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  • 1. Learn about…. Cloudworks A new space for sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas Gráinne Conole, Open University, UK Learn About Fair, 10 th February 2010
  • 2. What, why, how, where, when…
    • What is it?
    • Why was it developed?
    • How does it work?
    • Where had it been used so far?
    • When might you use it?
  • 3. Cloudworks: sharing teaching practice
    • A space for sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas and designs
    • Application of the best of web 2.0 practice to a teaching context
    • Iterative development and evaluation – based on use
    • Part of OU Learning Design Initiative
      • Juliette Culver – developer
  • 4. Why was it developed?
    • Aim
      • To bridge the gap between technologies and use
    • Issues
      • Lack of uptake of technologies in education
      • Teachers say they want examples /want to share/discuss
      • New skills needed for engaging with new technologies
  • 5. Key concepts
    • Clouds:
      • core objects in Cloudworks
    • Cloudscapes:
      • collections of clouds
    • Activity streams:
      • dynamic filters of new activity
    • Follow and be followed:
      • Personal activity stream and peer recognition
  • 6. Homepage
    • Active clouds
    • Feature cloudscapes
    • Orientation
      • Search
      • Browse
      • Login
      • User panel
    • Cloudstream
  • 7. Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  • 8. Active clouds
    • Current topics
    • Hot issues
    • Questions
    • Flash debates
    • Presentations
  • 9. Cloudscapes
    • Learning about Cloudscape:
      • Presentations
      • 24 Clouds
      • Twitter stream
      • Recent activities
    • Space to
      • Discuss
      • Add
      • Follow
      • Collate
      • Archive
  • 10. Cloudstream
    • Show all
    • Latest
      • Clouds
      • Cloudscapes
      • Discussion
      • Links
      • References
      • Extra content
  • 11. Follow & be followed
    • Similar to following in twitter
    • Can follow cloudscapes & people
    • Indicates things & people you are interested
    • Anything you follow appears in your personal cloudstream
  • 12. Digital trails and pathways
    • Filtering – personalisation and tailoring
      • RSS feeds for people and cloudscapes
      • Different levels of email alert
      • Activity streams
        • Public activity stream (all activities on the site), Cloudscape activity streams, User activity streams
        • Tabbed views – all, clouds, cloudscapes, comments links, references, extra content
    • Serendipity
      • Active clouds on home page
      • Featured cloudscapes on home page
      • Browse clouds, cloudscape, tags, people
      • Search for keywords
  • 13. Individuals, collectives, communities
    • Views from 158 countries
    • Users:
      • Teachers (from K-12, tertiary, independent)
      • Researchers
      • Educational technologists/support staff
      • Policy makers
      • Researchers
      • Learners
    • Characteristics
      • Boundary crossing
      • Multi-purpose, different motivations
      • Lurking through active participation
  • 14. Uses and benefits
    • Events: conferences and workshops
      • ETUG workshop , 20 th- 21 st October 2009
      • http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1903
    • Discussions: Flash debates
      • The changing nature of conferences
      • http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/2577
    • Eliciting expertise and open reviews
      • Literature review of Web 2.0 use in Higher Education
      • http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1895
    • Aggregating resources
      • Personalising formal learning with technology
      • http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1871
  • 15. Use at the OU
    • Sharing of practice
    • Showcase of innovation
    • Keeping up to date
    • ‘ Active record’ of events
    • Space for discussion
    • Collective intelligence
    • ‘ Flash debates’
    • ‘ Open reviews’
    • Cross-community for researchers
  • 16. Some stats…. 1819 registered users Aspect Everyone Team Non-team Cloudscapes 189 83 106 Clouds 1716 1112 604 Comments 2739 898 1841 Links 2369 1488 881 Added Sept . From 158 countries
  • 17. New features!
    • Recently added
      • Tag users
      • Events
      • Deadlines
      • Sections
    • Coming soon…
      • Voting, ‘influence’
  • 18. Flickr images
    • Masai http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcsamsom/2316324361/