April 25, 2017

Collaborative Projects: the pleasure and the pain

It was with great relief, and a sense of achievement, that I submitted my first assignment for ETL523 – Digital Citizenship in Schools – a collaboratively developed learning module published using wikispaces.

Our lecturer, @julielindsay, offered us words of advice around the need for empathy, communication, collaboration, leadership and compromise, to facilitate successful collaboration on this group assignment.

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August 11, 2016

Being open to digital scholarship

Realize what traditions you will need to carry forward but also question what is out there that will help make a difference and achieve new things.   (Aida Batlle)

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Martin Weller (Wales DTC, 2015) maintains that if he tried to sell the current protocols around academic publishing to a new audience today, people would not buy into it.  However, conservative, traditional, risk-averse academia stand by those protocols, as humorously noted by Emily Willingham in her post “Yes, Serious Academics Should Absolutely Use Social Media”.  Unfortunately, this seems to be an attitude that is shared by the education system as a whole, as it continues to cling to the brink of change, judging the value of a child’s education based on their achievements in statewide tests.

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August 5, 2016

Stop! But go too…

I think the manic energy of Mem Fox’s Magic Hat and the Wizard’s call for a halt can help inform our digital future:

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I really resonated with Selwyn’s (2010) article about critical study in educational technology, and our need to stop and focus and learn from the “state of the actual” instead of always looking for the “state of the art”.  At a recent Education Nation conference, Dr Simon Breakspear called for a slowing down too, when he suggested a halt to education research for the next 10 years, so that we don’t have to take on more new ideas without having time to try out what we already know.  Tongue in cheek perhaps, but heartfelt nevertheless.  It’s a challenging notion, given that we are living in a time when change is occurring at a phenomenal rate.

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