Last night I made it home in time to take part in the HEA Chat on twitter. I’ve been a lurker for some time in LTHEChat (http://lthechat.com/ Wednesday 8 – 9pm) but find it quite overwhelming. Which is a strange thing to say for someone who regularly tweets from conferences with active twitter streams and manages to handle all that. I think my brain’s just in a different gear on a Wednesday evening.
The Storify from the HEA Chat is available: https://storify.com/HEA_chat/hea-chat-27-october and this months theme was Teaching and learning in STEM: new challenges, new opportunities which got my interest straight away. They have a blog post with the future topics: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/about/blog/heachat, and about this specific chat: https://www.heacademy.ac.uk/blog/teaching-and-learning-stem-new-challenges-new-opportunities.
I arrived 10 minutes late (no food, had to go get curry) but managed to get the thread of the conversations fairly quickly and really enjoyed thinking about the 5 questions that were posed. As another participant noted, there were fewer participants than LTHEChat which may have made it easier to follow.
One thread that emerged was on digital scholarship and the issue of getting recognised for blogging and other online activities. An overlapping issue was having somewhere to share or discuss good practice or simply ideas and it’s easy to see how blogging can fulfil that role. Julie Peacock shared a link: https://teachingfocusedgeesnetwork.wordpress.com/2015/07/ where GGE academics can contribute and share ideas. I like that idea a lot but share the concerns of many that such informal scholarship (by traditional measures) is not adequately recognised. It’s sad when people say they no longer blog because its not thought of as worthwhile. I guess for me, I get more out of it and don’t feel the need for people to recognise it. It would be nice but I’m not doing it for that. To be honest, I’m mainly writing this to avoid cleaning up my office.
But it did get me thinking about using this blog to work through some teaching ideas. Then I came to a screeching mental halt when I started wondering how my students would feel if I was deliberating over teaching sessions in their recent past. So perhaps this is a useful place to think about the less recent past and an amalgamation of various year groups.
In any case, I recommend the twitter chats for those who tweet. And I recommend twitter for those who don’t.