www.theconversationprism.comYour personal choice of tools
Communication Spectrum• Collaborating • Replying• Moderating • Posting and Blogging• Negotiating • Networking• Debating • Contributing• Commenting • Chatting• Net meeting, Skyping, • E-mailing Video Conferencing • Twittering/microblogging• Reviewing • Instant Messaging• Questioning • Texting Churches, A. (2009) Blooms Revised Digital Taxonomy http://edorigami.wikispaces.com/Bloom%27s+Digital+Taxonomy
Your personal level of involvement • Creators • Conversationalists • Critics • Collectors • Joiners • Spectators • Inactives
Sir Ken Robinson (2010) RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms
The added social value >• Enables and provides support for learning• Can increase the effectiveness of learning• Can increase access to learning• Allows people to connect with each other in spite of geographical distances• Provides a forum and permission to participate• Complements face to face communication Adapted from George Siemens http://www.elearnspace.org
Use a PLN to get feedback on your own work or seek inspiration from others
A PLN may include specific tools to help you get organised
A PLN may include following blogs and websites
A PLN may also include a private space to reflect
Learner 2.0 • Operate within decentralised and deliberately formed networks of tools, resources and people • Established through contributions to blogs, tweets/tweeting via Twitter; sharing slides (Slideshare) etc • Crowdsource ideas, active/passive social search e.g. for research or assessment • Importantly it is both personal and collaborativeSource: David Hopkins, 2009, University of Bournemouthhttp://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk @hopkinsdavid
Graduate Attributes ‘Our country will need different kinds ofstudent experiences to enable its graduates to contribute to the world of the future’. Prof. Paul Ramsden, JISC Student Experiences of Technology: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/whatwedo/campaigns/studentexperiences.aspx
Public Bloggers Steve Wheelerhttp://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/
Public Bloggers Donald Clarkhttp://donaldclarkplanb.blogspot.com/
Activity In groups consider: • How do you currently inform your own professional development in relation to social media? • What tools do you currently use and are there any you’d consider trying to further your professional development or your role?
Remember it’s a dialogue http://www.flickr.com/photos/khalidalbaih/5653817859
Sue Beckingham David WalkerSheffield Hallam University of University Dundee @ @suebecks #sedaconf16 @drdjwalker
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