#LTHEChat 68: What motivates us to use digital tools for learning and teaching? 

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.

Story of an LTHEChat in Pictures

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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:

#LTHEChat 65 on Feedback with Phil Race

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.

#HEAChat/#LTHEChat on Student Retention

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.

#LTHEChat 62: using assessment and student engagement

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?

Golden Tweeter Award

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.

Golden Tweeter Award

My thanks to the LTHEChat community for this recognition!