It must be good to break down barriers and remove constraints. That’s one of the biggest benefits of BYOD4L isn’t it? And in terms of collaboration you multiply those benefits, because it’s not just you benefiting. One way of expressing benefits of BYOD4L is any how, any one, any where, any time, meeting any need or reason. All of a sudden we see an opportunity to help us manage and enrich of learning environment and the way we engage.
(I’m writing this in a shelter on a train station between work and home using the WordPress app on my iPad. It will upload next time I enter a wifi zone when I get to work).
OK, so we know the benefits headlines. Good news.
On my way out to get the train I had the briefest of conversations with my partner who is also an academic, albeit at another university. She was up really late last night/this morning marking some student essays. We share a commitment to students – sometimes you’ve got to make the extra effort. Note ‘sometimes’.
My partner doesn’t get the mobile thing. She gets email. Always has. We have appreciated the flexibility of e-learning for a long time. Now, my partner also referred to a difficult conversation she was having with one of her colleagues this morning. All before 8 o’clock. Yes, you want to be supportive to students and colleagues wherever, whenever and however you engage with them.
Out of these scenarios or episodes there are a few points I think I can flag up to help think about today’s #byod4l theme of collaborating:
- boundaries – are we losing control over who we invite into our home (who/where/how/why/when)?
- perceptions – how different, behaviourally, is the invasion of byod4l to say, e-learning, or the telephone, television or f2f?
- constraints – do constraints help us more than removing them?
- quality – if I can do more (quantity), what happens to the quality? (Life, work, relaxation
- etc, etc…
OK, so a bit of critical reflection there and much of it not necessarily about collaboration. However, collaborating or working with others accentuates many of the challenges and the benefits. This is about academic digital literacy to some extent – about knowing how to be effective, keeping control, making professional judgements. Etc!