The latest iteration of #BYOD4L got underway today with the topic of connecting. Connecting is fundamental to learning, and particularly to learning (openly) online. As part of the week we are running informal drop in sessions every lunchtime this week to connect with staff and students across the university.
Yesterday we had a good discussion about using communication services/apps (in particularly twitter) in the classroom. Finding time to just think about how to potentially integrate new communication channels into a class is an issue for many staff, however we are seeing more and more people set up module hashtags and integrate a twitter feed directly in their modules in GCU Learn (our VLE). Inspired by the tweet chat on Sunday between #byod4l and #txeduchat one of our lecturers is now going to try and adapt the ideas used on Sunday night (particularly the selfies and doodles) into induction activities. Hopefully that can not only let staff and students try out twitter in a relatively simple way but also build confidence for future use, including more focused tweet chats on specific topics.
Although many of our staff and students do have mobile devices, they are not universal. Booking out pool devices can often be more time consuming for staff and students as apps have to be downloaded each session. So whilst having spare tablets in theory is a good idea, in practice it’s not really that great if you can only access them for short periods of time and settings are wiped when they are returned to the central point. You get most out of any device if you are able to personalise and access it all the time. The campaign for iPads for staff and students continues . . . and we move onto day 2’s topic communicating.