Twitter Weekly Updates for 2011-01-24

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-09-13

  • More on online learning & the visually impaired. Useful links 4 anyone working with learners who have visual impairments #
  • Gilly Salmon’s 5 stage model #
  • Social Learning in the Positivist Paradigm #
  • Presentation: A few minutes with John Cleese on creativity #
  • Multitasking Lowers Academic Performance #
  • Dear Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Yers … Can We Please Move On? #
  • Documents and Data… #
  • As clinicians we tend 2 focus on results that are easy to measure e.g. ROM, & ignore ones that are hard e.g. learning, hope, quality of life #
  • Strange how some people’s first intuition re. open learning practices is that their colleagues will “steal from them”? #
  • Presentation on blended learning in clinical education for SASP went well, good discussion afterwards, some resistance from academics #
  • Reading Social Networks and Practice Knowlege (WCPT abstract) on Scribd #readcast #
  • Published Social Networks and Practice Knowlege (WCPT abstract) on Scribd #readcast #
  • RT @francesbell: 3 ALT Learning Technologisits of the Year 😉 #
  • @cristinacost Your colleagues…sure it’s them 🙂 in reply to cristinacost #
  • Reflections on Blogging | Virtual Canuck #
  • Is the Lecture Dead? #
  • Can MOOCs make learning scale? Dont assume that learning comes from the teacher #
  • IBM Helps Tennis Fans “See Through Walls” with Augmented Reality #
  • ResearchGATE Offers Social Networking for Scholars and Scientists #
  • RT @SalfordPGRs: Huge congratulations to Cristinacost on ALTC Learning Technologis award!! #
  • Was away the whole of last week planning for next year, making 2 big curricular changes, combining some theory subjects, and moving to OSCEs #
  • Just finished a week of assisting with clinical exams for #Stellenbosch good learning experience, one learns so much from colleagues #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-12

  • @sbestbier enjoyed it too, been thinking about ways to break away from the linear presentation, looking forward to your thoughts #
  • @clivesimpkins Good idea, I’ll bring it up with him & ask about opening the platform to other students for editing #
  • Never really had much use for mindmapping, so when I played with #xmind before, it didn’t really impress me. Boy, have I changed my tune #
  • @clivesimpkins …but, I take your point and might bring it up with him later #
  • @clivesimpkins As it was initiated by the student & is a great eg of social responsibility, I thought I’d only encourage at this early stage #
  • The Youth issues of South Africa: Current issues that are tearing us apart! Beginnings of a blog by one of our students #
  • Hot for Teachers w/ Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green ~ Stephen’s Web ~ by Stephen Downes #
  • The 2009 Chronic Awards | Very funny, a good read on a Saturday morning #
  • The Chronic | Bringing you the Ed Tech Buzz #
  • South African scientist Uses Google Earth to Find Ancient Ancestor #
  • Can You Get an Education in Spite of School? #
  • Resistance is Futile. Interesting thoughts in the iPad in education, by David Warlick #
  • Thinking is hard… #
  • Busy capturing data for test-retest reliability analysis of my questionnaire…behind the scenes of being a research rock-star #
  • Personalizing Learning – The Important Role of Technology #
  • “Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?” Douglas Adams #

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2010-04-05

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-10-19

  • Career Advice: Decentralized Work: Inside Higher Ed (“work is not where you go, it’s what you do”) #
  • Guide to Field Blogging | Virtual Canuck (links to presentation on blogging metaphors…quite interesting) #
  • Emerging tech Africa – Online course by Siemens at Wikiversity, addressing concerns & opportunities of tech in Africa #

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Is blogging the “new” lifestream?

A little while ago I was wondering what platform I could use to aggregate my various online properties (Flickr, Delicious, Twitter, etc.) in a so-called “lifestream” and someone suggested that Friendfeed might be feasible. I looked into it for a while, but couldn’t commit to it because something didn’t feel right about using one service to point to all the other services.

With the recent Facebook acquisition of Friendfeed, I figured out what I didn’t like about using Friendfeed as a gateway, and that is that it’s not mine and never will be. It’s unlikely, but what if Facebook decided to kill Friendfeed? That in itself wouldn’t make a huge difference because Friendfeed would only be aggregating my content that is hosted elsewhere. But the principle is that building on a platform I don’t control just seems like a bad idea.

