Over the last couple of years, I’ve found it really difficult to contribute to my blog. What energy I have has gone into maintaining my TiddlyWiki Journal. However, with the extra time (?) allowed by the Corona Virus lockdown, I’ll try to do a little more here.
I’ll be starting slow, perhaps the odd tweet and link to my journal page, but hopefully, I’ll establish a rhythm and move to longer and more interesting posts.
Today I was mostly home working on course preparation (Journal Entry for April 1) and joining in LTHChat 173.
Hopefully, there’ll be more tomorrow.
If you take a TAGS file (I used this one: BYOD4L 2016-2017 (@cpjobling)) and sort it in time order, you can then copy column Q (status_url) and paste the data into the HTML view of a WordPress page or Post to get a similar archive to that which @Storify produces.
Unfortunately, there seems to be a limit (on hosted WordPress at least) and only the first N tweets are shown (where N is to be determined). If there are more than N, only the links are shown. Also, retweets will need to be romoved from the data because they are not shown correctly.
(There is a bug in TAGS, the HTTPS protocol has to be used for WordPress to embed a tweet, but Martin records HTTP in the status URLs … A simple fix.)
LTHEChat returned last night with a chat on Staff and Student “Digital” Development led by Simon Thompson (@digisim) supported by the new backroom team.
There will be a Storify but I thought I would provide a personal curation of the key conversations that I engaged with or noticed during and after the chat.
This is made easier by a WordPress feature that converts the URL of a tweet into an embedded tweet.
Hint: click on the embedded tweets to access the conversations.
#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].
- 13th January 2016, We are back #LTHEchat No 42 with #BYOD4Lchat (A). Story: #BYOD4Lchat #LTHEchat Day 3, January 2016: Curating.
- 20th January 2016, #LTHEchat No 43 with Prof. Norman Jackson (A). Story: #LTHEchat No 43 with Prof. Norman Jackson,
- 3rd February 2016, #LTHEchat No 44 with Chris Wiley @Chris_Wiley: Using music creatively to enhance non-music teaching (S). Story: #LTHEchat No 44 with @chris_wiley Using Music creatively to enhance non-music teaching.
- 8th February, I join the team. See I’ve been invited to join the LTHEchat team.
- 10th February 2016, First bilingual #LTHEchat with Julie Tardy @jtardy81: Integrating complexity in curriculum designs. (OA). Story: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-45-with-julie-tardy-julie-tardy-integrati
- 17th February 2016, #LTHEchat No 46 Sue Watling (@suewatling): Digital inclusion and accessibility (OA). Story: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-45-with.
- 2nd March 2016, #LTHEchat No 47 02 March Dr. Sam Illingworth (@samillingworth): Interdisciplinarity in HE learning and teaching (OS). Story: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-47.
- 9th March 2016, #LTHEchat No. 48. 09 March. Open Education Week special with Leo Havemann @leohavemann and Javiera Atenas @jatenas (OA). Story: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-48-with-leo.
- 16th March 2016, #LTHEchat 49. 16 March. ‘Students are asking questions’ with Haleh Moravej (@HalehMoravej) and students of MMU (OA). This was the first of the LTHEchats that specifically targeted students. Story: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-49-students-are-asking-questions-with-hal.
- 6th April 2016 (OA), #LTHEchat 50 6 April – Students as Partners with Professor Julie Hall @julieh8 and students. Story: LTHEchat 50: Students as Partners with @julieh8 and students.
- 13th April 2016, #LTHEchat 51: Networks of distributed creativity with Laura Gogia, Frances Bell and Catherine Cronin (OA). The Storify is here: LTHEchat 51: Networks of Distributed Creativity. TAGS: http://hawksey.info/tagsexplorer/?key=1D_AwcE2CWpEbmZyx4zsuxZ5Nb3ZvzzZXZ0dS3bNhFh8&sheet=Archive.
- 20 April 2016, #LTHEchat 52: Managing negative use of social media and cyberbullying, Dr Bex Lewis (OA). The Storify is here: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-52. The TAGSexplorer 6 visualisation is here: http://bit.ly/lthechat52.
- 4th May 2016, #LTHEchat No 53 with Dr Mark McGuire @mark_mcguire (OA). The Storify is #LTHEChat 53: Connecting Classes. The TAGSexplorer 6 visualisation is LTHEchat 53.
- 11th May 2016, #LTHEchat 54. 11 May. ‘Students are asking questions … about assessment and exams’ (A). The Storify can be found here : https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-54-student-questions. Network visualisation using Martin Hawksey’s (@mhawksey) TAGSexplorer: http://bit.ly/lthechat54.
- 18th May 2016, #LTHEChat 55 : Bilingual German/English May 18th – Opening-up HE for non-traditional students, Martina Emke (@martinaemke) (OA). The Storify can be found here http://sfy.co/d11VP. The TAGSexplorer 6 visualisation is LTHEchat 55.
- 25th May 2016, #LTHEChat 56: Innovative Pedagogy in Higher Education, with Prof. Ale Armellini (@alejandroa) (S). Storify: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-56.
