Workshop: designing learning spaces with Web 2.0 tools iLearning Forum 2008 Ada Giannatelli, Simona Azzali METID Centre - Politecnico di Milano
General info Duration: 1h 30 min Contact data: Ada Giannatelli [firstname.lastname@example.org] Simona Azzali [email@example.com] METID Centre – Politecnico di Milano [http://www.metid.polimi.it] Workshop material available online at http://pipes.yahoo.com/pipes/pipe.info?_id=e427f142893fb773dc60704d5bfa74eb Aim of the workshop: giving an overview of design of Web 2.0 tools for learning environments (education and training, formal and informal learning) totally online, blended, and web-enhanced
Organization profile Thanks to METID Centre projects, in 2004 Politecnico of Milan was identified by the European Union as one of the top 8 European Good Practices of Virtual Universities Member of Name: METID Centre of the Politecnico of Milan (Metodi E Tecnologie Innovative per la Didattica - Innovative Methods and Technologies in Learning ) Mission: to promote and support innovation of learning services Core business: design and development of (e-)learning services for internal and external bodies, at national and international level Human capital: 40 people, among them instructional designers, interaction designers, computer engineers, multimedia developers, university teachers, and researchers (biological diversity)
3 Case studies (integration of web 2.0 tools in a learning environment): presentation and navigation
4 Q&A and discussion 2 Map of Web 2.0 tools and models of use in education and training 1 Brief intro to the workshop and self-introduction of participants 2 PM 2:35 PM 3:20 PM 2:15 PM
Semantic Web evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which web content is represented and integrated in a more effective way, using also visual communication Web 2.0 second generation of web-based communities and hosted services which aim to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing between users. The term gained currency following the first O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004 (Wikipedia) Some definitions… software programs that allow users to interact and share data with other users Social software online tools and platforms that people use to share opinions, insights, experiences, and perspectives with each other. Social media can take many different forms, including text, images, audio, and video (Wikipedia) Social media at technical level: associated to Ajax Language, that integrates Java and HTML for a rapid and media-rich interaction with the Web
After 2000 dot com crash, during the following 3 or 4 years for business Internet seemed to be an empty promise…but later on… Web 2.0: a little history convergence = Web 2.0 diffusion of broadband interaction: growth of online forums, based on common interest web applications: Amazon, eBay, Google evolve successfully open source standards: adoption of OS standards supported by critical mass of people critical mass increasing interest in informal and non-formal learning
Spot on: mobile Services Google and Facebook recently joined the DataPortability Workgroup for portability on mobile devices Contents At the Politecnico di Milano: all lectures of the online degree in Computer Engineering and of new online training courses for civil servants available in portable format
The Long Tail (coined by Chris Anderson in 2004) Small sites and narrow niches make up the bulk of internet content; “endless” choices for users No more convergence on a limited number of products, interest for various products ( personalized interest ) business model e.g. of Amazon Web 2.0: what does it change?
Some definitions… Formal learning takes place in education and training institutions, leading to recognised diplomas and qualifications Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (European Commission, page 8) Non-formal learning takes place alongside the mainstream systems of education and training and does not typically lead to formalised certificates. lt can also be provided through organisations or services that have been set up to complement formal systems (such as arts, music and sports classes or private tutoring to prepare for examinations) Informal learning is a natural accompaniment to everyday life. Informal learning is not necessarily intentional learning, and so may well not be recognised even by individuals themselves as contributing to their knowledge and skills
Definition Wiki is software that allows users to create, edit, and link web pages easily. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work". One of the best known wikis is Wikipedia. A single page a "wiki page", the entire collection of pages "the wiki".
Wiki enables documents to be written collaboratively , in a simple markup language, using a web browser
most wikis keep a record of changes made to wiki pages authors can revert to an older version of the page ( versioning )
many wikis are open to the general public without requiring them to register user accounts. Sometimes logging in for a session is recommended
users can create any number of index or table of contents pages, with hierarchical categorization or whatever form of organization they like. Wikis generally provide one or more ways to categorize or tag pages, to support the maintenance of such index pages.
to create links to pages that do not yet exist, as a way to invite others to share what they know about a subject new to the wiki ?
1 Content builiding: Wiki Comparison of wiki software: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_wiki_software
European project eLene EE Wiki http://www.elene-ee.net Performing Galileo Wiki Project for high school students in collaboration with Piccolo Teatro of Milan. Students are required to give contributions on Brecht’s “The Life of Galileo” using Web 2.0 tools http://www.performingalileo.net Wikiversity http://wikiversity.org En Français: Wikiversité, communauté pédagogique libre http://fr.wikiversity.org/wiki/Accueil Wiki how-to: pb Wiki - Getting Started http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A204JcGQiY0&eurl=http://blogveilleflorencemeichel.blogspot.com/2007/12/pbwiki.html 1 Some examples of Wiki for education and training
European project eLene EE Wiki http://www.elene-ee.net 1 Some examples of Wiki for education and training
Performing Galileo Wiki Project for high school students in collaboration with Piccolo Teatro of Milan. Students are required to give contributions on Brecht’s “The Life of Galileo” using Web 2.0 tools http://www.performingalileo.net 1 Some examples of Wiki for education and training
Google Docs is a free, Web-based word processor , spreadsheet and presentation application offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users 1 Content builiding: Google Docs
A blog comprising videos vlog one comprising links linklog , a site containing a portfolio of sketches sketchblog one comprising photos photoblog , a blog comprising music MP3 blog
by which type of device is used to compose it. A blog written by a mobile device like a mobile phone is called a moblog.
