My CPD in 2016: Part 2 #LTHEChat

#LTHEchat is another ongoing twitter chat that takes place one hour every week during University term time (on Wednesdays at 8:00 UK time). The purpose is to discuss various issues around Higher Education. The event was launched by Sue Beckingham (@suebecks) of Sheffield Hallam University and Chrissi Nerantzi  (@chrissinerantzi) of Manchester Metropolitan University in October 2014. Since 2015/2016 the event has been organised by a rotating team of volunteers who run it for a semester.

My first time attending #LTHEChat was November 5th, 2014. In 2016 I attended twenty times as is evidenced by my tweets from my timeline  (search #LTHEChat). When I cannot attend, I typically read the story which is published shortly after the chat. In 2016, I read 6 of the curated stories.

In 2016, I was invited to join the organising team during the January-March semester and I led the organising team in April-June. Organisation #LTHEChat means contacting the host, setting up the blog post, programming the automated tweets for account @LTHEchat, attending the chat and encouraging the community, curating the story and, in my case, creating a network map using TAGSexplorer. I was involved in the organisation of ten of the 2016 chats.

I was also awarded the Golden Tweeter award in July 2016.

Here is a summary of mt LTHEChat activities that counted towards my CPD in 2016. In the titles (A) means “attended” [1 hour CPD], (O) means “organised” [3 hours CPD], (S) means “read the story” [30 minutes CPD].

You’ll also find some of my reflections on individual chats by following the LTHEchat category in this blog.

My CPD in 2016: Part 1 #HEAChat

As part of my maintaining my professional registration as a Chartered Engineer (C.Eng.), I am now required to record and reflect on my CPD and have my training records for 2016 audited by the IET. This has meant going back through my calendar and trying to recall all the CPD events and activities that I was involved with for the last 18 months so that I can populate my historic data and then hopefully continue to record events in more real time thereafter. The IET has an online system for this called Career Manager, but once I’m up to date, I think it will be more beneficial to me and my readers, if I record my reflections in this blog and link those back to the IET’s records.

As part of my submission, I have been recalling my attendance at the monthly #HEAchat and here is a record if the events that I participated in last year. Those marked with an asterisk I actually participated live on the night. I consider those to be worth 1 hour CPD. The others that took place last year, I didn’t participate live, but I did follow up by reading the Stories. I am giving those a weight of 30 minutes CPD.

For the first two events, there doesn’t appear to be a working link to the stories neither in the blog posts nor my twitter archive, but I’m assuming that there must have been and that I read through the stories. If anyone has working links, perhaps they could let me know via the comments.

The four dimensional conference (*)

27th January 2016

Blog: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/four-dimensional-conference-using-social-media-conferences

The rearview mirror: Embedding conference learning in your teaching practice

27th February 2016

Blog: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/rearview-mirror-embedding-conference-learning-your-teaching-practice.

It looks like I made a story for this one: See Unofficial Storify of #HEAchat/#LTHEchat February 2016.

Teaching Excellence in Arts and Humanities

30 March 2016

Story: https://storify.com/HEA_chat/teaching-excellence-in-the-arts-and-humanities

Teaching and Learning in Law (*)

27 April 2016

Story: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/heachat-and-lthechat-27-april

New to Teaching

25th May 2016

I failed to attend this one following my accident last year! But I certainly read the story whilst recuperating.

Story: https://storify.com/cuthbert_kate/new-to-teaching-what-makes-for-a-successful-entry-

HE Teachers as Pedagogic Researchers (*)

28th June 2016

Story: https://storify.com/jess1ecat/heachat-28th-june-2016

Connection for Retention- building effective learning relationships (*)

27 September 2016

Blog: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/connection-retention-building-effective-learning-relationships.

A post I made at the time: #HEAChat/#LTHEChat on Student Retention.

Story: https://storify.com/Mannerings69/connection-for-retention

Striking a balance between internal and external pressures for using survey data

26th October 2016

Blog: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/striking-balance-between-internal-and-external-pressures-using-survey-data

Story: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/striking-balance-between-internal-and-external-pressures-using-survey-data

Interprofessional partnerships & collaborative practice (*)

25th November 2016

Blog: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/interprofessional-partnerships-collaborative-practice

Story: none published?

All in all, I reckon that that’s 5 hours CPD event by participating in the tweet chats and 2 hours self learning in 2016.

Inclusion is the key to successful TEL

In this article published by Turning Technologies – makers of audience response system TurningPoint, clickers and ResponseWare – Professor of Chemistry Education at the University of East Anglia and National Teaching Fellow Simon Lancaster (@S_J_lancaster) discusses how he is encouraging his colleagues to use Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) to engage students in lecture theatres. Here is a video of Simon’s keynote from the 2015 Sheffield Hallam University Learning and Teaching Conference in which he expands on and demonstrates these ideas.

Reposted from the LTEC Blog.

