December 10, 2023

Digital Technologies, Experience and Evidence | The final bit of my MA ODE journey …

I have just counted up the days left until the deadline for the final piece of coursework for my MA … I have  57 days left until submission deadline … blimey best get cracking then … I’ve got to pick two digital technologies that have played an important role in my journey this year so I have chosen to do mine on Microblogging and use of Synchronous Audiographic Web Conferencing …  I can evidence from both inside the course and externally and in a weird sort of way I’m quite looking forward to completing this bit of work … it has been a really difficult year this year (as those who know me well will be very aware of ) but I am determined to finish what I started sooooo many years ago so I just hope I’m up to the challenge … So it begins .. Watch this space

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Week 23: Meaning-making and metaphors / A3: Thinking about your own learning

Think about your own learning – the resources and tools you use, where and when it takes place What is your experience of being a learner? I consider myself to be an open practitioner, and by the same vein an ‘open’ learner. I think the whole idea of being able to learn in an open and honest way suits my learning style and personality. I think this may have had something to do with the fact that I have been brought up on distance learning. I prefer being able to direct my own learning and much prefer to be able to do this at my own pace although this is inevitably not quite as flexible as I would like.  I also think I am quite a bit of a social learner and the advances in technology have really helped me interact and engage with others. What tools and resources do …

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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 ! 🙂 Any how here is the one I have just done … the ‘one I made earlier ‘will hopefully follow shortly ..:) My main …

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

Activity :Read Chapter 1, ‘Digital, networked and open’ 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 …

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Yay I found my sketch book …

Was soooo delighted to find my sketch book behind the sofa today with my scribbled notes on the Kerawalla  … Paper on Blogging and Richardson Paper on Student approaches to learning … Piccies here lest I lose it again 🙂 #knewtheyweresomewhere   Also we were asked to reflect on our learner experience of blogging so here is a brief mind map of my initial thoughts about blogging ( a work in progress ! )  

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Week 16 Activity 4

Activity 4 Your decision Find blogs that interest and engage you. Share the urls in the forum or include them in your blog, explaining one or two things that you like about them. What a fab activity ! Well I already have several blogs identified on my own blog in my ‘ blogs I follow’ list and it is soooo hard to try and narrow these down for this particular activity. I think I will stick to three particular blogs that I follow regularly and try and explain why. Blog 1 : The Ed Techie on open education, digital scholarship & over-stretched metaphors This is a blog by the lovely Professor Martin Weller. I love his blog for a couple of reasons. a)  It is simply very readable. Martin blogs regularly and you can always be sure of an entertaining and thought provoking read. b) The posts are very authentic, open …

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Deb is back … sort of

For those that know me well , you may recognise the significance of this little candle and therefore you will know and understand my absence over the last several weeks.  Suffice to say it has been a very difficult few months and I have been kept busy with personal stuff so I haven’t been able to engage online as much as I would have liked. Anyhow, I am back ( sort of ) and this is the start of my journey trying to engage again in the world at the beginning of a brave new chapter .. I still have stuff going on but I am determined to try and complete the final bit of my Masters in an attempt to keep myself sane … here goes

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H800 Week 3 OU LIVE REFLECTIONS ( When Charlie met Harry …. ?)

Reflecting on the experience of the OU LIVE tutorial and breakout room discussion and using the questions provided as a prompt … ( Permission has also been kindly given by all those involved to refer to comments etc ) What were your experiences and feelings during the session? I enjoyed the whole experience of the OU Live Session in Week 3 with Janet, Adrian, Cathy and Gillian ( although we lost connection with Cathy at the beginning :() …. I’m not new to OU Live but I found that there were some functions that I hadn’t used before in OU Live.   For example the ability to move between whiteboard views – reflecting on this I realise now that I have used the facility before to move between slides but hadn’t made the connection with the white board facility. Gillian took me through how to do this in (call it …

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