EPALE-Schwerpunktthema: Soziale Medien in der Erwachsenenbildung

Auf EPALE („E-Plattform für Erwachsenenbildung in Europa“) haben sich im Februar einige Artikel eingefunden, die für den Einsatz von Social Media in der Erwachsenenbildung werben. Die Beispiele stammen aus ganz Europa und unterschiedlichen Bereichen. In einem Beitrag zählt  EPALE Themenkoordinator Andrew McCoshan folgende Vorteile des Einsatzes von Social Media auf: „Flexibility“, „Stimulating collaboration“, „‘Real-world’ connectivity“ und „Involving learners in finding and sharing resources“.

Und er legt noch sechs praktische Einsatzszenarien nach: „1. Group chats“, „2. Sending tweets“, „3. Keeping and collating educational resources“, „4. Using personal blogs“, „5. Sharing photos“ und „6. Recording and posting videos“.
Barbara Hiller, EPALE, 1. Februar 2018

En passant die Trends aus der Weiterbildung entdecken

“Wie Sie Social Media nutzen können, um sich über Weiterbildungstrends auf dem Laufenden zu halten”, so leitet Lutz Goertz (mmb Institut) diese kurze Arbeitshilfe ein. Sie enthält einige Kriterien und konkrete, nützliche Tipps zum Einsatz von Twitter und Xing, versucht allerdings nicht, diese Anmerkungen mit etwas zu verknüpfen, was ich “Persönliches Wissensmanagement” nenne. Dazu würde gehören, das “auf dem Laufenden zu halten” in einen weiteren Zusammenhang von Wissensarbeit und Vernetzung zu stellen.
Lutz Goertz, wb-web/ Blog, 4. Mai 2017

So long Instagram, it was fun

Yesterday I switched off another network, Instagram.

There are a few reasons for this. It was inevitable, really. So how did it get to this and why?

  • Whilst I used to love the filters, and making my relatively mundane photos look fun or interesting, I am fed up with seeing everything else through a filter.
  • The search was pretty useless; you couldn’t save a search, there were accounts or #hashtags I wanted to keep track of but not follow, etc.
  • The app would regularly hog over 1GB of storage, and on a 16GB iPhone that’s a whole heap of space I could use for something else.
  • Until this last week there was no two-factor authentication, and lots of stories of people hacked and locked out of the accounts.
  • Facebook owns it, therefore we’re all feeding into the Facebook approach to security and data access.
  • Spam. At the end I was getting 5-10 likes per photo from spam accounts selling 1000’s of likes or followers, usually using a busty woman as their avatar, and with a randomly generated username. I was also blocking 2-5 accounts per day who started following me. They were inappropriate or accounts (not people, they were mostly bots fishing – of phishing – for followers and likes) I didn’t want to be associated with.
  • I don’t ‘do’ selfies. 
  • Instagram T&Cs state it can use my photos whenever and wherever it wants.
  • Ads. Oh, the bloody ads and promoted accounts. And the fake accounts.
  • Everyone I know/knew on Instagram I am also connected with on either Twitter or Facebook, so I will probably see their (your) filtered snaps at some point.
  • The pressure to post something interesting. Regularly.

I deleted the app a week ago. Initially I missed it, really missed it, as I used to search for things of interest: motorbikes, lifestyle, research places, etc. But I can find the exact same things elsewhere, I don’t actually need Instagram for that. I can still see their Instagram photos using the web interface anyway [wink]. Examples: here and here.

I started using Instagram probably about 6 years ago (I can’t check the exact date now, the account is deceased), shortly after it launched, and used it mainly for conference and workshop activity. Over the years I do less of that now, but still took more photos of family, locations, food, etc. (like everyone else). But, and here’s the real reason, I was becoming more and more desperate to try and find something new to do or somewhere new to go just so I could check-in (I dumped FourSquare back in 2012) or tag myself there, and share a photo even I found pretty boring. My phone stored the original photo and the filtered version so, unless I deleted them off my phone in a vain attempt at recovering some lost storage, I’ve still got the photos.

It’s kind of sad really, this is all that’s left … “Sorry, this page isn’t available.” I kind of wished I had the option to ‘leave a message’ when I disabled the account, leaving one photo as some sort of tribute to the 2.5k or so photos I created in Instagram.

What do other people say about quitting Instagram? Read this and this and this and this. Most search results are of the likes of Bieber (I can’t believe I’ve just included him on my blog. I feel dirty) or Star Wars’ Daisy Ridley, but for reasons of harassment. This is another reason I am considering my online activity. I’ve not been the subject of anything like this – I’ve had a few ‘tough’ tweets from someone who didn’t agree with me, but that’s part and parcel of a generic conversation, not only online activity, so I accept that.

