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Warm welcome to #BYOD4L and Topic 1: Connecting | #BYOD4L

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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

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.



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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