MELSIG Sheffield

I was thrilled to be asked to help co-lead a workshop at this year’s MELSIG Event Enhancing Practice with Digital and Social Media – using ‘Toolkit In A Day’ methodology to explore the possibilities and practicalities held at Sheffield Hallum University on the 21st June 2018.

Andrew Middleton, Sue Beckingham, Alex Speirs, Suzanne Faulkner, Graham McElearney,  Chris Rowell and myself made our way to Sheffield (some of us had a ‘slightly’ longer journey than others !) along with about 100 participants who were all keen to engage in some toolkit creation !

The clever idea behind the day was to create an open online toolkit which would be available for anyone to use.  Participants had three different workshops to choose from  comprising of Social Media for Learning, Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes and Digital Media for Flipped and Blended Learning (or FAB for short ! ).  Sue, Suzanne and yours truly had an absolute blast looking after the ‘Social Media for Learning ‘ workshop.

Update : 15 Jan 2020

Yet again another unfinished draft blog post … still some words have gotta be better than none right ?

Toolkit in Day / Using Flipgrid at MELSIG

I was thrilled to be asked to help co-lead a workshop at this year’s MELSIG Event Enhancing Practice with Digital and Social Media – using ‘Toolkit In A Day’ methodology to explore the possibilities and practicalities held at Sheffield Hallum University on the 21st June 2018.

Andrew Middleton (@andrewmid) , Sue Beckingham (@suebecks, Alex Spiers (@alexgspiers), Suzanne Faulkner (@SFaulknerPandO) , Graham McElearney (@GrahamMacca),  Chris Rowell (@chri5rowell) and myself (@debbaff) made our way to Sheffield (some of us had a ‘slightly’ longer journey than others !) along with about 100 participants who were all keen to engage in some toolkit creation !

Sheffield MELSIG PICS

The clever idea behind the day was to create an open online toolkit which would be available for anyone to use.  Participants had three different workshops to choose from  comprising of Social Media for Learning, Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes and Digital Media for Flipped and Blended Learning (or FAB for short ! ).  Sue, Suzanne and yours truly had an absolute blast looking after the ‘Social Media for Learning ‘ workshop.

 

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Toolkit Progress

Andrew has written an update blog post here which pretty much sums up the day in a much better way that I probably could  …

https://melsig.shu.ac.uk/melsig/2018/06/25/toolkit-in-a-day-did-we-do-it/?doing_wp_cron=1533382966.5176930427551269531250

Flipgrid

I was also really keen to do some more experimenting with using Flipgrid at MELSIG as I have been doing my best to try and engage people with the idea.

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I set up an initial Test Flipgrid to show my co-lead facilitators how it could be used.   You can see contributions from Andrew and Suzanne here. (The code you will need is Fl!pping)

Once they were convinced it would be worth a shot and then set up a live test Pre-Activity which asked people to contribute ways in which they use Social Media at the moment.

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Following that with some further investigations  to make sure we had got the basics right, Andrew set up a MELSIG account on Flipgrid so that people could leave their tips for using Social Media

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To access the whole MELSIG Flipgrid Grid you can use this link where you will find all the topics:https://flipgrid.com/adbfea 

You will need the following code to access our grid: C0nnectedv01ces

You should be able to access the three separate grids from the main grid to share tips but here are the direct links anyhow  …

Social Media 4 Learning

Share a tip or idea about using Social Media for Learning.
MELSIG Social Media for Learning Toolkit https://flipgrid.com/77c923

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FAB

Share a tip or idea about using digital or social media to enhance Flipped Active & Blended Learning. MELSIG FAB Toolkit. https://flipgrid.com/9d0fb1

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Share a tip or idea about using Podcasting for Pedagogic Purposes.
https://flipgrid.com/672a03

Live On the Spot Chat

The lovely Chris Rowell managed to capture some of an impromptu chat during one of the sessions about Flipgrid on persicope too !  Can’t remember what on earth I said but the recording should still be there if you want to take a look !

Unfortunately, looking at the grids now there don’t seem to be any other contributions other than Andrew, Suzanne, Sue and myself 😦 I’m not quite sure why that is ? Maybe people are a bit camera shy ?  Not sure … I’m still convinced it has great potential though.  The links should all still be live so if you would like to add a tip feel free !

 

Virtually Connecting Across Time and Space …

I was really lucky to be able to join in with the Virtually Connecting peeps earlier today, not once but twice!  The first was a ‘hallway’ conversation session and then a second session about the Virtually Connecting concept at the MELSIG Media-Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group Digital Placemaking event …   The MELSIG write up on their website says that the event will ‘consider how learning space becomes learning place through the use of digital and social media in and out of the classroom‘ how exciting is that!

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I’ve participated in a couple of Virtually Connecting sessions before ( I’d highly recommend them) but I didn’t actually realise what a ‘ hallway’ conversation was – The amazing    later explained this to me as a ‘casual conversation with no pre-planned topic ‘ – obvious to other people no doubt but I hadn’t twigged !

Anyhow, there were a lot of familiar faces  (   onsite    ) and a couple of new faces that I’ve not had the pleasure of connecting with before, sadly we couldn’t see the audience but felt their warm and friendly faces through the ether! We also missed  who had been due to join us but was unable to at the last minute. 

We talked a lot about the welcoming and friendly space that is afforded by Virtually Connecting –  Sarah @sarahjfc likened it to a ‘ kitchen table’ sort of space  – this really resonated with me.

a warm, friendly, cosy,  kitchen where you can just wear your slippers and your fluffy fleece

Taking Sarah’s idea of the kitchen table this conjured up for me Virtual Connecting as a warm, friendly, cosy,  kitchen where you can just wear your slippers and your fluffy fleece ( which of course in my case is bright pink), put the kettle on and have a rather nice cup of tea and a biscuit … ( Oh and there is probably a sleeping dog and a couple of cute kittens wandering around but that might just be in my version of events … )  dunk it in your tea and not worry about making any mess….

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Image CC0 Courtesy of https://pixabay.com/photo-1973549/

I also got to meet @tundeva who shared with us a snippet from the presentation that she gave at the event earlier in the day which was using  the ‘Greenhouse’  as a metaphor for electronic assessment and how online assessment allows people to share how they are marking – I thought that was such a great metaphor – we use online marking on the PG Cert HE at Swansea and I have found that I have learned a lot from my colleagues by seeing how they mark and give feedback etc.  

You can watch the YouTube recordings of the events below or visit Maha’s blog as she types REALLY quick and pretty much had written her blog before I had made my coffee 🙂  and if you check out the Digital Placement hashtags #melsig and #SIGCLANS you can follow the proceedings of the various happenings …

One thing that I was really interested in at the Digital Placemaking event was the TWALK that   mentioned .  The ‘ Twalk’  was apparently taking place just as we went off the air….

I wasn’t sure exactly what that was but having had a quick look I understand that the TWALK was basically an hour long ‘walk  and talk ‘ event where various people got to experience different places around the campus and then tweeted at different ‘viewpoints’.  ( more about that here)

What a fab idea … check out the facilities at Edge Hill on this tweet  …

If I had engaged my brain beforehand we could have done a #twalk here at Swansea … never mind next time eh…

I expect there will be some storify’s later related to the #twalk  which I will look forward to seeing later 🙂 In the meantime here is a great blog post from Chris Rowell that gives a good summary of what is involved