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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

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

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.

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? debacle
  • What does that teach us?



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