How long used for educational purposes
by my organisation
|Cloud computing||Web Dev access
Used for last 2 years or so
|Drop Box for documents and photos
Evernote for documents
Gmail and Googledocs
Asana (for project management)
Using very recently …particularly when I managed to lose all my work having not backed up – learnt my lesson the hard way L
|Mobile/cell phone||We have mobile access themes across our main university site etc
We are part of a £4m project helping business to take advantage of emerging mobile technologies ( CEMAS)
Used for last 2 years or so
|I now have ( what I would call) ‘a proper’ smart phone that actually works and am constantly amazed by it. It is definitely my new best friend.|
|Open content|| New developments in this area are being adopted by the university as we speak. Already in OERu and have various ITunesU content
|The project I am now working on is in relation to Open Educational Resources so this is quite close to my heart …|
|Tablet computing||Again our web sites are enabled for access via tablet computing and have been for the last couple of years||I now use an I Pad daily for work and study|
|Game-based learning||We have courses in computer gaming and a digital investigation lab for forensic courses etc so I expect there are lots going on here but I don’t have the details just yet …||Not at the moment|
|Learning analytics||I’m new to this side of things so don’t really have much of a handle on this but I am aware that as a university we are currently focusing on a pilot group of courses in the current academic year in relation to activity monitoring and learning analytics. I will be seeking some more info on this shortly !||Not at the moment|
|New scholarship||Some of our tutors undertake scholarly blogging , podcasts and videos etc but this is more of a personal choice||I am now using Menderley for accessing journal articles & referencing and hope to engage with this more in terms of academic social networking in the future.|
|Semantic applications|| This is something that I know we are doing but I confess I don’t know much about this. When I find out more I will be updating this J We have a Hypermedia Research Unit (http://hypermedia.research.southwales.ac.uk/)
So I will be investigating further ….
| I have used Xobni before and found it quite useful to find things amongst my own crazy filing system. I’m aware that other colleagues have used it but it’s not a favourite of the IT departments !
I quite like using Siri on my lovely new smart phone but again I think I have only scratched the surface with this ( making appointments, setting reminders, finding stuff on the web … ) I do find myself just using it to say good morning sometimes ( sad)
|Augmented reality||Not used||Blimey I have just been having a look at this with one of our learning technologists – it was all very Harry Potter stuff – very exciting. He basically used a smart phone app to point at a photograph of him in our course prospectus and then quite surreally waved at me from his inside his smart phone. I will look forward to finding more out about this and would love to be able to find a use for this – how very exciting !!!!|
|Collective intelligence||Not really sure||Personally the interaction I have had with Wikipedia to date hasn’t been great. I just find it all far too cluttered – its probably me and the way I am using it. I like the idea but just cant get on with it.|
|Smart objects||Most of our lights at work are now fitted with those sensor thingy bobs so they come on when you walk in the room – does that count ?||I’ve used QR codes on documentation etc as part of my work but don’t think I have really explored it to full use. Connections here to the augmented reality stuff|
|Telepresence||Not yet||This sounds exciting too. No experience of this – now if I can get something to work along with Telepresence and augmented reality I would be a happy bunny J|
- Publish a blog post that describes your experience with open education. Is it just with the OU, or have you studied a MOOC, used open resources, or engaged with open access publications?
I have been studying with the OU for let me see now ….since 1996. Before that I studied for four years on a distance education course with the University of Reading. Oh blimey so that means I have been ‘doing’ distance education for an awful long time. I am a user and advocate of open resources generally and now have the pleasure of working in the field. I do feel that having been away for some time doing other stuff ( traditional university face to face courses) a lot has moved on and it feels like I am running a bit to catch up …. but what a journey huh !
I have tried to engage with MOOC without much success so far but I think that is mostly to do with my lack of cleverness with being able to use a wiki properly. …
- What I would like to achieve by maintaining a blog to support my learning is to obtain some new skills and cement my learning as I go on this journey. I’m finding it fascinating so far … I was a bit nervous at first but no doubt I will soon get the hang of it and then there will be no stopping me ( oh dear just like my first karaoke session ! 🙂
- I’ve used this wordpress site and the about me site to help me in my quest. I’ve also looked at some other blogs …
- Tips for the future … have a snack near by … I have been doing this for ages and keep forgetting to eat !
This is my brand new shiny blog ! All views and comments are my own … come and join me on my learning journey 🙂 Deb