An eLearning Environment for YouthAn Auburn University Development Project<br />Directed by Dr. Tony Cook<br />Extension S...
Project Overview:<br />Develop and test a platform to support eLearning for 4-H and other youth in Alabama and throughout ...
User and group management tools are developed and tested
Security and safety needs are addressed
Usability and effectiveness of a cloud computing environment are assessed
Collaborative learning environment is developed and tested
Content development can be supported in the same environment
Collaborative tools of the system are tested for use in content development
Content teams are supported to provide content in two or more areas 
Technical challenges can be addressed in regard to scaling up to accommodate larger audiences in both the youth learning e...
Processes are developed for accommodating larger numbers of users and groups of users in the network
Multiple users and groups of users are engaged for testing of the system
Collaboration tools for learners are deployed and tested</li></li></ul><li>Core Team Members:<br /><ul><li>Dr. Tony Cook, ...
Dr. Cheryl Seals, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Computer Sciences & Software Engineering
Jerri Caldwell, Information Technology, ACES
Justus Nyagwencha, Doctoral Student, CSSE, College of Eng.
Kelly Price, IT Support, CSSE
Graduate Students
Work with Justus
Virtual environments
Financial literacy project – learning community development
Other areas as needed</li></li></ul><li>Project Activities<br /><ul><li>Purchase of Server
Three Dell servers
8GB memory, 4-250GB hard drives (2)
For active directory and WebNetwork installation
24GB memory, 4-1TB hard drives (1)
For all other web support; websites, Drupal, Wordpress, etc. and as appropriate for development & testing
Stoneware Training
Dr. Cook and Justus N.
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n preparing content for a youth audience there are a few considerations to keep in mind. The youth target audience for eXtension is K-12 of which 4-H is a part. Integrating 4-H content with the eXtension public site is relatively straightforward. However, 4-H is not our only audience so content must be presented as a land-grant resource to a broader audience. As a land-grant resource, the knowledge base and learning environment for youth can be delivered under the eXtension banner as well as the traditional 4-H clover. Other considerations include presenting content in appropriate reading levels, accommodations for adult facilitators, safe learning environments, collaborative learning, interfacing with social media, virtual learning environments, and more. Interfacing with third party resources is critical as well in order to provide paths of learning for the individual. As the Youth SET for Life CoP transitions to the For Youth, For Life CoP, an expanded knowledge base provides a rich learning resource for all learners. The land-grant knowledge base as a starting point for youth audiences can be an excellent service to our audience. Learning forums initiated with eXtension content can expand to include other resources including new knowledge generated by the forum itself.

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  1. 1. An eLearning Environment for YouthAn Auburn University Development Project<br />Directed by Dr. Tony Cook<br />Extension Specialist, ACES<br />Assistant Professor College of Education<br />Project Leader for the eXtensionYouth Community of Practice <br />
  2. 2. Project Overview:<br />Develop and test a platform to support eLearning for 4-H and other youth in Alabama and throughout the country through eXtensionand other mechanisms. Objectives:<br /><ul><li>The WebNetwork and “cloud computing” environment can meet the needs of web-based learning for youth.
  3. 3. User and group management tools are developed and tested
  4. 4. Security and safety needs are addressed
  5. 5. Usability and effectiveness of a cloud computing environment are assessed
  6. 6. Collaborative learning environment is developed and tested
  7. 7. Content development can be supported in the same environment
  8. 8. Collaborative tools of the system are tested for use in content development
  9. 9. Content teams are supported to provide content in two or more areas 
  10. 10. Technical challenges can be addressed in regard to scaling up to accommodate larger audiences in both the youth learning environment and content development
  11. 11. Processes are developed for accommodating larger numbers of users and groups of users in the network
  12. 12. Multiple users and groups of users are engaged for testing of the system
  13. 13. Collaboration tools for learners are deployed and tested</li></li></ul><li>Core Team Members:<br /><ul><li>Dr. Tony Cook, Extension Specialist, ACES
  14. 14. Dr. Cheryl Seals, Associate Professor, College of Engineering, Computer Sciences & Software Engineering
  15. 15. Jerri Caldwell, Information Technology, ACES
  16. 16. Justus Nyagwencha, Doctoral Student, CSSE, College of Eng.
