Mapping out my digital activity was a bit of an eye-opener. Google is ubiquitous. If I’m curious about something I Google it (I certainly don’t “Bing” it). I included a separate section specifically for “searching” outside of Google because I search information in nearly every program or app but I’m also a creator of content using a variety of Google products. My social media presence tends to be more heavily concentrated on personal use, and depending on the platform, it will vary on the visitor/resident spectrum. This probably has more to do with my demographic and where I’ll find my social groups than the capability of the platform or my ability to use the platform. In building this tension pair I started by looking at my phone. My Google Pixel phone prompts me with the most used apps when I unlock it. Of the top 5 showing, 3 of them were tools I use to connect with others (messenger apps and Facebook) and the remaining two are search tools (Google Chrome and YouTube). The most eye-opening revelation was that the personal and professional lines are increasingly becoming blurred.
Some fascinating presentations given in the virtual symposium. Dave Cormier’s presentation regarding Open Education and the varying levels of “open”. That he coined the term MOOC and was on the groundfloor of open education left me a little awed. I teach Training and Development in our Business diploma and we spend a good deal of time looking at tech-enabled training and development. I have students develop a short lesson which they can then modify for an asynchronous, tech/online environment. It’s the chapter and assignment that I most look forward to because it allows the students to explore the curriculum in creative ways. YouTube has been used as the democratizer of learning. I’ve curated YouTube videos to complement my face-to-face instruction for a few years. YouTube, then, is the truest example of “open”education and learning. I had been looked at Open through a very narrow lens and I’ve been nudged to start thinking about open education differently. I have to admit, after listening to this I did a bit of a deep dive and started following Dave Cormier on YouTube and I finally feel like I belong!