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Look forward to seeing this list develop Craig. I've been involved in some interesting discussions recently around using work owned devices and personal devices for learning (BYOD). Appreciate that the organisation I work for is in the financial services industry therefore information security, financial crime & associated risks are barriers when using any sort of 3rd party app, however these barriers can be overcome with the right will and solutions in place.
It does depend of course on how you intend to use the app e.g. what content and the sort of interactions expected through the app/device. I'm hoping your list will provide some other ideas on using mobile technologies that can help shape conversations in my org now and in the future.
1 year, 5 months ago on Getting your foot in the door
NickWestergaard I think I have found in my own experience that 'sleeping' at the start of a project often means not capturing what it is the project is actually looking to achieve or understanding who your stakeholders are. If you're not 'on-point' at the take off phase of your project then it makes for a bumpy flight and potentially a crash landing!
1 year, 8 months ago on What Do You Do at Take-Off?
If its an early flight then I have been known to fall asleep before take off and sleep right through to landing. How many people can say they can sleep through take off on a plane I wonder?
Craig thanks for adding the mind map really useful as a non attendee.
I understand you paraphrase but the assumptions being made that people aren't learning effectively whilst tapping on a mobile device is one that the learning community really need to move away from - quickly!
Since when did it become all about the facilitator - I need you looking at me, centre of attention, I'm the most important person here etc etc blah blah blah. Surely it is still about the people who attend your session taking away what's important to them in a way that suits them? Or have I missed something?
Linked to this and something that stood out for me was that a number of people who said that if THEY were facilitating would question if you were paying attention by tip tap tapping on a mobile device and whether you were genuinely taking notes!! WHAT!? "No I travelled to ELN in Sheffield to play on Angry Birds". In an adult learning environment surely it is up to individuals how much attention they pay or how they pay that attention, especially at a paying event. It's up to the attendee to assimilate, process, and (share) then apply the knowledge. In university a lecturer isn't going to go round to 200 students to check they've made notes or were listening - it's up to the student!
Sounds very much like old school views of........well school.....very Parent / Child here "You will attend my class and listen attentively, use standardised methods of taking notes and will not deviate from this or be different"
For the people who are put off by the person next to them or on the same table using something other than a pen and paper it would be good to understand why? Is it the loud noise that the devices make, it is the strong light that they emit or is it a genuine misunderstanding around what the devices enable people to do and that's what actually makes you feel uncomfortable?
I use a pen and paper, my phone and my tablet or laptop in sessions depending on the setting and type of session - the point is I have a choice and choose methods that work for me and my needs.
A suggestion to ELN in the future could be on the booking form to ask people if they are going to use a mobile device in the session and arrange seating accordingly.
Something like a tick box ____ 21st century learner / ______ Other
1 year, 8 months ago on I got it wrong….. Or did I?
I am a bit late to the party but seeing as I a) provided inspiration for the blog and b) am now moving from blog reader to blog commentator, I thought I would add my (long and rambling) thoughts around blogging.
I read somewhere that whilst the 'Read / Write' web has brought us so much that 'never before has so much content been read by so few'. Whilst blogging has in reality been going for ages, the easy access and tools that are now at our disposal really has meant that 'anyone' with an opinion or something to say can potentially push their content and provide access to potentially millions on people. Wow.....
This of course is going to appeal to those who 'think' they have got something interesting to say or that they are 'worth' listening to regardless of topic - there are a lot of self-confessed experts that because of the web get a lot more exposure through blogging than they ever would before.
Lets be honest though we are human, we NEED to be loved, we WANT to have people say good things about us and we all have a little something in ourselves (I think it's called ego) that drives some people to blog. Some people only blog to satisfy their own sense of ego and have no interest in self-reflection!
Let me be clear...this is not a reference to this blog Craig or any other fantastic blogs I have come across recently by new and old bloggers a like but I thing it's worth noting that some people don't blog for the 'right' reasons. So what are the right reasons?
As an internal blogger for about 18 months the reason I first started blogging was because I could and I was the first to do it (ego again?) but I soon started really enjoying writing about learning within my organisation and what was happening externally and where ever possible raising awareness about things I was passionate about. I believe the right reason to create, write and sustain a blog is passion, plain and simple.
Regardless of the topic if you talk with passion in your belly and have a genuine desire to learn about yourself , to tell others about your passion and to share this passion then it doesn't matter if you have 1 reader or 1 million readers. It is the passion however that then inspires others to read your blog and want to learn and share with you both about topics of interest and experiences. No-one should ever be 'nervous' about people NOT being interested in what they have to say as long as the reasons from the blog in the first place were right.
I have only come to appreciate this more recently, having met with more like minded people and people who share these passions both internally and externally. Blogging allows you to connect to people who 'get you' and also want to share the same passions as you. Through this, great and stimulating conversations can happen that can provide more light bulb moments or just an opportunity to share thoughts and ideas that you wouldn't always get the opportunity to do.
This is also the reason why I'm going from blog reader to blog commentator to become more involved with people I've met who share my passions and interests and to try and learn from these people on my own journey.
What do you think Craig am I making sense or should I stick to just reading blogs lol?
2 years, 1 month ago on Oh well, at least somebody’s finding my work of use…