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Presentation in context of the TENCompetence Workshop "Rethinking Learning and Employment at a time of economic uncertainty". Manchester, November 2009.

Presentation in context of the TENCompetence Workshop "Rethinking Learning and Employment at a time of economic uncertainty". Manchester, November 2009.

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  • 1. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0
    Results of pilots at the eLearning Department of the University of Hannover
    Miriam Lerch
    19th November 2009
  • 2. Research partner
    elsa = E-Learning Service Department of the University of Hannover
    Provides extensive support and advice for the deployment of new technology and media in the learning practice
    Partners include the Architektenkammer Niedersachsen and the International Association for Consulting Competence e.V.
    elsa
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.019th November 2009
  • 3. Introduction video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgSbt7GrszY&fmt=22
    Introduction
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.019th November 2009
  • 4. Evaluation Framework: seminar at the University of Hannover during the summer term 2009
    Target group: 15 students of Bachelor Special Education + Technical Education
    Period: 2 April – 12 July
    Learning Scenario: Using the platform for collaborative web search for the preparation of group presentations
    Study Setup
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 5. 3
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    Learning Scenario with LearnWeb2.0
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 6. Research questions
    What skills in terms of using Web 2.0 technologies do the students already have?
    Will the students use LearnWeb2.0 for collaborative web search?
    How do the students use LearnWeb2.0 for collaborative web search – which functionalities are most heavily used?
    Which prerequisites and competences are needed for collaborative self-directed learning with LearnWeb2.0?
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 7. Evaluation approach
    Descriptive, multi-faceted and explorative survey
    Using different qualitative research methods (interviews) with enriching quantitative methods (questionnaire, logfile analysis)
    Timeframe of the pilot: 2 April – 12 July 2009
    Participants: 15 students, 3 teachers
    Data: 5 group interviews (9 persons), 5 drop-outs, 3 teacher surveys, server logs
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 8. Evaluation approach
    Research methods:
    Survey on Internet use
    Group interviews (+ Logfile analysis)
    Questionnaire for non-users
    Teacher survey
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 9. Timeframe of Evaluation
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 10. LearnWeb2.0 can be characterized as groupware > category “collaborative systems”
     supports collaboration during computer-aided group work
    BUT: the support for communication and awareness has not yet fully been realized
     possible impact on collaboration processes
    System analysis of LearnWeb2.0
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.019th November 2009
  • 11. Answers to the research questions
    What skills in terms of using Web 2.0 technologies do the students have?
    Very different previous experience in dealing with Web 2.0 software
    Use of various Web 2.0 applications rather passive; active use is limited to participation in social networks
    Skills and previous experience in dealing with Web 2.0 technologies (i.e. Social Tagging) are relatively limited
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 12. Answers to the research questions
    Do the students use LearnWeb2.0 for collaborative web search?
    9 users, 5 non-users
    Participants used the platform at the beginning of the evaluation period more than at the end especially during and immediately after the exercises in the seminar
    Using the platform privately at home
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 13. Answers to the research questions
    LearnWeb2.0 was used between two and ten times Lack of time was given as a reason
     Students preferred to continue current practices
    Search functionality was used primarily, commenting or rating to a lesser extent (1 - 4 times)
    Additional search methods were used (e.g. Google)
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.019th November 2009
  • 14. Answers to the research questions
    How do the students use LearnWeb2.0 for collaborative web search?
    Used for searching and organizing media resource s
     Found media were used to enrich the presentations
     Students also used texts and documents (offline and online) as background material
     Not all found resources were judged to be useful
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 15. Answers to the research questions
    Opportunities for collaboration were hardly used Communication about resources took place outside of the platform (offline)
    Technical difficulties interfere with work and collaboration processes
    Difficulties in navigation and operation of the system (usability)
    Nonetheless: LearnWeb2.0 was perceived by most students as helpful for collaborative web search!
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 16. Answers to the research questions
    Which prerequisites and competences are needed for collaborative self-directed learning with LearnWeb2.0?
    Computer literacy and skills to deal with Web 2.0 technologies
    Competences regarding collaboration and group-based work
    Motivation
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.019th November 2009
  • 17. Recommendations for future use
    Users should have some previous experience and skills in dealing with Web 2.0 technologies
    Thorough preparation (e.g. account creation) and sufficient time for getting used with the tools is needed
    Teachers would like to have example learning arrangements
    To improve search experience, the range of integrated Web 2.0 infrastructure should be as large as possible
     e.g. link additional (locally popular) Web 2.0 services (Mister Wong, MyVideo, StudiVZ)
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 18. Recommendations for future use
    Support functions related to collaboration and communication should be expanded
    Resources should be applied to the learning context
     certain resource types are more suitable than others (e.g. documents, videos)
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 19. Conclusion
    Students currently still have relatively limited skills in dealing with Web 2.0 technologies
     The brief introduction and training period were not sufficient for introducing the students to Web 2.0 and the benefits of various technologies for collaborative web search
    The innovative character of the platform turned out to be a challenge for the users
    Concepts were highly appreciated  Suitable scenarios for putting the platform into use should be developed
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.019th November 2009
  • 20. Conclusion
    The envisaged scenario of iterative tagging, commenting and rating was not used as expected
     especially communication and collaboration support should be extended
    Despite the technical difficulties encountered and despite limited online collaboration between students, the students judged LearnWeb2.0 as helpful for collaborative web search in preparation for group presentations
     could imagine using the system in future
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 21. Thank you for your attention!
    Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009