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Perspectives, Considerations

Picture Hunters: to be or not to be?!!

The other day, as I was browsing Google images for some graphic to complement an article with, I came across some really good stuff I could use.

The thing is that there was no primary source attribution and more extensive research revealed a repetitive use of the exact same picture in all sorts of blogs, sites and weblogs with no references whatsoever.

Not knowing where it came from, whether it’s copyright, public domain or Creative Commons, labeled for non-profit/educational/commercial  context re-use and , absolutely wanting to pay credit to the inspired graphic designer who put it together in the first place, are and should always be important issues to anyone in the Information, Content Curation and Publication fields.

The simple reminder “this picture may be subject to copyright  ”so frequently popping  up doesn’t remedy the situation.  In the time-starving information swirl we are all in, we’ve been used to indulging ourselves in the speed, quantity and comfort that online content aggregators provide us with.

How would we all feel if we were to see our graphics online without the least intellectual property accreditation??

Connecting, Sharing, Informing, copying after copying, pasting after pasting is swell but what about ensuring there is no risk of copyright infringement involved??!!!

Very few people are in fact familiar with the Google images advanced search feature that does that license check for us.

Read more in “Google Images for Royalty Free Photos?” by Stephen Browne about the whole process with some helpful tips to go successfully through.

 

Education 2.0 and the LEC predominance.

The edtech evolution, the thriving Knowmad community, the web 2.0 perplexities and Social Media after effects make us all wonder about the future of education and emerging professional opportunities.

Learning Facilitaror, Learning Enhancement Coordinator, Learning Consultant, Personal Learning Advisor are but a few tags attributed to what is basically the one and only indisputably indispensable expertise in helping others effectively deploy their talents, successfully discover their vocation, efficiently amplify their skills, decisively empower their competences through engaging traditional and digital world gateways.

With a thorough knowledge of what is best in both worlds, paper and digital, a solid understanding of privacy-copyright-integrity issues, a practical know-how of instructional  design, curriculum development, pedagogy latest research data, project management current trends, excellence in IT, organisational and communicative skills they are multidisciplinary in nature that can efficiently, no matter what their core subject might have been, cope with a vast variety of learning objectives matching the right means to the right learning context.

Pluralistic, interdisciplinary, transmedia knowledge approach are their coordinates and success their middle name!!

How come Greece always at the forefront of educational drawback???

It has been a riddle the way both the Education Department and the academic community have been handling realities back home.

Since my early childhood and as far as I can remember, there was always a lot of fuss, especially just before and right after national election campaigns, about educational most promising never delivered reform projects.  Parades, inaugurations, press releases following research and small scale pilot projects…

A paradox still remains why, while the rest of the world was galloping to the Education 2.0 gateways, home sweet home arrogantly considered that a few minor curriculum adjustments, some patching up here and there, would remedy the situation.

When most of the  western world was born digital, Greek students were  just newbies to the powerful web world.

And the question still remaining as to why the responsible irresponsible didn’t take all the necessary steps to upgrade methods and material, ICT is still for quite many “terra incognita”.  From all the Higher Education institutions available, ICT supported Instructional Design, Information Literacy or Faculty Development courses are very hard to find and even more difficult to attend.

As to open and distant learning, e-learning or online learning,  zilch apart from the one and only Greek Open University (E.A.P.), with a selection procedure not based on merit, competences, recommendations or publications but, surprisingly, drawing lots, and which according to a recent research doesn’t necessarily respond to the latest technological trends and is often been reproached with a rather unsuccessful, unproductive, uninspired, outdated classroom practice transfer to the distant learning environment.

I’m wondering if anyone else really wishes for things to change besides parents who doubt as to whether their offspring could ever successfully cope with Society 2.0 expectations.  Decision makers tend to bring the problem down to budgeting, infrastructures, personnel reluctancy to change and so on.  The truth lies somewhere between Generation X  reform reluctant teachers, politicians that wanted their office remembered for showcase projects in most cases withdrawn overnight, students feeling like guinea-pigs, the Greek education melting pot evaporating talents, aspirations, hopes  and here we are today trapped in a downsizing economy half-qualified alumni all dressed up and nowhere to go!!!

Hurrah!!! Educator’s 2.0 Skills Twinning Celebration

Just recently, engaged in educators-School Librarians 2012 competencies discussion, I used the exact terms of “correlated” and “interconnected” skills and practices.

 Education 2.0 doesn’t give much room to contradiction.  Every SME need to have a solid experience where Web 2.0, webquest, elearning, ICT supported instructional design and Infolit is concerned. As teaching digital natives is becoming less lecture dependent and more guided-discovery or free exploration oriented, educators and librarians have been witnessing a progressive role shift from subject authority to PA (Personal Advising) and Learning Enhancement consultancy.

