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Presentation for Synergy Workshop - Budapest, 19-21 October 2013.

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  • 1. Microblogging Platform for Formal and Informal Learning Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck University Politehnica/ Timsoft #synergy West University Timisoara, Romania EDEN 2013 Synergy Workshop Budapest, Hungary, 19-21 October 2013
  • 2. Microblogging as a new trend in education – platform around objects2.0/smLMS (Mobile) Learning contexts on Formalizing PLE Learning designs as metaobjects Please check BoP - page 31 image from
  • 3. What is Microblogging? And why should I care?
  • 4. 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.
  • 5. Microblogging is a collaborative technology photo:
  • 6. Diagrammr at embedded in the note at
  • 7. Microblogging platforms used in education photo:
  • 8. Overview of the Microsphere Timeline Mar 2006 Oct 2007 Dec 2007 Jan 2008 Mar 2008 Jul 2008 Sep 2008 4 platforms in Tops 100 Tools for Learning 2009-2013: Twitter, Cirip, Yammer, Edmodo Elizabeth Koh, An overview of microblogging,, slide 16
  • 9. From Grosseck & Holotescu “Academic research in 140 characters and more”
  • 10. - a microblogging platform specially designed for education; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft, a Romanian company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications - 120,000 users - interface in Romanian, English, German - Finalist at Seedcamp Zagreb, Jan 2010 - In Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 - Nominations for: - "UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education”, April, 2012; - “Innovative Education Award”, WCES 2013, Rome, 5-8 February.
  • 11. 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, assessment. TUTORIAL
  • 12. 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)
  • 13. 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 On pedagogical level receive/send updates via SMS develop multimedia educational resources / create and manage mobile PLEs; learning objects by using mobile technologies specific recover password via SMS. 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.
  • 14. Educational uses information and knowledge management courses enhancement delivering entire online courses for universities/schools/companies learning from the stream collaborative projects in universities communities of practice Social networks ePortfolios social mobile LMS Feeds MOOCs. Users Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) - PLE/PLN
  • 15. Learning contexts on
  • 16. Course materials in a dedicated group: •announcements •materials as LOM/SCORM objects •multimedia messages
  • 17. Course elements: announcements modules LOM/SCORM objects polls/quiz/ comments via SMS (f2f) validations interactions with users/experts/ groups collaborative exercises learning from the stream multimedia messages specific features for running MOOCs Cirip as a social network of smLMS (social mobile LMS)
  • 18. Formalizing PLE on  Continuos Persistent  Relevant  Connecting / integrating   Mobile Scalable  Open to OERs  Fiable  Distributed    Universal - social network of PLEs Mindmap at embedded in the note at
  • 19. Activating in Learning Design group
  • 20. Thank you! Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck Looking forward to find synergies/possibilities to collaborate in future projects focused on: • Learner support (with the use of ICT) • Open Educational Resources and their use in education • Teacher training (communities of practice)