Developing Digital Fluency through the Open Web & Connected Learning

16th April 2018

Overview

How can you support students as they navigate the open web so they become active participators and make the most of the opportunity to develop their online presence? What is our shared responsibility as curators of the web? How do we build an open space that maintains a culture of kindness and playfulness? To understand the challenges and affordances of an open web, to realize its democratic potential, we must be makers of/on the web.

Learning to curate, make, communicate, collaborate and create robust online identities is an essential skill for graduates who will be working (and living) in a hyperconnected world. And this can only be achieved through experimentation with/on the open web, through spaces like Coventry.Domains and a wider range of tools.

With a Connected Learning framework–principles that focus on identities, networks, and communities, we will open up the frontiers of possibility with hands on exploration and creativity.

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(10:00AM) The What, Why, and How of web domains for teaching and learning?

A domain is more than a URL, it is an opportunity to own your online presence through the open web while developing your understanding of how the most information and communication infrastructure of all times works.

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(11:00AM) Getting started with Coventry.domains

How to build your first website in one hour (or less).

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(12.05PM) Brown Bag Lunch Discussion

“Digital Storytelling for Open Learning and Emergent Teaching Practices on the Web: NetNarr, iCollab and Virtually Connecting” — this panel includes presentations by three guest lecturers with years of expertise in the field of connected learning and the use of the web and online tools for teaching and collaboration.

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(1:30PM) What the SPLOT is That?

Using ready-made customised WordPress sites to create collaborative websites for teaching and learning…

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Guests

Alan Levine is recognized for applying new technologies to education. A pioneer on the web in the 1990s and an early proponent of blogs and RSS, Alan is particularly interested in new forms of web storytelling. He typically consults with higher educational institutions on digital technologies and the affordances of the open web, working with a variety of higher education institutions and organizations such as the Open University, Digital Media Hub and Mozilla. Additionally, he develops open web-based tools.

Catherine Cronin is an open educator, researcher and educational developer in CELT (Centre for Excellence in Learning & Teaching) at the National University of Ireland, Galway. Her work focuses on open education, critical approaches to openness, digital identity practices, and exploring the interplay between formal and informal learning.

Mia Zamora is an Associate Professor of English and Director of both the MA in Writing Studies and the Writing Project at Kean University (US). Mia is a scholar of Electronic Literature (literary works that originate in a digital environment and require digital computation to read). She is a digital humanist and she writes about how digital technologies are transforming education in the 21st century.

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