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Beyond Email: The Potential For Collaborative Tools Brian Kelly UKOLN University of Bath Bath Email [email_address] URL http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/ Summary How can new devices, commercial and user-driven technologies and collaborative Internet technologies be used (a) generally in education and (b) to support events? UKOLN is supported by: http://www.ukoln.ac.uk/web-focus/events/conferences/eunis-2005/workshop/#technologies link Links to further information Key or
We are now faced with increasing numbers of commercial providers of IT services
Diary & calendar
News alerts by email & SMS
http://www.bathstudent.com/ Challenges: Shouldn't we be doing this? Who owns the company & data (and why do they want my personal details)? What if ownership changes? Does their advice on academic issues conflict with the University's?
MSN Messenger provides groupware & IM functionality:
Sharing desktop applications
Technologies Warning – this could be a virus Has potential in user support & collaborative working MSN Messenger is probably most widely used, but interoperability problems (even across Windows OSs) Note audio doesn’t seem to work across OSs
Rather than dedicated IM clients we could provide Web services which users have to “go” to Technologies Useful to get committee together at same time – buts ads are disliked Very effective way of reaching a decision – avoids long discursive discussions Strangely, perhaps, YahooGroups is used by open standards developers (e.g. RSS & RDF)
Blogging: cult fashion or significant developing in publishing / communications?
Technologies Student's learning diary. Created by student and hosted on remote Blogger Web site. No longer maintained? A more sustainable approach is likely when used as part of a course. This example also provides shared experiences Blog software can also be regarded as a CMS used to create a particular type of standards-based Web site
Emerging Technologies Wikipedia – a example of shared encyclopaedia. Yes, trust is an issue! QUB provide an environment for IT & Society students to collectively edit Web pages. http://itsoc.mgt.qub.ac.uk/ITandSociety See Wikis briefing paper
Over 100 million SMS txts sent over New Year 2004 – why don't we send exam results, library alerts, …?
A small number of institutions are using SMS :
" SHU used SMS during clearing - potential students texted in UCAS code of course of interest. The system sent back text saying whether places were still available - alleviating pressure on our call centre. "
" I believe Edinburgh student union uses SMS for their elections."
"I believe there are plans afoot in our university at a high level to develop a method of 'bulk sending' SMS messages out to students. "
Birkbeck are " hoping to pilot an SMS alert system soon for one of our Schools that they can use (via a simple Web interface) to send lecture cancellation messages etc to their students"
Moblogging : Blog from your mobile device (PDA, phone, …)
Audioblog : voice Blogs from your phone, …
Podcasting : synch your IPod so it automatically gets your favourite Audioblogs (using RSS)
Note that your IPod can be used as an RSS reader, email reader, … (software is free!) IM clients, Blogging software, Wikis, RSS readers, etc. are available for Palms, Pocket PCs, mobile phones, ... Encouraging their use could (a) transfer demand from your PC clusters; (b) reduce demands on transport; (c) increase productivity, (d) enhance team working; … Technologies
" Transmitters? We don't need no stinkin' transmitters "
RSS 2 app. invented by Adam Curry & Dave Winer
Simple way of getting MP3 files on your iPod, …
Distribution mechanism, creation tool, cultural phenomena, ..
Growth helped by Creative Commons licences
Recoding talks at conferences
Learning on the bus, train, …
Technologies Wikicasting : phone no. and voice added to Podcast Podcast+GPS : location-based recording & listening. Cultural or social commentary on your location Crazy Ideas? "What will the effect on society be when networking, digital recording, storage & access are pervasive"