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This is an invited talk given at the virtual #CollegeExpo20 ‘The Future is Now: Learning from Lockdown’
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This is an invited talk given at the virtual #CollegeExpo20 ‘The Future is Now: Learning from Lockdown’
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  1. 1. A SMASHtastic opportunity to further develop a Students as Partners project and make an impact Sue Beckingham NTF @suebecks Sheffield Hallam University #CollegeExpo20
  2. 2. A SMASHtastic opportunity to further develop a Students as Partners project and make an impact This session will reflect on the work undertaken by students at Sheffield Hallam University and their valuable contributions soon after the COVID 19 lockdown, which included advice and guidance written as student for students. SMASH is a special interest group that has been researching Social Media for Academic Studies at Hallam for the past four years
  3. 3. So what is SMASH?! SMASH = 'Social Media for Academic Studies at Hallam' SMASH is a ‘students as partners’ project which considers the potential of social media for learning.
  4. 4. Students as Partners The focus of this student-led special interest group is looking at the affordances digital and social media tools can provide in and out of the classroom; as a means to organise learning; to support learning and to showcase learning.
  5. 5. Background to SMASH Founding Members Jess, Corran, Ola and Sher Co-developed the three pillars framework and first guest blog post Team expanded Corran, Jess + Abby, Matty and Callum Co-developed SMASH branding and resources, and led workshops. Presented at #SocMedHE17 and #CAN18 New members Jess, Matty, Callum + Joe, Amy and Ola Developed new card resources, guest blog post and led workshops Current team Matty + Kai, Curtis and Gag Extended the framework and resources, two guest blog posts, presented at SocMedHE19 and #BETT20 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
  6. 6. Framework – The Four Pillars Helping staff to identify and use social media tools for communication and collaboration within & beyond the classroom. Learning Activities Showcasing Learning Helping students to prepare digital portfolios to openly share outcomes & projects to develop a professional online presence. Organising Learning Helping students & staff to identify & use relevant social media tools to curate & organise information relating to learning. Student Support Helping students to find resources online to support their wellbeing & academic studies whilst at University.
  7. 7. Resources Guest blog post for Sheffield Hallam University and Social Media for learning blog All have been given a Creative Commons License 7 Things you can use… *[add social media tool] in learning and teaching Reverse Social Media What do we want to achieve and how can social media help CARD ACTIVITY BLOG POSTS CARD ACTIVITY
  8. 8. Workshops The SMASH team have led workshops with staff and students. Using the cards, participants have engaged in conversations about how social media can be used to enhance learning and teaching; aid collaborative group work and showcase the work students are doing.
  9. 9. Guest blog post 1 in response to COVID19 Guest post: A student toolkit to help you tackle remote learning written by students for students https://socialmediaforlearning.com/2020/03/22/guest-post-a-student-toolkit-to-help-you-tackle-remote-learning-written-by-students-for-students/
  10. 10. A Student Toolkit Planning tasks Collaborative workspaces Scheduling meetings Online meetings Chat Time tracking The key themes the student’s blogpost covered:
  11. 11. Planning tasks Project planning tools such as Trello and Slack are useful for planning tasks and organising work. These can help your group capture all the tasks that need doing and track what has been done.
  12. 12. Collaborative workspaces OneDrive & Google Drive are the perfect tools to work on individual and group projects online. You can access your files everywhere, no matter where you are, as long as you are able to access the internet.
  13. 13. Scheduling meetings Tools like Doodle and Calendly can provide a quick way to find the best time slot for groups to meet online, without the need for back and forth emails or messages.
  14. 14. Online meetings Zoom, Skype and Google Hangouts are effective for learning when you have group work/ assignments and for contacting peers/ tutors for any support.
  15. 15. Chat Studying alone can help you focus but it can also be isolating. Make use of chat to check in on peers and see how they are. Use group chat to keep everyone in your group informed and to take stock of your progress towards forthcoming assignments.
  16. 16. Time tracking Carve out some space for study time. This will be harder if you are doing this at home or in halls where there may be multiple distractions. Toggle and Pomotodo are useful apps.
  17. 17. Impact
  18. 18. Impact
  19. 19. Guest blog post 2 in response to COVID19 A remote learning guide written by students for students: How to ensure your remote learning experience is effective, supportive and fun https://socialmediaforlearning.com/2020/03/31/guest-post-2-a-remote-learning-guide-written-by-students-for-students-how-to-ensure-your-remote- learning-experience-is-effective-supportive-and-fun-shusmash/
  20. 20. Motivation Tips Routine Get up in the morning at your routine time, dress, have breakfast and start by reflecting on what you did the previous day (or week) then progress onto the tasks for the day. Workspace Designate a specific workspace you will use to complete your work. It is a very important first step in ensuring you have a distraction-free space that will allow you to concentrate. Breaks Don’t forget to take regular breaks and allow time to relax by managing your time accordingly (go for a short exercise outside, listen to your favourite podcast, play games or do any other activity you enjoy). Schedule Maintain your regular routine/schedule and set realistic expectations for the week ahead by prioritising the tasks you think will take you the longest to complete.
  21. 21. Keeping touch with peers Using online tools and social media can help to make you feel less isolated whilst looking out for your friends. For those who are stuck in their accommodation and away from their family, using chat and video tools are highly beneficial. These tools can help to deal with isolation and the physical barriers of seeing people. It’s important during this difficult time that people are staying well connected online to aid people’s mental health and isolation fears.
  22. 22. Outcomes from the student’s perspective They developed a virtual community of practice (VCoP) and co-learning network. Presented at external conferences: University of Winchester, Edge Hill University, BETT conference Published an article: ‘A SMASHing approach for developing staff and student digital capabilities within a Community of Practice’. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change
  23. 23. Student gains from this VCoP • Peer learning - the significance of helping others learn; • Confident communication - learning to utilise different media to suit the situation and task at hand; • Companionship and teamwork - taking ownership and supporting each other to work collaboratively; • Transferable skills - recognition that these skills can be applied in the workplace. (Beckingham et al 2019)
  24. 24. Student gains from this VCoP “Enhancing learning through partnerships with other students ” Abby “Developing a rapport with team members from different backgrounds through digital platforms” Callum “Using FaceTime allowed me to participate in SMASH meetings whilst I was on the other side of the country!” Jess “Using apps such as Skype allow us to meet virtually in any location, allowing us to keep flexible with our studies” Corran “Greater digital knowledge gained through discussion and companionship” Matty
  25. 25. References Beckingham, S., Wood, C., Paddon, J., Butler, A., Trueman, M. and Rooney, C. (2019) A SMASHing approach for developing staff and student digital capabilities within a Community of Practice. Journal of Educational Innovation, Partnership and Change, 5(1) 'Championing Student-Staff Partnerships in an Age of Change'. Available from: https://journals.studentengagement.org.uk/index.php/studentchan geagents/article/view/923/pdf Social Media for Learning Blog https://socialmediaforlearning.com/

Editor's Notes

  • https://socialmediaforlearning.com/2019/02/02/student-guest-post-8-ways-students-and-staff-can-engage-in-remote-collaboration/
    https://socialmediaforlearning.com/2018/03/04/guest-post-keep-calm-and-carry-on-learning-by-students-corran_shu-abbybutler96-matty_trueman-callum_rooney95/

    Tweet by @ACHIEVE_Hallam: https://twitter.com/ACHIEVE_Hallam/status/970994129705500673 Tweet by Simon Horrocks: https://twitter.com/horrocks_simon/status/943067775932796928

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