NODE Learning Futures showcase 2007

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NODE Learning Futures showcase 2007

  1. 1. N.O.D.E. – a showcase Setting up an online community (things you might need to know)
  2. 2. A bit about us Lisa Cluett Learning, Language and Research Skills Student Services, UWA Judy Skene Diversity and Transition Programs Student Services, UWA <ul><li>UWA: </li></ul><ul><li>82% of first years are ‘school leavers’ </li></ul><ul><li>~90% of first years are Gen Y </li></ul><ul><li>independent learning and independent living </li></ul><ul><li>focus on engagement and the student experience </li></ul>
  3. 3. Today’s Showcase N.O.D.E. project at UWA The story so far…. 21 things we’ve learnt from NODE Setting it up Keeping it going What are the greatest challenges involved in a project like this?
  4. 4. The NODE project Aim To create an online community where students could share their experiences of University <ul><li>An exploratory (pilot) project to be run for a year </li></ul><ul><li>We would have to relinquish some control </li></ul><ul><li>They gave us $17,000 to do it with </li></ul>
  5. 5. Student survey Staff survey Pilot projects Protocols The N.O.D.E. project N etworking O n-line to D iversify E ngagement Preparation Application
  6. 6. Student survey <ul><li>Aim: to provide solid data to use in the project </li></ul><ul><li>On-line form - sent to FY students </li></ul><ul><li>Offered a prize (of course!) </li></ul><ul><li>Demographics (age, faculty etc) plus 3 sections </li></ul>Logistics Experiences Expectations <ul><li>access </li></ul><ul><li>ownership </li></ul><ul><li>use of UWA website </li></ul><ul><li>habits/skills </li></ul><ul><li>learning </li></ul><ul><li>communicating </li></ul><ul><li>shopping, sharing </li></ul><ul><li>IT provision at UWA </li></ul><ul><li>lectures and lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>data storage </li></ul>
  7. 7. Notable findings… <ul><li>46% use instant messaging at least once a day </li></ul><ul><li>61% use blogs (18% of students have their own) </li></ul><ul><li>71% download music and 66% use YouTube </li></ul>Logistics Experiences Expectations <ul><li>56% own a laptop </li></ul><ul><li>95 % have internet access at home </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(85% of which is broadband) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>96% own a mobile phone </li></ul><ul><li>88% expect all lectures to be recorded </li></ul><ul><li>52% prefer face-to-face teaching (37% ‘don’t mind’) </li></ul><ul><li>17% would like to SMS their lecturers </li></ul>A total of 37 ICT questions were asked
  8. 8. Staff survey <ul><li>Priority to engage staff (short and long-term) </li></ul><ul><li>Skills Audit for all staff (35 staff in 9 programs) </li></ul><ul><li>‘ sold’ as PD (provided by the NODE project) </li></ul>MS ® Windows Word processing MS ® PowerPoint MS ® Excel Web browsing MS ® Outlook Sharepoint ® Web editing Web 2.0/ICT Learning styles No idea what this is Heard of but not used Able to read/view others’ Able to create my own Able to train others
  9. 9. Notables… <ul><li>Awareness of web tools generally high </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Highest – txt, IM, blogs, forums </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lowest – RSS, video-on-demand </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Preferred training delivery: </li></ul><ul><li>Small group training </li></ul><ul><li>Register of ‘local experts’ </li></ul><ul><li>Print resources/guides/instructions </li></ul><ul><li>Training on request </li></ul><ul><li>Regular information sessions </li></ul><ul><li>On-line tutorials and help </li></ul>
  10. 10. Pilot projects <ul><li>Done/progress </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts/Lectopia recordings of Learning Skills sessions </li></ul><ul><li>RSS generation from events Calendar </li></ul><ul><li>Transition Blog ‘07 written by incoming students </li></ul><ul><li>Staff procedures manual hosted as a wiki </li></ul><ul><li>IM/chat to follow-up Faculty teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Next </li></ul><ul><li>VOD-tours of SS by students </li></ul><ul><li>Broadening of RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts of guest speakers, services etc </li></ul>R O L L O U T
  11. 20. Question for you: What would be the biggest challenge(s) for a project like this?
  12. 21. Our challenges * technology platform * finding support * content
  13. 22. 21 things we learnt that might be useful for you to know Developing it Maintaining it
  14. 23. Write some protocols for members Development
  15. 24. Don’t wait until you think you’re ready Development
  16. 25. Set it up and then fix it Development
  17. 26. Let it grow organically Development
  18. 27. Focus on quick wins with similar minds Development
  19. 28. Work out what you can get for free Development
  20. 29. Beware of ‘frenemies’ Development
  21. 30. Collaborate ‘upwards’ Development
  22. 31. Don’t be put off by your own ignorance Development
  23. 32. Make it appealing to students Development
  24. 33. Don’t ignore the bits you don’t like Development
  25. 34. Have a vision and be flexible getting there Development
  26. 35. Don’t underestimate the challenge of content Maintenance
  27. 36. Embrace the competition Maintenance
  28. 37. Get the ‘right’ project officer Maintenance
  29. 38. Check in every day Maintenance
  30. 39. Write content about failure Maintenance
  31. 40. Find champions Maintenance
  32. 41. Use every method possible to promote it Maintenance
  33. 42. Cherish support people Maintenance
  34. 43. Don’t take anything personally Maintenance
  35. 44. Any questions? <ul><li>Please explore node.live, and we welcome any feedback to: </li></ul><ul><li>Judy Skene: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Lisa Cluett: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>This list of ‘21 things’ will be on www.studysmarter.uwa.edu.au by the end of the week </li></ul>
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