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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. 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. 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. Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009 elsa
  • 3. 3  Introduction video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgSbt7GrszY&fmt=22 Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009 Introduction
  • 4. 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 Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009 Study Setup
  • 5. 5Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009 Learning Scenario with LearnWeb2.0 global web search add Web 2.0 resources to group comment, tag, share 1 2 3
  • 6. 6 Research questions 1. What skills in terms of using Web 2.0 technologies do the students already have? 2. Will the students use LearnWeb2.0 for collaborative web search? 3. How do the students use LearnWeb2.0 for collaborative web search – which functionalities are most heavily used? 4. 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. 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. 8 Evaluation approach Research methods: 1. Survey on Internet use 2. Group interviews (+ Logfile analysis) 3. Questionnaire for non-users 4. Teacher survey Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 9. 9 Timeframe of Evaluation Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 10. 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 Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009 System analysis of LearnWeb2.0
  • 11. 11 Answers to the research questions 1. 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. 12 Answers to the research questions 2. 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. 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 LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 14. 14 Answers to the research questions 3. How do the students use LearnWeb2.0 for collaborative web search?  Used for searching and organizing media resources  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. 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. 16 Answers to the research questions 4. 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 LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 17. 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. 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. 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 LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009
  • 20. 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. 21 Thank you for your attention! Miriam Lerch, M.A. Collaborative web search with LearnWeb2.0 19th November 2009

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