Sailing the 5 Cs of BYOD. Or is that 6?

In my previous post I referred to the 5Cs being used by #BYOD4L as the framework for the 5 day open online course. These are: Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, Create, Curate..
I have discussed some of these already and will undoubtedly return to the list, which is excellent. But is it perfect? What would your 5 Cs have been? Or perhaps you would go with 4? Or 7?
Grainne Conole presented at the HEA today The Implications of Open Practice and there are some useful ideas worth considering on MOOCs and so forth, but I was struck by one word. Beginning with C and part of Grainne’s 7 Cs of Learning Design.
Though it is just one word it triggered two thoughts for me in the context of BYOD4L. And the word is… Consider! A word we don’t as much as we should in my mind. The two thoughts it triggered for me are:

  1. Consider=Reflect
  2. Consider=Respect

There’s almost symmetry there, but actually two quite different points to be… errr.. considered.


I would put Reflection right up there with our other Cs (not Rs obviously, there can only be three of those). To consider or to reflect – what does that mean for BYOD4L? Well, this is really important. This is exactly where BYOD crosses a line to a new place. I’ve discussed this before in relation to the making and use of educational audio recordings by learners and I often modelled it in presentations: it’s that moment (not necessarily Aha! Moment) where you move from one thinking/physical space into another, when you either switch off totally or start to cogitate, mull over and sift through your mental notes. It’s the rich reflective moment that you ask yourself the significant question that will pin down your learning. It’s the moment when you are on your own or with a peer clarifying something that is going to nag you.
So what has this got to do with BYOD? Well, when I was preoccupied with audio recording and the ‘digital voice’ it was clear to me that the proximity to learning technology, in terms of familiarity and also physical access, was the significant change. The proximity to personal technology changes an event from being rich and ephemeral to being rich and decisive. While I have plenty of ideas about how digital audio can support reflection, what happens if we broad the focus: how can having your own smart technology with you support reflective learning?
Let’s leave that hanging for the moment.


Changing two letters to now think about consideration and Respect as the 6th C (no, not R, surely there are only 3 Rs!!!) we highlight another important dimension of BYOD. And now I’m am just going to poor out a load of words and ask you to construct the argument for yourself:

  • scholarship
  • recognition
  • etiquette
  • praise or adulation – high five those Cs!!!
  • acknowledge
  • manners
  • listen
  • respond to
  • give attention
  • trust
  • etc

I said I’d pour the words out…
So, now we can think about the importance of all or any of the above to teaching and learning and ask, so how does BYOD help us to be more respectful?
Again, I’ll respectfully leave that hanging for you to reflect on.


About amiddlet50

Educational developer working in academic innovation in higher education in the UK
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