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Over a hundred education and business professionals from across the length and breath of the country attended LearnPod13 at Doncaster College recently, in the heart of England’s first Digital Region.
LearnPod, now in it’s fourth year first ran in 2010 under the name ‘The Social Media: are you ready? PODCAMP’, and is described as a ‘Unconference’, which means that delegates set the agenda at the start of the day and anyone can contribute to workshops. This allows learning practitioners, commercial providers, learners and enthusiasts from all over the country to come together for a free and informal exchange of practice and ideas, around the themes of social media, innovation in learning and how these impact on the changes and challenges that the post-16 sector is facing.
A number of high profile and innovative leaders in the social media field attended and offered stimulating contributions including, the College’s very own Web and Social Media Designer, Simon England, who spoke about social media from an educational and marketing perspective and the journey the College has taken in the past year, and John Popham, whose live internet streaming of a village cricket match received national attention and an audience of 1000s.
Simon England said, ‘The continued success of the LearnPod events at Doncaster College just highlights the interest and discussion still surrounding areas such as social media and technology in education.
This year proved to be just as exciting as all past events. Delegates facilitated and attended many sessions and all seemed to enjoy and take something away from the day. We were monitoring activity on the Twitter hashtag and it was incredibly active all day, and continued well after the event too.
It’s been great to see the positivity from those who attended, and I’m sure we’ll return with yet another successful event next year for LearnPod14.’
LearnPod13, which was free for all who attended, was supported by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) Regional Support Centre for Yorkshire and Humberside, Doncaster College, and Moreopen.
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