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#BYOD4L Topic 5: Creating | @BYOD4L

Dear friends,

So far we have all been on a high from the beginning of this week. We have plenty of evidence that learning in the open can be exciting, stimulating and engaging. Learning with others is possible if we make it personal and find bridges to connect with others in meaningful ways, when we show interest and also reach out and help others. Last night’s tweetchat was another fast roller-coaster and helped us all to discuss and debate collaboration – you can see the Storify here

If you just discovered BYOD4L or Bring Your Own Device For Learning this is a short introduction. BYOD4L is an  open bite-size facilitated learning event offered over 5 days. Today is our last day but you still plenty of time to join in! Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you. For each topic you should go to the topic page.

Today’s topic is CREATING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three plus one suggested activities to engage with. You will find the plus one or bonus activity under 4😉

Feel free to add further scenarios and suggest other activities too.

What is the added bonus when making stuff together? Something to think about in the context of this topic.
image source: cc Chrissi Nerantzi at http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5529/9621516887_1d6c1328db_z.jpg

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create.

Please join our TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter. There will be a pre-tweetchat activity (also included below). Reminders will be posted during the day, so please check out Twitter about an hour before the very last Tweetchat.

prep for day five

We look forward to learning together.

The BYOD4L team

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#BYOD4L Topic 4: Collaboration | @BYOD4L

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Dear friends

So we are midway through the #BYOD4L week. What have we done? Last night we brought two heavyweight tweetchats into the ring together to slug it out in the name of sharing widely our valuable, collective knowledge about CURATING. In the red corner was #BYOD4L and in the blue was new kid on the block #LTHEchat.  Together they accumulated over 600 tweets in a speedy hour. Thankfully we have access to a  Storify to look over and reflect on the many valuable ideas that were shared. Not only that, we introduced a new challenge during the day: Curate a Mini Resource.  Congratulations to @becksell2001 who came up with this excellent Storify. Well done to Sue and Neil for steering the conversation down many new and exciting paths.

Only 2 days left now? This is hard to believe… we have been so busy all of us and have lost track of time, which can be a good thing as we are probably immersed in the process of learning. It is also amazing how some of the connections are getting stronger and there are discussions about collaborations. This actually fits perfectly with our next topic.

If you just arrived here, please note, this is the Bring Your Own Device For Learning! This open bite-size learning event which is offered this week. This is Day 4. Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you. For each topic you should go to the topic page.

Today’s topic is COLLABORATING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three suggested activities to complete. As this topic is about collaboration, we hope that you will use this opportunity and collaborate with others on a mini project. Feel free to add further scenarios and suggest other activities too.

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create.

Join our TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter.

We look forward learning together.

The BYOD4L team

#BYOD4L Topic 3: Curating | @BYOD4L

Dear friends,

Already Day 3? We really enjoy learning with you all and have started making some interesting discoveries together. Many of you are becoming more confident in experimenting, communicating and  sharing openly half-baked ideas and thoughts as well as sharing your proven practice.

The tweetchats are a continuing to be a great source of inspiration and support.  You can catch up on last night’s chat via this storify (thanks Neil). They also seem to becoming increasingly interesting to all manner of pets:-) We may have to start using a #byop  (bring your own pet)  hashtag!  There are also conversations happening in the other social spaces as well and in the portfolios too, so please keep sharing.

Tonight’s tweet chat is going to be a collaboration  with the #thechat community. We hope many of you will be able to join us between 8 and 9pm (BST) tonight.

If you just arrived here for the very first time, please note that this is the Bring Your Own Device For Learning event! An open bite-size learning adventure offered with the help of our lovely volunteer facilitators. It is now Day 3 out of 5 in total. Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you. For each topic, please go to the topic page and pick ‘n’ mix activities you think would be of value to you.

Today’s topic is CURATING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three suggested activities to complete. Feel free to add further scenarios and suggest other activities too.

So much out there? How can we focus? What do we collect and why? Some things to think about in the context of this topic image source cc Chrissi Nerantzi http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6202/6059913514_01bc247d03_z.jpg

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create.

 

Join our TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter.

We look forward learning together.

