Flexible, Open and Social Learning … Lost and Found Reflections !

The good thing about about a four hour train journey is that you get the chance to find hidden blog posts that you had forgotten all about … Blimey ….

‘Here’s a rather long one I made earlier ‘ way back in July …. In relation to my adventures with the #FOS4L bods ….

Flexible, Open, Social Learning

Flexible, Open, Social Learning

Day 1
REFLECTIONS on Digital Literacy and Identity

I really enjoyed today although I must confess I found it really hectic but so enjoyable all the same. There is such a friendly atmosphere in the #fos4l community. So many familiar faces and loads of new ones. I was really pleased to see my fellow #BYOD4L collaborator Isobel Gowers. We had loads of fun on #BYOD4L particularly when we did a google hangout with the fabulous Sam Illingworth. Sam does the voice overs on the FOS animations in partnership with the awesome design skills of the lovely Ellie Livermore (Ellie also did all the design work for the OER15 conference and an amazing artwork installation at OER14 where I first got to meet her, so it was really nice for me to see some more familiar names on the production team list for FOS !)

There are loads of other familiar names popping up too that really made me feel at home. Some people I know in ‘real life’ so we already have some sort of bond but others started off as purely ‘virtual’ connections I’m always amazed just how quickly I can feel a connection with someone in an online space. I love learning new things particularly when you don’t realise you are learning.

We had our first Twitter question shower on Monday evening too. I have taken part in tweet chats before but this was my first experience of a question shower. It was great fun but really REALLY hectic … The lovely Sue Beckingham has done a great introduction to Twitter showers which you can see here (this explains it much better than I can do I’m not even going to go there )

https://.slideshare.net/suebeckingham/introducing-question-showers-using-foschat-as-an-exemplar?from_m_app=ios

This is also my first role as facilitator and I’m really enjoying that too. As I’m also a participant there is a whole lot of FOS love going around in my house at the moment. Even the kids refer to me as “mummy’s in the dining room ‘fossing’ ūüôā

Storify : https://storify.com/FOSchat/foschat

https://foslearning.wordpress.com/topics/1-digital-literacy-and-identity/
Day 2 REFLECTIONS on Flexible Pedagogies

It’s always the way isn’t it when you plan to do something and then something else comes up. I found myself finishing an assignment at around midnight last night and today I have been preparing for an interview tomorrow so my head has been in the shed. That said I did manage to do the odd bit of FOS today and was pleased to have caught the last bit of the Twitter shower this evening. Disappointed though that I didn’t get to do any piccies today as I joined too late and then didn’t have time. I hope to do a visual representation when I get a chance though as I have been experimenting with sketch noting recently isn’t an app called Zoomnotes.

The storify of tonight’s Twitter shower is here .

https://foslearning.wordpress.com/topics/2-flexible-pedagogies/

Day 3 REFLECTIONS on Supporting Learning

Today was all about Supporting Learning and myself and the amazing Neil were down to facilitate the Twitter question shower this evening. I must confess that Neil did the lion’s share of the practical stuff which I really appreciated as being a newbie I did find it all quite tricky to manage. The FOS community is so supportive and proactive mind you that just as my mentors Christie, sue and Chris had reassured me it all went very much to plan and probably would have done so with or without my input ! It was a great experience to do however and there was a great atmosphere and buzz around the different aspects of supporting learning. We were really fortunate to have Keith Smyth taking part in the Twitter shower and it was great to have his insight and perspective on the 3 E’s framework developed at Napier. We discussed all sorts of elements about E, E and E and it was so encouraging and comforting to see all the different practices going on around the different institutions and the fact that we are all trying to grapple with the same sort of stuff.

It was lovely to hear from my fellow OER15 pal Simon Thompson who explained that Leeds have also introduced the 3Es framework but have extended it further.

I really enjoy interacting in an environment like FOS and I find that it really is possible to learn without realising it and that this is made all the more fun when it is organic and collaborative. Yes it can be hectic at times seem quite overwhelming and chaotic but it works , we’ll certainly for me anyway.

