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Supporting Dissertations the AWESOME Way: a semantic wiki in action

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A presentation from Rebecca O'Rourke, Kathrin Kaufhold, Aisha Walker, University of Leeds, for ESCalate's e-Learning 2009: A Hands-on Workshop.

A presentation from Rebecca O'Rourke, Kathrin Kaufhold, Aisha Walker, University of Leeds, for ESCalate's e-Learning 2009: A Hands-on Workshop.

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  • 1. ESCalate E-Learning 2009 Supporting Dissertations the AWESOME Way: a semantic wiki in action Kathrin Kaufhold, Rebecca O’Rourke, Aisha Walker.
  • 2. Escalate E-Learning 2009
    • From Knowing About …
    • to
    • Knowing How to …
  • 3. Escalate E-Learning 2009
    • Introduction
    • Practical Activity
      • Explore the AWESOME Dissertation Environment
      • Reflectionnaire
    • Discussion
  • 4. Escalate E-Learning 2009
    • What is AWESOME?
    • A cademic W riting E mpowered by S ocial O nline M ediated E nvironments
    • Pedagogy-led development of a social online environment to support Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertation writing
    • Funded as part of the Users and Innovations Programme by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) UK, December 2008 – March 2009
  • 5. Escalate E-Learning 2009
    • Project Leaders:
    • School of Education & School of Computing, University of Leeds
    • Project Team:
    • Rebecca O’Rourke, Sirisha Bajanki, Vania Dimitrova, Kathrin Kaufhold, Lydia Lau, Alex Le Bek & Aisha Walker
    • Project Partners:
    • University of Leeds , Staff and Departmental Development Unit, Skills@Library; Bangor University , College of Education and Lifelong Learning; Coventry University , Centre for Academic Writing
  • 6. Escalate E-Learning 2009
    • What is AWESOME?
    • A dynamic, personalised learning environment built on Semantic MediaWiki
    • User-led iterative design and development
    • Authentic content
    • Open source social software
    • Core ontology maps the dissertation writing process and provides underpinning semantic architectures
    • Specific instances are tailored to discipline conventions
  • 7. Escalate E-Learning 2009
    • Where is AWESOME?
    • Initial Pilot
    • MA ICT in Education, University of Leeds
    • Developmental & User Trials
    • BA Fashion Design, University of Leeds
    • Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University
    • College of Education and Lifelong Learning, Bangor University
    • Higher Education Academy Philosophical and Religious Studies Subject Centre
  • 8. Escalate E-Learning 2009
    • What does AWESOME offer?
    • Semantic social scaffolding – beyond online learning as repository; designs in social constructivist pedagogy of writing development; links community and personal spaces; fosters collaborative processes while supporting individual achievement; counters isolation and anxiety
    • Augments supervision – best use of energy and effort in supervision; annotation of exemplar texts; externalises tacit knowledge within course team / institution
    • ‘ On-demand’ access to relevant resources, feedback and emotional support for learners
    • Dynamic, intelligent knowledge structuring anchored to a core ontology of dissertation writing as process and product; captures discipline specificity and generality
  • 9. Escalate E-Learning 2009
    • From Knowing About …
    • to
    • Knowing How to …
  • 10. Escalate E-Learning 2009
    • Further Information and Follow Up
    • AWESOME Public Instance
    • http://awesome.leeds.ac.uk
    • HEA Philosophical and Religious Studies SC Instance
    • http://awesome-tmp.leeds.ac.uk
    • Rebecca O’Rourke [email_address]
    • Kathrin Kaufhold k.kaufhold@education.leeds.ac.uk
    • Aisha Walker [email_address]