Three of the organising team have run the event for the past 3 years, one member has been an active participant and mentor since the events inception, and one member was totally new to the event and the community with limited experience of this approach to online CPD. Using Nerantzi’s (2017) immersive, collaborative, open learning characteristics model, the facilitators of this years event will take an auto-ethnographic approach to explore BYOD4L as an alternative, complementary model to traditional academic CPD. Focusing on the use of synchronous communication via social media to build a supportive, open and immersive learning group. In addition, sharing the motivations and drivers for their involvement in the event. The team will also use the opportunity to gain additional peer feedback and reflection on potential future developments for the event.
Session content: evaluation and reflection
Bring Your Own Device for Learning (BYOD4L) is an open, online , collaborative CPD event for anyone interested extending their personal and professional use of mobile devices and services for learning and teaching. The event is based on the 5 C framework (Nerantzi & Beckingham, 2015).
Five volunteers from different institutions across the UK (Scotland, Wales and England) worked collaboratively to organise the planning, development and delivery of the community led iteration of the Five Day #BYOD4L online event during January 2018. Participants were able to take part during daily synchronous ‘TweetChats’ and undertake various asynchronous activities based on learning scenario prompts.
Now in its fifth year, the event is facilitated by a distributed team of open practitioners. For the 2018 iteration the original 5 C model was extended to the 5CC model in recognition of evolving, inter-related practice. This presentation will explore the evolving nature of participation in the event in relation to the original framework and an extended model of open, collaborative participation.
Based on the facilitation teams observations and and ad hoc exploration of the community through lightweight SNA (social network analysis) tools such as TAGS Explorer, the community aspect of the event, in particular the nightly tweet chats, are becoming the main foci for engagement. It would appear that these chats are increasingly focused on practice about working within and out with the range of boundaries in (higher) education that exist between personal/professional everyday practice, personal/institutional technology provision, formal and informal academic development.
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