So, if I’ve taken this step, is any other network at risk of being culled? Well, yes, I’ve already written about my (current) mood and Twitter. I’ve also talked about deleting my Facebook account too – I deleted the app a year ago and only use a browser to access it now. I’ve not deleted FB, yet, because there are friends I keep in touch with only through FB. But let’s be honest, it’s not really keeping the friendship alive, it’s just keeping in very-lose touch, stalking them almost. I might just take the plunge, posting one last update saying

“I’m going to delete my Facebook account. if you want to stay in touch you have one week to send me a message or reply saying you want to stay in touch. We’ll exchange phone numbers, email and postal addresses, and stay in touch the nice old way. And arrange to chat and meet up more regularly too. How about it?”

Here are some articles about breaking up with Facebook: here and here

Image source: Pexels (CC0)

How to Build an Engaged Event Community

Programmmanager in der Weiterbildung stehen vor derselben Herausforderung, vor der auch viele Konferenzveranstalter stehen: Wie verwandelt man einen Event (einen Lern-Event) in ein nachhaltiges Erlebnis? Wie werden aus Teilnehmern des Events (des Seminars, des Workshops) engagierte Mitglieder einer Community? Von daher bietet diese Handreichung (11 S.) die richtigen Impulse. Man sollte allerdings beim Lesen im Hinterkopf behalten, dass die Herausgeber sich auf “Event Technology” (Event Apps) spezialisiert haben …
DoubleDutch, 16. März 2016

HR go digital or die?

Wenn HR die digitale Transformation gestalten will, muss es die eigenen Instrumente auf den Prüfstand stellen. Die aktive Auseinandersetzung mit Social Media ist ein Muss, und Harald Schirmer (Continental) füttert diese Auseinandersetzung mit wichtigen Stichworten, Links und Empfehlungen: von “1. Worin liegt der Mehrwert?” bis “8. Do’s and Don’ts bei der Nutzung innerhalb des Unternehmens”.
Harald Schirmer, Blog, 21. März 2016


Is LinkedIn still relevant?

I have a LinkedIn account and profile – here it is: https://uk.linkedin.com/in/davidmhopkins

I think it’s OK – nothing special, nothing outstanding. I’ve put a little effort into making it what it is, making sure it’s up to date, professional, and that I have appropriate and relevant connections. I am fully aware of how this ‘shop window’ into my work can work for or against me at any time, even when I’ve been ignoring it for months on end.

Those who know me will know that I moved from Bournemouth University to the University of Leicester in 2012, and again on to the University of Warwick in 2014. I am certain that online professional persona was used as part of the interview/hiring process (let’s face it, they’d have missed a trick if they didn’t use them!) as well as my CV and application forms – my Twitter feed, my LinkedIn profile, my (under-used) Google+ stream, SlideShare presentations, published books, etc.

This is why it’s important to spend a little time keeping your profile up to date, trim the connections (or not accept those you don’t know in some way), post updates and projects, etc.

This LinkedIn Snakes and Ladders from Sue Beckingham is just perfect for anyone who has a LinkedIn profile, student or staff. Sue makes important suggestions on what will help or hinder your profile, like adding projects, publications, and a professional photo (help) or sharing trivia, posting insensitive or unprofessional updates (hinder).

LinkedIn snakes or ladders? from Sue Beckingham

My question is, do we still need LinkedIn? Are those of use who are active elsewhere (Twitter, FaceBook, Google, blogs, etc.) doing enough already, or do we need this ‘amalgamator’ that is LinkedIn to pull our work together? Do you use LinkedIn to find out about people you encounter?

Note: I don’t use the LinkedIn Premium. Does anyone?

Image source: Patrick Feller (CC BY 2.0)

50 Most Influential HE Professionals Using Social Media #Jisc50social

For a month or two JISC has been asking for names and nominations to a new list they’ve been producing – 50 Most Influential HE Professionals Using Social Media. Well, the time has come and the final list has been announced.

There are some wonderful people on this list I am proud to know and call friends, and some I’m not previously aware of and will be looking at (hmm, sounds a bit stalker’ish, sorry) to learn about what they do, why, and how.

“The final line-up – chosen by a panel of social media experts, including award-winning social media editor for Times Higher Education Chris Parr, Insider Higher Ed journalist and blogger Eric Stoller, and Teacher Training Videos founder Russell Stannard, as well as Jisc’s David Kernohan and Sarah Knight – features an impressive mix of academics alongside vice-chancellors, librarians and IT and support staff.”

The final 50 features outstanding cases of social media use that others could benefit from, and we will be looking to highlight some of this excellent practice in the weeks to come.”

Even more helpful than the list is also the Twitter list, making it easier to follow the work of all those on the list.

Again, it’s an honour to be on the list, and I’d just like to sat how much I enjoy being ‘social’, talking about and sharing ideas and experiences, and above all hearing all about the wonderful things people are doing with students, learning, engagement, collaboration, technology, communication, and each other.

