Changing the Learning Landscape - Interdisciplinary webinar on the use of social media in HE

  • Date: 10 Jun 2013
  • Start Time: 02:00 pm
  • Location/venue: Virtual event

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This webinar is being offered in response to requests from participants at the Changing the Learning Landscape (CLL) CPD workshops. Many of the workshops explored the use of social media in HE teaching and learning and there was clearly a need for more professional development around this subject.

Interdisciplinary webinar on the use of social media in HE.

The webinar will be in 3 parts with around 30min for each speaker, starting at 2pm. Feel free to join and leave the webinar at any time. Anne Marie and Sue will be starting the session by exploring the use of social media in professional contexts and Gareth will be sharing his experiences using an e-portfolio. Sue’s abstract is given below and the others will follow.

Speakers: Anne Marie Cunningham, Sue Beckingham & Gareth Frith

Professional Online Presence: Separating the Signal from the Noise, Sue Beckingham

We are living in an age where many of us are now ‘always switched on’. The rise of the ubiquitous use of mobile technology and open access to Wi-Fi-free zones has changed the way we communicate - forever. We use mobile technology for work, to organise our home life, our social life, to shop, enjoy music, films and photographs. All of these activities have the potential to make our life easier and more enjoyable. However there is a concern that we risk information overload in our quest to manage the growing amount of information, in particular through social media. How can we juggle all of this and possibly leverage social media in a professional context?

My talk will look at how through social media you can develop a professional network that will not only help to separate the signal from the noise for yourselves, it will also provide the mechanism for others to find you and your work as a professional in your field. By developing a professional online presence and network of connections, you will have the potential to open many new channels of communication, opportunities for collaboration and creativity BUT you will also find the means to filter only what is important to you.  

Grief or Glory?  using and implementing an e-portfolio in work place practice, Gareth Frith

The School of Medicine in Leeds have worked with e-portfolio systems for the last 5 years. Initially this was as part of the ALPS CETL ( which developed tools for assessment and learning in work place practice for a range of healthcare professions. Latterly Leeds has embedded the ALPS practice in to the MBChB medical undergraduate course. For the last three years Leeds undergraduate medics have used an e-portfolio as their ‘Progress File’ across all 5 years of the curriculum for both small group teaching on campus and as part of an extensive mobile learning programme in work based practice. The main use has been to support a student’s self-directed learning in a work place setting such as clinical practice and is applicable to many professional areas where work based practice is an important aspect of the learning and feedback process.

Gareth Frith, TEL Manager at the School of Medicine in Leeds will describe the uses, benefits and pitfalls of developing portfolio learning for work place practice. He will discuss the strengths of e-portfolio systems and how to use them to deliver good student feedback and support learning both on campus and through mobile delivery. He will also discuss some of the challenges that Leeds has faced and overcome in term of implementing a large scale e-portfolio.


This webinar is free to attend.


For any questions, please contact Alex Fenlon

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