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A platform of microblogging, special created for education: cirip.ro has lots of features, like groups (private or public), multimedia objects embedding in notes (ex. youtube videos, voicethread, …

A platform of microblogging, special created for education: cirip.ro has lots of features, like groups (private or public), multimedia objects embedding in notes (ex. youtube videos, voicethread, slideshare, flickr images, audio and pdf files etc.), feeds monitoring etc.

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  • 1. USING MICROLOGGING TO DELIVER ONLINE COURSES CASE STUDY Carmen HOLOTESCU Politehnica University of Timisoara Manager Timsoft Gabriela Grosseck West University of Timisoara Romania World Conference on Educational Sciences, North Cyprus February, 4-7, 2009
  • 2. AGENDA:
    • Presentation Agenda:
    • Microblogging technology
    • Microblogging platform Cirip.ro
    • An online course
    • Conclusions
  • 3. RSS/blogs-2004, podcast–2005, vlog–2006, video–2007, microblogging-2008 Web2.0 / social networks have great impact in collaborative / social learning ( eLearning2.0 )
  • 4. Microblogging is a collaborative technology, a new form of blogging, with brief text updates of 140 characters, via Web, SMS, email, IM or 3th party applications - RT interactions between users
  • 5. photo: http://www.heikkironkko.com/images/yolehti_jaiku.jpg The best known microblogging services
  • 6.
    • Educational uses:
    • information and knowledge management
    • courses enhancement
    • delivering entire online courses
    • collaborative projects in universities
    • communities of practice
    • ePortfolios.
    Cirip.ro - a microblogging platform specially designed for education and business; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft
  • 7. Personal Learning Environments / Networks of users
    • Cirip.ro special features:
    • public and private groups (courses, projects, events, different topics)
    • multimedia objects embedding in notes: images ( flickr , tinypic ), audio ( deezer , vocaroo ) and (live) video clips ( youtube , dotsub , vimeo , seesmic ), presentations ( slideshare , capzles , voicethread , flowgram , photopeach , notaland ) documents (pdf, doc,xls)
    • feeds monitoring (from sites/blogs/social networks/search).
    Users Groups Feeds Networks of Edu-Resources
  • 8. PLE/PLN: users, groups, feeds Interactions online, via ciripfox, SMS, mobile, IM, (MMS), API, twitter2cirip, rss2cirip Text messages, images, audio, video (live), presentations, files Profile cirip2twitter, widget, export notes,
  • 9. Group news: announcements materials as LOM/SCORM objects
    • An online course about microblogging platforms
    • Investigations:
    • integrate microblogging with other Web2.0 technologies
    • microblogging platform as LMS
    • course facilitation
  • 10. Course elements: announcements materials as LOM/SCORM objects collaborative exercises multimedia messages built PLE / PLN
  • 11.
    • Collaborative exercises using different Web2.0 technologies:
    • puzzle images/digital storytelling
    • flickr , CC
    • del.icio.us collection
    • video translation - writeboard , dotsub
    • comments on voicethread
    • tagcloud - wordle
    • code of good practices on microblogs - writeboard
  • 12.
    • Conclusions :
    • Cirip.ro has facilities to deliver successful and qualitative online courses and to enhance courses; the communication, authoring, monitoring, statistical facilities make Cirip.ro a modern free LMS .
    • Facilitating an entire online course or a part of a course on such a platform requires specific facilitation skills, and collaborative technologies knowledge .
    • Participants gain important digital and communication skills , build PLE / PLN , continue to collaborate in community
  • 13.
    • Future work:
    • Tags will be implemented to classify notes and to organize the group messages in topics defined by the facilitator.
    • Authors intend to develop a specification for evaluating students’ eportfolio and participation in courses run or enhanced by microblogging.
    • Scenarios for using microblogging together with different collaborative technologies in formal and informal courses will be modelled using Educational Modelling Language.
  • 14.