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The Possible Future of MLEs

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Here are the slides from a presentation, made by myself and Ian Glover, at a recent Learning and Teaching Institute meeting. …

Here are the slides from a presentation, made by myself and Ian Glover, at a recent Learning and Teaching Institute meeting.

The slides are taken from a series of papers we have developed concerning the possible future evolution of managed learning environments.

The rise of Web 2.0 has led many practitioners to the conclusion that social networking and peer content production and sharing sites will take over from what is now regarded as a formally structured and institution owned managed learning environments. In a way they are correct as web 2.0 empowers the student through enabling them to create content and develop a deeper connection with and ownership of the subject. However the use of web 2.0 technology often requires the learner to sign up with external providers whose intentions and purpose are commercial rather than learning and teaching. As such there are very reals issues with regards to privacy, ownership of material and long term service provision.

This presentation argues the case that MLEs will have to change and become more people-centric than ever before allowing users to develop content and make contact with others users creating hubs of people interested / working / learning in the same areas (Socialised Managed Learning Environments, SMLEs).

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  • 1. The (Possible) Future of MLEs Dr. Andrew Oliver, Dr. Ian Glover, Learning Technology Development Unit (LTDU) 2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 2. Topics
    • Drivers
    • Vision
      • User Benefits
      • Educational Benefits
      • Institutional Benefits
    • What about Facebook, Blogger, Flickr, … ?
    • The ‘Socialised’ MLE
    • Considerations
    • Conclusions
    • Further Information
    2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 3.
    • Experience of technology increasing
      • Expectations of Web advancing
    • Social Networks major part of life for many
      • Use interspersed with M/VLE accesses
    • Comfortable being Content Producers
      • Gives a sense of empowerment
    • Expectation of personalised experience
    Drivers Student Behaviour 2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 4.
    • Undergraduate numbers falling
      • Need for new recruitment strategies
    • Moves towards providing short courses to business.
    • Desire to create ‘Brand Loyalty’ in Alumni.
    2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire Drivers Sector Developments A possible ‘person lifecycle’
  • 5.
    • Knowledge Transfer
      • Students <-> Business
    • Employability
      • People <-> Jobs
    • Develop contacts
    • Find new friends
    • Restrictions on access may prevent future repercussions
    Vision User Benefits User Group Overlaps 2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 6. Vision Educational Benefits
    • Content creation – instant publication – connection with subject
    • PDP extra value
      • student defines learning pathway (learning & career goals)
      • And share experiences (socially).
    • And start arguing (communication, critiquing, creativity, competition)
    2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 7. Vision Institutional Benefits
    • Engagement prior to enrolment
    • Maintain up-to-date records of Alumni
    • Improve links with business
      • Create collaborative projects
      • Generate placements for students
      • Spin-out research and products
    • Marketing of courses and training
    2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 8.
    • Excellent systems, already in use
      • But who owns the data?
      • Same information presented to all users
    • Institutional control allows:
      • Public & Personal personae
      • Data Protection/IP assurances
      • Integration with e-Portfolios + CPD/PDP
    • Institutional Information available:
      • Fellow course members, modules studied, assignment info., etc.
      • Email accounts, work placements, club memberships, etc.
    What about Facebook, Blogger, Flickr, YouTube, PebblePad, … ? 2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 9. The ‘Socialised’ MLE
    • All about content…
    • Created through blogs, forums, profile updates, photo and video libraries, essays, project work, wikis, CPD, PDP, (remixed) course content, etc. etc.
    • And where it ends up…
    • Flows to / from the individual through profile matching, group & course affiliation, contacts, PLE settings, etc. etc.
    2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire People-centric Education Social (icons from Wikimedia Commons)
  • 10. The feel of the system... 2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
    • people matched based on similar, interests, study habits, learning goals, link trails and search patterns.
    ‘ hubs’ (learning communities)
    • includes current and prospective students, tutors, alumni, employers and professional experts.
  • 11. Possible Elements of SMLEs
    • Video portal
    • Photo albums
    • People matching
      • Core aspect for Hubs.
    • Integration of OpenSocial technology
      • Possible inclusion of Facebook-like apps.
    • Import/Export tools for Facebook, Flickr, etc.
    • Curriculum Vitae generation
    2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 12. Considerations (1)
    • Legal implications over:
      • Data Protection
        • Retention and Reuse of User-generated content.
      • Licensing of subscribed materials
      • User Interactions and Accountabilities
        • Users below age of Majority (Applicants at ~17)
        • Non-students
    2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 13.
    • Content : what if it’s rubbish?
      • i.e. how to ensure academic quality?
    • Competition from ‘Outside’
      • Need to provide a ‘hook’ (such as e-Portfolio)
    Considerations (2) 2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 14. Conclusions
    • Move toward people-centric system.
    • Focus on the user experience
      • other aspects secondary.
    • ‘ Hooks’ needed to encourage sustained use.
    • Opportunity for beneficial outcomes
      • Though some caveats exist.
    2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 15. Further Information Presentations around Topic: Ed-Media 2008 , July 2008: “ Hybridisation of Social Networking and Learning Environments” – I. Glover & A. Oliver. ALT-C 2008 , Sept. 2008: “ Enhancing learner experience of managed learning environments through a dramatic expansion of the user type and the integration of social networking technologies” – A. Oliver & I. Glover. 2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire
  • 16. Thank You! Questions? 2 nd June 2008 – LTI Meeting – University of Hertfordshire