The first Digital Literacies project workshop for staff and students took place on Tuesday. The subject was ‘Online Identity’. Participants came along to a ‘discussion led workshop’ and took part in a series of discussions facilitated by Lisa Harris with Fiona Harvey and the Student Digital Literacies Champions.
The aim of the sessions is to engage in debate over a range of issues, using social media to encourage collaboration and information sharing. This event used Google docs to capture the discussions, Delicious to share resources and Twitter to encourage feedback. The participants were asked to bring any device that they could access the internet and were divided into three groups. One person from each group then accessed the Google Doc and was the scribe for their comments.
Not everyone had experienced this kind of workshop although none of them were strangers to the social media. They all knew that these tools exist, but a couple were not necessarily aware of how they can be used to get the keypoints from a discussion. It was the modern equivalent of using flipcharts, with out the hassle.
Further sessions are planned for the next couple of weeks, in addition to these, there will also be some ‘training’ (as opposed to discussions) workshops covering how to use social media for group interaction. If you are interested in these, please get in touch.
The resources from this workshop, and all subsequent workshops (links) are available via Delicious