I’ve been thinking for a while now that I need to collate all the projects I have carried out on social media connected to learning. I’ve worked across and in between multiple higher education sites and within the cultural heritage sites with this work for a number of years. All along, building my understanding and pedagogies, while connecting with others. I’ve shared individual projects, but I have never brought them all together to explore the insights gained and ah-ha moments that are now non negotiables when working this way for me.
It was a Skype conversation with Jen Ross that led to this development, and nothing like a little push for a presentation to spark ideas flowing for a visit I was arranging to Edinburgh.
So moving forward 12 months and I’ve just presented my thinking on this challenge. As I shared with today’s participants in the seminar, this is the beginning of linking ideas and very much a work in progress. The best way to be I think, as this openness allows for such wonderful rich conversations pre, during and post.
Ideas are flowing. And I now share my slides (https://www.slideshare.net/NarelleLemon/slideshelf), the audio, and the context of the seminar with an invitation for thoughts to be shared by you.
Background to my thinking of this presentation:
- #MuseumEdOz – a Twitter community for museum educators and teachers to engage with other facilitating socially distributed meaning making.
- Cultivating social media use with GLAM educators – an interview project investigating use of social media accounts specifically for cultural heritage educators.
- #visarts12 and #visart13 – where pre-service teachers who were invited to engage with Twitter as part of their visual arts studies.
- #ConnectedLearning – an innovative project in partnership with an Australian higher education institution, Melbourne Museum, Immigration Museum, and the National Gallery of Victoria whereby pre-service teachers engaged with social media (Pinterest, Twitter and blog) during a subject with museum educators on and off site.
- Community Professional Experience – a project that involved pre-service teachers blogging with a Museum educator while undertaking Professional Experience as part of an initial teacher education degree.
- #AcademicsWhoTweet – an interview project understanding how academics use Twitter in their higher education careers across learning and teaching, research, scholarship and leadership.
- Hook up
- Digital becoming
- Co-curation of knowledge
How social media enables meaning making to be socially distributed (Rowe, 2002) is illuminated whereby the emergent participatory culture offers abundant advantages for ongoing learning with like-minded individuals, new partnerships, collaborative problem solving, and the development of a more empowered sense of citizenship (Trembach & Deng, 2015).