When I requested to become a Captain of the Mahara LearningWheel, I didn’t realise the overwhelming response I would receive from the Mahara community. I can proudly state that I have relentlessly promoted and advocated the usability of Mahara, within the School of Nursing and Midwifery, and now I finally have the opportunity to make a huge difference. I promptly ‘set sail’ and cast my net far and wide to encourage like-minded collaborators to join me on my maiden voyage. Along the way, I gathered contributions and ideas from across the country such as Kent, Milton Keynes, Scotland, Southampton, Swindon and Warwick and also from across the sea in Canada, New Zealand, Slovenia and Switzerland.
At Birmingham City University, Mahara is used widely in nursing and midwifery, with a strong emphasis towards personal development planning and reflective writing. The Nursing and Midwifery Council has recently updated its processes of revalidation, whereby registration is achievable upon several requirements including successful completion and authorisation of up to five pieces of reflective writing. Registrants must also demonstrate 450 practice hours and 35 hours of continuing professional development. Mahara is an ideal way to enrich and support this process towards self-regulation and self-awareness. Zimmerman (2002) identifies three phases of self-regulation, that of Self-Reflection, Performance and the Forethought Phase, which inspires task analysis and self-motivational belief. Mahara is ideally placed to be used as a learning strategy rather than just a repository for the digital collection. It has the capacity to encourage self-regulated learning, which is a necessity for anyone within the profession of nursing.
I am now steering the ship towards publication within the Mahara User Manual and on the way, I will be docking in Sunderland to present a keynote speech at the Mahara Hui 2016. I hope to provide you with updates from users – staff and students alike in the near future.
Caroline Kuhn (@Carolak) a math teacher, currently doing her PhD at Bath Spa University in the future digital learning spaces and committed to education suggested Capture, develop and share ideas visually with Mindmeister to the Collaborative mode of engagement on the HE RESEARCH METHODSLearningWheel.
What is Mindmeister? MindMeister is both mind mapping and presentation software in one! It allows you turn mind maps into stunning presentations within seconds and present them. Slideshows can also be exported, broadcast online or embedded.
Mind mapping enables you to learn faster, take better notes and brainstorm more effectively. Whether you’re writing a paper or working on a group project – mind mapping will help you save tremendous amounts of time!
Share your maps with groups of students or whole classrooms at once. Brainstorm and collaborate on maps in real-time. Comment and vote on ideas or discuss them in the integrated chat.
#MindMeister runs in any standard web-browser, on Chromebooks, iOS and Android devices. Students can work on their maps from home, school and even on the go to seamlessly link their classroom and homework activities.
Why not try it out and tell how you used it… how did your students respond? Please share your experiences with @LearningWheel #LearningWheel.
The Making Research Count #MRCSoMe was the first Conference LearningWheel (January 2016) initiated by Amanda Taylor @amltaylor66 – Senior Lecturer in Social Work at University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and commissioned by Dr Clare Stone – Senior Lecturer in Social Work at UCLan.