#SocMEDHE Nottingham 9 Jan 2019

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So, I’ve been part of the organising committee for the 2018 edition of the Social Media in Higher Education conference [ yes I know it’s now 2019 and we missed the usual pre Christmas and festive jumper wearing antics but we are going with it for now … there will follow a 2019 edition back in its usual slot towards the end of year…. )

I’m currently on my way to Nottingham via train …. I’m really looking forward to catching up with everyone tonight in advance of what promises to be a fabulous event tomorrow !

It has been such a joy to be part of this committee, a group of volunteer educators from eleven different HE institutions across the UK that have given up their time, energy and enthusiasm to create an event / conference / gathering / festival ( we came up with many definitions of what we were trying to do ! ) for people to come together to discuss the use of social media in learning and teaching. I can’t describe how brilliant it is to work with these people and to feel so proud to be part of this event. I have attended previous years in person and online and presented at the 2016 version so it is an absolute pleasure to be part of the behind the scenes stuff.

Our theme for this years event (9th January 2019 at Nottingham Trent University) embraces #openness, #creativity,and #digital_identity. Social Media itself can be considered as part of the mainstream, but just how ‘mainstream’ is it in terms of being an integral part of learning and teaching through developing digital confidence, digital capabilities and critique ? Or is it something that is more mainstream in terms of marketing and recruitment ? These are questions we hope to pursue at the event. We hope to share, and discuss what we do and why we do this sort of stuff.

I think we have what promises to be a pretty fantastic line up on the programme with so many great sessions to choose from. See the more detailed session outline programme here

On the outside looking in …

I’ve always felt a little bit like I’m on the outside looking in. I can’t explain it really other than just that. As an only child I always felt that I didn’t understand the rough and tumble of life that other people with siblings just seemed to ‘get’. I didn’t get it, in fact it seemed that the more I tried to understand, the less I ‘got’. Why is that ?

I moved home when I was seven. I didn’t want to go. My mum told me I would soon make friends and she was right. I did. I made an effort. I tried damn hard to get along with people. I made friends. I joined clubs. I was careful to wear the right thing, talk the right way and even write the right way (you wouldn’t think that being able to do ‘real’ handwriting before your peers would single you out as being different would you ? ) I did all the ‘right things’ to fit in. I just didn’t ‘belong’ though. I was always the new girl.

Even when I started at comprehensive school with the rest of my year, I thought it would change. This was my chance to get rid of the new girl label. I made new friends. I had best friend after best friend. But I still felt like I didn’t belong. Yes I was part of things, but only just, not far enough at the outside to be a loner, but not close enough on the inside to feel truly connected. I was for all intents and purposes ‘looking in’ and wondering how on earth and where I would ever feel at home….

TBC

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

PPP

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 !

 

Experimenting with the WordPress app …

Ok so I think I am pretty rubbish at blogging … I always ‘think’  I will be able to blog about things I have been up to soon after the fact … sadly that only seems to be in my head  …

So, I’m wondering whether the app might be beneficial … here goes …

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