Some blogs focus on a particular subject ( political blogs, travel blogs, fashion blogs, project blogs, ...) While not a legitimate type of blog, one used for the sole purpose of spamming is known as a Splog. A Slog ( S ite or website log ) is a section or 'slice' of a regular business website, which is seamlessly integrated within the regular website structure but is produced with blogging software.
Legal status of publishers
A blog can be private , or for business purposes . Blogs, either used internally to enhance the communication and culture in a corporation or externally for marketing, branding or PR purposes are called corporate blogs.
Blog search engines
Several blog search engines are used to search blog contents (also known as the blogosphere ), such as blogdigger, Feedster, and Technorati. Technorati provides current information on both popular searches and tags used to categorize blog postings.
LeWebPédagogique - plateforme de blogs de la communauté éducative
Mixxer - Language Exchange Online via Skype
2 Some examples of use of blogs and Skype for learning
“ Social networking focuses on the building and verifying of online social networks for communities of people who share interests and activities, or who are interested in exploring the interests and activities of others, and which necessitates the use of software” (Wikipedia) e.g. Facebook ( formerly limited to registrants with .edu email addresses ), LinkedIn, Ning According to a new survey released by Vault.com, 44% of employers use social networking web sites like MySpace and Facebook to examine the profiles of job candidates, and 39% have looked up the profile of a current employee 2 Communication: social networking
The Wall is a space on each user's profile page that allows friends to post messages and attachments for the user to see. One user's wall is visible to anyone with the ability to see their full profile, and different users' wall posts show up in an individual's News Feed
Here users can upload albums of photos, tag friends, and comment on photos
Events are a way for members to let friends know about upcoming events in their community and to organize social gatherings. Events require an event name, tagline, network, host name, event type, start and end time, location & city, and a guest list of friends invited. Events can be open, closed, or secret. When setting up an event the user can choose to allow friends to upload photos, video, and posted items
2 Social networking: Facebook
Facebook Paris Tech ( collective entity that includes ten of the most prestigious French engineering schools ) http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2382238262 Groupe des étudiants Paris Descartes http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2446212231 Public Speaking Workshop of Oxford university student union (event group) http://oxford.facebook.com/event.php?eid=5333414263&ref=mf Université de Montréal http://www.facebook.com/pages/Montreal-QC/Universit-de- Montral/14096350493?ref=s LinkedIn Careerservice of Politecnico di Milano, external relations http://www.linkedin.com Ning French Teachers in the 21st century (open network) http://frenchteachers.ning.com 2 Some examples of s ocial networking for learning
Campus-based social networking tools offer a safe space for community and self-expression (e.g. incoming freshmen can begin to get to know their classmates before arriving on campus)
Encourage idea sharing and community networking
Extending the impact and life span of conferences and workshops. Attendees can begin to network before they even get to the hallways, and the group’s wisdom can be collected and preserved, increasing and prolonging usefulness of the conference
2 Value added of social networking tools for learning
Flickr asks photo submitters to organize images using tags which allow searchers to find images concerning a certain topic such as place name or subject matter
Tag clouds provide access to images tagged with the most popular keywords
Flickr also allows users to organize their photos into "sets" , or groups of photos that fall under the same heading. However, sets are more flexible than the traditional folder-based method of organizing files, as one photo can belong to one set, many sets, or none at all. Sets may be grouped into "collections", and collections further grouped into higher-order collections
Organizr: web application for organizing photos within a Flickr account that can be accessed through the Flickr interface. It allows users to modify tags, descriptions, and set groupings, and to place photos on a world map (a feature provided in conjunction with Yahoo! Maps)
Some Yahoo! web searches return image results from Flickr, for example "funny photos" or "travel photography"
3 Media sharing: Flickr
A podcast is a collection of digital media files which is distributed over the Internet using syndication feeds for playback on portable media players and personal computers. The term can refer either to the content itself or to the method by which it is syndicated; the latter is also termed podcasting The term "podcast" is a mix of the acronym "Pod" – standing for "Portable on Demand" – and "broadcast". The iPod name was coined with Pod, prefixed with the "i" commonly used by Apple for its products and services. The first podcasting scripts were developed for the iPod. These scripts allow podcasts to be automatically transferred to a mobile device after they are downloaded. Though podcasters' web sites may also offer direct download or streaming of their content, a podcast is distinguished from other digital media formats by its ability to be syndicated, subscribed to, and downloaded automatically when new content is added, using an aggregator or feed reader capable of reading feed formats such as RSS or Atom. 3 Media sharing: podcast
Social bookmarking is a method to store, organize, search and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet by using key words ( tags ).
