Strictly Come (Digital) Dancing

Exploring ‘Open Education & Pivot Choreography’ through Speculative Virtual Dance at the OER Conference 2021.

The Open Education Resources (OER) Conference is an annual event organised by the Association of Learning Technology (ALT). Responding directly to theme 4: Shifts in agency and creativity as empowerment of learners and educators, I presented an alt-format, 7 Minute GASTA presentation which was pre-recorded using StreamYard. A big thanks to Maren Deepwell (@MarenDeepwell) and Tom Farrelly (@TomFarrelly) for their support with this.

Strictly Come Dancing is a popular television show on BBC 1 where participants work with professional dancers in a weekly dance performance competition. A panel of judges
score the dancers. Can we score a ten? We see a range of dance genres are performed including jive, tango, waltz, and paso doble.

Strictly Come Digital Dancing

Drawing on dance as a way to explore open pedagogy issues, the presentation explored the Open Covid Pledge and the OER Commons. How can open education be compared to the Cha Cha Cha? Dance has been used in education before, for example Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses (Daley, Orr & Petrie, 2015).

Getting involved with the OER Committee by attending regular meetings using the Blackboard Collaborate platform to find out how the event is organised was a helpful experience and to reflect on the issues arising from open pedagogy. Part of this involved writing a guest blog for the OER conference website here.

OER Guest Blog Post

Often the conference experience can involve a range of formal and academic presentations. This presentation was a conscious effort to provide a fun and alternative event. Dance can be argued to be an interdisciplinary and joyful shared act. How do you dance to the online pivot? How could we dance to open education?

Part of the preparation for the event was to watch episodes of the television programme and purchasing the offical board game. Research was also carried out on the different types of dance.

Power BI and Strictly Come Dancing

Perhaps the pivot is a type of ‘digital dancing’ or a series of Pivots, Pirouettes, and Piqués (Jhangian, 2020). delivered the closing keynote presentations exploring ‘Curious Contradictions and Open-ended Questions’ at the conference. If doctors can dance, then perhaps Learning Technologists can too. Let’s dance!

The recording of the presentation can be accessed on YouTube here or it is possible to play the YouTube video below.

Digital Dancing? Cha Cha Cha, Paso Doble, Tango, Jive, Ballroom?

One of the presentations explored co-creating a ‘zine’ entitled Collective Hope by Sarah Honeychurch and Wendy Taleo. Contributors were invited to respond to a range of prompt for example ‘What was your favorite conference presentation and why?‘. One of the highlights of the conference was the session by Eamon Costello and Prajakta Girme entitled ‘University V is alive! Now open to the closed, the cruel and the Dead’. What was really interesting was the idea aof the ‘pedagoganym’ and Eamon’s speculative performance.The zine can be accessed here.

All of the conference presentations are available in an open capacity here.

Bibliography

Association of Learning Technology (ALT) (n.d.) Open Education Conference (OER) Conference (Online) Available at: https://www.alt.ac.uk/events/open-education-conference [Accessed: 8 March 2021]

Association of Learning Technologists (ALT) ‘Strictly Come Digital Dancing Exploring ‘Open Education & Pivot Choreography’ through Speculative Virtual Dance’ OERxDomains2021 Conference. Online. 21-22 April. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8aag5JF9ec&feature=youtu.be [Accessed: 21 April 2021]

Association of Learning Technologists (ALT) OERxDomains21 Guide (Online) Available at: https://oerxdomains21.org/ [Accessed: 21 April 2021]

BBC (2021) Strictly Come Dancing (Online) Available at: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006m8dq [Accessed: 8 March 2021]

Costello, E & Girme, R (2021) University V is alive! Now open to be closed, the cruel and the Dead. https://youtu.be/ywfx9F_2YtU [Accessed: 29th April 2021]

Daley, M, Orr, K & Petrie, J (2015) Further Education and the Twelve Dancing Princesses (London: Institute of Education Press)

Honeychurch, H & Taleo, W (2021) OERxDomains Conference Collections from conference participants [pdf] s.l:s.n (Online) Available at: https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/806214651448262716/836098278285246464/Peoples_Choice_Zine_-_final.pdf [Accessed: 29 April 2021]

Jhangian, R (2020) Pivots, Pirouettes, and Piqués: Gracefully Managing the Anxieties of Remote Teaching and Learning, [blog] 25 March. Available at: https://thatpsychprof.com/pivots-pirouettes-and-piques-gracefully-managing-the-anxieties-of-remote-teaching-and-learning/ [Accessed 27 April 2021]

Jhangian, R (2021) ‘Curious Contradictions and Open-ended Questions’. OERxDomains2021 Conference. Online. 21-22 April. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8aag5JF9ec&feature=youtu.be [Accessed: 21 April 2021]

GASTA (n.d.) Gasta.me (Online) Available at: http://gasta.me/ [Accessed: 8 March 2021]

OER Commons (2021) (Online) Available at: https://www.oercommons.org/ [Accessed: 8 March 2021]

Open Covid Pledge (n.d.) Open Covid Pledge (Online) Available at: https://opencovidpledge.org/ [Accessed: 8 March 2021]

Newell, A & Kleiman, P (2012) Doctors Can Dance.July 2012 London Review of Education 10(2):133-144 (Online) Available at: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/254316638_Doctors_can_dance [Accessed: 8 March 2021]

McDonald, P (2021) Open Education: A Game of Digital Thrones. https://oer21.oerconf.org Open Education Blog, [blog] 25 March. Available at: https://oer21.oerconf.org/news/guest-post-open-education-a-game-of-digital-thrones-by-pip-mcdonald/ [Accessed: 8 March 2021]

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