The greater the distance from traditional education models, the higher the responsibility to successful educational context new media integration.  Additionally, a comparative outlook of professional  KASH attributes from a random profile selection proved to be very illuminating revealing that, besides the core subject expertise, all additional skills and training were somewhat similar and in many cases exactly identical.

It’s consequently more than apparent that even the Generation X trainers, well aware of the new Society 2.0 expectations, are precipitated to making the necessary skill adjustments so as to stay tuned to the new age requirements through as less knowledge fragmentation, as better collaborative attitudes, as more effective web 2.0 skills and as much curation amplifying habits as possible.

 

A newbie’s LinkedIn perspective

Having always been rather sceptical where Social Media is concerned like most of my gen-X mid career colleagues that found ourselves more or less a decade ago,out of the blue, exposed to the overwhelming power of emerging technological new trades and trends, at some point and against all misconceptions, fears and considerations, it was my time to experience the Connecting, Networking and Sharing phenomenon first hand.

Curiosity, imitation, recommendation, information quest are just a few words that I can recall to best describe what my first motivators were.  The quite traditional socio-professional framework we’ve been raised in would have never allowed us such a high degree of interaction and KASH (Knowledge, Attitudes, Skills, Habits) exposure apart from that ever classic one-page CV and  formal email constraints.

Since my interest in Web 2.0 was basically career focused, LinkedIn naturally popped up along with a whole bunch of questions and concerns, ranging from essential profile set-up to etiquette and overexposure issues.

Just as I was about to drop the idea, I came across an inspiring Lynda.com tutorial series on LinkedIn that definitely boosted my confidence and opened up new perspectives.

A general portion of good mentoring or just-in-time well-calibrated instruction can mean the world.

So, pulling up one’s sleeves, making time really work, patiently taking wise decisions on which groups to join, companies to follow, discussions to participate in, contributed to

Re-evaluate

Re-adjust

Re-focus

Re-define

Re-consider

career paths, development, orientation, communication channels which can be a very decisive process especially in career change cases.

The unlimited LinkedIn resume pool provides excellent inspirational, motivational real life role-models and the potential of connecting to prominent specialists in the area of your own expertise in just a few clicks.  As long as you have a solid academic background, innovating ideas, participatory culture, research talents, scientific field current knowledge your contributions will always be appreciated and welcomed and your online Professional Network along with professional career and T&D opportunities  will keep on expanding.

Defining the ID tag!!!

No matter whether we market ourselves as  EDUCATION CONSULTANTS, LEARNING ENHANCEMENT ADVISORS, FACULTY DEVELOPMENT SPECIALISTS, TEACHER TRAINERS, LEARNING SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS, INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNERS, CURRICULUM COORDINATORS, our qualities in this current skills defragmentation era definitely interconnect and correlate to enable us to cope with changing user-centered educational contexts.

Check the BLS Occupational Outlook Handbook for a detailed job analysis and employment projections!!!

 

In Web 2.0 We Trust!!

Today more than ever, educators involved in spectrum-wide instructional activities quite often feel overwhelmed by the power and density of Web 2.0 and Library 2.0 technologies that are swiftly and radically transforming the ways we connect, interact, collaborate, evaluate,share and publish.

Some of us may be social media reluctant mainly out of ignorance and time stress factors, others although tech savvy aren’t willing to engage themselves in the tweets and scoops, liveBinders webquests, blogs and wikis daily routine not to mention LMS and Blended Learning practices which are and will keep on remaining for them “terra incognita” if no structured national organisational T&D strategies are not soon implemented.

The “No Educator Left Behind” movement is as crucial as the “No Child Left Behind” Campaign.

ImageSource:Babson Survey Research Group and Pearson

Teaching the Generation X  Educators iAttitudes is a difficult task requiring a innovating inspirational approach on behalf of the educational strategists.  In the meantime, teachers, trainers, librarians will have to rely on their own resources to successfully keep up with the Digital Generation-driven learning habits and techniques.

Web 2.0 technologies are here to stay!!  They have been indispensably incorporated to our daily routines.  All fascinated by the freedom and connectivity they provide us with, everyday we come to witness how they prove to be our life jackets in worst case scenarios like the one, last April during a paleography seminar, where the lecturer, a prominent university professor, generation X technology reluctant, upon arriving at the institute realised she had left her portfolio behind.  One can’t imagine how frustrated and upset she were since there was no way to recover her notes and ppts.  Time running out, presentation delayed, whiteboard blank, she had to put the whole context together  from scratch!!!

I honestly empathized with her efforts but on the other hand I couldn’t help reproching her for not having taken advantage of the significant potential of online multimedia repositories  that could have saved us all a lot of anxiety and embarrassment.

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