- ♻ @samanthaperry #xkcd on airport security stupididty – classic http://xkcd.com/651/ #
- RT @ivovegter: Sense, at last. Table mountain ‘Cable Card’ for SA citizens. Unlimited rides & skip Q for R490/y http://bit.ly/ewxC8L #
- Just read “Conversations in the cloud: The use of blogs to support learning in higher education” (http://bit.ly/gJr45r) Thanks @mpaskevi #
- RT @barrykayton: @michael_rowe More from Dave Pollard http://bit.ly/fyH6kG and http://bit.ly/gcG2Um. Interesting thoughts on communication #
- RT @barrykayton: When not to use email: http://bit.ly/hhbATp. I wish more people would read this and take its advice. #
- RT @weblearning: Recommend Digital Habitats http://bit.ly/him7vf – keep on finding it useful in a variety of contexts <– I agree #
- xkcd: Complex Conjugate http://bit.ly/dLXnic #
- Concept map exploring 4 learning theories, including connectivism http://bit.ly/ecFOte #
- Using CmapTools to Construct Activity Systems http://bit.ly/eOhgHo. Trying to get a handle on AT at the moment #
- @salfordgareth “…self-stapling photocopier…”? I dream of such things #
- #Zotero has released an alpha of their standalone app for all major platforms. Excited to try http://bit.ly/fdRy1A #
- The three conceptual layers of a Creative Commons License http://ow.ly/1rZUL7. Simple breakdown of a CC license #
- Why and How I Switched to a Standing Desk http://ow.ly/1rZUKf. This looks like an interesting idea #
- New MIT OpenCourseWare Initiative Aims to Improve Independent Online Learning http://ow.ly/1rZUJH #
- Deleted Status Updates Appearing in Facebook’s “Memorable Stories” Feature http://ow.ly/1rZUJ4 #
- RT @barrykayton: Great review of The Decision Book http://j.mp/fM1o6I. It will soon be available in Cognician as a cog. http://j.mp/hTX5aS #
- @sbestbier I’ll be at a writing workshop in Stellenbosch (awesome-ness!), but will come back to make sure you kids behave yourselves #
- @wesleylynch @sbestbier You guys going to Silicon Cape thing at La Med next week? #
- @mpaskevi I’d not seen your site before, thanks 4 heads up, will follow. Also, thanks 4 pointing out #foodgawker 🙂 B good 2 hook up again #
- @mpaskevi Sounds interesting. Is there anywhere online that you’re documenting the process? I’d like to keep in touch with what you’re up to #
- @mpaskevi Attended an activity theory workshop w Joanne Hardman last week, she mentioned u as 1 of her students. What work are you doing? #
- @cristinacost Was great to chat the other day, looking forward to seeing your results. Hopefully we can discuss more at #ECE 🙂 #
- More on online learning & the visually impaired. Useful links 4 anyone working with learners who have visual impairments http://ow.ly/1qQGws #
- Gilly Salmon’s 5 stage model http://ow.ly/1qQGsw #
- Social Learning in the Positivist Paradigm http://ow.ly/2D2kT #
- Presentation: A few minutes with John Cleese on creativity http://ow.ly/1qQDg5 #
- Multitasking Lowers Academic Performance http://ow.ly/1qQDfL #
- Dear Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Yers … Can We Please Move On? http://ow.ly/1qQDfa #
- Documents and Data… http://ow.ly/1qQy7b #
- 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 http://scr.bi/cxhwWm #readcast #
- Published Social Networks and Practice Knowlege (WCPT abstract) on Scribd http://scr.bi/cxhwWm #readcast #
- RT @francesbell: 3 ALT Learning Technologisits of the Year 😉 http://flic.kr/p/8zx9ip #
- @cristinacost Your colleagues…sure it’s them 🙂 in reply to cristinacost #
- Reflections on Blogging | Virtual Canuck http://bit.ly/awblvh #
- Is the Lecture Dead? http://ow.ly/1qQ0oP #
- Can MOOCs make learning scale? Dont assume that learning comes from the teacher http://ow.ly/1qQ0nY #
- IBM Helps Tennis Fans “See Through Walls” with Augmented Reality http://ow.ly/1qQ0hf #
- ResearchGATE Offers Social Networking for Scholars and Scientists http://ow.ly/1qQ0gf #