The BYOD4L team @byod4l

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#BYOD4L Topic 2: Communicating | @BYOD4L

Dear friends,

Wow! Day 1 is now (almost) over and we are getting ready for Day 2. It is so so lovely to see so many of you engaging already, sharing experiences via Twitter and Google+. Many of you have set-up a brand new portfolio and have started reflecting on the experience. This is so wonderful and we really hope that this journey will lead to new and exciting discoveries.

Our first Tweetchat on Monday (Storify here, thank you Sheila for putting this together!) with Neil and Alex,  but also all of you who participated, was a huge success and brought many different voices together. It enabled us to make some new connections and strengthen some of the existing ones. For many it was the first time on Twitter or participating in a Tweetchat. Loads of sharing happened and we felt part of the extended BYOD4L family. We hope this reflects your experience too and you will be back for more. It might be useful to ‘warn’ your followers that you are participating in a tweetchat if you intend to come back for more.

If you just discovered BYOD4L and are wondering what this is all about, here is a quick reminder. BYOD4L or Bring Your Own Device For Learning is an open bite-size learning event offered over five days to help us use the smart devices we have for learning, teaching and/or personal/professional development. Tuesday is our second day. Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you. For each topic you should go to the topic page.

Today’s topic is COMMUNICATING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three suggested activities to complete. Feel free to add further scenarios and suggest other activities too.

The power of communication, something to think about in the context of this topic image source: cc Chrissi Nerantzi, http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8297/8004040989_436308f0d4_z.jpg

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create.

Remember that your reflections will become richer when you share them and engage in a conversation around them. Comment on what others say and invite others to comment on your reflections too.

Join our TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter. This is a great opportunity to connect synchronously with colleagues from around the world.

We look forward to learning together.

 

The BYOD4L team @byod4l

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Warm welcome to #BYOD4L and Topic 1: Connecting

Dear friends,

A warm welcome to Bring Your Own Device For Learning! We are very excited to offer BYOD4L for the fourth time.

This open bite-size 5-day learning event is offered over the next five days 11-15 January 2016. Each day we will focus on a different topic. You can also choose to move between the topics at a time convenient to you and pick ‘n’ mix depending on what you would like to learn. To access each topic go to the specific page and put your own learning menu together.

Today’s (Monday, the 11th of January 2016) topic is CONNECTING – Here you will find two scenarios to reflect upon and three suggested activities to complete. Feel free to add further scenarios you would like to explore and share these with the BYOD4L community.

The need to connect. Is there such a thing? Something to think about.
Image source: cc Chrissi Nerantzi http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8445/7988133137_4a9e07e835_z.jpg

But before you dive into BYOD4L, let’s get to know each other first😉

Start by introducing yourself on Twitter or in our Google + community. There is also the opportunity to join a facilitated group if you would like that. These can be accessed via the Google + community but links have also been added on this blog site (See useful links section on the left hand side).

No need to be everywhere. Pick a space and see what works for you. Connect with others. Learning together is more fun and more rewarding. If you need help, start here. Remember we facilitators are here to support you. Use the hashtag #byod4lHELP if needed and help others too if you are able to.

There are many opportunities to connect with individuals from different institutions and to build your network.

Notes:

Go to the Tools page to learn about the tools we recommend you engage with to reflect upon the activities you complete. Add your suggestions in the comments section. You may want to consider blogging your reflections each day. You can work towards badges and claim them if you provide evidence in support of your claim.

Do include the course hashtag #BYOD4L  in all Tweets, Blog posts and Instagram photos you create and consider following @BYOD4L on Twitter.

Join our daily TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter for an hour of fun, sharing and learning, described as “fantastically chaotic”.

To receive updates during the week, follow BYOD4L here on WordPress. Daily messages will be released.

A massive thank you to all our collaborators and mentors for their commitment to this project and their valuable input and support!!!

We really look forward to learning with you. Are you ready for the ride?

The BYOD4L team

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Final note
If you are interested in organising a future iteration of BYOD4L with perhaps colleagues from other institutions, please send Chrissi a short message at c.nerantzi @ mmu.ac.uk to discuss this possibility.

BYOD4L is back next week

Dear colleagues,

Happy New Year to you all!

We would like to bring the following to your attention:

‘Bring Your Own Device for Learning’ course (or short BYOD4L)

11-15 January 2016

BYOD4L is a bite-size facilitated open course offered over 5 days for educators and students  in HE but also anybody else who would like to learn with us as to how we can utilise our digital devices for professional, lifelong and lifewide learning.

