Harnessing the power of new mediafor learning, teaching and research Gráinne Conole, Leicester University 12th June 2012, UNISA
Outline• Characteristics of new media• Harnessing the net for research• A new approach to design• Reflections and implications
Activity• What are the characteristics of new technologies?• What are their implications for learning, teaching and research?
New mediaCharacteristics Implications Conole and Alevizou, 2010
Learner experience • Technology immersed • Learning approaches: task- orientated, experiential, just in time, cumulative, social • Personalised digital learning environment • Mix of institutional systems and Cloud-based tools and services • Use of course materials with free resources 5 Sharpe, Beetham and De Freitas, 2010
EDUCAUSE study• Students drawn to new technologies but rely on more traditional ones• Consider technologies offer major educational benefits• Mixed views ofLMSs http://www.educause.edu/studentsAndTechnologyInfographic
Game changers• Harness the power of new media• Need to rethink education• How can we reach more learners, more effectively?• Impact of free resources, tools and expertise?• New business models?• New digital literacies? http://www.educause.edu/game-changers
Activity: What’s your digital network? http://www.flickr.com/photos/factoryjoe/195492568/
Activity: fb love it or hate it?Pros Cons• Overseas family, fun, quick • In your face, not sharing updates, time zones, search everything, not preferred on names!!, snooping, tool for many things, friends contact with people you reunited, inappropriate, wouldn’t be in touch with quality vs. quantity, otherwise overload, emotional outbursts,
Activity: using new media for research• How would you use the following for research (i.e. data collection, dissemination, discussion)? – Blogs – Facebook – Google+ – LinkedIn – Academia.edu – Twitter – Flickr and Youtube – Diigo – Mandeley – Dropbox – Others?
What tools do you use for research?• TereseiTunesU analysis of tweets about iTunesU in different languages
Blogs• Of the moment reflections• Digital archive• The power of peer review e4innovation.com• Record of events, reviews and resources• Wider audience reach and hence profile• Link into facebook and Twitter• Complements traditional publication routes gconole.wordpress,com
Bloggers worth reading M. Weller G. Siemens T. Anderson
Blending real and virtual• Think about strategies to make the most of each of the following and then think about how you can do this both in a face-to-face and virtual context – Conferences – Networking – Publishing
Conferences A personal example• Purpose:presentation & feedback• Network, network, network!• Potential collaborators & bid partners• Put in a symposium of experts• Expertvalidation workshops• Put papers/presentations online• Follow upcontacts afterwards: email, fb, Twitter, blogs, etc.• Work up into aresearch paper• Work the hashtag• Live blog or follow conference-related blogs
Networking• Build links with international colleagues• Get on national-level committees• Invite key researchers in your field to be involved in a joint research activity• Invite people to give seminars at your institution• Build connections online via Twitter, facebook, etc.• Participate in online events• Leave comments on blogs
Publishing• Write books - edited or single authored (post drafts)• Become an editor for a special issue of an online journal• Keep publication list up to date in your research repository• Set up a writing group or workshop (real/virtual)• Co-write with lots of different people (using a wiki)• Disseminate publications via Tweet, fb etc• Post up drafts for comment on blogs etc• See Twitter, blogs, journals, books as complementary GO OPEN!!!!
Conclusion• Structured guidance to think about design• The power of visualisation• Beyond content to activities and experience• Iterative, creative and messy• Making designs explicit• Social media to foster communication and collaboration
Final thoughts• Participatory and social media enable new forms of communication and collaboration• Communities in these spaces are complex and distributed• Learners and teachers need to develop new digital literacy skills to harness their potential• We need to rethinkhow we design, support and assess learning• Open, participatory and social media can provide mechanisms for us to share and discuss teaching and research ideas in new ways• We are seeing a blurring of boundaries: teachers/learners, teaching/research, real/virtual spaces, formal/informal modes of communication and
http://www.slideshare.net/GrainneConole/conole-workshop-jtelssConole, G. (forthcoming), Designing for learning in an open world, New York: Springer Chapters available on dropbox firstname.lastname@example.org