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September 25, Timisoara

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  • 1. Microblogging Platform used for PLE and Online Courses in HE Carmen Holotescu & Gabriela Grosseck ViCaDiS International Conference on Virtual Campuses September 25, Timisoara
  • 2.
    • Presentation Agenda
    • A short introduction in Social Learning
    • What is microblogging? Uses in education
    • – a microblogging platform for education
    • PLE and online courses on
  • 3. SOCIAL LEARNING A short introduction
  • 4. RSS/blogs-2004, podcast–2005, vlog–2006, video–2007, microblogging-2008/2009 Web2.0 / social networks have great impact in collaborative / social learning ( eLearning2.0 )
  • 5. Enhancing teaching & learning using Web2.0 technologies from Handbook of Emerging Technologies in Education: George Siemens, Peter Tittenberg (pg.34)
  • 6. INTRODUCTION TO MICROBLOGGING What is it? And why should I care?
  • 7. A collaborative definition of microblogging generated by embedded in the note at
  • 8. Microblogging is a collaborative technology, a new form of blogging, with brief text updates of 140 characters, via Web, SMS, email, IM or 3th party applications, which allows RT interactions between users.
  • 9. Diagrammr at embedded in the note at
  • 10. photo: Microblogging platforms used in education
  • 11. Mar 2006 Oct 2007 Jan 2008 Sep 2008 Jul 2008 Dec 2007 Mar 2008 Overview of the Microsphere Timeline Twitter,, and Yammer appear on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009
  • 12. Scribd paper: Can we use Twitter for educational activities? HOW MICROBLOGGING CAN IMPROVE TEACHING AND LEARNING
  • 13. Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Exploring the language Reference services good points:
  • 14. distr acting time -consuming rude ad dictive no social educational value bad grammar skills privacy spam meaningless without a network bad points
  • 15. A slideshare presentation about collaboration on microblogging, embedded in the note at
  • 16. A photopeach presentation for microblogging metaphors, embedded in the note at
  • 17.
    • The most popular microblogging system
    • Launched in July, 2006
    • Robust, elegant and simple
    • More than 90 million users
    • Numerous mash-ups
    Social networking in 140 characters twitter
  • 18. Twitter Educational uses: Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Reference services
  • 19. A video clip about twitter at embedded in the note at
  • 20. 5000 users interface in Romanian, English, German - a microblogging platform specially designed for education; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft, a Romanian company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications
  • 21. Facilities (1)
    • public and private groups (courses, trainings, 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
  • 22. Facilities (2) multimedia objects embedded in messages (information/communication flow): - livestreaming, - images ( flickr, tinypic ), - audio ( eok, trilulilu, deezer,, vocaroo, mp3 ), - (live) video ( youtube, dotsub, vimeo, seesmic, screencastle, screenjelly, screenr,, myvideo ), - presentations ( slideshare, capzles, voicethread, flowgram, photopeach, picasa, notaland, prezi, diagrammr ), - documents ( odf, odt, pdf, doc, xls, txt, ppt ) TUTORIAL
  • 23. PLN: users, groups, feeds interactions online, via ciripfox/ ciripgadget/ ciripAIR/FF Ubiquity, SMS, mobile, IM, mJava, API, twitter2cirip, rss2cirip messages, images, audio, video (live), presentations, files profile livestreaming cirip2twitter, widget, export notes on blogs
  • 24. information and knowledge management courses enhancement delivering entire online courses collaborative projects in universities communities of practice ePortfolios. Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) - PLE/PLN Educational uses Users Grupuri Feeds Social networks
  • 25. Mindmap at embedded in the note at
  • 26.
    • An online course about microblogging platforms
    • Research:
    • integrate microblogging with other Web2.0 technologies
    • microblogging platform as LMS
    • course facilitation
    Materials: announcements materials as LOM/SCORM objects
  • 27. Course elements: announcements modules – imported as LOM/SCORM objects collaborative exercises multimedia messages poll/quiz/ comments via SMS (f2f) validation - interactions with users/groups
  • 28. Participation: built PLNs 42 members: students, teachers, developers, librarians 1100 messages
  • 29.
    • Collaborative exercises using different Web2.0 technologies:
    • puzzle images - flickr , CC
    • collection
    • video translation - writeboard , dotsub
    • comments on voicethread
    • tagcloud - wordle
    • code of good practices on microblogs - writeboard
  • 30.
    • has facilities to deliver successful and qualitative online courses and to enhance courses; the communication (online/SMS/mobile), authoring, monitoring, statistical facilities make a modern free LMS.
    • Facilitating an entire online course or a part of a course on such a platform requires specific facilitation skills, and collaborative technologies knowledge.
    • Participants gain important digital and communication skills, build PLEs, continue to collaborate in community after the course ends
  • 31. Indicators : Popularity Influence Coagulation index Exposure index Geographical distribution Temporal distribution Online social presence Rating (RT) Notoriety (favorite) Sharing (Link) Intimacy Spa Mood Language Connections/comunication PLE/PLN relevance ePortfolio
  • 32. More information at .