It seems my appetite for blogging has not been satiated. The smorgasbord of Web 2.0 offerings is too enticing. We are on the cusp of great change in education and I feel it creeping upon us with an ever increasing urgency. It is as if my senses are heightened so that where ever I look or whatever I hear, it all bears testimony to the changing times; a billboard advertising a local theatrical production with the ubiquitous QR code on it, my six year old asking me to go to Google Maps to see our house (virtually), the back channel of hash tags advertised on the Channel 4 news. I marvel at all the young folk who sometimes appear to be talking to themselves but are unabashedly tethered to their communication devices – with not a care in the world. These “harbingers of change” (JISC, 2009, p.14) must not go unnoticed because their “habits, expectations and behaviours may anticipate what the rest of society will come to consider as its culture or norms” (ibid, p.14). With this dizzying array of digital communications pressing upon us I feel compelled to resurrect this blog entitled (in haste) blogging4education. Its purpose has undoubtedly changed. Originally it was set up as part of a module assessment for the Msc in eLearning and Multimedia at Huddersfield University. However, rather than using it a springboard for ideas within a Community of Practice (Wenger, 1998) I feel the need to use it as a reflective tool in a similar vein to my other blog Sheardie’s Action Research Blog. I think this is because I feel the need to write down my interpretations of events happening around me within the socio-cultural context of digital communications and new media to assign it some meaning. Is this what Kolb’s reflective cycle refers to I wonder (Kolb, 1984)? I came across this site recently http://academic.regis.edu/ed202/subsequent/kolb2.htm which seems to summarise Kolb quite deftly though I am not a fan of learning styles per se after having read the literature review by Coffield et al (2004) on Learning styles and pedagogy in post-16 learning: a systematic and critical review.
I do think however that this blog will help me explore, with a more critical eye, some of the literature I am studying. If all else fails it should act as an aide memoir to my initial thoughts and feelings on a particular journal, book, site or publication and that has to be a useful tool for my Literature Review.
The danger, I guess, is that I get sucked into the blogging vortex and I am unable to detach myself from the Web 2.0 shackles. There’s not enough time for me to read, analyse, blog, vlog, tweet, follow, podcast, like, poke and post…surely not, not when there is work to be done and life to be lived.
Coffield, F., Moseley, D., Hall, E., Ecclestone, K. (2004) Learning styles and pedagogy in post-16 learning: a systematic and critical review, LSRC reference, Learning & Skills Research Centre, London.
JISC (2009) HE in Web 2.0 World [online] Available at: http://www.jisc.ac.uk/publications/generalpublications/2009/heweb2.aspx#downloads [Accessed 23 May 2012]
Wenger, E. (1998) A Social Theory of Learning, Communities of Practice: Learning, Meaning and Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press