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Welcome to FOS! A great opportunity to learn with people from around the world


Dear friends,

This might be a new way of learning to you. On this page we provide a few thoughts that will help you get the most out of our time together. Please see your engagement as a start of a journey and opportunity to join this learning and development community. There are facilitators here who are very supportive, so please reach out if you need help.

If you arrived here, it might feel a little bit disjointed, disorganised, and even chaotic. This is not so unusual! We learn the most when we are not in our comfort zones. Remember to reach out if you need help, ok?

You have arrived upon a new learning journey which will take you on what may seem to be a mystery tour. You have opened a magical box where you will discover new ways to connect, communicate, collaborate, create and curate. These areas will form the focus for our topics linked to FOS.

We hope you’ll stay for the whole five days, but it’s entirely up to you. We’d love you to be busy and involved, but we know some people like things a bit quieter and that is absolutely fine too.

You can jump right in if you want – follow each of the FOS topics day by day. Each topic page will set out a scenario available in alternative formats for the day’s theme and suggested activities.

Visit the suggested topics tab and let your creativity flow!

Considerations

Responding and reflecting: We encourage you to be brave and share your thoughts about teaching and learning with smart devices and social media with others. Do this via the FOS community spaces in Google +. Also consider using a portfolio to capture your thoughts, discoveries and learning and connect with others.

Sharing: Consider learning with a learning partner! Share your learning ‘nuggets’ via Twitter- Send a Tweet and a link to your blog post, photograph, drawing, poem, audio file, video, screencast or anything else you wish to share. Remember to include the hashtag #FOS4L or @FOS4L- that way we’ll all find each other. Please do check the guidance about using social media and the information about Ethics too.

We hope to introduce you to new ways of learning, but also tools and social spaces where we can share and learn with others. Some of these may be familiar. Take a look at our Tools tab for suggestions.

Remember you are not alone! If you feel lost, shout out and ask for help. If you’re from one of the partner institutions, you might want to check who are your main contacts. If not, we’ll all chip in anyway – raise a question in Twitter and include #FOShelp. Our team of volunteer facilitators will respond as soon as possible.

Your commitment: Don’t feel you have to be present everywhere. Be a butterfly and take a good look around first. Settle where you feel comfortable but also challenged. We learn most when we are not in our comfort zones. Engage in conversations, explorations and experimentations or simply listen and learn and consider reaching out and connecting with others.

We recommend:

  • For the days you decide to engage: read the topic page and consider engaging with the   scenarios and some of the activities that are most relevant to your situation.
  • Consider connecting on Twitter and join the activities there.
  • Synchronous activities are all planned at 8-9pm UK time and are a great way to spend an hour focused on FOS with other learners and facilitators. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday we will organise #FOSchat and on Friday there will be a GIANT hangout via Adobe Connect.
  • Take the opportunity to establish presence in social media spaces but only if this is ok with you. No need to be everywhere, all the time.

Check out the Resources tab where you will find useful papers, ebooks, reports and other resources. And add your suggestions for helpful resources (especially on Curation day – Wednesday) so that this bank can grow further.

Register? – this is a registration free course. However, please complete the survey to claim your FOS participation badge. You can sign up for email updates from the home page by clicking on following FOS4L. You can also follow @FOS4L and #FOS4L on Twitter.

Finally…

FOS provides a rich opportunity for open learning and development. Together we will embark on a discovery of learning. No one can predict where this will take us. However, we can guarantee it will be an adventure and you will come away with something new and exciting that you will be able to use in your practice.

Enjoy the journey!

The FOS team

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