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POT Cert Week 1: hello fellow POTcerters

My name is Helen Crump and I’m currently an adult literacy tutor. Recently though, as part of an MA in Technology, Learning, Innovation and Change, I’ve been investigating digital literacies within higher education. I’d like to take advantage of the brilliant opportunity that the online POT cert course offers to develop this into maybe a CPD module for faculty or possibly learning support for students. I’m also excited to begin a journey exploring online teaching and learning.

I now live on the West coast of Ireland, but originally I’m from Nottingham, England. I love learning and exploring all sorts of different things, consequently I’ve always got a project on the go and a trip or two planned. I especially enjoy hiking and camping trips. I just walked coast to coast across England. I walk plenty in Spain too but dream of just wandering out of my front door with nothing more than some bread and cheese wrapped in a red spotted hanky (that’s not strictly true; I’d take an iPhone along too). For now though, let the POT cert journey begin.

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  1. So great to find another adult literacy tutor! I really like the current trend in digital literacy that says, you don’t have to wait to participate until you can read at (insert arbitrary grade level here). I find the desire to be heard is a powerful motivation to improve literacy, but meanwhile videos and photos are ways learners with limited literacy can express themselves. They have rich stories to tell.

  2. Yeah Jim. Nice to connect with you too. I just find literacy (digital or otherwise) such a fascinating subject as it’s about people making sense of their world and, as you say, finding their voice. Nice one.

  3. […] Week 1: Introduction and start blogging. Looking back, I’m struck by the imperative in the first week’s session to “start blogging”, and quite right too. I’d like to shout “start blogging” to everyone, because learning the discipline of blogging and forming a blogging habit has, for me, been one of the real gains from this course. I’ve not just learned about the course content, but I’ve developed my style as a blogger and in doing so, I’ve found my voice. By blogging, you not only reflect on and consolidate your learning but through the comments of others your learning continues to grow as you continue the conversation and make connections. […]

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