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  1. Harnessing the power of new media for learning, teaching and research Gráinne Conole, Leicester University 12th June 2012, UNISA
  2. Outline • Characteristics of new media • Harnessing the net for research • A new approach to design • Reflections and implications
  3. Activity • What are the characteristics of new technologies? • What are their implications for learning, teaching and research?
  4. New media Characteristics Implications Conole and Alevizou, 2010
  5. Learner experience • Technology immersed • Learning approaches: task- orientated, experiential, just in time, cumulative, social • Personalised digital learning environment • Mix of institutional systems and Cloud-based tools and services • Use of course materials with free resources 5 Sharpe, Beetham and De Freitas, 2010
  6. EDUCAUSE study • Students drawn to new technologies but rely on more traditional ones • Consider technologies offer major educational benefits • Mixed views ofLMSs
  7. Game changers • Harness the power of new media • Need to rethink education • How can we reach more learners, more effectively? • Impact of free resources, tools and expertise? • New business models? • New digital literacies?
  8. Activity: What’s your digital network?
  9. My network
  10. Activity: fb love it or hate it? Pros Cons • Overseas family, fun, quick • In your face, not sharing updates, time zones, search everything, not preferred on names!!, snooping, tool for many things, friends contact with people you reunited, inappropriate, wouldn’t be in touch with quality vs. quantity, otherwise overload, emotional outbursts,
  11. Activity: using new media for research • How would you use the following for research (i.e. data collection, dissemination, discussion)? – Blogs – Facebook – Google+ – LinkedIn – – Twitter – Flickr and Youtube – Diigo – Mandeley – Dropbox – Others?
  12. What tools do you use for research? • TereseiTunesU analysis of tweets about iTunesU in different languages
  13. Blogs • Of the moment reflections • Digital archive • The power of peer review • Record of events, reviews and resources • Wider audience reach and hence profile • Link into facebook and Twitter • Complements traditional publication routes gconole.wordpress,com
  14. Bloggers worth reading M. Weller G. Siemens T. Anderson
  15. Using facebook
  16. Twitter Ideas for harnessing Web 2.0?
  17. Twitter and facebook #fb
  18. Blending real and virtual • Think about strategies to make the most of each of the following and then think about how you can do this both in a face-to-face and virtual context – Conferences – Networking – Publishing
  19. Conferences A personal example • Purpose:presentation & feedback • Network, network, network! • Potential collaborators & bid partners • Put in a symposium of experts • Expertvalidation workshops • Put papers/presentations online • Follow upcontacts afterwards: email, fb, Twitter, blogs, etc. • Work up into aresearch paper • Work the hashtag • Live blog or follow conference-related blogs
  20. Networking • Build links with international colleagues • Get on national-level committees • Invite key researchers in your field to be involved in a joint research activity • Invite people to give seminars at your institution • Build connections online via Twitter, facebook, etc. • Participate in online events • Leave comments on blogs
  21. Publishing • Write books - edited or single authored (post drafts) • Become an editor for a special issue of an online journal • Keep publication list up to date in your research repository • Set up a writing group or workshop (real/virtual) • Co-write with lots of different people (using a wiki) • Disseminate publications via Tweet, fb etc • Post up drafts for comment on blogs etc • See Twitter, blogs, journals, books as complementary GO OPEN!!!!
  22. Conclusion • Structured guidance to think about design • The power of visualisation • Beyond content to activities and experience • Iterative, creative and messy • Making designs explicit • Social media to foster communication and collaboration
  23. Final thoughts • Participatory and social media enable new forms of communication and collaboration • Communities in these spaces are complex and distributed • Learners and teachers need to develop new digital literacy skills to harness their potential • We need to rethinkhow we design, support and assess learning • Open, participatory and social media can provide mechanisms for us to share and discuss teaching and research ideas in new ways • We are seeing a blurring of boundaries: teachers/learners, teaching/research, real/virtual spaces, formal/informal modes of communication and
  24. Conole, G. (forthcoming), Designing for learning in an open world, New York: Springer Chapters available on dropbox