Karen and Judith have each recently run workshops on social networking for learning. The workshops formed part of staff development days for Open University Associate Lecturers. Karen ran a workshop near Reading, attended by about 25 staff and Judith ran two in Ireland, each attended by about 40 staff.
The workshops were based on selected case studies in Karen’s recent book Online and Social Networking Communities including a case study on wikis written by Judith and Helen. The other case studies - some from the Open University and some from other institutions – covered topics such as web conferencing, social bookmarking and photo-sharing.
Workshop participants discussed, in small groups:
The benefits of the initiative described in the case study
Problems which could arise
How the problems could be overcome.
TERG members would be happy to run other such workshops in the future. Please contact K.L.Kear@open.ac.uk