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This Week in Lotus 097 - The social student experience

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This Week in Lotus 097 - The social student experience

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Recorded on Monday 23rd April 2012.  Jon Scott joins us to discuss the role of social and collaboration tools in 21st century university teaching, and Darren and I ponder the lessons to be learnt from LotusLearns.com.



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Hosts:  Stuart McIntyre (blog | twitter | company) & Darren Duke (blog | twitter | company)

Guests:
Jon Scott (twitter) is a freelance educational and ed tech thinker and speaker. Currently he is working within Cardiff University helping to support the roll-out of IBM Connections 3.0.1 and is involved in pedagogic research to engage students, researchers and lecturers in more collaborative ways of working.

Topics:
Jon presented at Social Connections II discussing the needs of students/GenY-ers that are entering college and then the workforce, thought it worth a follow up on TWiL
  • What has Jon been working on? Lecture experience unfulfilled, how to use technology to enrich?
  • What would you like to see being provided for students?
  • With students taking control themselves, is the faculty causing a barrier the students must overcome?
  • Do students get credit for ‘collaborating’? (passing exams is a solitary pursuit after all, isn’t collaborating cheating?)
  • 20 years ago, graduates might have needed a knowledge of ‘IT’ (programming, computer internals, basic networking etc)
    • What do those entering the workforce need today?
    • What can students do to make themselves employable?
  • What kind of tooling is missing? Could Connections fill the void?
    • Is it intuitive enough?
    • Should there be ‘Connections for Academia’ etc?
  • Are the days of the lecture theatre gone for ever?
  • With the rise of mobile devices, is are desktop productivity apps still the primary interface?
LotusLearns.com debacle
  • What does that teach us?

Tips:

Darren

When using Android devices I really miss the iOS Reader functionality. Dolphin Reader is a plug in for Dolphin HD Browser that will do just that.
Jon:

Crocodoc. Easy to set up, easy to use, easy to quickly see the benefits of social annotation technologies.
Do your kids (or significant other) keep asking you every month for a new and expensive game to play? Here’s a new and origin al, fun, rewarding and exciting free-to-play PC game Tribes Ascend. Can’t see why this is a tip? Try incentivising hard work by offering to buy gold on the game as a reward for completing coursework or getting the grade-3 for that super-awesome gun or upgrade they want is tuppence for that all important positive learning experience!
Stuart:

As a ‘cord-cutter’ always looking for better ways to watch online. TED is fantastic (if outside strictly legal bounds).  On the legal side of things, Sky Sports offer a mobile access option for just 5GBP per month. Download the app from the App Store and subscribe from there.  Lastly, Reflection App to mirror your iOS device onto your Mac - awesome for demos!

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