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The Connected Educator
Transcript of The Connected Educator
You know how to find useful resources and OERs, but how about you create and share some of your own?
A good place to start would be the commons community of your own VLE if you have one.
Twitter Chats & Hashtags
Join in a Twitter chat or collaborate online with Twitter.
The most useful chats for Further Education in the UK are #ukfechat http://ukfechat.com/
and #ukedchat but you can find more useful hashtags by following these links.
You don’t just have to collaborate virtually. Why not try finding a Teachmeet or Meetup in your area and meet face to face.
If you can’t find a Meetup or Teachmeet, you can always organise your own.
Join an education forum, not just to ask for help but to give support and answer queries.
Find a thread that interests you and return at regular intervals to join in the debate.
Be consistent and other members will soon come to rely on your regular input.
Conferences & Events
Get out and about by attending one of the many events and conferences around the country.
Here are links to some of the biggest events in the sector.
Research & Projects
Get involved in current research. There are always calls for help and collaboration on Twitter.
For example, the Learning Wheel Project was conducted via Twitter and Google Docs.
Next time you see a blog post or get an email about a survey, some research or a collaborative project, join in and offer to contribute.
Why not conduct your own research and share your findings online.
Maintain your enthusiasm for your own subject area by joining a special interest group, setting up a blog on the subject or even starting your own Youtube channel.
There are online communities for everything from Baroque Mandolin to Bat Conservation. Keep up to date with developments and establish yourself as an expert in your area.
Webinars & MOOCs
Education professionals naturally have a love of learning but this passion is hard to indulge when you are working full time.
Free MOOCs, Massively Open Online Courses, offer the kind of flexible delivery that will fit into any schedule.
A short course requires minimum commitment and maximum enjoyment. It is also interesting to see the way these courses are delivered.
If you are really stuck for time, why not try a webinar? Eventbrite advertises online meetings and webinars but you can also find them via a Twitter search.