Doctorate in Education (EdD)

This is the next one I have been looking at although this one is an EdD so structurally different …

Its good old Open University of course though so I would be on familiar territory …



PLE – Personal Learning Environment

Week 21 / 22 Activity 2g ¬†–¬†Write a blog post on personal learning environments and where you think they are heading. Incorporate a representation of your own PLE

Here is my mind map of my personal learning environment. Using Martin Weller’s blog post on his PLE example as a framework I have tried to incorporate the main tools that I currently use. ¬†I remember doing this exercise a while back for another course ( before I had this blog) and if I can find it I will post that aswell as I think it would be useful to compare the two. I have a feeling it may have too good a hiding place however so it make take me a while to track it down ! ūüôā Any how here is the one I have just done … the ‘one I made earlier ‘will hopefully follow shortly ..:)

My main observation is that like Martin I have way too much Google in my life ! ¬†I also have a strong sense of collaboration and social presence coming out of my PLE and that connections to people demonstrate the strongest branches ….

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Week 18 Activity 1 : What is digital scholarship and why does it matter ?

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Activity :Read Chapter 1, ‚ÄėDigital, networked and open‚Äô¬†Martin Weller’s Book The Digital Scholar

Weller summarises the key changes as:

  • digitization of relevant content
  • online social networks
  • the range and variety of content via Twitter, blogs, news feeds and so on.

Have your own practices, whether as a learner or as a digital scholar, changed as a result of the same three areas of impact of the internet?

I would agree that my own practices as both a learner and what I now term myself to be an ‘open practitioner’ have definitely changed as a result of the impact of the internet. I would also suggest that my practices continue to evolve on a daily basis really as a result of the fast pace that different ways of using and engaging with the internet emerge. ¬†I wonder how much of this has to do with the fact that using social media¬†can be seen in many parts of ‘ordinary’ life for example the integration of social media into television programmes and creation of associated ‘ apps’ that people can use to extend their interaction with other mediums ?

I remember doing an online course with the OU in 2000 (ish) where the use of the first class conferencing system was such a revelation to me that there was this ‘ other world’ where people were engaging and interacting on a global scale but this was pretty much an alien concept when I mentioned this to family and friends outside of my little OU bubble. They just didn’t get what I meant. ¬†These days it is much easier to explain what I do in the day job and¬†academic interests and it seems to make more sense to people as it is within their frame of reference now, even for some of my loved ones and friends¬†who ‘ don’t do’ social media.

One such example of how the internet¬†has changed my practice as a learner is that I now have a blog, while this blog is written for me there are one or two other lovely people who have read some of my stuff ¬†and I wonder if this makes me write in a different way perhaps ? I’d like to think not but I suspect I do this on some sub conscious level as my thoughts are now ‘ out there’ for the world to see, not that it will be of much interest but it is still ‘ out there’. ¬†I think the evidence for this lies in the fact that I have just discovered a whole raft of ‘draft’ blog posts that I never got around to posting. Why was this ? Could this be that the leap of faith to put my particular thoughts out there at that particular time was just too much ? or was it just that I started the post and then moved on to something else and forgot to revisit it ? Maybe both ?

In terms of the networking aspect, my practice has changed significantly since I discovered social media. I found that when I first had a twitter account ( 2010) I didn’t really ‘ get it’ and although I actively wandered around the twittersphere trying to work out what was going on and following people who I was interested in, the fact that I didn’t actively tweet anything meant that I really didn’t understand the way it could be used. It was another leap of faith for me when I made my first tweet, similar to that of blogging but seemingly on a much more instantaneous and visible scale. ¬†I found though that once I started actively engaging with twitter this really helped me to connect with people in a way I had not found possible before. I am still a light twitter user compared to some of the people in my network but I can really see the benefits of being on the ‘twitter scene’ as I find that it interconnects with some of the other areas I am active in such as Google+ and Facebook and quite a lot of blogs that I follow incorporate twitter feeds as does my own. ¬† I also take part in the odd tweet chat now and again which again has proved helpful in so many ways and I have learnt a lot and made some really good connections ( good example for me of serendipitous informal learning – if you want to learn more about serendipitous learning I found this great post by Lee Graham here¬†and great post and slide share can be found by¬†ILONA BUCHEM here.

If you want to find out more about how a tweet chat works the lovely David Hopkins has done a helpful post here.

Debs OU Story

A very quick video that I promised to do about my OU Experiences ¬†…

Student Hub Live 15

Really looking forward to this today ….¬†

Currently talking about Managing Digital Identity !