RSC JISC SW Higher Education Event – Bristol

Thoughts from networking

Walking around – james clay – check it out, it will allow you to stream from a mobile device.  The output is accessible via the site – see

This has potential because it will allow this over 3G 🙂

This has some really good application of streaming live on a very informal basis. This will also allow you to send text chat to the presenter !!!!

I need to follow up with the company – look at for the JISC bid. Need to ask questions about interoperability, I.e., access to material (it does allow you to embed into a blog – however, will it let you embed a live stream into the Blog?). Second set of questions about quality – try it out ….

Initial look – it seems to only support Nokias with respect to capturing video.

In terms of watching, then fine on the computer. However, can’t use the HTC TyTN 2, from the web site using the Internet Explorer web browser. So it looks like it is a really interesting concept of being able to capture material on a mobile device, but the role out looks a long way away.


MentorBlog – Steve Wheeler

paper is available – get hold of it.

Aims – connect students and mentors, compare blogs with traditional mentoring methods, ascertain benefits of mentoring using Blogs. mentoring is … Strong relationship built on foundations of guidance and support – howvere if separated by geographical distance, so facilitate by technology. Using blog (shared between 2 people). Although will also have perceptual distances.

Although use of technology if not appropriate could make the perceptual distnace wider.

thought: – mentoring some nice ideas, ie influence your practice, but not about cloning.

Tang (2000) defintion of a reflective diary … Follow up.

The pilot – control group (3 students and mentors in conventional mode). Experimental group (3 students and their mentors).

Used – affordance, what you percievethe technology can do for you. Liked blogs becuase it has the date structure. Chronological nature. Personalisation, ownership – personalisation of the blog.

One result … that student / mentor hadn’t started a mentoring realtionship. This might be becuase of the technology. Perhaps we need to mix up the approaches in terms of professional mentoring. So another reason for us to start blogging !!


Not manadatory – they need to enjoy it. So they might choose an alternative

think about as a “Mentorial toolkit” – so include twitter, youtube, moblogging etc.,

Questions – key to learning technology is that you don’t think of technology as technology – you just thinking use them.


Lunch follow up

Bath Spa
Gloucester – philip gravestock.
Twitter – follow steve wheeler – look at James Clay


Experiental learning CETL – plymouth

capturing student experiences – have used audio/video diary, online questionnaires, sms, email, blogs

Thought – if in the field then perhaps use to record / capture diary

Mlearning – use of mobile stuff in fieldwork – wildkey software. Try looking at mscape – gps tagged task activities. I wondering how this differs from createscape.

Some wider ideas – how might we use twitter within our summer series event – link into the blog, and then create an account. We will need to write some guidelines, i.e. This will be used between these dates, if asking specific questions then we will answer within a few days. We need to include this on our posters.

back to presentation – using rfid tags to borrow stuff and record who has them.

Cetl event …. 1st May.

Questions – re-visit idea that students aren’t very experienced in reflective practice. This is an issue when faced with a blank sheet of an open blog. used kolb to introduce what is experiential learning. They will be able to look at the data over a three year process. Do they learn experientally?


Steve Wheeler – wiki

a nice exercise on wisdom of the crowd – a hive mind. More people involved the more accurate it becomes. Simple passing out questions and answers on  cards. hascommunication, collaboration, shared knowledge, the outcome takes time. Nice way of demo’ing what is a  wiki – characteristics of a wiki.

Study – 14 groups. Developed a set of wiki activities based on core curriculum.

Activities include wikiquette – they establish the rules.

Thoughts: see if there is a paper on this.

Questions being asked in evaluation

What do you think are the key benefits of the wiki?
What do you consider to be the main limitations of the wiki?

A 5 stage wiki activity (wheeler 2007) Cognitive and collaborative

Exploration – orienation, basic principles, making initial contact
Exhibition – show and tell, share ideas, post links to resources
Explanation – simple posting and editting informing
Elaboration – collaborative
Evaluation – assess value, accuracy and significance of content

Should have a depening cognitive enagement

Have support – technical and practical, academic (about the content, manging the pedagogy), social. Find different domains, technical ands social can be student, academic may be tutor support.

Questions – mabe the move away from a moderator led – centred activity. Towards a mass participation model via a wiki.

His blog ….

see Alt J – article by Pam Mule about refocussing away from Gilly Salamon model.


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