October 25, 2013 by drbexl
It may not win any oscars, but this is a combination of clips from 6 members of ODHE, collected at the Crewe National meetup – an encouraging end to the project:
Category: Digital Literacies
| Tags: Attitudinal Change, Crewe, Digital Literacies, JISC, Video
Thanks for posting th e video, Bex.
It must be gratifying to see how much of an impact this project has had already had on members of the OD HE group. The learning through this project will undoubtedly translate to encouraging increased awareness within our own organisations of the power of technology to translate to more participative and inclusive dialogue and practices, collaborative working and transparent decision-making.
I have been pleased to participate in this project and look forward to continuing to explore with colleagues our ever evolving technological world.
Thanks Cindy. Yes, the final meetup made it all feel worthwhile! The final report is almost ready also, and that also demonstrates the steps that we have made forward, so we’ll circulate that on the email list. Hopefully I’ll be back with the group at some point to move things on a little further!
Well done Bex for sticking with us, small steps and all that!
Never a luddite, but openly a technophobe, I could of course site as an excuse the time it takes to learn what several tools can do and how to master them. However I had no problem signing up to LinkedIn in 2006 (becoming one of first million to do so worldwide, according to LinkedIn who now have 200 million members) and I took no time researching appropriate groups to interact with and learn from.
I did this because I saw LinkedIn as a grown up version of Facebook for professionals. So why did it take me so long to see the benefits of blogging, tweeting, etc.? Because they were initially used for social comment, or trivia as I viewed it e.g. ‘what I had for breakfast …’ syndrome. So I dismissed the tools and got on with face-to-face stuff. I don’t know quite when the professionals moved in on using the tools, but I sure missed it!
My involvement in the project through the excellent knowledge and guidance of Bex, has made me confront my fears in using the tools to make or share comment on professional matters. While still a newbie at it, I’m having a go and tweeting without feeling a twerp and blogging without feeling a burke – it’s a small start but I’m beginning to leave the technophobe behind!
Like you Sally, I am progressing. Now on LinkedIn, but not sure what to do with it apart from invite connections and accept invitations. I assume I am ok to dismiss invitations from people I don’t want to link with, unless there is unknown etiquette to be wary of? Will try ‘talking’ to people on it as my next step….
You’re right, Helen, you can ignore invitations and save them to ‘archive’ which means you can always accept them at a later time should circumstances change. As with the number of Twitter followers, I don’t doubt there are some on LinkedIn whose pursuit of the 500+ contact numbers holds a symbolic status or statement for them.
Being respectful and diplomatic, I used to reply to such requests with a polite thank you and explanation regarding why I felt there would be no benefit in Linking e.g. requests from financial services bods (unless I knew them). However I don’t allow myself to spend time on this anymore, given the person concerned isn’t being respectful of my time in trying to connect with someone they don’t know, often just to get access to their contacts!
You can of course choose to withhold your contacts being seen by others, however my own view is that it can be helpful to prospective employers, professional colleagues and potential clients to see who you are connected with as barometer of your ‘professional’ self. Just as Facebook can be viewed as a barometer of how people conduct their private lives. User beware, I guess!
There are exceptions to linking with people you haven’t met, of course. For example when you join Groups, as you can gain a professional perspective on the knowledge, professionalism and skills of particular contributors. And of course, they of you if you contribute. Joining a Group is also a great way of posting a question to a Group’s community and usually receiving helpful responses fairly quickly, sometimes from all over the world.
@cdvallance: Great to see @SDFACUK on Twitter. Good resources for newcomers here too – http://t.co/829R8tiipo
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