Which brings me to the blog…or at least, the self-hosted blog. With all the plugins available nowadays, it’s possible to incorporate virtually any content from most of the popular services, directly into the blog. I’ve had my Twitter and Flickr streams on /usr/physio for ages, and in the last few months have included additional content from Slideshare and Scribd. My blog is not going to go away anytime soon because I control the platform, down to the version of the software I run. No matter what services crop up that I decide to make use of, it’s only a matter of time before someone writes a plugin that I can use to incorporate that content into my site.

Of course there are issues with interaction on the blog, with most commenting systems incapable of integrating with each other (i.e. my Twitter feed is displayed on my blog, but any reader can only respond via Twitter, rather than directly from the blog…and the same goes with any other services that I’m using). But this problem would exist with any current “lifestreaming” platform.

So, is the blog going to make a comeback?

Reflective blogging assignment – finished

Earlier this year I gave my final year physiotherapy students a blogging assignment as part of their Professional Ethics module.  The goal of the assignment was to read a selection of articles that were relevant to coursework that had been discussed in class, to reflect on those readings, and then to post a blog entry as a reflection.  Others in the class could then read those posts and provide feedback in the form of comments, hopefully stimulating further reflection and discussion.

In general, the assignment was a great success among the students, with many of them reporting high levels of satisfaction with the project.  For my own part, I’ve learned a huge amount, not only about the technical aspects of co-ordinating and supporting a project like this, but also in student behaviour and attitudes towards the use of blogging as part of the curriculum.

I presented the process we went through during this assignment at the SAAHE conference earlier this month, and you can see my presentation here.   I’m also currently supervising an undergraduate research group who are evaluating the results of the platform as a means of facilitating reflection among students.  Hopefully the results of that study will be published at some stage in the future.

Here’s a link to the project.  I’d love to hear any feedback you might have.  Please bear in mind that for many of these students, English is not their first language and prior to this assignment, none of them had any experience with blogging.  In addition to that, about a third of them didn’t have access to the internet at home, and another third only had a dialup connection.  In light of these challenges, I’m very proud of what they managed to achieve.

My presentation at SAAHE 2009

My presentation at SAAHE looked at the use of blogging as a tool to facilitate ethical and clinical reasoning among final year physiotherapy students in my department. The abstract is available here, and I’ve shared the presentation slides on Slideshare.

You can either view it online, or download it. I’ve shared it under this Creative Commons license that allows you to do anything you want with it under the following conditions:

  • You may not sell it
  • If you share or adapt it (and you may), you must tell people where you got it from
  • If you share it, you must share it under the same conditions that you received it

I should also mention that it’s available in the OpenDocument format. OpenOffice is a free office suite (similar to Microsoft Office) that’s capable of working with this format.

Full URL to access the presentation on Slideshare:

Note: I also took the opportunity to upload some of the other presentations I’ve given recently (also in OpenDocument format). See the tab, “More by user”.

Twitter Weekly Updates for 2009-06-07

  • Boffins blogging; unlimited review. Interesting post on the changing nature of academic publication #
  • MIT World: free educational audio and video resources from #
  • Stixy: For Flexible Online Creation Collaboration and Sharing – interesting, may have application for student groups #
  • 12 Habits of Highly Effective ICT-Enabled Development Initiatives | #

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Blogging downturn

This term has been a bit mental so far, which is why I’ve cut back considerably on the blog. Between clinical supervision, preparing for exams, extra courses and research, I’m finding it hard to keep up. It’s not permanent and once things have slowed down, I’ll get back into it.  Here’s a brief update on what’s going on with me:

  • My abstract for “Blogging as a reflective tool in physiotherapy ethics” (or something like that) has been accepted for presentation at the SAAHE conference.
  • A quick review of the Ethics blogging assignment has been very positive and I’ve received some great feedback from students, who really enjoyed it.  This is the project that the presentation mentioned above will be based on.
  • The Mozilla Open Education course continues with minor technical problems. It’s difficult to stay on track with everything else that’s happening but the course participants are fantastic with documenting what’s happening, so I can always follow the main themes.

That’s it for now.  I’m hoping to get back on track with the blog soon and in the meantime I’ll try to keep up with short posts like this that don’t need much research.