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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

#BYOD4L Topic 5: Creating

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 rollercoaster and helped us all to discuss and debate collaboration but also cooperate and collaborate.  Diogo Casanova, Nick Botfield, Dejan Ljubojevic and Mike Nicholson organised an excellent tweetchat that brought us all together, with some challenging questions.

In true collaborative spirit a couple of new collaborative creations have developed: A Book of Cs and the BYOD4L Song are in the making! Do join in and add with these and be sure to add your name as a collaborator. These collaborative projects can be found here: https://byod4learning.wordpress.com/creations/more-collaborations/

The storify for collaborating is HERE

If you just discovered BYOD4L or Bring Your Own Device For Learning this is a short introduction to it. BYOD4L is an  open bite-size facilitated learning event offered over 5 days. Today is our last day but 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 suggested activities to engage with.  For further details about this and the other activities, please check out the Creating Topics page.

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.

You might need one of these today! image source: here

Join our TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT by searching for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter with Whitney Kilgore and Chrissi Nerantzi. As you will need a drawing app during the chat, delicate fingers or a stylus!!! Please make sure you have on your device and you are able to use the basics. If you need some help reach out to the community! This will be our very last tweetchat and we hope you will be able to join us and enjoy it ;) It might be a bit different… it usually is… 

We look forward to Day 5 together.

The BYOD4L team

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#BYOD4L Topic 4: Collaborating

Dear friends,

What an amazing day… on Twitter, Google + and Facebook and there are many who capture their activities and reflections in their portfolios (see Deb’s and Sheila’s posts for example). Our last tweetchat was another speedy and rich exchange and took many of us to new places. Thank you so much Neil, Alex and Suzanne. Over 600 tweets in an hour! David Eddy described it as a ‘learning frenzy’. A number of our university partners are holding face to face workshops too and though the tweets we can see this is encouraging new colleagues to join in and co-learn. Our two Google study groups are doing well, practices are shared and recipes created. The wider community helps as well.

The tweets have been captured as a Storify and can be found HERE.

More news! Tomorrow we hold a second opportunity for you to take part in Google Hangout with Sam Illingworth and BYOD4L friends.

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.

We can achieve great things together? How can we make them happen? Something to think about in the context of this topic image by cc Chrissi Nerantzi http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5459/7181149916_e38bfbbbc5_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

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#BYOD4L Topic 3: Curating

Dear friends,

Already Day 3? We really enjoy learning with you all and have started making some interesting discoveries together. Some of you are becoming more confident in experimenting and sharing openly half-baked ideas and thoughts. The tweetchats seems to be popular and there are some conversations happening in the social spaces as well and in some of the portfolios shared.

Tuesday’s tweetchat on communicating was led by Sheila MacNeill, Sam Illingworth and Mike Nicholson and certainly got us thinking and communicating! Sam also created a wonderful video where he talked about communication. If you haven’t watched it yet, please click access the Google hangout page here.

The chat has been captured as a storify HERE

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

News:

Our colleague Peter Reed has started visualising our connections during the #BYOD4Lchats. You can see these and his related commentaries on his blog. Please feel free to comment there as it would be lovely to also capture the experience somehow.

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

Dear BYOD4L 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 the other social spaces. One of our small groups is full and we have started working on some recipes brought to us by Whitney. We will be sharing more about this soon along with other collaborative mini projects emerging. If you would like to learn within a small group during the week, consider joining our second group at https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104087293406598279829. There are still some places there and Kay and Mike are both lovely and experienced facilitators, so you will be in good hands.

We have seen some of you have set-up a portfolio or have started using it for BYOD4L to reflect on your   experience. This is so wonderful and we really hope that this journey will lead to new and exciting discoveries. Have a look for example at Deb Baff’s BYOD4L post and find out more about learning butterflies. Consider sharing your posts via Twitter using #BYOD4L and/or in the different community spaces where you are so that people can find it easily and comment.

Monday’s tweetchat was led by Sue Beckingham and our first student facilitator Dalian Terry. Thank you to all of you who participated. It was a great 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.

The Monday tweets have been captured as a storify HERE.

