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Presentation given at CAL 2011 conference in Manchester on 15th April, 2011 by Gill Clough and Grainne Conole

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Using social technologies to support interdisciplinary collaboration: the experience of the xDelia project Using social technologies to support interdisciplinary collaboration: the experience of the xDelia project Presentation Transcript

  • Using social technologies to support interdisciplinary collaboration: the experience of the xDelia project Gill Clough, Gráinne Conole & Eileen Scanlon
  • Overview
    • Characteristics of new social and participatory media
    • The xDelia project
    • Interdisciplinary collaboration: challenges and opportunities
    • Fostering and supporting interdisciplinarity
  • xDelia – 3-year EU Project
    • It’s goal:
      • To use bio-sensors and serious games to identify & address the effects of emotional regulation on financial decision making
      • Target audience private investors
  • Evaluation
  • Challenges and Opportunities
    • Interdisciplinary consortium
      • CIMNE, Spain (Project Management)
      • OU Business School, UK (Traders and Investors)
      • Saxo Bank, Denmark (Traders and Investors)
      • Blekinge Tekniska Högskola, Sweden (Serious Games)
      • Erasmus University, The Netherlands (Cognitive Psychology)
      • Forschungszentrum Informatik, Germany (Bio-sensors)
      • OU Institute of Educational Technology, UK (Evaluation)
    • Challenge:
      • to collaborate together effectively to achieve a common goal
    • Opportunity:
      • learn from each other and conduct top quality interdisciplinary research
  • F2F Collaborations
    • Workshops to share knowledge and create games prototypes
    • Meetings to brainstorm ideas
  • Collaborative Technologies
    • Wiki
      • secure wiki not ideal collaborative tool
    • SVN
      • secure document repository
    • Videoconferencing software
    • Google Wave
    • Google Docs
    • Dropbox
    • Cloudworks
    • Email
  • Social Technologies for Synchronous Collaboration
    • Skype for audio
    • Google Wave for synchronous brainstorming, sharing links and collating ideas
    • Wave copied to Google docs for asynchronous collaboration to produce finished proposal
    • Proposal downloaded to word and submitted via conference web site
  • Interdisciplinarity
    • 18 interviews with key TEL researchers
    • Interviews and observations with xDelia partners
    • Research questions
      • What is the nature of interdisciplinarity in TEL research?
      • What theories and methodologies are used?
      • What are the challenges to working in an interdisciplinary fashion?
      • How are technologies being used to support interdisciplinary work?
      • What are the benefits of interdisciplinary research?
      • What strategies can be used to promote interdisciplinarity?
    • Technologies and users continually co-evolve.
    • TEL is an interdisciplinary field.
    • TEL researchers use a range of technologies to support research.
    • Social media are changing the way researchers work and collaborate.
    • Technologies provide the potential to break down disciplinary boundaries.
    • Many benefits to interdisciplinary working.
    • Interdisciplinary research is challenging.
    • Interdisciplinarity offers new theoretical insights and methodological innovations.
    • Current structures are barriers to interdisciplinarity.
    • Interdisciplinarity is essential for TEL research .
  • Conclusion
    • Evaluation of xDelia has given us rich insights into an interdisciplinary project in action
    • Better understanding of the challenges and strategies for promoting interdisciplinary collaboration
    • The importance of choosing the right technologies for collaboration
    • Effective use of technologies has proved crucial, alongside face-to-face communication
  • References
    • Clough, Gill; Conole, Gráinne and Scanlon, Eileen (2010). Using participatory evaluation to support collaboration in an interdisciplinary context. In: Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Networked Learning 2010, 3-4 May, 2010, Aalborg, Denmark.
    • Clough, Gill; Conole, Gráinne and Scanlon, Eileen (2009). Behavioural finance and immersive games: a pan-European framework for design and evaluation. In: Same places, different spaces - Proceedings ascilite Auckland 2009, 6-9 December 2009, Auckland, New Zealand
    • Conole, Grainne and Alevizou, Panagiota (2010). A literature review of the use of Web 2.0 tools in Higher Education. HEA Academy, York, UK.
    • Conole, Grainne; Scanlon, Eileen; Mundin, Paul and Farrow, Robert (2010). Interdisciplinary Research: Findings from the TEL Research Programme. TEL Programme .
  • Gill Clough [email_address] Gráinne Conole g.c.conole@open.ac.uk Institute of Educational Technology The Open University Walton Hall Milton Keynes MK7 6AA
    • www.open.ac.uk