#The100DayProject – Launching 100 days of writing

My colleague Muireann O’Keefe on an idea to keep those creative juices flowing!

Opening Digital Doors

Spurred on the ever-closer deadline of my doctorate I have been leading shut-up and write sessions at DCU for postgraduate students and within my department (NIDL). Shut-up and write has been great, I love the organized and social aspect of writing, we can share experiences on writing while also using the discipline of 25 minute writing sessions for strictly-no-talking-writing time. Shut-up and write has been really productive and very enjoyable.

So my next mission comes from the idea from 100 days project since my creative efforts are all towards writing at the moment I am launching 100 days of writing from this day onwards!

From today I am going to be posting some blogs, the odd video clip about my work as an academic developer, about my thesis topic, conferences I attend, stuff that interests me. My the aim of writing every day for 100 Days is just…

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Wrestling with ds106

I recently registered for ds106, Digital Storytelling. This is an unorthodox course, as it seems to be largely taught by its students, most of whom seem to be way more technologically-skilled than I. One of the ‘Daily Create’ tasks they set required us to modify and then load photos to flickr. I managed to store an image in my ‘pictures’ file on my computer, but flickr won’t let me upload from that site. Does anyone have any ideas how I can do that? Or does flickr accept only photos from cameras, mobiles etc?

Any replies on this blog would be much appreciated!

Strategies for effective group work in the Online Class

Some good ideas for online groupwork here

Online Learning Insights

This is the second post in a three part series on group work in online learning communities. Post one, featured why we need group work in online learning,  and post three will be on how to evaluate group work in online assignments.

Quick recap –  why oh why do we need to create opportunities for collaboration and structured learning  in an online class? Because…

  1. Collaboration is the future, collaborative skills will be essential skills for the 21st century.
  2. Working with others spawns innovation and growth. Great ideas were not created in vacuum – post 1 includes an excellent video about. We need innovators in the 21s century
  3. Learning now more than ever needs to be social and active. Our culture is about connecting with people using digital and social media, why can’t learning happen this way?

Groups – my Dual Viewpoint
I’ve experienced group work…

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