Looking in from the outside: Developing your own windows of opportunities using social media


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As educational developers and trainers the focus of our work is on supporting others to learn and develop new skills. We do this in a variety of different ways from face to face to blended and distance learning. Increasingly technology is providing innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning and to engage learners. This may include the use of video, audio and images as well as Web 2.0 tools and social media. The potential to socially share this knowledge and to use technology to mediate this process is an important aspect of our own professional development. Shining a spotlight on how we can use social media to do this, I will share some of the key tools I have used and the impact they have had.

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  • Looking in from the outside: Developing your own windows of opportunities using social media

    1. 1. Looking in from the outside:Developing your own windows ofopportunities using social media UCISA Social Media Conference Sue Beckingham
    2. 2. What do we do?
    3. 3. Focus of our work As educational developers and trainersit is on supporting others to learn anddevelop new skills. Keeping up to date Horizon scanning
    4. 4. A focus on PLNs + +1 Teamwork 2 Social Network 3 Social Learning Personal Learning Network (PLN)
    5. 5. What is a team? “A small number of people withcomplementary skills who are committed to a common purpose, set of performance goals, and approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.” Katzenbach and Smith 2005
    6. 6. How do we pass on information?
    7. 7. Within a team/organisation STAFF INTRANET
    8. 8. Social ways to share
    9. 9. Some findings…
    10. 10. Reasons to introduce internal social media tools
    11. 11. Features most requested
    12. 12. …and morereasons
    13. 13. Top 5 time wasters at work
    14. 14. BenefitsPeople can connect with each otherEasily update their colleaguesShare knowledge and experiencesCollaborateLearn efficiently
    15. 15. Looking Beyond the Team to the Network
    16. 16. What is a network?
    17. 17. Not this kind of network
    18. 18. What is a network?“A network is a larger, informal,loosely defined group of peoplewith various types of expertise, who can weigh in to solve different types of problems.” Katzenbach 2012
    19. 19. Network benefits 1Access to information,knowledge and experience The goal in a network is to make all the experience, skills and knowledge – tacit or explicit – available to anyone at the point of need Anklam 2007
    20. 20. Network benefits 2Resiliency The ability to survive and thrive in the face of change. Networks allow you draw upon a rich set of relationships Anklam 2007
    21. 21. Network benefits 3Credibility Participation in a network, and connections within and across networks provides the potential to enhance an individuals status Anklam 2007
    22. 22. Network benefits 4Reach Participation in a network, and connections within and across networks provides the potential to enhance an individuals status Anklam 2007
    23. 23. Network benefits 5Diffusion of knowledge andinnovation Networks – especially electronic communications – provide the reliable way to transmit learning and ideas from one source to another Anklam 2007
    24. 24. Network benefits 6Collective intelligence Working collaboratively it is possible for anyone in a technology-advantaged network to have finger tip access to everything that the network knows and has shared Anklam 2007
    25. 25. Image: permission from Andrew Rixon
    26. 26. What does a social network look like?
    27. 27. Social Networks Alec Couros 2006
    28. 28. …and there is ‘social’ networking
    29. 29. In truth it looks different for everyoneYOU get to weave your own personal webto create a connected learning network
    30. 30. LinkedInconnections Created using: http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/
    31. 31. ConnectivityTwitter: @suebecks Martin Hawksey
    32. 32. ImpactAnklam 2007
    33. 33. Social capital refers to the collective value of all “socialnetworks” [who people know] and the inclinations that arise from thesenetworks to do things for each other["norms of reciprocity"].” Putman 2000
    34. 34. Social Capital “Social Capital is the stock of active connections among people; the trust,mutual understanding, and shared valuesand behaviours that bind the members of human networks and communities and make cooperative action possible.” Cohen and Prusak 2001
    35. 35. “The central premise of socialcapital is that social networks have value. Putman 2000
    36. 36. “The last 20 years were about forging, sharpening anddistributing all the new tools to collaborate and connect. Nowthe real information revolution is about to begin.” Friedman 2005
    37. 37. What is learning?
    38. 38. Traits of Learning George Siemens 2006
    39. 39. Adding creativity to learning Mitch Resnick - Learning from Scratch, LWF 2012 EXPERIMENT EXPLORE = DESIGN INVESTIGATE
    40. 40. How can we widen our connections?
    41. 41. Tools to supportconnected learning Alec Couros 2008
    42. 42. Bys h a ri n g
    43. 43. Information saturation?
    44. 44. Humanity will survive information deluge“The Information Age offers much to mankind,and I would like to think that we will rise tothe challenges it presents. ”But… Sir Arthur C Clarke
    45. 45. “It is vital to remember thatinformation (in the sense of rawdata) is not knowledge, thatknowledge is not wisdom, and thatwisdom is not foresight.But information is the first essentialstep to all of these. Sir Arthur C Clarke
    46. 46. Such concerns are not new“As long as the centuries continue to unfold, the number of books will grow continually, and one can predict that a time will come when it will be almost as difficult to learn anything from books as the direct study of the whole universe. It will be almost as convenient to search for some bit of truth concealed in nature as it will be to find it hidden away in an immense multitude of bound volumes.” Diderot 1755
    47. 47. “It is not informationoverload, it is or filterfailure” Clay Shirky
    48. 48. MavensMavens are "information specialists", or "people we rely upon to connect us with new information. Malcolm Gladwell 2000
    49. 49. Users as Producers‘The Sandpit’
    50. 50. “Social and participatorymedia offer new ways[for anyone] tocommunicate andcollaborate” Grainne ConoleConole 2012
    51. 51. Some of the social media toolsI’m using to develop my ownpersonal learning network (PLN)Conole 2012
    52. 52. LinkedIn150 million membersGroupsSlideshareEvents
    53. 53. TwitterCreate listsFollow other people’s listsSearch facility# hashtagsdashboards…
    54. 54. Bottlenose
    55. 55. BlogsReadCommentCreateCurateKeep a reflective log
    56. 56. Social BookmarkingDiigoDeliciousPearltrees
    57. 57. RSSGoogle ReaderBlogsUse with caution….
    58. 58. iGoogleNewsWeatherEmailRSS feedDictionary
    59. 59. Flexible AccessPossibly the most useful pieceof tech I’ve ever boughtMaximise the ‘spare’ time youhave
    60. 60. The Message is the Medium Attention is ShiftingEmail Web Social Media • messages • documents • messages Nova Spivack
    61. 61. Follow experts (with caution) This was covered years ago in school. You have to break it down into its component parts to understand. ‘x’, as you are well aware, is an unknown. a spurt is a drip under pressure. Put them together and...
    62. 62. "Everything that needs tobe said has already beensaid. But since no-onewas listening everythingmust be said again“ Andre Gide Author of The Immoralist
    63. 63. Sue Beckingham Educational Developer Faculty of ACES Sheffield Hallam Uni@suebeckshttp://uk.linkedin.com/in/suebeckinghamhttp://gplus.to/suebecks