iSpot Technology Coffee Morning 2 June 2010

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Slides from an IET Technology Coffee morning on iSpot and participatory learning, given on 2 June 2010 in the Jennie Lee Building labs, the Open University

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  • This is a model of the user-driven aspect of the Biodiversity Observatory and how it will help people with a casual interest into informal, and ultimately formal, learning about biodiversity.
  • This is a model of the user-driven aspect of the Biodiversity Observatory and how it will help people with a casual interest into informal, and ultimately formal, learning about biodiversity.
  • This is a model of the user-driven aspect of the Biodiversity Observatory and how it will help people with a casual interest into informal, and ultimately formal, learning about biodiversity.
  • iSpot Technology Coffee Morning 2 June 2010

    1. 1. Doug Clow IET Technology Coffee Morning 2 June 2010
    2. 2. What’s iSpot?
    3. 3. <ul><li>Millions interested in nature </li></ul><ul><li>Watch BBC/OU nature programmes </li></ul><ul><li>How can we help them learn? </li></ul><ul><li>Use thrill of observing nature & sense of achievement when you identify it </li></ul><ul><li>BUT identification is difficult </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul><li>Lower barriers to identification </li></ul><ul><li>Open to all </li></ul><ul><li>Provide identification checking through a social network </li></ul>= social networking for natural history
    5. 5. Take a photo
    6. 8. <ul><li>A new generation of environmentalists </li></ul><ul><li>Five national surveys, regional outreach </li></ul><ul><li>Big Lottery Fund: £12m (OU £2m) </li></ul><ul><li>Build online learning communities </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on creating new data recorders, not creating new data </li></ul><ul><li>Link to existing resources, not recreate </li></ul>
    7. 9. No really, what is iSpot? (live demo)
    8. 10. iSpot ecosystem
    9. 12. So how’s that working out, then?
    10. 13. “… I am new to iSpot and have to say that having a community of people with the knowledge and enthusiasm to help with the identification of all the creatures people come across is a brilliant thing.&quot; “ Thank you so much, With all the books I have it is so hard identifying birds.... Thank goodness for iSpot” &quot;I found out about iSpot in my husband's copy of Sesame and am addicted! Have been telling family and friends about it and am now waiting to start S159.&quot; &quot;Thank you S159 / iSpot and all its contributors for getting me interested in nature :)&quot; &quot;I am really enjoying the way iSpot gets people thinking and talking about nature, and I can't go outside now without &quot;seeing&quot; things and I just want a camera with me all the time now!&quot;
    11. 14. Usage statistics (1 June 2010) <ul><li>120,000 visits </li></ul><ul><li>4,000 registered users </li></ul><ul><li>11,500 observations </li></ul><ul><li>20,000 images </li></ul><ul><li>14,000 identifications </li></ul><ul><li>31,000 agreements </li></ul>
    12. 15. Euonymus Leaf Notcher ( Pryeria sinica ) Independent Six-year-old girl discovers Asian moth in UK Daily Express Six-year-old finds UK’s rarest moth Teletext Girl finds rare moth Daily Mirror A hairy moment for little Katie Daily Mail Spotted in Britain for the first time, the voracious Asian moth Newbury Today Rare moth found in West Berkshire
    13. 16. Experts
    14. 17. Observations & identification <ul><li>98% of observations have an identification </li></ul><ul><li>83% of IDs match an NBN taxon name </li></ul><ul><li>89% of those are at species level </li></ul><ul><li>= 72% of observations have an NBN-matched species ID </li></ul>
    15. 20. Plus many other groups with few observations >
    16. 22. So what? (Towards a theory of participatory learning)
    17. 23. Taylor, Sharples, et al (2006) Design concept Design space System specification Implementation Deployed system Testing Field studies General requirements Theory of use Task model
    18. 24. <ul><li>Engeström’s (1987) extended activity system </li></ul>
    19. 25. Taylor, Sharples, et al (2006) Control Technological (human-computer interaction) Semiotic (social rules) Technological Tool (mobile learning technology) Semiotic Tool (learn-space) Object Technological (access to information) Semiotic (knowledge and skills) Communication Technological (communication channels and protocols) Semiotic (conversation and division of labour) Changed object (revised knowledge and skills) Context Technological (physical context) Semiotic (community) Subject Technological (technology user) Semiotic (learner)
    20. 26. Laurillard (1993)
    21. 27. Laurillard (1993) OER participatory learning
    22. 28. Fairy Rings of Participation -Makriyannis & De Liddo (2010) Photo: Cofiem on Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/kramrecords/4468578071/
    23. 29. Fairy Rings of Participation -Makriyannis & De Liddo (2010)
    24. 31. <ul><li>iSpot Team: Doug Clow, Richard Greenwood, Richard Lovelock, Jonathan Silvertown, Mike Dodd, Martin Harvey, Donal O’Donnell, Jenny Worthington, Marion Edwards, Jon Rosewell, Janice Ansine, iSpot Mentors </li></ul><ul><li>Photos: Mike Dodd, Jonathan Silvertown, Martin Harvey </li></ul><ul><li>Slides will be available on Slideshare http://dougclow.wordpress.com </li></ul>

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