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.

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Supporting Dissertations the AWESOME Way: a semantic wiki in action

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