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    • Big Blue Button
      On line seminar room
    • Open Source community
      Modular
      HE oriented
      In development
      Trial instance:
      http://50.17.253.98/
    • Welcomes & Introduction
    • Screen controls
      Users module
      Assign presenter
      Raise hand
      Listeners module
      Mute/un-mute microphone
      Whiteboard
      Upload presentation
      Annotation tools only for presenter
      Chat
      All
      Private chat
    • Affordances
      Discussion
      There is some Lag
      Those familiar with Elluminate will notice fewer interactive tools
      The interactivity is in the facilitated conversation
    • On-line seminar
      Benefits and challenges of communities of practice in higher education
      http://openbrookes.net/copsinhe/
    • The Digital One-Day
      Identity, literacy and community in (partially) synchronous distributed learning environments
    • Aim of the Digital One-Days
      3 events of current interest as new form of CPD
      Online identity
      Digital literacy
      Communities (of practice) in HE
      (in the event, 2 have run)
      Cover the topics
      Exploring the potential of
      Synchronous
      Distributed
      Collaboration
    • Innovation and novelty
      Topics are challenging
      The environment is challenging
      There is an interaction between the environment and the topics
    • Questions
      Might identity, literacy and community be threshold concepts in educational development?
      Does the Trojan mouse effect persist in any new learning environment?
      Any novel medium with or through which learning, is done serves to foreground not the medium but the meaning of learning
      i,e, discussions about e-learning are really discussions about learning
    • Outline
      The environment
      Elluminate…. But no more!
      Brookes Blogs
      The learning design
      The topics
      Evaluation
      The questions
    • Audiographics
      New breed of collaboration tools allowing people to be simultaneously present in an desk-top computing environment based on a classroom metaphor
      2-way voice & video communication
      Text chat
      Graphics
      A “White Board” on which “Slides” can be displayed
      Presenters
      Participants
      Icon-tools such as “hand-raising”, emoticons (smiley faces), polling
    • Uses
      Teaching events
      Meetings
      Distributed/distant co-presence at face-to-face events (conference streams)
      Benefits
      Reduced travel – time, cost and carbon saving (?)
      Recorded for replay
      Distributed groups
    • Disbenefits?
      Technical
      The Internet is not like the movies: Lag
      Hardware/software compatibility
      Institutional firewalls
      Cultural
      Literacy: how to use the $%^&*! thing
      Community:
      Interruptability, participation, open plan spaces
      Identity: representation of the self
      Expectation management
      It is different from both face-to-face and “traditional” on-line discussion-based distributed elearning
    • Learning Design
      Website “home page”
      Email joining instructions and briefs
      Familiarisation sessions
      Simple activity flow
      Breaks and continuity
    • Evaluation
      Some considered the online interface ‘much richer than face-to-face sessions’, found the different channels useful.
      ‘Interesting and productive environment’ effectively replicated a face to face workshop/seminar in terms of medium and activities.
      Useful learning medium once acclimatised
      Breakout groups worked well for engagement
      Interesting conceptual stuff from the panel discussion
      Excellent questions raised
      The moderators and the participants with different views of a very interesting topic, with moderation that made sure that all was somehow held together
      The experience of taking part in online learning in this format.
      The (useful) flow of presentation through to reflection and discussion
    • Challenges
      A participant who thought the familiarisation session went well referred to the session itself as ‘fraught with problems’.
      Participant who came late took the first 30 minutes to catch up, experienced technical difficulties particularly with sound at first and did not manage to get a webcam working at all.
      Communication a challenge in the medium. Sound problems
      Difficulty with giving attention to a presentation for full 20 minutes
      Bandwidth broke up audio in breakout groups
      Attending an online workshop from the work place different from attending a face to face events as the presence of the web, msn, email and telephone is distraction affecting concentration; needs discipline
    • Questions
      Might identity, literacy and community be threshold concepts in educational development?
      Does the Trojan mouse effect persist in any new learning environment?
      Any novel medium with or through which learning, is done serves to foreground not the medium but the meaning of learning
      i.e. discussions about e-learning are really discussions about learning
    • Thank you
      George Roberts, Joe Rosa, Rhona Sharpe, Patsy Clarke