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Tuesday, 28 August 2007

Peaks and Troughs

I am trying to refamiliarise myself with the web 2.0 technologies having just returned from a period of recharging my batteries and I would like to share my reflections on my thoughts to date. Now, I appreciate that there is a level of disclosure that could be classed as "putting one's head above the parapet" (in order to be shot at!) but I hope you will read and comment in the spirit of mutual support and encouragement.
My initial response to discovering that my interest in things technological and interactive had a name (web 2.0 technologies) was one of great enthusiasm and slightly evangelical- preaching to any colleague that would listen politely. I rushed to sign up for sites, comment on other's blogs and voraciously read and experiment with how far the technology could take my own development and that of my colleagues/students etc.

On reflection I believe that there was a naivety to my actions.

Spending more time in this environment it has become clear to me that not everyone shares my enthusiasm. I have become disheartened when I have neither received comments for my blog postings nor recognition of my comments on other's sites. What originally seemed to be a medium that would open up across the world of occupational therapy seems to be dominated by a relatively small group of like-minded professionals.

So, what can I do about this? I intend to use some of the relevant technology within my own educational environment and hope that colleagues can see in action the positive aspects of web 2.0 technology. The experience has given me an insight into how potential learners may feel and therefore identify a strong need to regularly acknowledge and comment on other's submissions. I also intend to continue to develop a presence within the international debates in order to both learn from and hopefully add to the development of the profession as a whole - and maybe to swell the UK involvement.
Thanks for reading this, I would be keen to hear of how other's have coped with the peaks and troughs of web 2.0 technology.


Sarah said...

Hi Angela,
I found your reflection really refreshing, probably because I experienced very similar feelings to you before my holiday. I do feel much more refreshed now, after a complete 3 week break (no e-mail, no blogs, no nothing. It has made me recognise that whilst these technologies are useful, seductive and exciting at times, they are also work. And too much work isn't good for anyone - a bit of family life, a heafty dose of cleaning and a trip to an outdoor obstacle course have left me raring to go again. BUT - like you, I'm going to take a calmer and more balenced approach......probably. And accept that others wont share my views and enthusiasms all the time......probably. Cant wait to get the students involved though - wikis here we come.

Anonymous said...

Since engaging with the developments for the MSc in Advanced OT I have had to 'up skill' myself, this has involved much frustration and some feelings of complete incompetence! It has made me think about how we will support students who may also experience some of these feelings. I share your interest and enthusiasm but am limited by lack of familiarity and skill with these technologies, which means everything takes longer. It is all valuable professional develpment for me and I hope that my experinces mean I have greater empathy with students and because of this can support them more fully.