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Thought experiment: A user interacting with technology to achieve a specific goal goal achieves Mediating artefacts Multiple communication channels: Email, texting, blogs, wikis, forums, Skype, social networking sites, virtual worlds… Multiple locations & representations : Repositories, RSS feeds, social bookmarking, concept maps, tag clouds, data maps, avatars
Paradoxes created by the digital Expansive knowledge domain Hierarchy & control less meaningful Increasingly complex digital landscape Content distributed, everything is miscellaneous Collective intelligence Free content & tools, open APIs and mash ups Death of expertise everyone an expert Multiple pathways / lost in cyberspace Beyond ‘digital space’/ New metaphors Multiple (co-)locations/ loss of content integrity Social collective/digital individualism Issues re: ownership , value, business models
Educational dilemmas Expansive knowledge domain Hierarchy & control less meaningful Increasingly complex digital landscape Content distributed, everything is miscellaneous Collective intelligence Free content & tools, open APIs and mash ups Challenges the role of the teacher Need for new learner pathways Widening skills gap between ‘tech savy’/others Need to rethink the d esign process Potential for new forms of learning Lack of uptake
Rich evaluation with elements of virtual ethnography
Agile development : initially build in Drupal, now Codeigniter
Series of phases: design decisions, development, evaluation
Web stats including google analytics
‘ Cloudfests’ and focus groups
Workshops and conferences
Observation and reflective diaries
Critical friends group and design summits
Initial 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 .
Some stats…. 1603 registered users Aspect Everyone Team Non-team Cloudscapes 142 58 84 Clouds 1557 1014 543 Comments 2378 786 1592 Links 2021 1371 650 Added Sept . From 143 countries
Evolving theoretical framework Alevizou, G., Conole, G., Culver, J. and Galley, R., paper submitted to Netwerkd Learning Social objects Activity theory Context & culture Sociality framework Changing practices Rhetoric performance Expression of self Collective intelligence Expression of self