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Microblogging (#phdchat) Within a Personal Learning Environment


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Presentation given at the Research in Distance Education Symposium, June 9, 2012.

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Microblogging (#phdchat) Within a Personal Learning Environment

  1. 1. Microblogging(#PhDChat) within a Personal Learning Environment Research in Distance Education Symposium (RIDES-12) A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe
  2. 2. The Plan• Introduce self• Introduce research agenda• PLE and PLN• Twitter• #PhDChat A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 2
  3. 3. A.E. (Tony) RatcliffeAthabasca University alumnus• Bachelor of Administration, 1992• Advanced Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (Technology), 1999• Master of Distance Education, 2002• Converted to Master of Education in Distance Education, 2012 A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 3
  4. 4. PhD Student (eLearning and Learning Technologies) Beyond Distance Research Alliance Supervisors: Drs A. Armellini and P. EdirisinghaA.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 4
  5. 5. Beyond Distance Research AllianceA.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 5
  6. 6. Area of Study• eLearning & Learning Technologies in informal and self-directed work-based learning• Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) in Continuing Professional Development• Digital literacies required for learners to develop their PLEs in work-based learning A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 6
  7. 7. What is a PLE?• Depends who you talk to (or read)• A concept or approach and/or a technology/tool• Found many promoting as concept are just playing it “lip service” (Fiedler & Väljataga, 2010)• Concept, but need to recognise other positionsA.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 7
  8. 8. PLE• “Personal Learning Environments are not an application but rather a new approach to the use of technologies for learning…. the argument for the use of Personal Learning environments is not technical but rather is philosophic, ethical and pedagogic” (Attwell, 2007). A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 8
  9. 9. Anatomy of a PLE by Steve Wheeler is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Based on a work at (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 9
  10. 10. PLN“Personal learning networks are the sum of all socialcapital and connections that result in thedevelopment and facilitation of a personal learningenvironment” (Couros, 2010, p. 125). A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 10
  11. 11. What is Twitter? Social media, Microblogging Instant messagingA.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 11
  12. 12. Tweets• Characteristics• Access• Status• Communicate / share• Private or public• ’Back channel’ A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 12
  13. 13. #PhDchat• Weekly 1 hour chat, Wednesdays at 7:30 pm UK• Discussion question• Informal chat continues A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 13
  14. 14. Some topics• Writing for a non-academic audience• Developing skills for academic writing• Gathering meaningful and useful data• Reading and writing for literature review• Choosing a focus for your study• PhD study/work/life balance A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 14
  15. 15. What’s in it for us?• Professional networking, connections• Support group• Research tool• Constant source of information• Always ‘on’• Research area A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 15
  16. 16. More than just messagingA.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 16
  17. 17. Connecting around the worldA.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 17
  18. 18. We are not aloneA.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 18
  19. 19. Not just Twitter EMAIL WIKI TWITTER SKYPE FACE-TO-FACEA.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 19
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  24. 24. Twitter Resources• Twitter Guide for Academics ences/2011/09/29/twitter-guide/• 10 Words Every Successful tweeter Needs to Know successful-tweeter-needs-to-know/• The birth of #PhDChat http://phdchat- doctoral-networking-forum.html?spref=tw A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 24
  25. 25. References• Attwell, G. (2007). Personal learning environments: The future of eLearning? learningpapers. Retrieved from• Couros, A. (2010). Developing personal learning networks for open and social learning. In G. Veletsianos (Ed.), Emerging technologies in distance education. In T. Anderson (Series Ed.) Issues in Distance Education (pp. 109-128). Edmonton, Canada: AU Press, Athabasca University. Retrieved from• Fiedler, S., & Väljataga, T. (2010). Personal learning environments: concept or technology? Paper presented at the PLE Conference 2010, Barcelona. Retrieved from content/uploads/2010/07/ple2010_submission_45.pdf A.E. (Tony) Ratcliffe 2012 25