Before Week 12

Week 12 is the final week of term, so this will be our last class before Christmas. We’ll do a quick wrap-up of what we’ve accomplished this term, as a review, and then I’ll share a video and a few ideas with you to help you start thinking about your presentation and digital media project for next term. This will be a great opportunity to explore your ideas…

Week 11: Social Media dynamics

Curating & Filtering the Web

This week we discussed some of the dynamics of social media — beginning with the story of Martha Payne and her Never Seconds blog. Digital literacies regarding social media are essential today — not just for students but for educators, professionals, and indeed all citizens. An essential digital literacy is the ability to curate and filter the web as a means of dealing with the tsunami of information online. These ideas, along with several relevant sources, are shared in the following presentation which we discussed in class this week. Key resources are also available on our list of Readings and Resources (link above).  Be sure also to check out our CT231 scoop.it where module-related content is featured regularly.

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Creating a Professional Online Presence using LinkedIn

After our discussion of curation, I shared the following presentation Developing a Professional Online Presence as a Graduate (using LinkedIn) by Sue Beckingham of Sheffield Hallam University.
Please view this presentation and follow the 10 steps outlined to create (or improve) your own LinkedIn profile. You can begin creating your connections by connecting to members of staff in the IT department — but do follow the advice in Sue Beckingham’s presentation in order to make the most of LinkedIn. Please be sure to have your LinkedIn profile created by the start of next term — we’ll explore in more detail then.

Before Week 11

Assignment #3 (Social Media reflection) is due next week. I’ll be happy to discuss the assignment or answer any questions about it in class (or Twitter/email). During our session this week, we’ll be wrapping up the new material this term with an exploration of curation and filtering. Is there such a thing as “information overload” — or is it just filter failure? We’ll also look ahead to the work we’ll be doing next semester, so you can start thinking about your digital media project.

Week 10: Teamwork

Teamwork (in a Software Development Environment)

This week CT231 Professional Skills joined with CT216 Software Engineering to discuss teamwork — particularly in relation to the Software Engineering team project. Below is the class presentation on Teamwork — the details of the team project will be posted in CT216.

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For the project, please continue to use the hashtag #ct231 on Twitter to share relevant news, information and/or resources. A few resources on Node.js were shared earlier today (using #ct231).

Week 9: Copyright & CC

Copyright and Creative Commons

If you create and/or share information online, it is important to have an understanding of both copyright and Creative Commons. Whether you create your own information to share online or share information created by others, the following resources will help you to do so with greater awareness. These two short Creative Commons (CC) videos are a good place to start:

Creative Commons License A Shared Culture by Jesse Dylan is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) license.

Creative Commons License What is Creative Commons? Wanna Work Together RG Remix by MasterNewMedia.org is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) license.

Sometimes the most difficult thing is finding Creative Commons-licensed work to use in your blog posts, articles, etc. Following are some great sources of CC-licensed images, videos, music, etc.

  • Compfight – excellent search tool for Creative Commons-licensed Flickr images
  • CC Search – powerful search across a variety of platforms (e.g. Flickr, Google images, YouTube) to help you find content you can share, use, remix
  • Flickr images – enter search term, click Advanced Search, then tick the box “only search within Creative Commons-licensed content”
  • Flickr CC bluemountains – search for CC images on Flickr, returns images and CC license information
  • Content Directories – extensive list of directories of Creative Commons-licensed materials (audio, video, image, text)
  • Creative Commons Wiki – a Creative Commons image directory

Finally, you can keep up-to-date by following @creativecommons on Twitter and keeping an eye on the Creative Commons blog. Please share any additional resources on Creative Commons resources on Twitter, using the #ct231 hashtag.

Before Week 9

As noted in the Course Calendar, there is no CT231 class during Week 8 or Week 9. The next blog post here in the blog, “Week 9”, will provide resources for you to review before class next week. Our Week 10 class on November 6th will be linked with the Software Engineering module, and will focus on Teamwork.

Week 7: Writing Workshop

Part 1. Writing Workshop: Using Source Material ~ This week we discussed important aspects of academic writing such as structuring (including the importance of good introductions and conclusions), referencing, and how to use source material. The key thing to remember is that the report is your work: your choice of topic, your choice of source material, your decision on scope (what to include, what not to include), your structure, and yes, your argument. You are constructing a response to a research question or topic and you are using source material to support your argument throughout.

So how do you actually use source material? There are three main ways: paraphrasing, summarising and using direct quotations. We reviewed and practiced each of these in class (using the following notes):

Writing Workshop: Using Source Material (pdf)

In each case, it’s important to actively read the article, considering the author’s point of view and potential bias, identifying key points, and thinking about how it relates to your research topic. We practiced this by reading the following article by Dave Copeland: For Social Media in the Classroom to Work, Instructors Need Best Practices, discussing the article and identifying how one could paraphrase, summarise, and directly quote key points.

Part 2. Twitter Chat: Social Media in Higher Ed ~ As outlined in the previous post, we agreed to join a group of academic staff in a Twitter chat during the last 20 minutes of our class, discussing the following question: How can higher education use social media to enhance learning? It was a lively 20 minutes! There was a flurry of tweets from our class, both from individual students and our class Twitter account @CT231, as well as from various academic staff across the University (all connected with the Learning Technologies module). Sharon Flynn compiled a Storify of the Twitter chat here:

Twitter chat: How can HE use social media to enhance learning?

The conversation continues on Twitter, using hashtags #ct231 and #cel263.

Image source: CC BY 2.0 Jason A. Howie

Before Week 7

Tomorrow in class we’ll have our scheduled Writing Skills Workshop — a practical session to explore and practice structuring, paraphrasing and summarising. Hopefully, this will help you to refine your writing skills as you complete your reports (Assignment #2, due Tuesday, Oct. 23rd).

We’ll also have a short Twitter chat for the last 20 minutes of class. Our online activity last week caught the attention of a few members of academic staff here at NUI Galway who are taking (and teaching) the Learning Technologies module (Twitter hashtag #cel263). The academic staff involved in this module would like to join us for a short Twitter chat to explore the following question:

How can higher education use social media to enhance learning?

What are your thoughts? This is a great opportunity to share your/our views with academic staff across the University who are exploring the same question. We’ll participate in the chat via our class Twitter account @CT231 and you can participate from your own individual Twitter accounts if you wish. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow. 🙂

Image source: CC BY-NC Brian Solis and Jesse Thomas theconversationprism