  17. 17. Kelly Price, IT Support, CSSE
  18. 18. Graduate Students
  19. 19. Work with Justus
  20. 20. Virtual environments
  21. 21. Financial literacy project – learning community development
  22. 22. Other areas as needed</li></li></ul><li>Project Activities<br /><ul><li>Purchase of Server
  23. 23. Three Dell servers
  24. 24. 8GB memory, 4-250GB hard drives (2)
  25. 25. For active directory and WebNetwork installation
  26. 26. 24GB memory, 4-1TB hard drives (1)
  27. 27. For all other web support; websites, Drupal, Wordpress, etc. and as appropriate for development & testing
  28. 28. Stoneware Training
  29. 29. Dr. Cook and Justus N.
  30. 30. Content Development and eXtension pages
  31. 31. Dr. Cook and Jerri
  32. 32. Partner Development
  33. 33. Dr. Cook</li></li></ul><li>Partner Activities:<br /><ul><li>For Youth, For Life Community of Practice, eXtension
  34. 34. 500+ members and interested faculty across the country
  35. 35. Bark Buddies
  36. 36. Constance Nelson, Planting Tomorrows, Inc.
  37. 37. Potential funding ($150K ?? initially…then much more)
  38. 38. Knowledge platform, learning community, mapping feature, website, learning games, virtual environments
  39. 39. Virtual Harmony
  40. 40. Dr. Andrew Stricker, Maxwell AFB
  41. 41. Virtual learning environments; Mars Challenge, Camp 4-H
  42. 42. Junior Master Gardener
  43. 43. Lisa Whittlesey, Texas A&M University
  44. 44. Collaboration on Bark Buddies and Virtual Gardens</li></li></ul><li>Partner Activities:<br /><ul><li>Learning Games Laboratory
  45. 45. Barbara Chamberlin, Director
  46. 46. Bark Buddies collaboration
  47. 47. eXtensionMap@Syst (Geospatial)
  48. 48. Mapping feature for learning communities in FYFL
  49. 49. Chris Dillard, Amy Hayes
  50. 50. Crop Science for Kids
  51. 51. Dale Monks, John Brasher, Carol Utter,
  52. 52. Virtual Cotton, etc.</li></li></ul><li>
  53. 53. Online Social LearningEnvironments for Youth<br />Developed by the eXtensionYouth Community of Practice Support Team at Auburn University <br />
  54. 54. A reliable and credible knowledge resource for an online youth audience<br /> <br />A safe and secure online learning environment for youth and the adults who serve them<br /> <br />A platform for learning communities and collaborative workspace for educators from land-grant universities to contribute to a common knowledge resource for youth<br />For Youth, For Life is a concept of online learning that addresses the need for a reliable knowledge platform and safe learning environment. With a four theme approach content is designed to accommodate almost any topic as well as USDA Mission Mandates for youth programming.<br />
  55. 55. Key Aspects of FYFL Learning Network<br /><ul><li>Provides a safe online learning environment for school-aged youth as individual learners and as members of groups; youth learn collaboratively about real world issues via a land-grant university based knowledge platform.
  56. 56. The target audience is predominately middle grades & expanding to PreK-12+
  57. 57. 4-H, a USDA/Land-grant university youth program, is a primary audience
  58. 58. Focus on Individual Learner – Personal Profile and Learning Portfolio
  59. 59. Peer-to-Peer and Group Learning – Team Work, Collaboration, and Sharing
  60. 60. Secure Learning Environment – Closed vs. open (facebook, etc.) with age appropriate settings as users mature; i.e., age, decision-making skills, etc.
