GCU and #BYOD4L 2016

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BYOD4L, the ever popular open online event is back next week, 11-15th January,  for another iteration. The basic format will stay the same following the 5 C model with each day focusing on one of the C’s (connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating, creating).

Following the success of our drop in sessions during the last years event, we are doing it all again, with GCU  being one of the event’s  institutional partners and yours truly (Sheila MacNeill) being one of the organisers.

We’d encourage all GCU staff and students to follow the #byod4l hashtag and @byod4l twitter account, join the nightly (8-9pm) tweet chats. If you’ve never experienced a tweet chat before this is a great place to start.  We are also organising a number of drop in sessions over the week, including an introduction to Collaborate Ultra, which will be our learning and teaching online webinar and conferencing system later this year. As GCU LEAD has moved offices this is also an opportunity for you to check out our new office space.

Our programme for the week is:

  • Monday: 1 -2 pm:  introduction to the week, M301 (our new office space in the Moore Building)
  • Tuesday:  2.00 – 2.30pm: introduction and overview to Collaborate Ultra ( log in here   – remember you’ll need PC/device with sound (and headphones if you are in a shared office) we also advise using the Chrome browser to access the session.
  • Wednesday: 12- 1pm W323  Introduction to Edshare, GCUs new open educational resources repository. (more info on Edshare is available  here).
  • Friday: 12.30 – 1.30 M301 – round up and sharing of experiences of the week.

We are all looking forward to being part of this international event, and hope that you will be inspired as much as one of our colleagues last year to try something new.

“The drop in sessions are great for inspiration & motivation; everyone was so enthusiastic it makes me want to engage, and try stuff, just so I can join in the chat and use my experiences to personally help others.”


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