Social Networks

Social Networks

I am not quitting social media

But I have been scaling back my use of it. It began, quite inadvertently and unconsciously, over the holiday break when I realized that there were days where I didn’t post – or even check – a FaceTwitLinkFlickagram feed. Which was unusual. As I reflected on my use of social media in the past year, […]

Social Networks

The impersonal technology assumption

Given that so much of the college experience involves building relationships with professors and collaborating with other students, how a more technology-centered higher education system will still accomplish that remains to be seen. Liz Dyer, How Much Will Technology Really Change Higher Education, GOOD Online education is a one-size-fits-all endeavor. It tends to be a […]

All the rest, Social Networks

The Information Diet

We all feel it. How do we keep up with this mountain of information gushing towards us each and everyday? Hundreds of posts sitting unread in Google Reader, our PLN sharing dozens of shiny new links on Twitter & FB, forum posts, a new edition of your favorite journal published – the firehose goes on […]

Moodle, Social Networks

Embedable tweets

One of the new features Twitter rolled out as part of the recent redesign is the ability to embed tweets in other sites, much like a YouTube video. In the past, if you wanted to embed a specific tweet in a site you had to use a third party plugin. For this WordPress blog, for […]

My Masters, Social Networks

PLNs and OERs

While I have always been interested in OER’s, this issue has taken on greater professional significance for me since arriving at an institution that has active OER projects on the go, and I have begun paying closer attention to reports like the one released this summer by JISC in the UK examining the the impact […]

All the rest, Social Networks

Taking away voices – a rant on authenticity, transparency and freedom of expression

The NHL has unveiled a strict social media policy for their players which includes extensive blackout periods when players and team personnel cannot update or tweet statuses on social media. [blackbirdpie url=”!/grabs40/status/114170216937828352″] Interesting, and telling, hashtag on this tweet from Michael Grabner of the NY Islanders. Now, the NHL is not the first major sport […]

My Masters, Social Networks, Teaching & Learning

The role of Twitter in Personal Learning Networks

My Masters thesis (the full title is The Twitter experience : the role of Twitter in the formation and maintenance of personal learning networks) is now public in the DSpace archives at Royal Roads University. Here is the abstract: This qualitative phenomenological study involving in-depth interviews with seven educators in K-12 and higher education examines […]

Social Networks

Distributing Presence (or OMG WTF G+ YASN???)

Like many, I’ve been playing (albeit lightly) with G+. So far, I’ve been impressed with Google’s latest foray into social networking. It is familiar enough to Facebook to feel comfortable, yet has enough interesting new features to make it more than just another Facebook. Like most Google products, I think this is but a starting […]

My Masters, Social Networks

Serendipity in action

Serendipity. In the simplest of words, it means a “happy accident” (Wikipedia). Earlier this week, I was thinking about serendipity, spurred by a thoughtful blog post by Matthew Ingram on filters, and how some feel that the digital filters being developed by the likes of Google and Facebook are limiting our ability to serendipitously discover […]

Social Networks

Leveraging the power of the network

I’ve been thinking about the network effect a lot recently, and how this ability to create and leverage a large network of peers is really one of the most powerful affordances of the web that we, as educators, have at our disposal. I marvel at how someone like Alec Couros can, with a couple of […]