users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public , and can be saved privately , shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains
informal tags to organize bookmarks
bookmarks can be displayed chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine
information about the number of users who bookmarked the same link
extra features such as ratings and comments on bookmarks, import / export bookmarks from / to browsers, emailing of bookmarks, web annotation…
also known as a feed aggregator , feed reader or news reader ,
is client software or a Web application which aggregates formats used to publish frequently updated web content such as news headlines, blogs, podcasts, and vlogs in a single location for individual easy viewing
aggregators reduce the time and effort needed to regularly check websites for updates, creating a unique information space or "personal newspaper"
based on RSS (Really Simple Syndication), a family of Web feed formats used to publish frequently updated content such as blog entries, news headlines or podcasts. RSS makes it possible for people to keep up with their favorite web sites in an automated manner that's easier than checking them manually
Once subscribed, an aggregator is able to check for new content at user-determined intervals and retrieve the update
The aggregator user can easily unsubscribe from a feed
Aggregator features are frequently built into portal sites (such as My Yahoo! and iGoogle), modern Web browsers and email programs
The aggregator provides a consolidated view of the content in a single browser display or desktop application
Aggregators with podcasting capabilities can automatically download media files, such as MP3 recordings. In some cases, these can be automatically loaded onto portable media players (like iPods) when they are connected to the PC
Recently, so-called RSS-narrators have appeared, which not only aggregate text-only news feeds, but also convert them into audio recordings for offline listening
4 Source management: aggregator
Types Web-based applications on remote servers, typically available as Web applications (Google Reader or Bloglines) everywhere with an Internet connection Client software installed applications to collect Web feed subscriptions and group them together using a user-friendly interface similar to popular e-mail clients (subscriptions in a frame on the left - individual entries browsed, selected, and read in frames on the right) Media aggregators client or Web-based applications which maintain subscriptions to feeds that contain audio or video media enclosures. They can be used to automatically download media, playback the media within the application interface, or synchronize media content with a portable media player Feed filtering many feed readers allow users to tag each feed with one or more keywords which can be used to sort and filter the available articles into easily navigable categories. Another option is to import the user's Attention Profile to filter items based on their relevance to the user's interests. 4 Source management: aggregator RSSOwl (cross-platform), Safari (Mac OS) Sage, a Firefox extension (cross-platform) Client software: iTunes (Mac, Windows) Web based (hosted) MyYahoo, Bloglines, Netvibes
In the table below, some examples of the most significant aggregators 4 Source management: aggregator A very “heavy” application Only for FireFox (FireFox plug in) In some cases, very slow; to many yhings together chaotic and confused Difficult to Customize Disadvantages It creates an archive with encosures (downloaded files) It is possible to generate pdf or HTML files from each feed It is possible to generate OPML files with the list of RSS it is possible to trnsfer the file to other PCs Direct submission to a feed through a FireFox button Partcicular features molto immediata quindi la comprensione; Similar to an email client (feed list, preview, …) Very easy to use Intuitive and immediate interface It’s a plug-in of FireFox, you can use it only with FireFox Much more customizable then Bloglines Linked to the YAHOO world a very rich community (chat, mail, blog, …); Very easy to customize and to modify the setting “ Minimal” interface and easy to use Primary features English, Italian, … The setting language of FireFox English, Italian, … Only English Languages http://rssowl.en.softonic.com http://www.evl.uic.edu/cavern/sage/download.php http://it.my.yahoo.com/ http://www.bloglines.com URL Desktop (pc) Desktop (pc) Online Online Typology RSSOwl Sage My Yahoo Bloglines
… is a web application that combines data from more than one source into a single integrated tool Mashups Aggregator Every user can build his own aggregator and can mix data for his individual purpose and use Mashup Combination of one or more data sources in a unified interface that is the same for all users that access it vs 4
Example of mashup of Flickr + Google Maps + YouTube - EducationSearch http://educationsearch.net An education search tool which enables you to search by: Location, Career, Industry/Salary and provides personalized searches to save for future reference Mashups for education 4
Example of mashup of del.icio.us + Google Maps + Flickr – New Media Consortium http://www.nmc.org Mashups for education 4
Example of mashup of Flickr – S ocio-academic utility that helps college students make decisions about professors and classes, by combining an extensive amount of academic information directly from university records along with social networking data http://www.pickaprof.com Mashups for education 4
Example of mashup of Google Maps – Greenspace carbon emission map http://greenspaceresearch.uhi.ac.uk/greenspace/map.html Carbon Emissions Map for UK showing emissions down to square km level, source of emissions, and an emission reduction todo list for individuals and communites Mashups for education 4
Example of mashup of Flickr + Google Maps – KQED Quest http://www.kqed.org/quest Google Map and Flickr mashups present high-quality television programs, radio spots, blog postings, education guides, and map-based explorations Mashups for education 4
Some data… Source: How businesses are using Web 2.0: A McKinsey Global Survey
Web 2.0 conclusion - reliability of persistence on the time + collaboration and integration + costs + ubiquitous accessibility + customizability (OS) - l imitations on how much can be stored on his/her account