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5-minute overview of iSpot for an internal IET Research and Scholarship Portfolio Synthesis meeting, 24 May 2011

5-minute overview of iSpot for an internal IET Research and Scholarship Portfolio Synthesis meeting, 24 May 2011

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  • 1. Doug Clow IET Research and Scholarship Synthesis mtg 24 May 2011
  • 2. Overview
    • Social networking for learning about natural history
    • Citizen science
    • Observation, identification, agreement, comments
    • Routes in and out
    • Part of huge project (OPAL)
  • 3. Outcomes and findings
    • 11,000 users have made 50,000 observations including 80,000 images 60,000 identifications and 200,000 agreements
    • Active learning community
    • Reputation system works as a proxy measure of learning (assessment) – in an informal context
    • Activity and expertise highly unequal (‘long tail’)
    • Links in and out clearly visible in activity
  • 4. Implications and impact
    • Building an online learning community
    • Participatory learning – complement to traditional OER
    • Reputation system vs ‘Badges’ for open assessment
    • Won Wildscreen Panda Award, shortlisted for THE Award for Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year
    • Big Lottery Fund view OPAL as big success
    • Open Media
    • Follow-on funding (Internationalisation, Local, partnerships, apps, Wolfson)