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

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This is a continuation from yesterday''s blog post on changing times and the survival of higher education. 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. One of the most popular activities on our wiki based learning programmes was called ‘goldmining’.

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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.

Thinking around corners

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I have been doing that for a while, with wikis, blogs and the like, circumventing the university portal. As I write this I am listening to Graham Attwell's Emerging Mondays podcast, where he is in converstion with Jim Groom (dubbed the 'poster boy' for Edupunk, whatever that means). Anything an MLE can do, the social web can do just as well, if not better. Check out more on Edupunk on Stephen Downes blog , here at Professors go edupunk , and also in the Wikipedia pages.