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  • 1. The Possibilities of Emerging Technologies & Online Communities Prepared by Denys Lupshenyuk May 02, 2009
  • 2. • Text-based chat room / Discussion board / Forum Communication • Instant messaging (MSN, Yahoo) • Audio/Video Conferencing (Skype, Eyeball, iVisit, Elluminate) • Weblogs (Blogger, WordPress) Collaboration • Wikis (PBWorks) • Streaming multimedia - podcasts, vodcasts, screencasts, webcasts Sharing • Content sharing websites (YouTube, Scribd, Twitter) • File Sharing Tools • “One-size-fits-all” (Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn) • Customized for educational purposes (TappedIn, My eCoach) Communities • Programmable (Ning, web 2.0 platforms) • Open Source (Elgg, Drupal)
  • 3. Conceptually A common vision of community agenda (shared goals) Active and open participation and communication Social knowledge construction and meaning negotiations Sharing of resources Establishment of trust (feeling of safety and support) Scaffolding & facilitation to sustain collaboration and shared experience among participants
  • 4. Technologically: An online venue in which members meet to exchange problems, ideas, questions and to collaborate on projects. Capabilities to create personal profiles and team workspaces Capabilities to create spaces for discussions and other types of online communication Capabilities for collaborative writing and team-based projects(wiki, weblogs) Capabilities for sharing multimedia resources (streaming media, twitter, bookmarking) Capabilities to syndicate & aggregate content (RSS 2.0) Capabilities to manage emails
  • 5. Technology breaks borders and makes others’ knowledge & experiences closer Interactivity creates contexts for collaborative learning and constructing shared artifacts Facilitation & Design are needed to maintain meaningful communal activities. Initial F2F interaction motivates members to collaborate online, strengthens connections among members, and decreases the feeling of isolation.
  • 6. Collaborative knowledge production & sharing Distribution of instructional resources Collaboration on projects with other teachers Delivering web-based conferences, debates, seminars, workshops, & trainings Reflections on various educational practices Others
  • 7. Conceptual Aspect Learning goals & expected outcomes Interaction among members through participant- driven discussions, collaborative projects Interaction between members and resources Flexible design and space for members input Extension of networking opportunities (e.g., connections with other communities)
  • 8. Technology Aspect Easy-to-use interface, navigation, and tools Integrate necessary functions within a platform Easy upload of materials Transferability of experience to different contexts Easy configuration for designers and administrators No client installation or configuration
  • 9. “One-size-fits-all” apps: Facebook, My-Space LinkedIn, TappedIn My e-Coach Easy (“drag-and-drop”) customizable apps Ning Open-source platforms Elgg, Drupal, Moodle
  • 10. Open source content management platform that allows users to easily publish, manage, and organize a wide variety of content on a website: Discussion sites Personal sites/blogs Resource directories Social networking sites Build-in functionality: content management systems, blogs, collaborative tools, forums, newsletters, podcasting, picture galleries, file sharing and more
  • 11. ResearchSpace
  • 12. http://tappedin.org • Short for Teacher Professional Development Institute • Designed as a meeting place for community learning – Conference Center with external Student Center • Provides space for teachers to communicate and participate in on-going professional development
  • 13. Alternative /Correctional Education
  • 14. A customized online community that helps to learn, connect, and share Offers tools all in one place Allows public and private spaces Offers coaching support Rich shared repertoire of educational resources (projects and web sites)
  • 15. Bullying & School Violence
  • 16. Online platform for building social-networking websites Easy-to-build a customized community Equipped with communication and collaboration facilities, tools for sharing knowledge and resources, digital storage facilities Capabilities to easily incorporate digital media Example of the learning community
  • 17. The Gathering For Justice
  • 18. Next Steps … Establish a Working Group (Coordinator, team facilitator, knowledge experts) Choose a Web-Based Platform and Decide on Technologies Design the Framework for Online Community