Twitter Chat Analysis on #CTEDU
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I was very happy to see the timelines come in. More importantly the memes from our #MakeMonday challenges from our first maker challenge were exciting. They even caught a little buzz on Twitter:
— KevinHodgson (@dogtrax) September 15, 2015
When our learning spreads I do a little dance. In this edition of our newsletter you will find a better description of your next set of tasks.
We use our blogs for thinking.
Each week you are responsible for sharing two blog posts. The first post is an analysis of one of the assigned readings. The second post is a reflection on you, technology, and social media.
In the first module I wanted to focus on getting everyone up and running. We were launching Known. Hypothes.is, and playing with Thimble. All these open source tools can be tough to learn.
It is hard to focus on quality writing while also learning new tools.
We will now shift our focus.
Blogging is different than traditional writing. It is also different from facebook updates and snapchat stories. Especially academic blogging. In fact I would argue this genre shares more with traditional writing than the status and stories found on social media.
Looking back at the first module I see many people brining the affordances and practices of social media to their blogs. That is good. We are talking about literacy as a social and distributed process. We want to explore meaning making and multi-modality. Our stories are linked intertextually to worlds online and off. However some practices do not fit.
There are some habits you need to shake off.
For example writing one brief paragraph do not fit what is expected from academic bloggers. I also need to see you take advantage of greater multimedia (this is both skill and art so I will be patient here).
So everyone understands our Monday maker challenge will involve us creating a rubric as a class to assess each other blog posts. If you want to get a jump start this is the piece that will guide our thinking.
Many of you will need to step up your game.
I do not require the use of Twitter for this class. Though I highly encourage it (in fact I could see someone documenting their Twitter journey as a learning pathway in this class).
It is an essential channel in developing professional identities. For this module you will analyze a Twitter chat. It is important for your analysis to step back and see the forest from the trees.
Step One: Find a chat.
Step Two: Document and analyze any patterns you see around learning?
Step Three: Publish a post with your analysis.
Collaborative Case Study
For your performance assessment this module you will be working in a small group on a case study. This case study must analyze the space through a lens of Connected Learning.
I know many people don't have the best reaction to group projects.
I am sure there were times when you were quite angry at not pulling their weight.
You may have even lost it once or twice over a group project.
I apologize ahead of time but you need to get over it.
The problems the world faces are simply too big for you to tackle alone. In the more immediate future you will not survive in a networked economy if you can not work in distributed places with other people.
No matter your field or industry you will be better if you can read, write, and participate online.
We can not walk away from group work disappointed.
1. Here is the assigned reading (Executive Summary Only) that will provide background on Connected Learning. You can also refer to my initial ignite talk http:/
3. Use the graphic organizer to help scaffold your writing. Organize your evidence. https:/
4. I will review how to use Google Docs in a face to face class. This is a great module and I am cheering for your success.
This newsletter was a remix of Caleb Smith and Mike Riccis 12 Gifts for You. It was a response by Speaker Boehner's office to President Obama's call for free community college.