The storify can be found here along with a wonderful Twitter map provided by the awesome Whitney Kilgore and co. It was great to be in touch again with Whitney after our initial meeting up during #BYOD4L

https://foslearning.wordpress.com/topics/3-supporting-learning/

Day 4 REFLECTIONS on Communities and Collaborating

I’m afraid Today was a bit of a light touch for me as bizarrely I found out last minute that I have an interview tomorrow so I had to dedicate my time to preparing for that. As always though the rest of the FOS team were really supportive and got on with it while I followed the odd Twitter chatter and tried to contribute as and when. Sadly though I didn’t make tonight’s Twitter shower which was a real shame as I am sure I would have loved it. I enjoyed reading the storify none the less though.

https://foslearning.wordpress.com/topics/4-communities-and-collaboration/

Day 5 REFLECTIONS Open Education

Today is the last day of FOS. I’m writing this while on the train back from Bristol. Thought I would take advantage of a valuable bit of dedicated travel time to try and catch up on my blogging stuff so this post might be added to later !! I’m really looking forward to the Giant Hangout tonight at 8pm although as should be a lovely close to the proceedings…..

Reflecting on the whole nature of Flexible Open Social Learning this morning as I travelled on my outward journey I was struck by the fact that I was sat in a train carriage with lots of other people all busy going about their own business but seemingly in an individual capacity. I didn’t count them all but as I was stood up for some of the journey this gave me the opportunity to look around me ( as I didn’t have my own head buried in my iPad as I do now ! ) and I noticed that pretty much with only one or two exceptions nearly everyone had their head buried in either a smart phone or tablet and there were LOTS of people with headphones.

Now I don’t really travel by public transport very much although I may well be doing so in the future ūüėČ so while this isn’t probably a novel observation for other well travelled folk is was a real eye opener for me, I found myself wondering whether people were being ‘social’ on virtual level but by its nature being solitary in a physical capacity as there were no exchanges of friendly glances, hardly anyone spoke or smiled, not out of rudeness but simply out of busyness. it certainly made me rethink my engagement in the real world.

https://foslearning.wordpress.com/topics/5-open-education/

Flexible, Open and Social Learning Course : Debs Reflections Part One

Blog Posts …

I’m in awe of people that manage to write a blog post on a daily basis. I’ve found it impossible this week. I did however manage to engage on twitter using the #FOS4L hashtag quite a lot and the odd posting on Google+¬†Community so that’s something ay ?

I’m glad that I had some advice from the very wise @suebecks¬† to try and record my reflections of the Flexible, Online and Social learning course on a daily basis ¬†though as I did manage to get some thoughts scribbled down. Even though I didn’t in the end actually get around to actually writing a blog post per day … Reflecting on this I wonder if a little bit of me is still a bit hesitant with putting myself out there when it comes to actually deep and meaningful thought ? ¬†Or maybe it really is just the lack of time … ? ¬†In my defence I have had a manically hectic week this week with lots of unplanned things cropping up .. perhaps I would have managed to do a daily post if it had been a normal week ? Not sure …

Anyhow, having had some time on the train today to actually sit down and scribble some thoughts, I managed to find one of my two word docs ( note to self to get better at storing documents so I can find them again !) ¬†so I have tried to weave my somewhat bizare notes into something that captures my experiences on Day 1 and 2¬†as both a facilitator and participant¬†… ( Sort of ). This is part one .. part two¬†still to come …zzzzz


 

Day 1: Monday ( Digital Literacy and Identity)

I really enjoyed today although I must confess I found it really hectic but so enjoyable all the same. There is such a friendly atmosphere in the #fos4l community. So many familiar faces and loads of new ones. I’m always amazed just how quickly I can feel a connection with someone in an online space. I love learning new things particularly when you don’t realise you are learning.

Twitter Showers !

We had our first Twitter question shower on Monday evening too. I have taken part in tweet chats before but this was my first experience of a question shower.

We were asked to do some pre-reading on Digital Capabilities by Helen Beetham

http://digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org/wp/revisiting-digital-capability-for-2015/¬†and this proved quite stimulating with what seemed like hundreds of questions being posed and lots of answers flying about …¬†It was great fun but really REALLY hectic … The lovely Sue Beckingham has done a great introduction to Twitter showers which you can see here (this explains it much better than I can do I’m not even going to go there )

This is my first role as facilitator and I’m really enjoying that too. As I’m also a participant there is a whole lot of FOS love going around in my house at the moment. Even the kids refer to me as “mummy’s in the dining room ‘fossing’ ūüôā

Day One Activity – Making a Digital Me

Very proud that I managed to actually do a visual representation of the places that I visit online and even do a Debs Online Places blog post on the right day !


