The survival of higher education (3): The Social Web

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Below are four reasons why the Social Web and associated media are changing higher education. Firstly.the Social Web connects people together At Plymouth University, we very quickly began to explore the ways Social Web tools could support our students. Here social media were used to connect people, enabling them to collaborate together in project work, small group learning and online discussions. Digital Learning: Repurposing Education.

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7 ways to support learner-teacher interaction

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Here''s a few ideas for you to consider: 1) Lecturers can make sure they maintain dialogue with their students through participation in social media sites. 2) One popular social media site - Twitter - is a different proposition entirely. Interactions can be managed around a specific hashtag related to the course, or can be private between the tutor and students using the Direct Message (DM) option. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e''s.

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The future of learning

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The Future of Learning View more presentations from Steve Wheeler. With the upsurge in ownership of smart mobile devices such as iPhones, Androids and Blackberries, the rapid social penetration of touchscreen computers such as iPads, and an increase in the purchase of Kindles and other e-reader devices, the future of learning is definitely smart mobile. 80 per cent or so of the learning that most of us engage in is of an informal nature.

Punk learning

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By 1977, punk music had emerged as a creative force to be reckoned with. Many punk bands created their own labels and fanzines, promoting their music to new audiences by subverting the rules, challenging the established way of doing things and creating a new and vibrant culture of creativity. Punk learning (some would call it Edupunk ) reflects that seventies music ethos. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's.

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Learning first, technology second

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Learning should always come before technology. Ideas range from games based learning , to the use of social media and networking, to simpler approaches such as the use of digital cameras in art or data logging in science. Blogging can be used to engage children in creative writing , while making videos is excellent for problem solving and collaborative work. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching.

The personal web

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Personal Web Tools (PWTs) are thought by some to be synonymous with PLEs (Personal Learning Environments) but the two should not be confused. The authors of the Horizon Report (I cannot recommend the Horizon Report series highly enough) succinctly define the personal web as "a term coined to represent a collection of technologies that confer the ability to reorganize, configure and manage online content rather than just viewing it".