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Cloudworks Virtual Fieldtrip

  1. 1. Cloudworks: a virtual fieldtrip Discover a new island on world web 2.0 Gráinne Conole, Open University, UK Eluminate session 16th November 2009 http://cloudworks.ac.uk Prezi presentation: http://prezi.com/uompojaixcrp/edit/#86
  2. 3. 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. 5. Open design: Social and collective
  4. 6. Key concepts <ul><li>Clouds: core objects in cloudworks </li></ul><ul><li>Cloudscape: collections of clouds </li></ul><ul><li>Activity streams: dynamic filters of new activity </li></ul><ul><li>Follow & be followed: Personal activity stream and peer recognition </li></ul>
  5. 7. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  6. 8. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  7. 9. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  8. 10. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  9. 11. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  10. 12. Key concepts: Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  11. 14. Key concepts: Cloudscapes Cloudscapes: Conferences Workshops Course team Student cohort Research theme Project
  12. 15. Key concepts: Cloudscapes Cloudscapes: Conferences Workshops Course team Student cohort Research theme Project
  13. 16. Key concepts: Cloudscapes Cloudscapes: Conferences Workshops Course team Student cohort Research theme Project
  14. 20. 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>
  15. 21. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds
  16. 22. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes
  17. 23. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes Comments
  18. 24. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes Comments Links
  19. 25. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes Comments Links References
  20. 26. Key concepts: Activity streams Clouds Cloudscapes Comments Links References Extra content
  21. 31. 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>
  22. 33. 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 .
  23. 34. 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>
  24. 35. Cloudworks & the C4P framework <ul><li>Content - clouds </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Content+extra content+links+references+embedded content) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connections </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cloudscapes, follow and be followed, RSS feeds, email alerts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Conversations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussions around clouds, twitter feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds, email alerts, eventually a cloudworks API </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A space for sharing, discussing & finding learning and teaching ideas </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To support an evolving, dynamic community for learning debate </li></ul></ul>
  25. 37. 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>
  26. 39. 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>
  27. 40. 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.
  28. 42. Summary <ul><li>Evidence of new practices occurring on the site </li></ul><ul><li>Genuine “buzz” about the site increasingly </li></ul><ul><li>Mix of web 2.0 functionality and nice alignment with existing web 2.0 tools </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting a range of learning and teaching activities , but remaining true to the core principles and vision </li></ul><ul><li>Cloudworks champions on the rise </li></ul><ul><li>Come and play in the clouds!!! </li></ul>
  29. 44. Flickr images <ul><li>Block island http://www.flickr.com/photos/ppl_ri_images/3992243321/ </li></ul><ul><li>Masai http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcsamsom/2316324361/ </li></ul><ul><li>Future http://www.flickr.com/photos/expressmonorail/3046970004/ </li></ul>

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