Learn about…. Cloudworks A new space for sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas Gráinne Conole, Open Universit...
What, why, how, where, when… <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was it developed? </li></ul><ul><li>How does it wor...
Cloudworks: sharing teaching practice <ul><li>A space for sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas and designs <...
Why was it developed? <ul><li>Aim </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To  bridge the gap  between technologies and use </li></ul></ul><u...
Key concepts <ul><li>Clouds:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>core objects in Cloudworks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cloudscapes:  </li><...
Homepage <ul><li>Active clouds </li></ul><ul><li>Feature cloudscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S...
Clouds Clouds:  Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
Active clouds <ul><li>Current topics </li></ul><ul><li>Hot issues </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Flash deba...
Cloudscapes <ul><li>Learning about Cloudscape: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 Clouds </...
Cloudstream <ul><li>Show all </li></ul><ul><li>Latest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clouds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cloudscapes ...
Follow & be followed <ul><li>Similar to following in twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Can follow cloudscapes & people </li></ul><...
Digital trails and pathways  <ul><li>Filtering – personalisation and tailoring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds  for people...
Individuals, collectives, communities <ul><li>Views from 158 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Users:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tea...
Uses and benefits <ul><li>Events: conferences and workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ETUG workshop , 20 th- 21 st  October 20...
Use at the OU <ul><li>Sharing of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase of innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping up to date </...
Some stats…. 1819  registered users Aspect Everyone Team Non-team Cloudscapes 189 83 106 Clouds 1716 1112 604 Comments 273...
New features! <ul><li>Recently added </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tag users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul></ul><ul>...
Flickr images <ul><li>Masai  http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcsamsom/2316324361/ </li></ul>
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  1. 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. 2. What, why, how, where, when… <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was it developed? </li></ul><ul><li>How does it work? </li></ul><ul><li>Where had it been used so far? </li></ul><ul><li>When might you use it? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Cloudworks: sharing teaching practice <ul><li>A space for sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas and designs </li></ul><ul><li>Application of the best of web 2.0 practice to a teaching context </li></ul><ul><li>Iterative development and evaluation – based on use </li></ul><ul><li>Part of OU Learning Design Initiative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Juliette Culver – developer </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why was it developed? <ul><li>Aim </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To bridge the gap between technologies and use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of uptake of technologies in education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers say they want examples /want to share/discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New skills needed for engaging with new technologies </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Key concepts <ul><li>Clouds: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>core objects in Cloudworks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cloudscapes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collections of clouds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activity streams: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dynamic filters of new activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follow and be followed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal activity stream and peer recognition </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Homepage <ul><li>Active clouds </li></ul><ul><li>Feature cloudscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Login </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User panel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cloudstream </li></ul>
  7. 7. Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  8. 8. Active clouds <ul><li>Current topics </li></ul><ul><li>Hot issues </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Flash debates </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cloudscapes <ul><li>Learning about Cloudscape: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 Clouds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter stream </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Space to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archive </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Cloudstream <ul><li>Show all </li></ul><ul><li>Latest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clouds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cloudscapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra content </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Follow & be followed <ul><li>Similar to following in twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Can follow cloudscapes & people </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates things & people you are interested </li></ul><ul><li>Anything you follow appears in your personal cloudstream </li></ul>
  12. 12. Digital trails and pathways <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>
  13. 13. Individuals, collectives, communities <ul><li>Views from 158 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Users: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers (from K-12, tertiary, independent) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational technologists/support staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy makers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Characteristics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boundary crossing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-purpose, different motivations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lurking through active participation </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Uses and benefits <ul><li>Events: conferences and workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ETUG workshop , 20 th- 21 st October 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1903 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discussions: Flash debates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The changing nature of conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/2577 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eliciting expertise and open reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature review of Web 2.0 use in Higher Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1895 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aggregating resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalising formal learning with technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1871 </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Use at the OU <ul><li>Sharing of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase of innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping up to date </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Active record’ of events </li></ul><ul><li>Space for discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Collective intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Flash debates’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Open reviews’ </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-community for researchers </li></ul>
  16. 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. 17. New features! <ul><li>Recently added </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tag users </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Events </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sections </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Coming soon… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Voting, ‘influence’ </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Flickr images <ul><li>Masai http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcsamsom/2316324361/ </li></ul>
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