Facilitating #BYOD4L Bring Your Own Device for Learning

[:en]Last week I had the pleasure of being part of the volunteer organising team helping to deliver and facilitate the #BYOD4L Bring your own device for learning online course.


Along with Sheila MacNeill from Glasgow Caledonian University, Neil Withnell from the University of Salford, Alex Spiers from Liverpool University and Suzanne Faulkner from the University of Strathclyde, we connected, communicated, collaborated, curated and created our way around a week’s worth of informal CPD and had a great deal of fun in the process !

It’s the fourth year that I have been involved in this excellent initiative by lovely super duo Sue Beckingham and Chrissi Nerantzi as a volunteer and I enjoy it so much 🙂

I always learn something new and get to know lots of really cool people!  It’s really hard work but well worth the effort.

#BYOD4L is an online course run over five days for students and teachers who would like to learn more about learning and teaching using smart devices and other digital pocket technologies through an open course/CPD. It enables participants to connect with peers and learn within a wider learning community.

Participants can engage in a series of individual and group tasks and activities using the 5’C’s Framework  (Nerantzi and Beckingham 2013)  A set of authentic scenarios are provided for each of the 5C’s ( Connect, Communicate, Collaborate, Curate and Create) which can be used as triggers for exploration and learning.

This year the team also considered some additional dimensions to the 5C’s framework … so we had 10 C’s instead of the usual 5 ! Confidence, (digital) Capabilities, Copyright and Celebrating! Sheila has written a fab blog post about these here.


We also held a tweet chat every evening and a live periscope every day.  (Find out more about Periscope here)

I was super pleased this year to see even more participants from Swansea this year. I held an informal ‘drop in and share experiences ‘session over lunchtime and was joined by colleagues Louise and Non … who were taking part for the first time this year …


If you want to know more, My reflections and various links are available via a PADLET here or please visit the course website for more info !

If you participated this year in #BYOD4l and found it helpful or are thinking of taking part next year please do get in touch!

Bye for now


Debbie(@debbaff on Twitter)


#LTHECHAT The Rear View Mirror


Last night’s joint #LTHEchat #HEAchat was great fun looking at how to get the most out of attending conferences and putting things into practice when you get back to your desk.

There are some helpful tips you might want to take a look at in this Storify captured by Kandy Woodfield (@jess1ecat)

Find out more about #LTHECHAT

[:en]#LTHEChat No 44 (27 Jan 2016) Social Media and Conferences[:]


The tweetchat yesterday was really hectic but great fun. It was the first joint tweet chat between the Learning and Teaching in HE Chat  and the HEA Chat  on the subject of the Four Dimensional Conference: Using Social Media facilitated by Professor Simon Lancaster and Sue Beckingham.  I picked up some lovely ideas for our SALT Conference on the 28th June 2016 that I would like to try … watch this space !

We have a lovely storify of the event which you might like to take a look at and a magic visualisation of the tweet interaction from Martin Hawksey’s  …Tags Explorer  Continue reading “[:en]#LTHEChat No 44 (27 Jan 2016) Social Media and Conferences[:]”

[:en]Using Social Media at Conferences #LTHEchat[:]

[:en]#LTHEchat and #HEAchat with Prof. Simon Lancaster and Sue Beckingham

badge-lthechatWednesday 27 Jan 2016 at 8pm

The #LTHEchat collaborates with the HEA chat for the first time this Wednesday on the topic of ‘The four dimensional conference: using social media at conferences’.

Taking us through the evening will be Professor Simon Lancaster and Sue Beckingham.

Whether it is for networking, impact or CPD, twitter can add additional dimensions to the conference experience.

In this blog post Professor Simon Lancaster, National Teaching Fellow and keynote at the forthcoming HEA STEM conference, and Sue Beckingham, HEA Fellow and prolific advocate for using social media for learning and teaching, explore how using twitter can leverage the value of conferences.

We will be using social media at the SALT Learning and Teaching Conference on the 28 June 2016 so now is your chance to find out all about using social media at a conference by taking part in this brilliant tweet chat.


The tweetchat last night was really great with loads of familiar faces and some new ones taking part … will blog the storify shortly


[:en]Save the Date for the SALT Conference ![:]


The 8th Annual SALT Learning and Teaching Conference will take place in the Taliesin Arts Centre, Singleton Park Campus, Swansea University on Tuesday 28th June 2016.  Further information regarding the conference and the call for papers will be published to the Conference Website in due course but in the meantime please make sure you save the date in your diaries. If you have any queries please contact Debbie Baff ( Deborah.Baff@swansea.ac.uk)
28 june 2016[:]

[:en]Hello from Debbie[:]

[:en]SALTHello My name is Debbie Baff and I’m new to the SALT team as one of the Senior Academic Developers.

You can find out more about me here on the Meet the Team page or on my About Me Page here.

I’m really looking forward to meeting colleagues at Swansea University and helping to develop, support and embed best practice in learning and teaching across the university .  I tweet at @debbaff but you might also find me lurking around the @susaltteam twitter account !

I started last week and I’m loving it so far 🙂 My colleagues at SALT have been so friendly and welcoming – check out the sign on my chair on my first day !


SALT Conference 2015 by Chris Hall
SALT Conference 2015 by Chris Hall

Learning and Teaching Conference

One of my first tasks is to manage the Annual Learning and Teaching Conference at Swansea, so if you would like to offer me any advice in terms of feedback from previous years or ask me anything about the conference please do get in touch.  Save the date, I have it on good authority that it will take place on 28th June 2016 ! If it is anything like last year’s conference I’m sure it will be really great. Anyhow, as soon as I have some more details to share I will let you know so watch this space.


Debbie Baff
Debbie Baff


I will also be looking at our communication channels and how we communicate generally both across SALT and the wider university so again if you can offer any thoughts on this I’d love to hear from you !

My phone number is (51) 3166 or email me at Deborah.Baff@swansea.ac.uk