  61. 61. Interfacing with Social Media – Where youth are (facebook, YouTube, etc)
  62. 62. Interactions with adults – Parents, Educators, Mentors, Moderators, Experts</li></li></ul><li>Knowledge Platform<br />The primary learning resource is provided by youth focused Communities of Practice (CoPs). CoPs operate within eXtension which provides collective contribution of content from across the land-grant university system.<br />FYFL Desktop – Cloud Environment<br />Learning in the Cloud!<br />Based upon the concept of cloud computing a “private cloud” is being tested for use with a youth audience as the “safe” learning network environment.<br />
  63. 63. FYFL Desktop – Cloud Environment<br />
  64. 64. FYFL Network Features<br />eXtension in the FYFL cloud – Interface to eXtension youth pages<br />Learning Community Sites and Collaborative workspace for faculty – Content teams (per subject matter)<br />Development software<br />Virtual Learning Environments (3rd Space)<br />Learning Forums<br />Global Connections<br />Collaborative learning space<br />Dynamic content; news type, etc.<br />Safe space for peer-to-peer learning<br />Group learning; 4-H clubs, classroom, other<br />USDA and its international outreach efforts<br />Global 4-H Network interfaces<br />Land-grant Universities<br />Partners<br />
  65. 65. FYFL Network Page Types and Functions<br />webOS page – FYFL version<br />(Web Operating System)<br />Dashboard<br />Templates<br />Learning Communities<br />Applications<br />Private Learning Environment<br />Virtual Learning<br />Online Tools<br />Public view of FYFL<br />Interface to eXtension<br />Login page<br />User registration<br />Adults<br />Youth<br />Guest Users<br />User pages<br />Group Facilitator pages<br />Group profile management<br />
  66. 66. KXNN – Kids eXtension News Network<br />KXNN presents content about work of the land-grant university.<br />Youth learn about and discuss real world issues through topics presented via KXNN and respond to the topic in various ways including reports on off-line projects, video presentations, photographs, and other methods.<br />Real World Issues<br />Local News & Youth Experiences<br />Research & Development Advancements<br />Land-Grant Universities<br />Youth<br />Kids Extension News Network<br />Youth-adult collaborative production teams creating timely news about research and programs of the university which connect to local stories and experiences of youth<br />Learning Forums<br />Content is posted in an online forum for a club or other group<br />
  67. 67. Learner Engagement<br />Searches lead to Basic and Main content pages<br />High search probabilities<br />News Feeds or other Connections<br />Knowledge Platform<br />eXtension youth content<br />Virtual Learning<br />Immersive Environments<br />Social Media<br />Knowledge Interfaces <br />Other Sources, Partners<br />Learning Forums<br />KXNN<br />Facilitators<br />parents, teachers, helpers<br />Learner Interfaces<br />Individuals, Groups<br />
  68. 68. FYFL Learning Network<br />Learning Communities<br />Individuals Groups Groups of Groups<br />Virtual Worlds<br />Immersive Environments<br />Knowledge Platform<br />eXtension youth content<br />Land-Grant University based research & knowledge<br />KXNN<br />Kids eXtension News Network<br />Learning Forums<br />Social Media<br />Facilitators - parents, teachers<br />Interfaces - Other Sources, Partners<br />
  69. 69. eXtension Youth Pages<br />Knowledge Platform<br /><ul><li>Prepared for the youth audience
  70. 70. Reading levels
  71. 71. Age appropriateness
  72. 72. Basic generic content
  73. 73. What is it?
