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My presentation at Ignite Salt Lake 2 on what I've learned building social networks at BYU -- https://island.byu.edu

My presentation at Ignite Salt Lake 2 on what I've learned building social networks at BYU -- https://island.byu.edu

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  • 1. Building Social Networks for Universities Kyle Mathews http://kyle.mathews2000.com http://twitter.com/kylemathews
  • 2. Revolutions always come around again. That's why they're called revolutions. Terry Pratchett, Night Watch
  • 3. Perfect Storm for Education Advancements in learning theory New technologies Elearning Mobile devices Learning networks
  • 4. island.byu.edu
  • 5. Fostering Learning communities
  • 6. Click to Add Text
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  • 9.
    • Isys Core Group
    • 4 classes
    • 118 Members
    • 423 Posts
    • Used for:
    • Collaborating on Homework
    • Posting events
    • Announcements from TAs and Teachers
  • 10. Class Discussion through island group Discussions can be held in-class or out of class Leads nicely into classroom discussion
  • 11. The Unclass!!! http://www.flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn/1646370938/sizes/l/
  • 12. Philosophy: The Open Studies course adapts to its learners instead of requiring its learners to adapt to the course
  • 13. Sample Projects: Data structures Linux backup system using cron/rysnc/tar Google Web Toolkit Multi-touch computer + software SMS gateway KSL Classified ads + Google Maps Mashup iTunes lyrics visualization tool Android programming jQuery UI RDF + SPARQL
  • 14. The FUTURE (of Island)!!! Realtime collaboration Activity streaming Twitter-fy (i.e. updates + following) Mobile web Add lots more people (network effects)
  • 15. Social Peripheral Vision Idea from Jyri Engeström http://www.flickr.com/photos/swift/94108224/sizes/l/
  • 16. Can't make plans without knowing what others are doing Coordinate don't plan
  • 17. Question: “ Is there something happening in my network I should know about?”
  • 18. Student – Are there new learning opportunities? Who should I talk to? What events should I attend? Professor – Who should I mentor? Where can I teach? Where are the best opportunities for me to influence others?
  • 19. Link people to people not people to content http://www.flickr.com/photos/phonono/520421532/sizes/l/
  • 20. Learn how to help each other through social media Links: http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/wikis/etl/index.php/Handbook_of_Emerging_Technologies_for_Learning https://island.byu.edu/content/proposal-open-studies-uncourse http://kyle.mathews2000.com/blog/2009/02/21/what-are-social-objects http://www.disambiguity.com/reboot-90-ambient-intimacy/ http://www.zengestrom.com/blog/2006/07/blind_mens_base.html http://connect.educause.edu/Library/EDUCAUSE+Review/MindsonFireOpenEducationt/45823?time=1237433673