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Presentation at Conference eLearning Applications, UAC, Cairo, 10-12 January 2009 - about the educational microblogging platform

Presentation at Conference eLearning Applications, UAC, Cairo, 10-12 January 2009 - about the educational microblogging platform

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  • 1. Carmen Holotescu Politehnica University of Timisoara Director Timsoft Gabriela Grosseck West University of Timisoara Romania 6 th Conference on eLearning Applications, Cairo January, 10-12, 2009
  • 2.
    • Presentation Agenda:
    • Microblogging technology
    • Microblogging platform
    • An online course
    • Conclusions
  • 3. RSS/blogs-2004, podcast–2005, vlog–2006, video–2007, microblogging-2008 Web2.0 / social networks have great impact in collaborative / social learning ( eLearning2.0 )
  • 4. 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 - RT interactions between users
  • 5. photo: http:// The best known microblogging services
  • 6.
    • Educational uses:
    • information and knowledge management
    • courses enhancement
    • delivering entire online courses
    • collaborative projects in universities
    • communities of practice
    • ePortfolios. - a microblogging platform specially designed for education and business; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft
  • 7. Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) of users
    • special features:
    • public and private groups (courses, projects, events, different topics)
    • multimedia objects embedding in notes: images ( flickr , tinypic ), audio ( deezer , vocaroo ) and (live) video clips ( youtube , dotsub , vimeo , seesmic ), presentations ( slideshare , capzles , voicethread , flowgram ), documents (pdf, doc,xls)
    • feeds monitoring (from sites/blogs/social networks/seach).
    Users Groups Feeds
  • 8. PLE: users, groups, feeds Interactions online, via ciripfox, SMS, mobile, IM, (MMS), API, twitter2cirip, rss2cirip Text messages, images, audio, video (live), presentations, files Profile cirip2twitter, widget, export notes,
  • 9.
    • An online course about microblogging platforms
    • Investigations:
    • integrate microblogging with other Web2.0 technologies
    • microblogging platform as LMS
    • course facilitation
    Group news: announcements materials
  • 10. Course elements: announcements materials collaborative exercises multimedia messages
  • 11. Participation: built PLNs 42 members: students, teachers, developers, librarians 1100 messages
  • 12.
    • 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 - writeboard
  • 13.
    • Conclusions:
    • has facilities to deliver successful and qualitative online courses and to enhance courses; the communication, 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
  • 14.
    • Future work:
    • Tags will be implemented to classify notes and to organize the group messages in topics defined by the facilitator.
    • Authors intend to develop a specification for evaluating students’ eportfolio and participation in courses run or enhanced by microblogging.
    • Scenarios for using microblogging together with different collaborative technologies in formal and informal courses will be modelled using Educational Modelling Language.
  • 15.