I've sent out some initial invitations tonight to what will become a different sort of on-line community. The targets and mission are clear . You can find them here on the website . I'll move this post across to the project's blog site in next day or two.
While for some there is not much new in webinars and some teachmeets , nor in driving at the torpidness of the education sector and industry around sharing learning materials and knowledge. There are still many who have not changed their methods of working and we are really going to have a go at it in an innovative way.
What has been done before :
- We are trying to summarise a lot of the excellent work that is already out there in one place.
What is new:
- We are trying to model best practice by using open tools and resources and sharing with a creative commons licence.
- We will showcase tools that are within the reach of anyone.
- We have quite a compelling offer for ambassadors.
- We are mapping our offer to the digital competency frameworks for education as they exist in Scotland, so that the offer is relevant to all who wish to boost their skills in collaborating , sharing and co-creating.
- There will be plenty of space for collaborating and working together.
The only thing that is out of scope is the kind of support that staff get already from within their own institutions and organisations . So we will be talking about learning design and tools for building learning content but we won't be talking use of specific virtual learning environments.
We have started by sucking up and pointing to the useful courses and resources that we know about already. We do know when the discussion gets going there are many that we have not discovered yet.
To some, the website and resources, might look a bit different . The whole resource is being built in a way that we hope can move from being a website with some interesting bits to being a community resource owned and led by the ambassadors. This is thanks to some creative thinking and support from Google Apps for Education.
I am sure this won't be without some initial technical hitches - but that is what learning is all about.
I'm afraid everyone can't be ambassadors, our target is membership from Scottish Schools , Colleges, Universities , Employers and Work-based learning providers with an interest in Industry4.0 and the innovation centres and agencies in Scotland around this. If we break some of the silos down around this we will have achieved our mission.
So why this post - if you work in one of the above please consider becoming an ambassador and start following NMIS-Skills . Have a look around the website and feedback please.
If you are from my network and the bigger wider world of digital skills for education and open learning, then let us know what we need to add to help our community find your resources.