- 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 #
- @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 http://bit.ly/9LbZoq #
- Hot for Teachers w/ Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green ~ Stephen’s Web ~ by Stephen Downes http://bit.ly/bUrXby #
- The 2009 Chronic Awards | Very funny, a good read on a Saturday morning http://bit.ly/cfQixe #
- The Chronic | Bringing you the Ed Tech Buzz http://bit.ly/aSMNkZ #
- South African scientist Uses Google Earth to Find Ancient Ancestor http://tinyurl.com/y92thbz #
- Can You Get an Education in Spite of School? http://tinyurl.com/ybgdbzh #
- Resistance is Futile. Interesting thoughts in the iPad in education, by David Warlick http://tinyurl.com/ydgpjnm #
- 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 http://tinyurl.com/yajdgl7 #
- “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 #
- the lost art of solitude http://zenhabits.net/2010/04/solitude/ #
- @dkeats I use #hootsuite almost exclusively because everything I tweet is from the browser, so its already open. Besides, #AIR sucks #
- RT @openended: Ubuntu 10.10 to be codenamed Maverick Meerkat – http://arst.ch/hyt #
- RT @barrykayton: Just uploaded nine short video interviews about Cognician: http://bit.ly/9NIv77 #cognician #
- The Teaching Profession. A comment in what makes teaching “professional” http://tinyurl.com/yk7z8mr #
- Grades: An Acknowledgement That Schooling Is Insufficiently Rewarding http://tinyurl.com/yar4zet #
- The scientist and blogging. Short post from Downes on why you should blog http://tinyurl.com/yhrgy9w #
- The Difference between Lecture & Textbook? http://tinyurl.com/y8v66qp #
- Just upgraded to #afrihost uncapped ADSL, so impressed with the service from these guys, would recommend if you’re unhappy with #Telkom #
- @cristinacost Is there another platform we can use to share notes? I’d like to know more about how you’re using it, & share what we’re doing #
- @cristinacost loving it, going to run workshops with 2 classes next week, & assignments for the rest of the term, we can chat #
- @WhatAboutRob thanks for the tip, but I’m using Chromium almost exclusively now #
- @mpaskevi thanks for that, it works well, just what I need #
- Blown away that Print Screen + Paint is still the suggested method for screenshots in Windows http://ow.ly/1sYko. Any other suggestions? #
- Attitude Affects Learning. Students with low self concept in subjects don’t do as well as those with high concept http://tinyurl.com/yg8at25 #
- Just installed #WPMU and #buddypress for dept social network. Impressive apps, can’t wait to get students registered & assignments running #
- Career Advice: Decentralized Work: Inside Higher Ed (“work is not where you go, it’s what you do”) http://bit.ly/efY46 #
- Guide to Field Blogging | Virtual Canuck (links to presentation on blogging metaphors…quite interesting) http://bit.ly/1VR1hB #
- Emerging tech Africa – Online course by Siemens at Wikiversity, addressing concerns & opportunities of tech in Africa http://bit.ly/43LXtF #
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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?
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 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
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”.
- Boffins blogging; unlimited review. Interesting post on the changing nature of academic publication http://bit.ly/1axyFT #
- MIT World: free educational audio and video resources from LearnOutLoud.com http://bit.ly/1az5gg #
- Stixy: For Flexible Online Creation Collaboration and Sharing – interesting, may have application for student groups http://bit.ly/B3lxP #
- 12 Habits of Highly Effective ICT-Enabled Development Initiatives | bridges.org http://bit.ly/dvtxo #
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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.