 

Day 2 Flexible Pedagogies

It’s always the way isn’t it when you plan to do something and then something else comes up. I found myself finishing an assignment at around midnight last night and today I have been preparing for an interview tomorrow so my head has been in the shed. That said I did manage to do the odd bit of FOS today and was pleased to have caught the last bit of the Twitter shower this evening. Disappointed though that I didn’t get to do as much as I wanted¬†today as I joined too late and then didn’t have time.

I hope to do a visual representation of my week when I get a chance though as I have been experimenting with sketch noting recently with an app called Zoomnotes.

Twitter Shower

We were asked to do some pre-reading tonight on Flexible pedagogies: new pedagogical ideas by Alex Ryan and Daniella Tilbury ..  quite interesting stuff.

Wish I had time to try one of the main activities tonight but that’s just the way it rolls I suppose and the bonus activities look so much fun .. maybe tomorrow ?

The storify of tonight’s Twitter shower is here .


 

 

Flexible, Open and Social Learning – Reflections on Digital Literacy and Identity

New Friends … Old Friends

¬†What do points make ? Badges …

Twitter Shower

We were asked to do some pre-reading on Digital Capabilities by Helen Beetham¬†http://digitalcapability.jiscinvolve.org/wp/revisiting-digital-capability-for-2015/¬†and this proved quite stimulating with what seemed like hundreds of questions being posed and lots of answers flying about … it was great fun, if somewhat hectic.

 

The storify of the shower can be found here 

#FOS4L : Day 1 Digital literacy and identity – Making Activity – Places that I visit online

Making: Which places do you visit regularly when online? Where do you stay a bit longer and why? Create a map of your digital me. (ilo-3)

I’m not sure it will come out ok but here¬†is my map of my personal learning environment (PLE) where I engage ( at the moment ) of places where I go online….. as for the places where I stay the longest – I think for me this is a combination of wordpress, twitter and also more recently Google+, I think the main thing in common is¬†probably¬†the sense of connectedness and social presence that I get from these places which helps me to feel part of something .. if that makes sense

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Day 1 : (Monday) Flexible,Open and Social Learning

Flexible, Open, Social Learning

Flexible, Open, Social Learning

Well Day 1 is finally here … ¬†there has been a buzz of activity going around as people start to join in the fun and games. ¬†We are looking at Digital Literacy Today and Connecting with others …

https://foslearning.wordpress.com/topics/1-digital-literacy-and-identity/

So just what is this FOS thing all about then ?

Flexible, Open, Social Learning

Flexible, Open, Social Learning

Well FOS stands¬†for flexible, open and social learning and I’m part of the co-facilitator team for a new ¬†5-day open learning event¬†developed by Chrissi Nerantzi and Sue Beckingham.¬†We start tomorrow Monday 13th¬†July¬†to Friday 17th of July 2015. ¬† It is an an openly licensed learning event for educators working in higher education who are interested to learn more about flexible, open and social learning.

The topics we will be exploring using a playful enquiry-based approach are:

  • Digital literacy and identity
  • Flexible pedagogies
  • Supporting learning
  • Communities and collaboration
  • Open education

The 5 C Framework

The FOS event uses the 5C ¬†framework ¬†(connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating and creating) using freely available digital technologies. ¬†Oooh and I nearly forgot … it also has the opportunity to claim open digital badges … and of course I do love a badge #deblovesbadges ūüôā ¬†so I am really looking forward to that.

The 5C Framework

¬†From Participant to Co-Facilitator and back again …

I’m really looking forward to this as I had so much fun and learnt such a lot when I was a participant on the Bring Your Own Device course https://byod4learning.wordpress.com/¬†earlier this year so it will be really interesting to take part¬†in this event not only as a participant but also to see how things go¬†from the other side as a Co-facilitator¬†!

So there are lots of really exciting things to keep us busy¬†… including apparently a Twitter Shower …. ! ¬†I’m hoping to write a blog post reflecting on my thoughts for each day … fingers crossed …

Twitter Showers ….

If you want to know more check out the FOS google+ community or follow the#FOS4L hashtag on twitter !

I would highly recommend it … organic participative learning at its best ( to ‘almost’quote the lovely ¬†Chrissi Nerantzi)