Together we will explore the following topics based on the 5C Framework:

  • connecting
  • communicating
  • curating
  • collaborating
  • creating

Using an inquiry-based approach that will enable us to learn with others and/or on your own within a supportive community. You are very welcome to join one or all of the above topics and work towards an open badge or two😉 There will be seven open badges available in total. One for each topic, one for the community and a course badge if you successfully complete the whole course. All work submitted will be peer reviewed and can be used as evidence of CPD.

If you would like to find out more about #BYOD4L and join, please join the Google+ community at

https://plus.google.com/communities/115166756393440336480 where discussions and collaborations will take place.

The course site is available at https://byod4learning.wordpress.com Feel free to follow @BYOD4L on Twitter to keep up-to-date with all course announcements. The course hashtag is #BYOD4L.

Each evening there will be a tweetchat between 8-9pm GMT. There is an opportunity to both listen in and contribute to a discussion on Twitter via the hashtag #BYOD4Lchat. In the previous three iterations of the course this has been a vibrant learning space where participants share ideas and learn together.

A special combined #BYOD4L tweetchat will take place on the 13th of January, 8-9pm with #LTHEchat at 8pm UK time.

Please note, this is a registration-free course. You can access all collaborative spaces and resources without additional logins. We would however like to invite you to consider completing the initial survey if you decide to participate in the course. This can be found at https://byod4learning.wordpress.com/surveys/initial-survey/.Thank you in advance for this.

BYOD4L is openly licensed and has been developed by colleagues at Manchester Metropolitan University and Sheffield Hallam University. It is the 4th time BYOD4L is offered since January 2014 and after developing a model through which engagement can be scaled-up or down through informal cross-institutional collaboration, we are experimenting with another idea that would potentially enable other individuals and groups to host and organise BYOD4L in the future re-using the existing digital BYOD4L spaces and resources at any moment in time this would be useful for them and their institutions. If you are interested to find out more regarding this, please let us know and we can discuss.  

Please extend this invite to others who might be interested in joining us. Thank you very much.

We look forward to seeing you on the 11th if not before😉

Neil Withnell, University of Salford @neilwithnell, Alex Spiers, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine @alexgspiers, Sheila MacNeill, Glasgow Caledonian University @sheilmcn

If you are participating remember to collect and display your BYOD4L community badge😉

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Final note
If you are interested in organising a future iteration of BYOD4L with perhaps colleagues from other institutions, please send Chrissi a short message at c.nerantzi @ mmu.ac.uk to discuss this possibility.

#BYOD4L 2015 in review, thank you all

Hello dear BYOD4L friends,

The WordPress.com stats helpers prepared a 2015 annual report for us.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

We thank you all for being with us three times now since January 2014.

The 4th iteration of BYOD4L is in preparation and we will be together again in January 2016. If you would like to join us, all you need to do is join the BYOD4L community at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/115166756393440336480 and follow us on Twitter at @byod4l

We wish you all a happy and creative New Year!

The BYOD4L team

Call for January 2016 #BYOD4L #BYOD4Lchat Leads

Hello dear friends,

Many of you have asked if #BYOD4L will be offered again. Well, the answer is yes. BYOD4L will be back and we hope that you will be able to join us in January 2016, 11th – 15th for a week of professional development around how we can use our smart devices for learning and teaching. Thank you for all your support since January 2014 and for all of you who have been with us since then. This next iteration will be No 4 and it is very exciting for us as we are taking a new direction that will hopefully create a sustainable model to offer BYOD4L and similar courses all year round.

So what will be different?

1.Organisers wanted: We are looking for up to two organisers for January 2015 who are experienced open practitioners and would like to lead BYOD4L in January mentored by Chrissi and Sue. If you are interested, please get in touch with Chrissi or Sue by the 17th of December the latest. See also January 2016 team page for more information regarding this exciting opportunity.

2.Support system: We will be reaching out to you for help and seek community moderators who would like to join the organising team. If you would like to be one of them, please register your interest in the BYOD4L community. If you are interested, what this would mean is that you participate in discussions in the community throughout the week, without overpowering conversations (using questioning techniques really helps!) and helping when and where needed if there are learners who experience difficulties.

