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    Michael Webb, SCHoMs 2008 - Celtic Manor Michael Webb, SCHoMs 2008 - Celtic Manor Presentation Transcript

    • VIRTUAL LEARNING SPACES AT NEWPORT SCHoMS Michael Webb Head of IT and Media Services
    • Overview
      • MyCommunity
      • (blogging, forums, photo galleries)
      • MyNewport
      • ( Facebook access to MyLearning Essentials)
      • Mylearning Essential SMS
      • (Making Texting as easy as email)
    • About Newport
      • Around 9000 students
      • A fairly even split of full-time, part-time and franchise students
      • Widening participation agenda
      • Many students not traditional 18 – 21 year old undergraduates
    • Our approach to eLearning
      • No ‘traditional’ VLE
        • MyLearning Essentials is a portal to tools to match learners needs.
      • MyCommunity, MyNewport and SMS are part of MyLearning Essentials
        • Tools to make use of ‘Web 2.0’ and mobile devices.
        • These tool are all to aid communication.
    • 1. MyCommunity
      • Blogging/Forum/Photo galleries for all staff and students
      • Beta Launch May 2006 – Full Launch Sept 2006
      • No signup procedure, ‘click and go’
      • Publically visible at
        • http://mycommunity.newport.ac.uk
      • Some blogs (e.g. reflective practice) are private
    • Why?
      • Part of a strategy started three years ago to engage with Web 2.0 technologies
        • To create a tools set for learning and teaching
        • To create tools and places for social purposes
        • To find out what works
      • Services also created at the same time including:
        • Institutional Wiki ( http://wiki.newport.ac.uk )
        • Internal Instant Messaging Service
        • Both partial successes
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    • Forums
      • How are they used?
        • Most aren’t connected to courses.
        • Used more by students than blogs
        • Finding people/accommodation/selling things
        • Comment on the University
          • Not frequent, but how does the institution deal with valid comment?
    • Obvious questions
      • How has it been used?
        • Most staff/students don’t blog for fun!
          • A few ‘traditional’ staff/student blogs
          • Used for direct communication (eg events, finding people)
          • Reflective practice (private)
          • Informal communication from schools
        • How do you monitor it/has it been abused?
          • Very ‘light-touch’ moderation
          • Virtually no abuse
    • Hosting
        • Is it still relevant to host our own service?
          • Blogger, WordPress, Facebook etc all free and now widely adopted
        • Reasons to host
          • Varying student skills (widening participation agenda) – we can probably provide better support for our own services
          • Need to carry out very robust due diligence process before handing confidential data to someone else.
        • Reasons not to host
          • Cost/someone else can do it better for nothing.
          • Student preference?
    • 2. MyNewport@Facebook
      • Access to myLearning Essentials through Facebook
        • Launched Sept 2007
        • Essentially an experiment
        • Would students prefer to create their own learning space?
        • Many (most?) use Facebook anyway.
        • Very ‘lightweight’ development (about 2 days work)
    • My ‘Learning’ Space
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    • Has it worked?
      • 376 users (from yesterday)
        • So hasn’t replaced our own portal!
        • User installed it very quickly with little publicity from us
      • Far fewer daily active users (a handful)
      • Positive feedback from those that do use it
      • Contributed to debate on personal learning
    • 3. Text Messages
      • Why?
        • Email is increasing become a ‘retro’ technology (discuss!)
      • We’ve tried to make it as easy to send a text to students as an email
        • Link from MyLearning Essentials for staff…
    • Sending a message Step1… Choose a course from a list of your courses or modules Step 2… Type the message and click send
    • Why not?
        • Cost
    • Closing Thoughts
      • This is an incredibly fast moving area!
        • Twitter, Google Friends, Ning….all new in the last few months or so
      • Matching pedagogy and technology is obviously crucial
        • Key areas of development for us at the moment – Peer Evaluation (WebPA), PDPs (?), group working space (Elgg)
      • But…we can also use technology to help with the overall learning environment
    • Questions and Contact Details
      • Email: [email_address]
      • Twitter: michaeldwebb
      • Blog: http://mycommunity.newport.ac.uk/blogs/michael