If you have 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. 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 Sam‘s first live and on air hangout from 13:00 – 14:00 UK time on the subject of communicatinghttps://plus.google.com/events/cj0pfit9pl1hcqd4hjuvc1k5cho > This is too good to be missed! Find out more about this and the next hangout at https://byod4learning.wordpress.com/topics/google-hangouts/ 

And in the evening (at least in the UK) there will be a TweetChat between 8-9pm GMT. Search for #BYOD4Lchat on Twitter and you will be with us. Tweetchats are a great opportunity to connect synchronously with colleagues from around the world and extent our learning networks.

We look forward 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 third time.

This open bite-size 5-day learning event is offered over the next five days 12-16 January. 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.

Sunday 8-9GMT we offered an introductory combined chat with #txeduchat and brought different communities closer together. It was lovely so many new colleagues but also more familiar faces who have joined us before and are back for more. This is truly fascinating! If you missed this, please access the Storify here. This will give you a rich flavour of the discussions we had and perhaps answer some of your questions about BYOD4L.

Today’s (Monday, the 12th of January 2015) 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, in our FB group 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.

Eleven collaborators have joined us this time:

  • Durham University
  • Glasgow Caledonian University
  • ICT-REV initiative
  • Kingston University London
  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Sheffield Hallam University
  • Texas Educator Chat
  • University of Salford
  • University of Sussex
  • University of Ulster

There are many opportunities to connect with individuals from different institutions and to build your network. If you are from any of these institutions, please also check the collaborators pages for any information about planned local events during the week. Everyone is welcome to join any of these events if you live locally.

 

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 (or institutional recognition and or credits if this has been enabled where you are) by submitting your reflective posts.

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, facilitators 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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11 January #BYOD4Lchat and #txeduchat superchat: Introduction to #BYOD4L Question Shower!!!

Questions are good for us!!! Be curious! image source: http://h1bwiki.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/questions.jpg

Hello dear #BYOD4L friends!

It is now almost time. This is so so exciting! #BYOD4L starts on the 12th of January but before then, we would like to give you all the opportunity to ask any question you might have about the week ahead. So we have decided to organise a superchat on Twitter with one of our collaborators from the US, the well-established and successful #txeduchat and bring two diverse learning communities together!

When is this ‘Introduction to BYOD4L’ going to happen?

Sunday the 11th of January, 8-9pm UK time, 2pm Central.

Also check the Wordclock if you are in a different timezone! Add it to you diaty! This will be too useful to be missed!

Where is it going to happen?

On Twitter. Search for the hashtag #BYOD4Lchat and follow @BYOD4L.

We really look forward to this superchat and an exciting week ahead with loads of opportunities to uncover, discover and recover but also explore, experiment and play with pedagogical ideas but most importantly connect and learn with others in a really diverse and distributed community about how we can use the devices we carry around with us for learning and teaching in higher education!

A massive thank you to all our collaborators. None of this would be possible without them!!!

The BYOD4L team

#BYOD4L news! Next facilitated iteration> 12-16 January 2015! Join us

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Hello dear friends,

We are super excited as we are announcing the next iteration of BYOD4L! It will be our third time. Planning and organising has started and we hope you will be able to join us in the New Year. There will be some exciting changes and we look forward communicating these over the next few months.

BYOD4L is for students and teachers in HE but also in other sectors and if your institution would like to join us, please get in touch with us.

Consider following the blog so that you receive automatic updates in your inbox.

We start on the 12th of January but there will be a warm-up a combined #byod4lchat & #txeduchat on the 11th of January, 8-9pm UK time/3pm Texas time. Be there to find out more about BYOD4L and get to know each other! Be prepared for fast and furious exchanges. ‬

We look forward to learning together.

The BYOD4L team
@byod4l

@byod4l the journey continues

Dear friends,

Thank you so much for joining us this week. It was really exciting to learn with and from you. We are impressed with how you opened-up, engaged and shared practices but also played and experimented with new ideas.

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 be evaluating a number of aspects of this BYOD4L iteration and refine our approach for what will be offered in the next academic year. If your institution would like to join, please have a look here and get in touch.

We have some ideas already but would really value your input and thoughts on this as well. If you would like to help us, please complete the short final survey and let us know if you would also be available to participate in a focus group via Google hangout.

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 some new ideas, thinking and is leading to actions too. All resources and community spaces will remain open and available to all. This is just the beginning.

Enjoy the rest of the summer and stay in touch, ok? 

Chrissi and Sue

@chrissinerantzi and @suebecks

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