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Using social media/online platforms in learning and teaching.

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Presentation by Professor Simon Haslett at the University of Wales Annual Moderators Conference at City Hall, Cardiff (Wales, UK), on Friday 15th April 2011. Simon Haslett is Professor of Physical Geography and Dean of the School of STEM at the University of Wales.

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Using social media/online platforms in learning and teaching.

  1. 1. Use of social media/online platforms in learning and teaching<br />Professor Simon Haslett<br />Dean, School of STEM<br />Presented at the University of Wales<br />Annual Moderators Meeting<br />City Hall, Cardiff, 15th April 2011<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Personal Background<br />CELT @ University of Wales, Newport<br />Pedagogic considerations<br />Web tools with a personal example<br />University of Wales Global Campus<br />Resources<br />
  3. 3. Personal Background<br />A physical geographer specialising in field and laboratory teaching.<br />Microsoft Office (since 1994), BlackBoard VLE (since 2004), and GIS software.<br />But largely a ‘technophobe’ until 2007.<br />Then began using Google Earth for virtual field work.<br />Learned much in Newport CELT after joining in 2008.<br />
  4. 4. CELT@University of Wales, Newport<br />Technology-enhanced Learning Research Programme<br />David Longman (CELT Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator)<br />Matt Chilcott (Institute of Digital Learning)<br />Paul Andrews (TELLS Team)<br />Mike Reddy (Gaming Specialist)<br />Joe Wan (CELT PhD Student – 2nd Life)<br />Workshops, conference papers and symposia, proceedings and journal papers, etc.<br />
  5. 5. The ‘Google’ Phenomenon<br />
  6. 6. Social Media use <br />>500 Million<br />>100 Million<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />>125 Million<br />>50 Million<br />>4 Billion images<br />>14 million <br />articles<br />2 Billion views/day<br />Source: http://econsultancy.com<br />
  7. 7. "In the times of rapid change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."<br />~ Eric Hoffer<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />washingtonrebel.typepad.com<br />
  8. 8. Formal and Informal learning<br /> The new blended learning challenge will be to try to harness the excitement of self organised learning within formal learning contexts <br />Informal Learning<br />Formal Learning<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />80%<br />20%<br />Source: Cofer, D. (2000). Informal Workplace Learning.<br />
  9. 9. anytime<br />personalised<br />anyplace<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />http://ithalas.com<br />
  10. 10. cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />http://www.eastone.co.uk/<br />
  11. 11. Personalisation of learning means ensuring that individual differences are acknowledged<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />
  12. 12. Personal Learning Environments<br />PLEs are not only personal web tools and personal learning networks. PLEs are much wider than this, taking in experiences and realia, as well as learning through TV, music, paper based materials, radio & more formal contexts.<br />Personal <br />Learning <br />Network<br />Personal<br />Learning <br />Environment<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />Learning content is not as important now as where (or who) to connect to, to find it.<br />Personal<br />Web Tools<br />PWTs are any web tools, (usually Web 2.0) chosen by learners to support their lifelong learning.<br />Source: http://steve-wheeler.blogspot.com/2010/07/anatomy-of-ple.html<br />
  13. 13. You are your own ‘VLE’<br />Aggregation of Social Media<br />Services<br />Tools<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />Formats<br />Content<br />Channels<br />Networks<br />
  14. 14. What<br /> tools could <br /> you use?<br />= 43<br />= 43<br />= 45<br />© Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2008<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />
  15. 15. Steve’s ten top Web 2.0 tools<br />Blog<br />Wiki<br />Podcasting<br />Slide sharing<br />Photo sharing<br />Social Tagging<br />Video sharing<br />URL Shortening<br />Aggregator<br />Microblog<br /><ul><li>Blogger;Wordpress
  16. 16. Wetpaint;PBwiki
  17. 17. Audacity;Podbean
  18. 18. Slideshare
  19. 19. Flickr; Picasa
  20. 20. Delicious, Diigo
  21. 21. Youtube; Vimeo
  22. 22. bit.ly; ow.ly
  23. 23. iGoogle; Pageflakes
  24. 24. Twitter;Tumblr</li></ul>cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />
  25. 25. Blogging<br />In the act <br />of writing... ...we are written.<br />- Daniel Chandler<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />http://www.volusion.com/<br />
  26. 26. Moblogging<br />Blogging on the move to capture images, sounds, experiences <br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />http://www.lifehack.org<br />
  27. 27. Microblogging<br />Retweetingis not repetition. <br />It is amplification.<br />- Steve Wheeler<br />http://www.xenstudio.co.uk<br />
  28. 28. Trends in mobile phone use<br />Student ownership of smartmobile phones. <br />97% of students now use text messages as their main form of communication.<br />49%<br />38%<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />27%<br />Feb 09<br />Oct 09<br />Jun 10<br />Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2010.<br />
  29. 29. Media Sharing<br />Video, audio and images ...<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />... all contribute to the richness of the narrative.<br />http://flickr.com/photos/22409393@N03/4348233990/<br />
  30. 30. Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />Social Media gives everyone a voice in the community<br />http://www.uksmallbusinesswebsites.co.uk<br />
  31. 31. Collaborative tools<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />http://media1.break.com/<br />
  32. 32. Think...<br />How can you create social spaces for your own students?<br />What tools/services could you use?<br />How would this transform your teaching?<br />What problems might there be?<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />
  33. 33. Think...<br />What would you use them for?<br />How would your learners use them?<br />What added value would they bring?<br />What might be the problems?<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />
  34. 34. Learners will need new ‘literacies’<br />Social networking<br />Privacy maintenance<br />Identity management<br />Creating content<br />Organising content<br />Reusing and repurposing<br />Filtering and selecting<br />Self broadcasting<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />http://www.mopocket.com/<br />
  35. 35. Web tools that I use .... mashups!<br />
  36. 36. Global Campusfrom Matthew Armitage<br />
  37. 37. Aims<br /><ul><li> A unified online presence for the University and its centres
  38. 38. Easy access to information 
  39. 39. Single Sign On
  40. 40. A platform for student engagement.
  41. 41. A space for academic discussion 
  42. 42. Provide the tools to enable communication
  43. 43. Help staff and students organise and share information. 
  44. 44. Build a strong worldwide Alumni network.</li></li></ul><li>A platform for engagement..<br />
  45. 45. Information...<br />
  46. 46. Networking..<br />
  47. 47. Sharing..<br />
  48. 48. Discussion..<br />
  49. 49. Collaboration & Apps<br />
  50. 50. The Future...<br />Redevelopment of Phase 1 (Due mid-May 2011)<br />Switching to an Open Source platform<br />Improvements to existing functionality<br />Improve user experience<br />Phase 2 (Due Sep 2011)<br />Closer integration of Google Apps with myWales Groups<br />Making user-created content easy<br />Integration with existing social networks<br />Enable resource sharing<br />Virtual Graduate School<br />
  51. 51. Resources<br />CELT TEL@University of Wales, Newport<br />University of Wales Institute, Cardiff TEL book<br />GWELLA Project<br />Higher Education Academy EvidenceNET<br />Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)<br />Open Educational Resources (OERs)<br />E.g. JorumOPEN<br />

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