- June 8th 2016, #LTHEChat 57: Open CPD with Chris Rowell @chri5rowell (A). Storify for Open CPD: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-57-open-cpd-with-chris-rowell.
- June 15th 2016, #LTHEChat 58: Distance Learning with Simon Horrocks (@horrocks_simon) (A). The Storify: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-57629476cd8e8c523eda4a36.
- 1st July 2016, #LTHEChat 59: Essay mills and academic verification: The sky is falling. The sky is falling! With Dr. Mike Reddy, @doctormikereddy (A). Story: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-59-essay-mills-and-academic-verification-.
- 13th July 2016, EXTRA #LTHEchat: What do we know about the experiences of online learners? with @helenbeetham and @loumcgill (S). The Storify is here: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-60. A TAGSExplorer and searchable TAGS archive for the chat is also available.
- 14th September 2016, #LTHEChat 61: Part time learners. With Linda Robson @LindaOpen (A). The Storify is available here. As there were over 800 tweets this has been curated to make it more easily readable. The visualisation is available here with thanks to Chris Jobling @cpjobling.
- 21st September 2016, #LTHEChat 62: Assessment and student engagement. With Dawn Alderson @dawn_alderson and Robert Dragan @robert_dragan (A). Story: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/lthechat-62-assessment-and-student-engagement.
- 5th October 2017, #LTHEchat 63: The University Library in the 21st Century. With Isobel Gowers @Isobel_Gowers (S). Story: https://storify.com/LTHEchat/the-university-library-in-the-21st-century.
- 12th October 2017, #LTHEchat 64: Students are asking (more) questions.(A). The Storify is available here.
- 19th October 2017, #LTHEChat 65: Feedback and feed-forward: language and timing. With Phil Race @RacePhil (A). Story: The Storify is available here.
- 2nd November 2017, #LTHEchat 66: The porous university (S). Storify of the chat.
- 9th November 2016, #LTHEchat 67:Using data and artificial intelligence to improve learning and teaching. (A). You can view the Storify here.
- 16th November 2016, #LTHEchat 68:What motivates us to use digital tools for learning and teaching? (A). The storify is available here.
- 23rd November 2016, #LTHEChat 69: Student induction or information overload? With Clare Thomson @ClareThomsonQUB (S). The storify is available here.
- 7th December 2016, #LTHEchat 70: Linguistic diversity in the classroom and online. (A). The storify available here.
- 12th December 2016, #LTHEchat 71: Christmas special with Daniel Scott (A).
You’ll also find some of my reflections on individual chats by following the LTHEchat category in this blog.
Another record breaking #LTHEChat was hosted on Wednesday 16th November by @digisim Simon Thomson. The Storify was curated by @ladyculottes Haley Atkinson who had to slim down the 1500 or so tweets, side conversations and spam posts to extract the essential essence.
View the story “#LTHEchat 68: What motivates us to use digital tools for learning and teaching?” on Storify
Once you’ve read the story, you may like to answer this question in the comments.
As part of our preparation for our presentation for Social Media in Higher Education in December (#SocMedHE16), the team is looking at various ways to assess the impact of the weekly #LTHEchat. As part of this, I agreed to attempt to record a flavour of the excitement of the event by capturing snapshots of the growth of the network over a twenty-four hour period using Martin Hawksey’s TAGSExplorer which generated this visualisation, and Jing.
I created a storify of the tweets and some of the reaction:
We should definitely reflect on Richard Treves’ comments that appear at the end of the story:
In last night’s #LTHEChat Phil Race (@RacePhil) led us on a reflection of the feedback we’ve received and given. Here are the questions and my answers:
All in all
The storify has already been published: #LTHEChat 65: Feedback and feed-forward: language and timing.
This Wednesday’s #LTHEChat was the first of this new semester’s joint monthly get togethers with the Higher Education Academy (HEA). The topic was connection for student retention (or student resilience as Vincent Tinto prefers to call “retention” which he regards as an institutionally focused word). As usual there was a lot of useful sharing. Here’s the Storify: Connection for Retention- building effective learning relationships.
Robert Dragan (@robert_dragan) and Dawn Alderson (@dawn_alderson) led a very lively tweet chat yesterday on Assessment and Student Engagement. Despite Twitter itself playing up, colleagues discussed the following six thought provoking questions and you can read the full record that was captured in Storify. Here is the TAGSExplorer visualisation.
Assessment is definately on my agenda at the moment, and I’ll need some time to reflect on my own thoughts on this topic. But themes that seemed to emerge from the chat were that assessments that engage students need to be be authentic, aligned to the learning outcomes, and negotiated with the students that we are assessing.
#LTHEchat continues to go from strength to strength and is my primary way of topping up my enthusiasm for teaching. Why not join me, next Wednesday at 8:00 pm BST?
I am humbled at being made the 5th recipient of the prestigious #LTHEChat Golden Tweeter Award for
[my] continuous commitment, valuable contributions and creative energy to the weekly LTHEchat as both a member of the community and as a volunteer member in two organising teams, from January to June 2016.
My thanks to the LTHEChat community for this recognition!