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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City of the dead

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I think that Managed Learning Environments are like Pompeii. Secondly, the new generation of social networking students don't want or need to be managed. They use FaceBook , MySpace , YouTube , Flickr , Bebo , MSN and a host of other free utilities to connect and share with their peer group outside of the university structure. The Personalised Learning Environment (PLE) will take their place. City of the dead.

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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.

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. Sometimes, the technology does get in the way of learning and teaching. Such tools are in fact large and complex networked systems, and are very expensive to buy if they are proprietary, and very time and labour intense if they are open source.

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. That never worked in the student bar and it won''t work on Facebook. Student groups tend to set up their own Facebook groups anyway, without any prompting from their teachers. When I''m invited in to a Facebook group or Google Hangout, I tend to lurk until asked a direct question.