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Embracing Open 20 Jan

Participation

Communication

Process

Creativity

Feedback

Reflection

These are all words that, for me, are synonymous with aspects of good teaching and learning. I didn’t always use all of these in the context of ‘open’ the way I do now. Why the change? I was never against the idea, and I think I always practiced both connected learning and co-learning, but at some point I was introduced to different technological tools, techniques, and then I was encouraged. I’m a student too – always learning to teach better, differently, and part of that for me involves reaching out. I hope to be an encourager for others and perhaps to introduce a few new things…

On January 20th I have the privilege of running a workshop on ‘Embracing Open‘ at the University of Chichester for the Higher Education Academy. It is a day long event that is free to attend for anyone who is a Fellow of the HEA, and there will be points in the day where we invite anyone from around the globe to join in. We’ll be exploring aspects of blogging, Tweets, Google Hangouts, Open Source Learning and CC content, collaborative activities and how all these can be used in different everyday teaching situations across disciplines. There will be opportunities to ‘have a go’ at using all of these, and the day will be dotted with real-time connections with teachers and learners across the globe. Students will be involved too. We’ll be Tweeting with the hashtag #HEAOpen and you are more than welcome to join in!

I don’t want to give too much away, but here’s a sneak peek at the schedule for the day:

10:00 Arrival

10:30 Welcome

10:45 MUS654

11:00 Twitter, websites & blogs

11:45 Listening in and reaching out: An interview with Howard Rheingold (part 1)

12:15 A demonstration of connection: Blog exercise

12:45 Posting

1:00 A ‘Net’-Working Lunch with the students

1:45 The value of extended networks: comments and feedback

2:00 Collaborative connection: From apps to articles

2:30 Twitter chat/Hangout https://plus.google.com/events/c32f6rc3phuemqg388403nq16ek

3:00 A group tweet: A few more words from Howard Rheingold (part 2)

3:15 Hosting a hangout

3:30 Plenary: reflections on the day

 

Featured image by Ram Viswanathan CC BY-NC

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