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Blackboard and Facebook are designed for different purposes, but how well do they compare in terms of supporting learning, and what can we learn about connectivism?

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    1. 1. Facebook & Blackboard Comparison of learner perspectives 29 May 2009
    2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>The team: </li></ul><ul><li>Patrick Parslow, Shirley Williams, Michael Evans, Karsten Ø ster Lundqvist, Edwin Porter-Daniels, Robert Ashton </li></ul><ul><li>Contact details: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Domain : All surveys conducted at University of Reading </li></ul>
    3. 3. Summary
    4. 4. Headlines
    5. 5. Methods
    6. 6. Results <ul><li>“ What do you think would make a good eLearning environment?” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Something that doesn't detract from a physical learning environment.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ An education into how to use and what e-learning is attempting to achieve” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Fun and easy to use” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ accurate information” </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. Results <ul><li>“ What do you think would make a good eLearning environment?” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ E-mail” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ An easily accessible website, for students doing the same course(s), not necessarily from the same institution.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I think blackboard is ideal really.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ nothing, teaching is best done in the classroom, face to face. eLearning is silly.” </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. Results <ul><li>More from the comments and interviews: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eLearning environment needs to be widely used to be useful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consistency between modules and interfaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More discussion groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy, within group and sometimes excluding lecturer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trust is an issue </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Separation of academia and social matters </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. ‘ Community’ models - facebook
    10. 10. ‘ Community’ models - Blackboard
    11. 11. Results – connecting to people <ul><li>Students 5 times more likely to find peers on Facebook than on UoR Blackboard </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marked gender difference found in prototype survey not supported by results of full survey so far </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strongest correlations with departments (for FB) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chemistry and Human & Environmental Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-ve correlation with Health & Social care, and Biological Science </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Appears unrelated to gender </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>May be related to active social groups in departments </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. Why is connecting important? <ul><li>Connectivism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Rapidly changing knowledge landscape </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Short half-life of information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Important to have a network of information sources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many heads are better than one </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Synergy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inter-disciplinary cross fertilization </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Constructivism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn better if creating things others will see/use </li></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Supports constructivism… and connectivism
    14. 14. Blackboard – linear read:learn?
    15. 15. Blackboard – posting not helping?
    16. 16. Do the same people learn on Facebook as Blackboard?
    17. 17. Intentional use for learning
    18. 18. Intentional learning use
    19. 19. Conclusions <ul><li>Learners will learn through social networking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even in the absence of course materials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>There may be a eLearner role </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Those who learn both through the VLE and other tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intentional use of tools improves outcomes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>At least in terms of frequency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Something about UoR use of Blackboard seems to inhibit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1 in 6 intending to learn by using it never do </li></ul></ul>
    20. 20. Thank you <ul><li>Any Questions? </li></ul>

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