It has been a while now since I added a blog post here. The last few months seemed to have zoomed by and I wish I had captured some of my thoughts here but I feel that it is too late… We are already in the middle of summer already and I am looking forward to jumping into the deep blue sea in a few weeks. But before I do this, we decided to offer a new professional development opportunity with my dear friend and colleague Sue Beckingham. We have been working for some years now very smoothly together remotely (I think it is because we give each other space, trust each other and have a common vision > we have found that we are on the same wavelength without even exchanging words) and we hope that many more collaborations will follow.
This new initiative has been baptised FOS. If you are Greek or speak Greek you will immediately make the connection, if you are not and are now curious, you might want to find out what FOS as a word actually means beyond the acronym. There is always a Greek nearby… just reach out.
What I can say here is that FOS stands for flexible, open and social and we added the learning as it is all about learning but also living and working. A lot of blending is happening that requires a lot of flexibility and elasticity to maximise on opportunities for learning and teaching in higher education. This is the area we focus on as it is the area we focus on. FOS is an openly licensed course build on existing OER courses (FDOL and BYOD4L) that have their roots in an MSc dissertation around the use of PBL in an open professional development initiative (BOE programme at Edinburgh Napier) when I started experimenting with pedagogical ideas and explored open and connected professional development of teachers in higher education.
Sue and I have taken bits from both courses but also what we have learnt from the #LTHEchat initiative and created FOS that for me personally represents the next step of experimentation, a more playful approach to enquiry-based learning, using FISh (Nerantzi & Uhlin), the 5C Framework (Nerantzi & Beckingham) combined with new elements that I suspect will lead us to new discoveries. We have of course no idea how it will go… perhaps we have been too ambitious or over-engineered it… so to speak. I guess, we will find out soon!
The plan is to reflect on this experience over the coming week in a visual way, using drawing, photos and a mix of things as I currently seem to be better as expressing myself visually. I will share my thoughts here hoping that they will make sense to others and will become triggers for further exploration and conversation. Who knows…
A massive thank you to my serial partner in crime Sue Beckingham, our supportive facilitators: Neil Withnell, Stephen Powell, Mike Nicholson, Stathis Konstantinidis, Deb Baff and Candace Nolan-Grant; Ellie Livermore who created the beautiful stop motion films and voice overs together with Sam Illingworth but also Whitney Kilgore for reviewing FOS and her constructive feedback which helped us make some final changes and corrections. A big thank you also goes to all previous collaborators.There have been many.
I am excited about this coming week and am looking forward to sharing it with those who decide to join us on this journey.
ps. FOS starts on Monday the 13th of July… 😉 Join the community space at https://plus.google.com/communities/105168012355632331504 and let the fun begin. Who says learning shouldn’t be fun??? Lets learn and play, challenge and be challenged