MSG For ELeGI Review


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MSG For ELeGI Review

  1. 1. Custom Map Messaging & Presence for Learners The evolution of “MSG” Marc Eisenstadt, Chris Denham, & Alex Little Knowledge Media Institute The Open University March 2007
  2. 2. Instant Messaging & Presence: Why? <ul><li>Fastest-growing application: >600M users! </li></ul><ul><li>[A] Messaging (chat): fast, easy, ephemeral </li></ul><ul><li>[B] Presence : the key enabler! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows ‘who is online right now’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Like ‘personal radar alert’, no need to ‘trawl’ for info </li></ul></ul>A B
  3. 3. Relevance to Learning <ul><li>This is “Social Software” (connecting a distributed community) </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters impromptu/informal interactions </li></ul><ul><li>Well-known “feel-good factor” (seeing “who’s around”) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages peer-group problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids “telephone tag” and “email tag” (& spam) </li></ul>
  4. 4. BuddySpace + Web2.0 = MSG <ul><li>BuddySpace = fancy IM + maps (great, but too difficult) </li></ul><ul><li>MSG much simpler (no download, no installation, no fancy options) </li></ul><ul><li>Automatic ‘contact list’ (from LDAP or group administrator) </li></ul><ul><li>Optional maps </li></ul>Three “status” choices , that’s all! (Online, Away, Do not disturb) Automatically-constructed contact lists Click-to-chat, that’s all!
  5. 5. Click-to-launch; no download (runs in a web browser window)
  6. 6. Click-to-chat
  7. 7. Custom Map Launcher
  8. 8. Custom Map <ul><li>Presence at a glance </li></ul><ul><li>All dots = 1-click-to-chat </li></ul><ul><li>Any image + XML file with simple X,Y coordinates </li></ul><ul><li>Upload by ‘group administrator’ </li></ul>
  9. 9. World Map launcher
  10. 10. Google Maps MSG “clusters”
  11. 11. Google Maps Dynamic re-clustering
  12. 12. Google Maps All map features
  13. 13. Google Maps Click -to-chat
  14. 14. Instant notification
  15. 15. Selective views
  16. 16. “ Presence everywhere”: Postings annotated with live status, facilitating “click-to-chat now ” (any user can opt out of this)
  17. 17. “ Desktop notification widget”: lights up when new messages appear
  18. 18. Both ELeGI-i and ELeGI-f! MSG status persistently displayed in the IWTGA banner.
  19. 19. Clicking on green bullet will open MSG Client in a new window When any authorized user logs in to the IWTGA portal they will automatically be logged in to MSG too.
  20. 20. Click on green bullet will open MSG Client in a new window When any authorized user logon into IWTGA portal it will automatically logged into MSG too. Chatting with Chris … Note the “!” status alert change
  21. 21. MSG: So What? <ul><li>Dis-aggregation of innards into cleaner/re-usable components </li></ul><ul><li>Service Oriented Architecture facilitates integration </li></ul><ul><li>Open source: fosters active developer community (e.g. Moodle integration) </li></ul><ul><li>Fosters impromptu/informal interactions in context </li></ul><ul><li>Well-known “feel-good factor” (seeing “who’s around”) </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages peer-group problem-solving </li></ul><ul><li>Avoids “telephone tag” and “email tag” (& spam) </li></ul><ul><li>Spans both formal and informal branches of ELeGI </li></ul>
  22. 22. Acknowledgements MSG client & server systems: Chris Denham Moodle integration and MSG Presence Maps: Alex Little (original concepts and implementation): Jiri Komzak, Martin Dzbor Graphics and site: Peter Devine, Harriett Cornish, Damian Dadswell Project principal investigator: Marc Eisenstadt MSG is partly supported by the European Community under the Information Society Technologies (IST) programme of the 6th Framework Programme for RTD - project ELeGI, contract IST-002205. This software and its documentation do not represent the opinion of the European Community, and the European Community is not responsible for any use that might be made of the data and tools appearing herein. MSG Software is available at We also gratefully acknowledge support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation for enabling us to extend MSG to become part of the larger “Open Content Initiative” OpenLearn project at the Open University (