MON: MOOCs! What? – A debate about the impact of professional educational jargon Is it good for inclusion? Do we need to promote staff awareness? (Sheila Greenwood)
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8 December 2014
Can anyone relate any stories to being put off by educational jargon?
Conversley does anyone like the idea of professional jargon and love to use it
19:28 on 16 January 2015
TITLE - Moocs! What? - A debate about the impact of educational jargon. Is it good for inclusion? Do we need to promote staff awareness?
The definition of educational jargon here being defined as the use of specific acronyms, words or phrases used by educators in their daily routines within their specific profession. These jargonised words whilst being well known and used as a form of inclusion within specific communities can in some cases exclude outsiders.
In this multimedia presentation I explore the topic of professional jargon, particularly educational jargon and why it thrives Martin, B. (1992) in peer to peer usage but can also be disruptive to the point of exclusion when used in the wrong context as in teacher to parent or teacher to lay person.
As a student new to education as a profession I found myself being very quickly 'closed out', rather than 'opened up' from tutor group forum conversations due to the fact that I just did not understand some jargon banter such as MOOC,s*, CPD,s* or MOODLE,s *. Asking the question "Who will admit to being befuddled by academic jargon?" in the student cafe gave some candid positive responses suggesting that this may be a larger problem.
The aim of my presentation is to highlight the need for my artifact which is an answer to the "so what" can we do about it question in conference. By creating awareness (where it is needed) amongst some educators regarding the barriers that can be caused by excessive educational jargon, the project, an awareness journey video aims to alert educators to know their audience and use language appropriately.
The intended artefact video explores the fact that jargon has its place among peer groups and like minded professionals, allowing for identities that promote a sense of inclusion and belonging. Contrasted with the attraction argument are suggestions that educational jargon is having a detrimental effect on some children and excluding parents from seeing progress in their own children by not understanding. Secret Teacher,. (2014 ) The journey then transports the viewer into a short County Council quiz a that illustrates awareness to the futility in some jargon, especially when you don't understand the context. A YouTube clip "Jargon" Plattner, A. (2012 ) also shares that some educators do understand that speaking correctly to your audience is necessary if you need to include them and convey the right messages. The video presentation ends with a student colleague (Kidger, L (2014) explaining how she trains her students to speak professionally when talking among professional peers but then stresses the need to adopt a plain English speaking policy when talking to customers, echoing Dilloff ,NJ. (2013).
The" Open Education in an Open Landscape" criteria is fulfilled by this artefacts' construction from content refined by multimedia networking and peer feedback for conference and afterwards once edited the finished projects aim is to be a (free) use tool if chosen, for use in any staff jargon awareness projects.
19:37 on 16 January 2015 (Edited 16:47 on 26 January 2015)
Link to accessible transcript of presentation Moocs What?
13:37 on 9 February 2015 (Edited 15:31 on 9 February 2015)
Link to Presentation Moocs What?
17:54 on 13 February 2015 (Edited 18:08 on 13 February 2015)
Link to project - still in development mode with step through functionality only. Voice over still to be added.
15:27 on 28 February 2015