The concept of ‘sharing’ will be introduced as a scholarly activity referencing Unsworth’s primitives, “basic functions common to scholarly activity”: discovering; annotating; comparing; referring; sampling; illustrating; and representing (2000). It will also be considered using Nerantzi & Beckingham’s (2015) 5Cs framework: Connecting; Communicating; Curating; Collaborating; and Creating.
Using a learning ecologies approach (Jackson, 2011) and a shared mind map, the facilitator will briefly share his own story: leading a national special interest group, editing books on learning innovation, facilitating sector-wide online open CPD activities, being an editor of an open journal, a blogger, a tweeter and tweetchat participant, and contributor to numerous Web 2.0 curation sites. And someone with a full time workload that does not properly accommodate this commitment to sharing practice.
Participants will generate and compare responses to questions including, “How do we share our innovative practice in the age of social media?” “Why do we share?” “How does sharing innovation make a difference to our own practice and that of our peers? How does sharing benefit innovation within our own institutions and enhance our own roles?” “How does our practice of sharing model emerging best practice in learning and teaching?”
Participants will then visually map their experiences working individually, then in small groups, to elicit and reflect on their own stories. Representations will be shared via Twitter and Instagram as the basis for open discussion in the workshop and beyond. We may discuss boundary management, and the exhilaration, joy and stress we experience; or topics such as reward and recognition, group theories (see Changing minds), collaboration and co-operation, or the tensions and thrills of being an open scholar. The discussions will be directed by the participant stories.
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