Adult Education and Social Media

Elm (European Lifelong Learning Magazine) ist eine neue Online-Publikation, eine finnisch/ deutsch/ dänische Koproduktion, die sich aus europäischer Perspektive Fragen des lebenslangen Lernens und der Erwachsenenbildung widmen will. So richtig neu ist es aber nun auch nicht, führt es doch die Geschichte zweier bestehender Medien, LLinE (Lifelong Learning in Europe) and InfoNet Adult Education, fort.

Die erste Themen-Ausgabe über Social Media in der Weiterbildung liegt nun vor. Sie besteht aus verschiedenen Formaten: einem Essay (”Critical awareness in the realm of abundance”), der “SM literacy” als Schlüsselkompetenz beschreibt; Three Voices (”Social media in 2015: visual and omnipresent”) mit kurzen Statements zur Gegenwart und Zukunft von Social Media (Video, Video und Video …); einer Debatte (”Distraction machine or learning utopia?”), in der Geert Lovink mit interessanten Argumenten für eine “Entschleunigung” der Mediennutzung plädiert:

“For me, learning is deep learning, and that is opposite to the real-time social pressures of updating. My advice would be to focus on the slow tools of knowledge production such as databases, archives, wikis, search engines and so on. We need to un-hype social media urgently, ban the public conversations about them and urgently focus on the incredible diversity of collaborative online tools that is out there.”

Dann gibt es noch einen Artikel über Gamification und Lerngruppen auf Facebook (”From social to engaging? - learning groups and gamification”). Und Weiteres. Kurz: Lesenswert.
Elm (European Lifelong Learning Magazine), 29. September 2015

Mein Urlaub-Mail-Experiment

Für Luis Suarez ist es wohl mittlerweile ein Lebenswerk (”A World Without Email”). Christian Spannagel hat daraus ein 15-tägiges Urlaubsexperiment gemacht. Seine einleitende Beobachtung: “Mails sind also eher ‘ich muss’, soziale Medien eher ‘ich will’.” Fremdbestimmt und selbstbestimmt. Nach 15 Tagen Abstinenz hat er ausgezählt und ausgewertet. Nichts passiert! Mir gefällt der Trick, solche Projekte als “Experimente” zu deklarieren und damit gleichzeitig über das eigene “persönliche Wissensmanagement” nachzudenken. Ich überlege schon, was ich einmal riskieren könnte …
Christian Spannagel, cspannagel, dunkelmunkel & friends, 28 September 2015

Day 1 #ALTC 2015

This 10th ALT Conference is possibly the largest yet, hosted at the Universty of Manchester, over 3 days with 4 invited keynote speakers, 185 sessions (although some look to have been cancelled), and over 500 expected delegates.

Kicking us off today was an impressive session from Steve Wheeler and two of his students; Becca Smallshaw and Kate Bartlett. Steve covered the kinds of subjects I’ve heard him speak about before, but he stopped short of the usual keynote and handed it over to Becca and Kate. Using the time with them to talk about the expectations and experiences of students, they both handed the alien, and probably quite nerve wracking, experience of 500+ people hanging on their every word extremely well.

I spoke with Steve afterwards and he took great pains to explain that this part of the keynote was not scripted or rehearsed, that Becca and Kate knew very little of his slides; they kind of knew what he might ask them, but not in details. They were free to answer openly and honestly, which for me makes their performance and answers all the more credible and insightful. huge respect to them both for standing there today in front of us!  

Covering aspects of student engagement, assessmet, coursework, technology (obviously), social and digital footprints, etc. the insight from Becca and Kate into what a student looks for should give the rest of us something to think about as we gear up to a new academic year.

As promised, here are my sketchnotes from Steve’s session:

ALTC 2015, Day one, Sketchnote

Image souce: David Hopkins (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

I’m sorry to say I didn’t make any more notes until the afternoon session presented by my old colleauges from Leicester. Nick Gretton and Matt Mobbs presented their workshop around the statistics of Leicester’s successful FutureLearn MOOCs and focussed it around the activity of designing ad evaluating online courses from a similar theory.

In teams we were asked to design ILOs and assessment criteria for a fictional1 week, 2 hour MOOC, on how to ride a bike. Unfortunately time was against us, we were not able to share our work with the other groups, but a good discussion occurred towards the end around the sbuject of the value of MOOCs (financial ad pedagogical) as well as the impact they have (institutionall and globally).

Again, here are my sketches  – sorry I didnt’ get it all down, my sore throat and lack of sleep was really beginning to take it’s toll!

ALTC 2015, Day one, Sketchnote

Image source: David Hopkins (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

Anyway, on to Day two tomorrow. Hopefully I’ll be back up to full strength. If anyone is interested, this is my workstation in the hotel roo; not easy, but effective none the less.

ALTC workstation

Image source: David Hopkins (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)