Starting out on the Digital Scholar

As part of a work project ( Learning X ), I’m taking an Open Learn course – the Digital Scholar. I felt very digitally frustrated yesterday, trying to create a profile on the OU website, I’m still not really sure how I finally got it sorted out, as I saved it multiple times, and only occasionally did it update. So, if you’re having difficulties – it’s not just you!

While much of the first week’s material was things I have covered before,  Boyer’s scholarship framework 1 was new to me, in that I’d not come across it, however, the principles weren’t new to me. In many ways, they’re very much like the principles of other models, for example, Kolb’s “Active Experimentation” and “Concrete Experience” seem to me to cover the “Discovery” of Boyer; “Reflective Observation” and “Integration” cover the process of assimilation of the research, while Kolb’s “Active Conceptualisation” is broken down by Boyer into “Application” and “Teaching”.


Google drive …

Part of my moving is to transfer files that I’d created in Google drive to whoever will be teaching it next – easy, I thought, just make the new lecturer the owner of the folder. But, it’s not so easy. I have to make them the owner of the files too. Add to that, some of the files are owned by an account I have on the student, rather than the staff, domain – and you can’t transfer from domain to domain.

One way round this has been to download all of the files from Google drive, to my computer and the upload again. The result of that is that all of the files now belong to me – in my staff account. The drawback is that on the way down they’re converted from Google Docs format, to pptx/docx etc. On upload, they’re all converted back to Google. (or not, depending on which setting I’d selected). The drawback of that is that I had some specifically as powerpoint, as they didn’t do what I wanted them to do as a Google presentation.

Guess I’ll have to get them all into the right formats, then change ownership of the lot to the next person. Or download them, and burn them to a CD and give them to them. They can then decide on the import format. But, then the VLE will be pointing to the wrong set. It probably is by now anyway …