  74. 74. Why is it important
  75. 75. How is it relevant in my world and in our world
  76. 76. More in-depth content
  77. 77. Curriculum
  78. 78. Learning modules</li></li></ul><li>eXtension Youth Pages<br />Public Page Mock-up of Landing Pages – Welcome <br />These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution<br />Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?<br />Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you<br />Auburn University<br />Tuskegee University Select a different institution<br />What do you want to know?<br />A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…<br />Welcome to For Youth, For Life – a place for learning about many topics you may be interested in. Come, explore with us and…<br />This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.<br />In the News…<br />Resource Area s<br />eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.<br />© 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use<br />
  79. 79. eXtension Youth Pages<br />Public Page Mock-up of Landing Pages – Get SCIENCE <br />These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution<br />Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?<br />Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you<br />Auburn University<br />Tuskegee University Select a different institution<br />What do you want to know?<br />A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…<br />SCIENCEfor YOUTH<br />Learn about the world around us! Understand how things work and…..<br />This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.<br />In the News…<br />Resource Area s<br />eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.<br />© 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use<br />
  80. 80. eXtension Youth Pages<br />Public Page Mock-up – Basic Content <br />These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution<br />Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?<br />Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you<br />Auburn University<br />Tuskegee University Select a different institution<br />What do you want to know?<br />A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…<br />Topic: Water<br />This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.<br />The technical definition of water is that it is a binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear, colorless, odorless, tasteless liquid; freezes into ice when at temperatures below 0 degrees centigrade. The water that you '''can''' see is made up of billions of molecules. Each one of these tiny molecules of water are made up of 2 atoms of hydrogen and 1 atom of oxygen. It is these molecules that are constantly circulating throughout the water cycle! Water covers three-fourths of the surface of the earth. This fact makes our planet very special. The earth has more water than any other planet. It is the only planet where water exists in all three forms: gas (vapor), liquid, or solid (ice). Water is in many locations. It is in liquid form in rivers, streams and oceans. Water is in the form of ice at the North and South Poles. Water is in gas (vapor) form in the atmosphere as clouds.<br />More about:<br />Water<br />In the News…<br />Resource Area s<br />Our Partners offer learning experiences<br />for you too <br />Related Terms: water cycle, water quality, watershed<br />Join 4-H<br /> Other Topics:<br />Science<br />Health<br />Live Responsibly<br />Service<br />eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.<br />© 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use<br />
  81. 81. eXtension Youth Pages<br />Public Page Mock-up – Main Pages for Content <br />These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution<br />Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?<br />Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you<br />Auburn University<br />Tuskegee University Select a different institution<br />What do you want to know?<br />A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…<br />All About Water<br />This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.<br />Welcome to the For Youth, For Life learning site for water. This learning area will help you understand what water is, why it is important, and how it is useful in our world. You will learn about water processes, explore your water resources, water quality and the basic properties of water.<br />We often take water for granted. Turn on a faucet tap and the water appears. Do you ever think about how the water gets to you? As you admire the view of a river or lake, do you ever wonder how the water there and where it is going? Can you name important rivers and lakes in your community? Do you know your watershed address? Explore the lessons here to find out more about water and your local water resources. We hope you will enjoy these learning experiences and that they will help make you a better steward of your water.<br />In the News…<br />Resource Area s<br />Our Partners offer learning experiences<br />for you too <br />Live Responsibly<br />Join 4-H<br />Science<br />Other Topics:<br />Health<br />Service<br />eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.<br />© 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use<br />
  82. 82. eXtension Youth Pages<br />Public Page Projections – External Knowledge Interfaces<br />These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution<br />Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?<br />Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you<br />Auburn University<br />Tuskegee University Select a different institution<br />What do you want to know?<br />A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…<br />This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.<br />In the News…<br />Resource Area s<br />eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.<br />© 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use<br />