My Open Story for #101openstories

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As an engineer with a keen interest in software development and the web I suppose I come to “Open” with a philosophy formed from my exposure to the Open Source Software movement. I remember reading Raymond’s The Cathedral to the Bazaar, and being fascinated by Richard Stallman, the Gnu Project, and his idea of Copyleft introduced by the Gnu General Public Licence (GPL). When it came to YouTube and Flickr, making my works available via a CC-BY licence seemed the right thing to do. On the web, I’ve used Wikipedia extensively (as you can see from this post) and would agree with others that it’s one of the greatest Open Educational Resources that exist. I have a source code repository on GitHub where the sharp eyed may find the odd teaching resource made available to the public without necessarily having the right permissions.

As a practitioner, I suppose my Open Educational Practice began when I launched this Blog back in 2004. Fresh and Crispy (the name is a pun on my initials) was originally hosted on Blogspot. It has moved a couple of times to a various hosted WordPress and Ghost blogs on shared servers and virtual private servers before ending up hosted on WordPress, albeit with my domain name attached. Most of my early posts were around programming technologies like Java and Web applications. I joined Twitter in April 2007:

and a lot of my early tweets are about the Swansea Learning Lab, an early community of practice here at Swansea University. Here’s a typical (rather depressing) tweet:

I suppose a breakthrough for me came as a ed blogger came when I joined the Connectivist MOOC Plenk 2010 in September of that year.

I remember being dragged in and becoming somewhat obsessive about curating the discussion boards in that MOOC — the evidence of which seems to have sadly disappeared — but I was honoured by being called a Meerkat by one of the participants:

I started tweet chats quite early, #lrnchat (still going strong) was one of the first as the tweet above testifies.

Since then I’ve attended virtual ALT conferences, JISC and HEA events, been a participant and mentor on #BYOD4L, and an organizer on #LTHChat. and one or two further MOOCs.

I find it difficult to reflect on what benefits there have been for me, but there must have been lots. It’s even more difficult to judge what impact I’ve had. But I must have gotten something out of it along with sufficient positive feedback from my virtual friends and real colleagues otherwise I wouldn’t continue to be engaged.

Drafts that will never get written

Inspired by friend and colleague Debbie Baff’s “Homeless blog posts“, I’ve just had a look at my own WordPress draft posts folder. I clearly had things that I wanted to say 3 months ago and I had a critique of HEA fellowship (still not resolved) a month ago. I also haven’t posted anything that wasn’t a tweet since March 2.

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Perhaps we should all share our drafts (suitably redacted) from time to time, if only to spark us to get back on the blogging-bike.

Getting Started with Assessment and Feedback in HE

On March first, Prof Sally Brown, recognised expert in Assessment and Feedback for HE, delivered a Webinar on Getting Started with Assessment and Feedback as part of the Transforming Assessment series. The recording of the seminar, both as a Blackboard Collaborate session and on YouTube is now available and well worth watching as part of your CPD.

The link to the seminar page provides access to the  many resources for beginners in HE assessment mentioned in the Webinar. Sally Brown (twitter @ProfSallyBrown) and her partner Phil Race (@RacePhil) are both regulars at the weekly #LTHEChat. Both they and the Transforming Assessment resources are well worth getting to know.

[Cross posted from Getting Started with Assessment and Feedback in HE, Learning and Teaching Enhancement Centre (LTEC), College of Engineering, Swansea University.]

#BYOD4L: What will your story be?

Cross-posted from the LTEC Blog.

It’s new year. Winter seems to be coming. The students are busy. Time for some useful CPD?

On Monday 16 January 2017, the five day short online course Bring Your Own Device for Learning (#BYOD4L) starts its fifth run.

Structured around the five Cs: connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating and creating, this course aims to provide you with practical experience and ideas of how you and your students might exploit your mobile devices in your teaching to enhance your students’ learning. The course was conceived, created and originally facilitated by Chrissi Nerantzi (@chrissinerantzi) of Manchester Metropolitan University and Sue Beckingham of Sheffield Hallam (@suebecks). After 3 runs it has become a community facilitated event that gets bigger every time.

The course is free, informal, and fun. I should know, this will be my fourth time! It takes place on-line in WordPressTwitter (hashtag #BYOD4L), and Google+, and any other pop-up on-line communities that the participants might establish. Every morning the topic of the day is published (follow @BYOD4L or, if you prefer an email notification, subscribe to the BYOD4L web site). Every evening, at 8:00 pm GMT, there’s a fast and frenetic Tweetchat (think ‘Tw’eminar) on the topic of the day which you can join in by using hashtag #BYOD4Lchat.

Best of all, you can collect open badges for participation gather evidence of CPD that you can bring to your PGCertHE, HEA fellowship (initial application or evidence of good standing) and PDR. Mindful of this, for this run the organizers are encouraging us to share the stories of our experiences. So, to get your thinking, here’s one of mine.

I’ll be helping the facilitators Neil Withnell (@neilwithnell), Sheila McNeill (@sheilamcn), and Alex Spiers (@alexgspiers) as a volunteer mentor along with my SALT colleague Debbie Baff (@debbaff). LTEC will also be retweeting interesting snippets throughout the event as @sultec4.

Hope to see you there.