3. Tweetchats, every day 8pm UK time: Yes, they will be back, but the main feature will be Question Showers. What this means is that the questions will be generated by the community and each day will be linked to the daily theme, one of the 5Cs. It will be mad but also very useful as this will give us the opportunity to problem solve collaboratively. On Wednesday we will be joining with the #LTHEchat so this will be a bit different and a great opportunity to join up the two communities.

3. New stories: We are looking for new mini stories linked to the 5Cs (connecting, communicating, curating, collaborating and creating). If you would like to contribute yours as a short film, please share the link to your clips so that we can consider this before going live in January. It would be wonderful to use some of your stories. For example take a look at the connecting student and staff scenarios.

During the week, there will be loads of opportunities to engage asynchronously and synchronously. What hasn’t changed is our inquiry-based approach which will help you contextualise the themes we will be exploring together and consider changes to our practices.

We wish you a lovely festive break and a healthy, happy and creative New Year.

 

See you in the New Year😉

 

Chrissi and Sue, the BYOD4L developers

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#BYOD4L will be back in January 2016!

Dear friends,

Since the last iteration in January 2015, we have been contacted by many asking if #BYOD4L will be back.

We are now in a position to say “yes”. The 4th iteration of BYOD4L will be offered in January, 11th to 15th, 2016.

We plan to make some changes to the course based on our evaluation from the last three iterations and invite you to get in touch with us if you have any suggestions too.

getting ready for new journeys, image source: https://farm1.staticflickr.com/69/186873501_a14f1fcd8c_z.jpg

We are looking for institutions and partners who would like to offer #BYOD4L as a professional and personal development opportunity for their staff who teach or support learning but also students and therefore join the organising team and co-facilitate #BYOD4L in January 2016. Please get in touch if this is something you would like to discuss with us.

If you have participated in a past iteration of #BYOD4L and would like to support others this time around, please let us know also.

Thank you for embracing this open learnng and development opportunity and your interest and support. We really look forward to learning together in January 2016.

Chrissi and Sue
email: byod4l @ gmail.com (without the spaces)

The BYOD4L team at the moment

ps. Before January 2016, the #BYOD4L team, will be offering a new 5-day learning event called FOS (flexible, open and social learning) in July 2015. You will find out more about it shortly via social media. If you like, join the FOS community, go to https://plus.google.com/communities/105168012355632331504

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The BYOD4L journey continues…

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for joining us this week. It was so exciting to learn with and from you. We are truly  impressed with how you opened-up, engaged and shared practices but also played and experimented with new ideas in a variety of social media spaces but also in many physical locations!!! It was fascinating to experience together how a community emerged! It was also wonderful to see that colleagues and students who had joined us before, in Jan 14 or July 14, returned.

You can read the final storify of the CREATING tweetchat HERE. Thank you for joining in the madness today and embracing playful and creative learning with Whitney and Chrissi!

If you were capturing your learning in a portfolio, feel free to add the link to our padlet if you haven’t done this already. Please remember that you could claim one or more of the BYOD4L badges. All work is peer reviewed. Have a look on our #byod4l badges page and get in touch if you have any questions, ok?

The journey continues, where will it take us? image source: https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7265/7715571798_8df1569bc3_z.jpg

We will hopefully be able to evaluate a number of aspects of this BYOD4L iteration and refine our approach for next time. We don’t know yet when the next iteration might be… perhaps in July! We will be looking again at identifying institutional participation, so if you are interested, let us know.

If you participated during the week, visibly or invisibly in BYOD4L, please consider completing our short final survey > This will help us a lot to evaluate this initiative and make hopefully improvements to any future iteration. Let us also know if you would also be available to participate in a focus group via Google hangout. Our ethical commitment is stated on the site. See https://byod4learning.wordpress.com/about/ethics/

A massive thank you to all our collaborators and participants. None of this would have been possible without you. We hope this journey has been of value for you and triggered new ideas, thinking and is leading to actions too. Just thinking about things is not enough! It is the doing that can make a real difference!

All resources and community spaces will remain open and available to all so feel free to continue explorating. Thanks again for joining us on this journey.

Enjoy the rest of the academic year and stay in touch, ok? 

Chrissi and Sue

@chrissinerantzi and @suebecks

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