  83. 83. eXtension Youth Pages<br />Public Page Projections – Community Environment Interface<br />These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution<br />Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?<br />Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you<br />Auburn University<br />Tuskegee University Select a different institution<br />What do you want to know?<br />A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…<br />Community Network<br />This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.<br />Welcome to the For Youth, For Life learning site for water. This learning area will help you understand what water is, why it is important, and how it is useful in our world. You will learn about water processes, explore your water resources, water quality and the basic properties of water.<br />We often take water for granted. Turn on a faucet tap and the water appears. Do you ever think about how the water gets to you? As you admire the view of a river or lake, do you ever wonder how the water there and where it is going? Can you name important rivers and lakes in your community? Do you know your watershed address? Explore the lessons here to find out more about water and your local water resources. We hope you will enjoy these learning experiences and that they will help make you a better steward of your water.<br />In the News…<br />Resource Area s<br />eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.<br />© 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use<br />
  84. 84. eXtension Youth Pages<br />Public Page Projections – Users Environment Interface<br />These resources are brought to you by the Cooperative Extension System and your Local Institution<br />Welcome! Do you know about your local institution?<br />Alabama A&M University Local Extension 4-H Offices near you<br />Auburn University<br />Tuskegee University Select a different institution<br />What do you want to know?<br />A Knowledge & Learning Resource for Children & Youth…<br />Users Network<br />This resource area was created by the For Youth, For Life community.<br />Welcome to the For Youth, For Life learning site for water. This learning area will help you understand what water is, why it is important, and how it is useful in our world. You will learn about water processes, explore your water resources, water quality and the basic properties of water.<br />We often take water for granted. Turn on a faucet tap and the water appears. Do you ever think about how the water gets to you? As you admire the view of a river or lake, do you ever wonder how the water there and where it is going? Can you name important rivers and lakes in your community? Do you know your watershed address? Explore the lessons here to find out more about water and your local water resources. We hope you will enjoy these learning experiences and that they will help make you a better steward of your water.<br />In the News…<br />Resource Area s<br />eXtension provides objective and research-based information and learning opportunities that help people improve their lives. eXtension is an educational partnership of 74 universities in the United States.<br />© 2010 eXtension. All rights reserved. Feedsinstitutional partnersprivacycontact usdisclaimerterms of use<br />
  85. 85. Learning Communities<br />Dynamic, appealing, and engaging learning site!<br /><ul><li>Interfaces with safe learning environment
  86. 86. Secure for youth twelve and under
  87. 87. Supports Collaborative Learning
  88. 88. Individuals, Groups, and Groups of Groups
  89. 89. Joint creations
  90. 90. Sharing with others
  91. 91. Map features for sharing across the globe
  92. 92. Sponsorship
  93. 93. Underwriting of content development or community site</li></li></ul><li>Partner Engagement<br />Knowledge sources and partners external to eXtension and FYFL Learning Network resources engage along common interests.<br /><ul><li>Identify common interests
  94. 94. Content areas
  95. 95. Determine objectives
  96. 96. Build up content areas in eXtension platform
  97. 97. Interfacing with partner educational resources
  98. 98. Engagement of youth audience
  99. 99. Target Audience (demographics)
  100. 100. Collaborative efforts
  101. 101. Jointly developed or produced products
  102. 102. Sponsorship
  103. 103. Underwriting of content development</li></li></ul><li>Opportunities<br />FYFL CoP Leadership<br /><ul><li>Team Coordination
  104. 104. Work Groups
  105. 105. Site support
  106. 106. Social Media </li></ul>Content Team Leadership<br /><ul><li>Content Development
  107. 107. Content Review
  108. 108. FAQs</li></ul>Learning Community Site Development<br /><ul><li>Facilitation
  109. 109. Social Media</li></ul>Safe Learning Environment<br /><ul><li>Protocol – group leaders, moderators
  110. 110. Youth User Guidelines</li></li></ul><li>Contact Information:<br />John A. (Tony) Cook, Ed.D.<br />Extension 4-H Specialist and Project Leader<br />eXtension’s For Youth, For Life Community of Practice<br />214 Duncan Hall – ACES<br />Auburn University, AL 36849<br />E-mail: cookja1@auburn.edu<br />Ph: 334.844.2233 Fax: 334.844.2262<br />Jerri Hammonds<br />Information Technology Specialist<br />For Youth, For Life CoP<br />E-mail: caldwjl@auburn.edu<br />Ph: 334.444.6888<br />

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