Awake Early With A Stonking Head Cold So Time To Read Through A Few Threads.
Posted 25 February 2015 - 06:20 AM
Two threads in particular stood out in their free flow from Original Post (OP) to an outcome that just seemed to happen, and that's what characterises perfection in a system - you can't see the machinery working.
In one, someone posted a detail of their build and asked for an opinion. They got it, along with carefully measured advice on a number of better options weighted to allow for circumstances. Everybody involved was on song there.
In the other, someone had hit the brick wall that had sprung up overnight in the form of LABC and was determined to try and push their way through it. I'm hoping they've been convinced by measured, patient advice to follow the suggested path to a less stressful outcome than the one they were otherwise destined for. An example of how effective a gentle, persistent nudge in the right direction can be.
It is so nice to just sit back and watch it all happening now. We've seen an incredible build up of knowledge and talent since Admin dragged the forum kicking and screaming into its next phase. There were a few stumbles along the way that had a few of us muttering into our mugs of tea, but David knew what he was doing and reset the balance of appearance and content to get the forum back on track. Well done, mate.
Yeah, I reckon it's pretty good overall.
Posted 25 February 2015 - 07:17 AM
Posted 25 February 2015 - 07:28 AM
Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:09 AM
I'm impressed with how genuinely helpful the forum is. You don't always get that on the internet...
Posted 25 February 2015 - 08:30 AM
And it's all done with such good humour - we laugh while we learn!
THANK YOU. All of you.
@joiner - sorry to read about the stonking headcold, can we recommend bed rest, lots of liquids, possibly berocca or lemsip, or a homemade chicken soup... mmmmm.... Hope to hear that you feel better soon
Posted 25 February 2015 - 09:30 AM
(Whilst secretly dosing up with Day- and Night-Nurse. )
Edited by joiner, 25 February 2015 - 09:30 AM.
Posted 25 February 2015 - 11:39 AM
I got it a couple of weeks back and it is still lingering, the worse was over in 2 days though.
I have a theory about thread drift and unfinished threads.
If thread drift sets in pretty quick, then no one is that interested in the topic (it is like voter apathy), if it fades out with no responds from OP, then they don't care about the question.
Posted 25 February 2015 - 12:23 PM
Maybe the best I can do is tell the odd bad joke...or wait for an off topic discussion on social work and disability issues...
In meantime warm thanks to you all
Posted 25 February 2015 - 02:50 PM
My 'handle' Recovering Academic hints at my past. Which was (in part) to research, think about and develop ways of encouraging people to teach and learn through the medium of the Internet - whatever form that takes.
Getting people to co-operate online is difficult. Unless there are a core of people who give freely of their time and energy doing nuts and bolts stuff like curating, cajoling, laughing, reading, answering and asking engaging questions, offering solace where necessary.
The success of this discussion board, group (call it what you will) is in no small measure due to the effort that the core staff make. Yes, recent changes in national building policy have helped, and so has demography. But it still takes real effort to keep on engaging with whatever is offered here.
So thanks, moderating team, and everyone who bothers to take a few minutes of their time to build what we academics (ex academic even) call a Community of Practice.
This site isn't just pretty good. Its' excellent. Thanks.
Edited by joiner, 25 February 2015 - 03:24 PM.
It's a cooperative thing.
Posted 25 February 2015 - 03:29 PM
A lot of us on here are refugees from other sites.
Admin David allows the mods a pretty free rein, I guess because he can trust us to look after his creation. Not hard to do when you share its founding principles, and especially easy when those who come here respect what they find and help preserve it, in fact in a lot of cases actually enhance it.
Right, now let's roll out the spliffs and sing a few choruses of 'Give Peace A Chance'.
Posted 25 February 2015 - 04:03 PM
My mum warned me about people like you
Posted 25 February 2015 - 04:18 PM
Posted 25 February 2015 - 04:54 PM
Interesting about the online learning. I was involved in that in the late 1990's and early 00's. Was a disaster.
Edited by SteamyTea, 25 February 2015 - 04:55 PM.
Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:12 PM
Edited by recoveringacademic, 25 February 2015 - 05:14 PM.
Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:21 PM
I taught the online usability stuff (to teachers) and latterly did the coding bits as well as the usability for mobile devices. That was good fun. Most teachers didn't want to get their heads round teaching in a new register because it meant extra work.... for the same pay. The pedagogy really requires a lot of application on the part of the teacher. Hence '...was a disaster...' Still can be.
Posted 26 February 2015 - 10:37 AM
I did like not having to mark anything though.
We ended up just using the exam side of it and ditched the learning side, that worked quite well, though there were problems with a few students who had disabilities.
I have not revisited it in the last few years, be interesting to see how it has moved on. The last university I was at used it for initial assessments, which seems odd as I thought that was what previous qualifications were for. And then never can test for attitude and aptitude.
How is the cold Joiner?
Edited by joiner, 26 February 2015 - 11:16 AM.
Posted 26 February 2015 - 10:55 AM
We put the app on mobile devices (phones sometimes) so that doctor and patient could communicate (for 'communicate' read teach and learn) without speech.
So in some disciplines, notably medicine, online teaching and learning has moved on in leaps and bounds. Elsewhere many resist the process - principally in my view because the process of education is irreducibly social: and online education anti-social. Online learning is seen by senior management teams as a way of keeping cars off the car park and bums off seats, and still charge the student.
Posted 26 February 2015 - 11:19 AM