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Social media tools and applications in Higher Education

Social media tools and applications in Higher Education



Presentation at the first ECIU Symposium on Innovative Teaching, Loch Lomond March 2008

Presentation at the first ECIU Symposium on Innovative Teaching, Loch Lomond March 2008
(Luís Pedro and Carlos Santos from University of Aveiro - Portugal)



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    • Social media tools and applications in Higher Education Luís Pedro | Carlos Santos | U. Aveiro | ECIU Glasgow 14-03-08
    • Context ★ Multimedia in Education Masters Course ★ Training of active, critical and reflexive professionals/researchers ★ In-service professionals, mostly teachers
    • Why? ★ Conforming learning roadmaps with strong labour commitments ★ Message inheritance to future generations of ICT using ★ Flexible learning time management
    • What? (at curricular level) ★ B-learning offer ★ Sequential curricular structure ★ Face-to-face sessions at beginning and end of each curricular unit ★ Intermediate activities occur at a distance
    • Curricular time organisation model
    • What (bridging...) ★ Curricular decisions have sound pedagogical repercussions ★ Concentration on a single curricular unit at a given moment in time | work overload, intense information flow, informed and shared group decision- making work ★ Potential engagement, communication and learning problem
    • What (pedagogically) ★ Technology ★ But for what? ★ Learning about technologies or learning with technologies? ★ What message are we passing to these students? ★ What message will they pass for their students?
    • What is happening? ★ Globalisation (what is where? what is now? what is how? what is who?) ★ Epistemological shifts (temporary nature of knowledge) ★ Ontological shifts (not only a consumer, but a prosumer) ★ Communication tools and services
    • Learning and technology 101 ★ It´s not about technology, it’s about people ★ Web 1.0 | Web 2.0 | Web 3.0 or Semantic Web ★ 3 interacting and mutually influencing vectors: learning, teaching methodology, technology ★ It´s up to us to dynamically shape this triangle
    • Web x.0
    • Is it or isn’t it? ★ Framing social context ★ Is the frame part of the picture? ★ Situated learning, contextual learning, social constructivism...
    • Why? ★ Sharing and collaborating nature of work ★ Shared and negotiated meanings ★ Communication | peer and teacher- student ★ Openness | major social interaction
    • What? ★ Sharing, interaction and participation continuous flow ★ Learning communities ★ Social media tools and applications
    • Sufficiently mine technological solutions? ★ LMS | It is so flexible, wasn’t it? ★ Are students sufficiently in control? ★ Are these platforms sufficiently open? ★ Is it sufficiently easy to integrate content? ★ Are they sufficiently empowering and engaging tools?
    • The Web by Tim Berners-Lee ★ “The basic [idea] of the Web is that [of] an information space through which people can communicate, but communicate in a special way: communicate by sharing their knowledge in a pool. The idea was not just that it should be a big browsing medium. The idea was that everybody would be putting their ideas in, as well as taking them out.” http://www.w3.org/1999/04/13-tbl.html (1999)
    • Quick survey ★ Who has a Web presence besides institutional ones? ★ Who had put new information in past week? Past month? Past year?
    • The Web 2.0 by Stephen Downes ★ “... What was happening was that major parts of the Web were acquiring the properties of communication networks, the sort of networks found to exist (albeit on a much smaller scale) in the physical world. And that the Web itself was being transformed from what was called “the Read Web” to “Read- Write Web” in accordance with Tim Berners- Lee’s original vision. Proponents of this new, evolving Web began calling it Web 2.0 and in short order the trend became a movement.” http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=articles&article=29-1 (2006)
    • The Web 2.0 by Michael Wesch and... The Machine is Us/ing Us (2007) A Vision of Students Today (2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Kansas State University ...by his students
    • Web 2.0 in MMEd ★ Previous knowledge and experience with Web 2.0 tools... very low ★ Previous effective use of LMS... low ★ Students: “Even more tools to manage?” ★ Expecting some negative reactions...
    • Learn by doing/Hands-on approach ★ Start with basic concepts related to Web 2.0 ★ Show most common tools (blogs, wikis, social bookmarking,...) ★ Objective: learn how easy it is to use Web 2.0 tools ★ Result: become Web 2.0 contributors
    • How to understand it? ★ feel it first... ★ Promote a good experience for first time users (a teacher’s job) ★ Engage students in collaborative learning activities designed to take advantage of Web 2.0 ★ ... reflect and discuss about it next ★ Be curious ★ Learn to find the right tools and strategies for specific needs
    • blogs
    • wiki
    • social bookmarking
    • student tools ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
    • syndication and aggregation the old and slow way the new and fast way images from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU (2007)
    • LMS vs PLE Scott Wilson (2005) - http://zope.cetis.ac.uk/members/scott/blogview?entry=20050125170206
    • How does your presence look like? ★ Where are you? Who are you? Do you share common interests with me? ★ Where are the non-verbal components of social interaction in Web scenarios? ★ Synchronous and distributed nature of interaction
    • Second Life ★ MUVE - MultiUser Virtual Environment ★ Social and economic interaction ★ It´s not someone else’s world and someone else’s imagination
    • Second Life and Learning ★ Formal learning activities: difficult to monitor, boring, possible cognitive overload due to number of interactions ★ Informal learning activities: massive set of interaction tools, participation and responsibility promoters
    • Informal activities in SL ★ Invited specialist (as in with Warwick presentation on Wednesday) ★ Blurred roles (student, teacher, specialists) ★ Management and metalearning skills (CTEd subject)
    • SL Informal activities
    • SL UA Island
    • SL social and scientific activities
    • Conclusions ★ Learning spaces: closed and carefully managed or open and flexible? ★ Attitudinal and cultural or technological skills? ★ University 2.0 Portal (action-research) ★ and... how to use it in Bologna context?
    • thank you ★ Luís Pedro ★ email: lpedro@ua.pt ★ blog: http://nitratodocaos.blogs.ca.ua.pt/ ★ SL: Zes Garfield ★ twitter: lfpedro ★ Carlos Santos ★ email: carlossantos@ua.pt ★ blog: http://napraia.blogs.ca.ua.pt/ ★ SL: Carlosss Lukas ★ twitter: csantos