Social learning: iSpot lessons for Futurelearn

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Ideas from experience of social learning on iSpot for FutureLearn - what iSpot is, what worked well for encouraging participation, what worked less well, and models of social participation to inform the design of social learning environments, such as MOOCs. Presentation given to a FutureLearn partners meeting, OU London office, Mon 24 June 2013.

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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.
  • Stats updated June 2012 Note peaks for Saving Species transmissions; notches around Jul 2011 for technical hitches Tuesday weekly pattern (no longer) Seasonal peaks
  • Mediating objects, communities of practice, touch of activity theory Also Gill Clough geocaching thesis
  • Can move between and around – and we do see that Label activity, not users
  • Social learning: iSpot lessons for Futurelearn

    1. 1. iSpot: Informal Social LearningFutureLearn Partner Meeting24 June 2013Doug Clow
    2. 2. • What iSpot is• What worked• What didn’t• Models of social participation(cc) kqedquest http://www.flickr.com/photos/kqedquest/4288564951/
    3. 3. what iSpot is
    4. 4. Take a photo
    5. 5. iSpot ecosystem
    6. 6. • 25,000 registered users & rising daily• 180,000 observations with 300,000 images• 225,000 identifications, 750,000 agreements• > 5,000 different wildlife species spotted• 96% observations receive a name, most in <1h
    7. 7. what worked
    8. 8. • Easy to do• Easy to learn what to do• Only positive interactions• No downvoting• Progress is ‘safe’• Nothing for griefers to do• Expert opinion rises abovenon-certified• Helpful tone set
    9. 9. Roles for power users•Help the newbies•Reasons to stay•Build on existingcommunities•System scales,stays responsiveActive curation•Team•Mentors•Experts•Power users
    10. 10. Links with events and mass media:•News about moth => traffic spike•SpringWatch => registration spike•Saving Species => sustained participationReputation system•Show expertise•Engage experts•Encourage development
    11. 11. what didn’t work (so well)
    12. 12. • Face to face activities(without a lot of work)• Complex interface• System downtime• Data loss (recovered!)• Linked formal course• 10 observations dump• Insufficient sign-ups• Some still highly active
    13. 13. models of social participation
    14. 14. Reader to Leader(Preece & Shneiderman, 2009)
    15. 15. Fairy ring:•Rhizome grows beneath•Mushrooms pop up•Infer existence fromring, even when nomushrooms(cc) BazzaDaRamblerhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/bazzadarambler/6887267858/(cc) Mick E. Talbothttp://www.flickr.com/photos/25258702@N04/4936236972/
    16. 16. GIVE / RECEIVEEXPERTISEBROWSEUPLOADCOMMENTIDENTIFYJOINT-DECISIONCOLLABORATIONPEER-TO-PEERSHARE CONTROLCONTENT ANDCOMMUNIITYRECIPROCITYRECIPROCITYPERSONALINTERESTPERSONALINTERESTREAL WORLDDRIVERSREAL WORLDDRIVERSENTHUSIASMENTHUSIASM
    17. 17. Mode 0: Lurking- legitimate peripheral participationMode 1: Contributing– dumping, peripherating, postingMode 2: Engaging– relatingMode 3: Co-constructingMode 4: Moderating– stewarding, tending, policing,enforcing, maintaining, gardening(cc) Mick E. Talbot http://www.flickr.com/photos/25258702@N04/4936236972/
    18. 18. For more high-level participation (Co-constructing):• Make it easy to learn (LPP)• Make it easy to participate• Make it clear what you want• Reward/reinforce it• Conservation activity!• Build on existing community
    19. 19. • iSpot Team:Jonathan Silvertown, Doug Clow, Richard Greenwood, RichardLovelock, Mike Dodd, Martin Harvey, Donal O’Donnell, JennyWorthington, Marion Edwards, Jon Rosewell, Janice Ansine, iSpotMentors• Photos not otherwise credited:Mike Dodd, Jonathan Silvertown, Martin Harveydoug.clow@open.ac.ukhttp://dougclow.org@dougclow

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