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Presentation at SoMobNet Roundtable, London, Nov, 21, 2011

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    • Connecting formal and informal learning in HE through a mobile multimedia microblogging environment Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck University Politehnica/ Timsoft West University Timisoara, Romania Social Mobile Networking for Informal Learning London, Nov, 21, 2011 somobnet
      • New trends in education
      • What is microblogging?
      • Overview of the microsphere
      • – platform around objects2.0
      • (Mobile) Learning contexts on
      • Formalizing PLE
      • Learning from the stream
      • Learning designs as meta-objects – continuos learning for teachers
      image from
    • SOCIAL LEARNING becomes formal
    • RSS/blogs-2004, podcast–2005, vlog–2006, video–2007 microblogging-2008-2011, augmented reality location based applications - 2010-2011 Web2.0 / social networks have great impact in collaborative / social learning ( eLearning2.0 )
    • JESS3 Labs The Geosocial Universe 2.0 Comparison between the total amount of registered users with the percentage of people accessing the sites via mobile
    • What is it? And why should I care?
    • Microblogging is a new form of blogging , with brief text updates of 140 characters, via Web, SMS, email, IM or 3rd party applications, which allows real-time interactions between users.
    • Microblogging is a collaborative technology photo:
    • Diagrammr at embedded in the note at
    • photo: Microblogging platforms used in education
    • Mar 2006 Oct 2007 Jan 2008 Jul 2008 Dec 2007 Mar 2008 Overview of the Microsphere Timeline Sep 2008 4 platforms in Tops 100 Tools for Leaning 2009-2011: Twitter, Cirip, Yammer, Edmodo Elizabeth Koh, An overview of microblogging, , slide 16
    • From Grosseck,Holotescu “Academic research in 140 characters and more”
    • From Grosseck,Holotescu “Academic research in 140 characters and more”
      • The most popular microblogging system
      • Launched in July, 2006
      • Robust, elegant and simple
      • More than 200 million users
      • Numerous mash-ups
      Social networking in 140 characters twitter
    • Twitter educational uses: Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Reference services
    • - 25000 users - interface in Romanian, English, German - Finalist at Seedcamp Zagreb, Jan 2010 - In Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 - a microblogging platform specially designed for education; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft, a Romanian company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications
    • Facilities (1)
      • public and private groups
      • (courses, internal training,
      • projects, events, internal
      • communication, service,
      • family, hobby, etc);
      • group communication via SMS
      • polls , quizzes – online or via SMS
      • feeds monitoring
      • via SMS / sites / blogs /
      • social networks / search feeds
      • - jobs, weather, reactions)
      • statistics, visualizations, tags. TUTORIAL
    • Facilities (2) social network around multimedia objects multimedia objects embedded in messages (part of the communication flow, created/recreated, openess to (small) OERs - Weller, Martin (2010) ): - livestreaming, - images ( flickr, tinypic ), - audio ( eok, trilulilu, deezer,, vocaroo, mp3 ), - (live) video ( youtube, dotsub, vimeo, screencastle, screenjelly, screenr,, myvideo ), - presentations/learning design ( slideshare, capzles, voicethread, flowgram, photopeach, picasa, notaland, prezi, diagrammr, mindomo, mindmeister, spicynodes ), - documents ( odf, odt, pdf, doc, xls, txt, ppt, google docs/forms/spreadsheets )
    • Mobile learning features
      • On technological level
      • create, localize and join mobile groups
      • access social media and open educational resources
      • share opinions
      • work collaboratively on multimedia objects
      • participate in polls and quizzes
      • receive/send updates via SMS
      • create and manage mobile PLEs;
      • recover password via SMS.
      • On pedagogical level
      • develop multimedia educational resources / learning objects by using mobile technologies specific for different subject areas,
      • build mobile social learning environments engaging students in PBL, case studies, and collaborative projects
      • capture and formally represent experience and new pedagogical approach as learning design objects - shared, discussed, validated, improved, and reused.
    • information and knowledge management courses enhancement delivering entire online courses learning from the stream collaborative projects in universities communities of practice ePortfolios social LMS. Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) - PLE/PLN Educational uses Users Feeds Social networks
    • Learning contexts on
      • Materials:
      • announcements
      • materials as LOM/SCORM objects
      • multimedia messages
    • Course elements: announcements modules - LOM/SCORM objects collaborative exercises learning from the stream multimedia messages Cirip as a social network of msLMS polls/quiz/ comments via SMS (f2f) validations - interactions with users/experts/ groups
    • Formalizing PLE on Mindmap at embedded in the note at
      • Continuos
      • Persistent
      • Relevant
      • Connecting / integrating
      • Mobile
      • Scalable
      • Open to OERs
      • Fiable
      • Distributed
      • Universal
      • - social network of PLEs
    • Learning from the stream time capsule with messages in 140 characters sent by participants, practitioners, teachers , trainers, students and others interested in PLE, from twitter, cirip, blogs, SNs
      • to constitute a framework for communication / sharing / learning in the PLE domain
      • to be a source of real-time information, connections with practitioners worldwide …
      • to offer access to all the group content, visualizations and statistics for future reflections
      The aims of the group PLEBCN : The first message in the group
    • Mar Camacho's Presentation Note Students perspective on PLE
    • Activating in Learning Design group
    • Thank you! Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck