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Sustaining Social Networks

Sustaining Social Networks



me.edu.au provides Australian education and training professionals with an online profile and networking space. Members of the education community are encouraged to use me.edu.au to create an online ...

me.edu.au provides Australian education and training professionals with an online profile and networking space. Members of the education community are encouraged to use me.edu.au to create an online professional profile, connect with educators who have similar interests, share resources and publish ideas and opinions. me.edu.au puts the individual at the centre of the service and encourages them to collect, connect and publish beyond faculty, institution, state and sector boundaries.



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  • This presentation is a case study drawn from our experience in innovation projects at Education.au over the past two years, in particular a social networking project and how this might be used to enhance professional learning for educators. Probably important to be clear up front that the service which emerged from these projects (called me.edu.au) is definitely NOT an enterprise system, it unashamedly aims to put the individual ‘lifelong learner’ rather than the institution at the centre of learning - to provide individual educators with a place to ‘be themselves online’.

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  • Sustaining social networks in education Pru Mitchell me.edu.au/p/pru
  • Who is ? education careers standards
  • social networking ?
  • PLE Wilson et al, 2006 PLE http://dspace.ou.nl/handle/1820/727
  • joedrumgoole.com/blog/2006/05/29/web-20-vs-web-10 Web 1.0 Web 2.0 reading writing companies communities HTML XML home pages blogs portals RSS taxonomy tags wires wireless owning sharing dialup broadband hardware costs bandwidth costs
  • “ If web 1.0 was organized around pages web 2.0 is organized around people” Johnson, S 2006 “It’s all about us” Time, 16 Dec
  • Why me?
    • stepping into social networking with support
    • enhancing the profession's digital footprint
    • aggregating contributions from multiple social networks
  • me.edu.au/p/pru/rss
  • architecture
    • identity edna single sign on & edna profile
    • connection colleagues, communities & tags
    • content blogs, bookmarks & lifestreams
    • notification whiteboards, RSS & email
  • everyone a URL
    • a person is a URL
    • a group is a URL
    • a conversation is a URL
    • a media item is a URL
    • an event is a URL
    • a post (of every kind) is a URL
  • learning community?
      • community of practice
      • social presence
      • collaborative learning
      • knowledge construction technology
    Tu and Corry (2001) Research in online learning community
  • Salmon, Gilly “ 5 stage process ” E-moderating 2nd ed Salmon’s stages
  • Access & motivation Identity Open standards Invitation Purpose & Motivation
    • <Person id=&quot;80c65c5b-007c-4618-b65f-3d9428877b18&quot;><identifier scheme=&quot;ANBD&quot;>000035416174</identifier><name>Mitchell, Pru</name></Person>
    • groups.edna.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1132
  • xmlns.com/foaf/spec/#sec-foafsw
  • Socialisation activity alerts messaging welcome privacy encouragement professional learning
  • Information exchange search social bookmarking facilitation social tagging support
  • person + resource + tag
  • Knowledge construction blog tagging commenting rating blogging
  • Development open standards RSS real dialogue about authentic issues integration networking
  • me.edu.au/c/Digital Storytelling/rss
  • tafecollaborate.nsw.edu.au
  • Policies
    • statement of purpose
    • open or walled?
    • eligibility and registration
    • personal information and privacy
    • user material and intellectual property
    • conduct, grievances and termination
    • ‘ I store my knowledge in my friends’
    • Karen Stephenson
    • me.edu.au/p/pru