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Cloudworks Intro

  1. 1. An introduction to cloudworks: a social networking site for sharing & discussing learning and teaching Gráinne Conole, Open University, UK November 2009 http://cloudworks.ac.uk
  2. 2. Harnessing web 2.0 practices Teachers/designers want examples , want to share/discuss ! Many repositories of good practice , but little impact Can we change practices through use of web 2.0 ideas? Blogging Facebook Twitter Slideshare Flckr Youtube Commenting Live commentary Tagging RSS feeds Embedding Following
  3. 3. Open design: Social and collective
  4. 4. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  5. 5. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  6. 6. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  7. 7. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  8. 8. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  9. 9. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  10. 11. Key concepts: Cloudscapes Cloudscapes: Conferences Workshops Course team Student cohort Research theme Project
  11. 12. Key concepts: Cloudscapes Cloudscapes: Conferences Workshops Course team Student cohort Research theme Project
  12. 13. Key concepts: Cloudscapes Cloudscapes: Conferences Workshops Course team Student cohort Research theme Project
  13. 15. Filtering and serendipity <ul><li>Filtering – personalisation and tailoring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds for people and cloudscapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different levels of email alert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity streams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public activity stream (all activities on the site), Cloudscape activity streams, User activity streams </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tabbed views – all, clouds, cloudscapes, comments links, references, extra content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Serendipity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active clouds on home page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Featured cloudscapes on home page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse clouds, cloudscape, tags, people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for keywords </li></ul></ul>
  14. 16. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds
  15. 17. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes
  16. 18. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes Comments
  17. 19. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes Comments Links
  18. 20. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes Comments Links References
  19. 21. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes Comments Links References Extra content
  20. 26. Theoretical perspectives “ Social objects” Social networking makes little sense if we leave out the objects that mediate the ties between people Engeström Design framework for sociality Enabling practice Mimicking reality Building identity Actualising self Bouman et al .
  21. 27. Approach <ul><li>Agile development : initially build in Drupal, now Codeigniter </li></ul><ul><li>Series of phases: design decisions, development, evaluation </li></ul><ul><li>Empirical evidence </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web stats including google analytics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Cloudfests” and focus groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Workshops and conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Observation and reflective diaries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical friends group and design summits </li></ul></ul>
  22. 28. Principles <ul><li>Open , drawing on web 2.0 practices </li></ul><ul><li>Clouds as core objects – social, cummulative, intelligent </li></ul><ul><li>Intentionally both built around “communities”/’clusters of interest” </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-boundary , both filtering/personalisable and serendipitous </li></ul><ul><li>Dynamic and evolving through use alongside real events as well as virtual ones </li></ul><ul><li>Variety of types of activities and uses, but focus always on sharing, finding and discussing educational ideas and designs </li></ul>
  23. 29. Design decisions: Phase 1 <ul><li>Based on cloud metaphor </li></ul><ul><li>Seeded the site </li></ul><ul><li>Limited social features </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging by pedagogy, tool, discipline </li></ul><ul><li>No private content </li></ul><ul><li>User profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Five cloud types </li></ul><ul><li>Data from: workshops, focus groups, surveys, “cloudfests” </li></ul><ul><li>Findings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What’s in it for me”? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Privacy and provenance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Barriers to sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of spontaneous use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phase 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  24. 30. Design decisions: Phase 2 <ul><li>Amalgamated cloud types </li></ul><ul><li>Increased social features </li></ul><ul><li>Fostered communities – cloudscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Added follow functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Set up “My cloudstream” </li></ul><ul><li>Data from range of source plus a usability report </li></ul><ul><li>Findings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of spontaneous use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality control </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phase 2 </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  25. 31. Design decisions: Phase 3 <ul><li>Added RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Integrated streams from other web 2.0 sites </li></ul><ul><li>Merged tag categories </li></ul><ul><li>Improved homepage </li></ul><ul><li>Findings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New patterns of behaviour </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Divided views about “open” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cognitive barrier to getting use to the tool and then using it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant increase in use of the site as a result of tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phase 3 </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
  26. 32. Some stats…. 1360 registered users Aspect Everyone Team Non-team Cloudscapes 117 49 68 Clouds 1386 935 451 Comments 1882 613 1269 Links 1581 1165 416 Added Sept.
  27. 34. Emergent patterns of use <ul><li>Events: conferences and workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ALT-C conference , 8-11 th September 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1870 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discussions: Flash debates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is Twitter killing blogging? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloud/view/2266 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eliciting expertise and open reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature review of educational technologist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1872 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aggregating resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>En Rumbo Spanish course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/776 </li></ul></ul>
  28. 35. An introduction to cloudworks: a social networking site for sharing & discussing learning and teaching Gráinne Conole, Open University, UK November 2009 http://cloudworks.ac.uk

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