I am an evangelist for online connectivity, personal learning networks, and digital citizenship – ie the ability to ethically and productively manage your online identity and relationships. It seems to me that the reluctance of many university academics/teachers to engage as a professional in the world of social media is a big barrier to them effectively engaging their students in online learning and digital skills. So I do my best to ‘walk the talk’, and model ‘connected’ practice.
In fact, I am an accomplished ‘lurker’, having multiple online accounts in multiple online forums, tools and social media, but having found just a few so far that seem to enrich the way I work, and even then it’s hard to say that they make me more productive – in fact can be a terrible time-suck. I use Facebook minimally, have a couple of WordPress blogs for managing my online portfolio and talking about my research, save useful links to Diigo but forget to share them, and managed a grand total of 5 tweets in Twitter over 3 years. Clearly it’s not enough to dabble in the shallows – it takes time, effort and confidence to dive in and publicly interact to develop not just a presence but a network.
So – I am spending my holiday getting my digital persona in order – blogs, twitter, diigo … tragic 😉
One of the first tasks is to visit some of the bloggers whose work I have found inspiring and useful in the areas of higher education research, PhD study and learning technologies and follow them more proactively. Some of these I’ve been dipping into for a few years (EduPunk anyone?), others are new and I wonder how I didn’t find them before. You’ll see the list I’ve gleaned in the Blogroll on the right (of the homepage) – and BTW it’s quite annoying that I can’t reorder this list. Here are just a few of the bloggers who inspire me:
For PhD study
- Inger Mewburn – Thesis Whisperer – Just like the horse whisperer – but with more pages, The Research Whisperer – Just like the Thesis Whisperer – but with more money
- Pat Thomson patter – research education, academic writing, public engagement, funding, other eccentricities
- Jo Hawkins historypunk – Exploring Australian history, new media and digital storytelling.
- The Networked Researcher
- Sarah Thorneycroft Mind the Gap – rethinking academia, education, technology and research
- Kate Bowles Music for Deckchairs – edtech, risk, planning and precarity in Australian higher education
- Joyce Seizinger Cat’s Pyjamas – Exploring education technology & networked learning
- Lisa Lane Lisa’s online teaching blog
- Chris Betcher Betchablog – education + technology + ideas
- Mark Smithers – Learning and Educational Technology in Higher Education
- The Weblog of (a) David Jones A pessimistic optimist’s journey through learning, teaching and technology
- CogDogBlog – Alan Levine Barks Here
- Alec Couros Open Thinking – Rants and Resources from an Open Educator
- D’Arcy Norman dot net
- Judy O’Connell Hey Jude – Learning in an online world
- Steve Wheeler Learning with ‘e’s My thoughts about learning technology and all things digital.
something new to try out:
Keep Learning – an education technology blogging project by Instructure –
The sun is shining outside – and the weeds are growing – back to the real world 😉