Report on the Gráinne Conole’s keynote at Moodlemoot 2011 based on the #mootuk11 twitter stream
I’m not physically at the UK Moodle conference this year. There’s no live streaming (although the sessions are all being recorded), so I’ve been keeping an eye on the #mootuk11 Twitter stream to see what I can glean.
How well does Twitter capture a lecture?
I thought it might be interesting to write up the keynote based on my Twitter viewing. It’s difficult to say how well this works; perhaps someone who was there will comment below. I feel that I probably have a good idea of the broad topic but lack detail and the nuances of Gráinne’s thoughts. Also, it’s not always clear when tweeters are giving their own view or reporting the speaker’s view. I have lots of links because sharing links is a popular use of Twitter at live events.
I know Gráinne, we’ve met a couple of times and I follow her blog and we’re friends on Twitter. I mention this because it means I come to her keynote with a certain understanding of her work and the things she is interested in. I know about her Cloudworks project and I gave an Introduction to Cloudworks (6-mins, includes audio) talk once.
The keynote started at 10:15 ish, I don’t know what the title was.
- Update (20/4): Slides for New pedagogies for social and participatory media
The first reference I picked was to Mike Wesch’s The Machine is Us/ing Us YouTube video. (Not sure if it was shown).
Students are digitally immersed (reference to JISC’s work in this area). Digital literacy is very important,learning needs rethinking in the digital age.
Content is king. Free online content from OU (e.g. iTunesU) is attracting students to take courses at OU.
Blended learning is the future. There is a place for both informal learning communities (e.g. networks on Twitter) and for formal course and structures. We are all learners & teachers. People can learn through the act of creating content. New technologies & tools link to social constructive learning pedagogy. We co-evolve with technologies but new technologies are not being exploited well in organisations.
Open educational resources (OERs) are not being used yet. There are loads of good ones but we continue to develop our own. Barriers include lack of time (to find good quality resources), skills required & tension between teaching and research. (I took this to mean research has to take priority for most academics leaving less time for teaching and related tasks such as finding appropriate OERs). A bit about repositories.
Use of social media by academics (for research) is increasing. The cloudworks project was explained. Twitter didn’t reciprocate so check my Introduction to Cloudworks 😉
I’m not sure what exactly what was asked but Twitter tells me I was name checked and I correctly guessed that this was in relation to my 2009 Is Twitter killing blogging? poll. More about this in my ALT-C 2009 conference report: Blog Off
The following URLs & comments passed thru’ my Twitter stream:
- http://travelinedman.blogspot.com/Curtis Bonk is superb on the open web, supporting what this session is discussing.
- http://dspace.ndlr.ie A good OER repository
- http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons ‘millions’ of creative commons photos
Senate House photo from @nrparmar