A great day!
I have just had a great Web 2.0 day!
It started about 9am when I saw a Twitter message from Sue Waters - I was still lounging about in bed. She had sent out an invitation to join an open access seminar facilitated by the OpenPD team. OpenPD is a free open access program that aims to educate teachers and anyone interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs and wikis.
I joined in because I wanted to know more about OpenPD and because they were using UStream as their web conference program, which is a technology I want to look at in more detail. It was great fun to try out a new technology and 'meet' people from countries like USA, South Africa, UK and Australia who are learning about blogging. Made me realize how much I have learned in the last few months. I think I was able to contribute a few helpful ideas. The tip I picked up was to put headings in a post, which will make reading it a lot easier.
Online seminars wiki
I spent the rest of the morning thinking about the program of online professional development seminars that I am planning for midwives and health professionals. These seminars will be free, open access seminars, headed by key midwives and researchers in Australasia. They will follow a similar format introduced to me by Leigh Blackall, using a 10 minute formal 'lecture' followed by discussion and questions. The plan is to replicate the model of free professional development seminars provided by MIDIRS in the UK, which will be better suited, time wise, to the southern hemisphere. I threw around a few ideas with my best mate who lives in Sydney, Australia using Skype.
The result of my thoughts and Skype discussion has led to me starting a wiki. The wiki will act as a tool for developing the program and providing information for people who want to attend the seminars or be a presenter.
Digital literacy meeting
The afternoon was spent at a meeting about digital literacy where I work at Otago Polytechnic. The meeting was attended by staff from all over the Polytechnic who are working to incorporate Web 2.0, flexible delivery and social networking into their programs.
It was hugely exciting to see what others are doing in a diversity of programs from cooking to art and vet nursing. The outcome of the meeting was that we all agreed on the value of institutional collaboration, 'globalising' our digital literacy resources instead of us reinventing the wheel over and over. It feels very positive to part of this institutional movement and collaboration.
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