BYOD4L Day 4 Collaborating

Initial thoughts…

Just watched Andrew Middleton’s video intro to today’s topic ( and had these thoughts.

Andrew Middleton video

Andrew talks about working together anyhow  (any way we can with our devices I guess he means), anywhere  (sure, he is walking his dog, I am in the office), anywho? (with anyone?) and any time (either asynchronously or synchronously). OK, I guess what we should be thinking here, is how having students using their own devices can facilitate or improve collaboration.

We’ve already talked about connecting (Monday), communicating (Tuesday) and curating (yesterday) and tomorrow we’ll be thinking about creating.  So how is collaborating different? It certainly involves these other elements.  For me, in the context of BYOD it is how common online space can be worked in by groups on their own devices – and on their own devices outside their base environment (be that home or workplace).  I say this because the B in BYOD is important. It implies the students have brought their devices somewhere.  This ‘bringing’ has led us to talk about mobile devices rather than any more static devices they might have at home or in the workplace. So I am looking at the tools which Sue Beckingham lists and thinking, how well do they work on mobile devices and do they work across operating systems and  devices?(the point of my blog yesterday).

I think we also should discuss (though maybe there’s not time in this short course) what we can reasonably expect students to do on mobile devices (and distinguish between tablets and phones) and whether BYOD activities should (or perhaps could) be seen within a context of also using more static devices. So, for example students might collect data on a smartphone in a street but we would not expect them to write that up on the same device.  Perhaps I am stating the bleedin’ obvious but I would find it useful to discuss the practicalities some time, somewhere, somehow and with someone – maybe even to collaborate on a wiki of tried and tested BYOD activities and also a list of ones that have failed and why.

Can’t make the chat again, sorry. Best wishes, to all. Bob

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