Presentation at Galway Symposium on Higher Education 2013
Here, I offer to relate my learning story, about how I discovered Twitter as a tool for professional networking and development and how I subsequently went on to discover open education, take advantage of the new ways of learning online in networks and communities, and to develop as a digitally literate learner/practitioner.
It is thought that an autobiographical narrative, such as this, will serve to bring the lived experience to the discussion and make concepts regarding change and “thinking differently” within Higher Education real. This story encompasses a range of new theories and practices: social media/ social networking for teaching and learning, personal learning networks [PLNs],
digital literacies ‐ tools, practices and identity, blogging for reflecting and learning, MOOCs, open education, digital age learning theories ‐ connectivism, rhizomatic learning, heutagogy and open badges.
Helen Crump is a literacies practitioner and a recent graduate of St. Angela’s College, Sligo where she completed an M.A. in Technology, Learning, Innovation and Change. Her dissertation, “To tweet or not to tweet?”, took a New LiteracyStudies perspective to position the use of Twitter as a social practice and enquire into the disposition of Higher Education lecturers towards the adoption of Twitter practices.
Helen can be found online at www.learningcreep.wordpress.com or @crumphelen (Twitter).