Sustaining Social Networks


Published on provides Australian education and training professionals with an online profile and networking space. Members of the education community are encouraged to use to create an online professional profile, connect with educators who have similar interests, share resources and publish ideas and opinions. 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 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 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’.
  • Sustaining Social Networks

    1. 1. Sustaining social networks in education Pru Mitchell
    2. 3. Who is ? education careers standards
    3. 4. social networking ?
    4. 5. PLE Wilson et al, 2006 PLE
    5. 6. 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
    6. 7. “ 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
    7. 9. Why me? <ul><li>stepping into social networking with support </li></ul><ul><li>enhancing the profession's digital footprint </li></ul><ul><li>aggregating contributions from multiple social networks </li></ul>
    8. 10.
    9. 11. architecture <ul><li>identity edna single sign on & edna profile </li></ul><ul><li>connection colleagues, communities & tags </li></ul><ul><li>content blogs, bookmarks & lifestreams </li></ul><ul><li>notification whiteboards, RSS & email </li></ul>
    10. 12. everyone a URL <ul><li>a person is a URL </li></ul><ul><li>a group is a URL </li></ul><ul><li>a conversation is a URL </li></ul><ul><li>a media item is a URL </li></ul><ul><li>an event is a URL </li></ul><ul><li>a post (of every kind) is a URL </li></ul>
    11. 13. learning community? <ul><ul><li>community of practice </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>social presence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>collaborative learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>knowledge construction technology </li></ul></ul>Tu and Corry (2001) Research in online learning community
    12. 14. Salmon, Gilly “ 5 stage process ” E-moderating 2nd ed Salmon’s stages
    13. 15. Access & motivation Identity Open standards Invitation Purpose & Motivation
    14. 17. <ul><li><Person id=&quot;80c65c5b-007c-4618-b65f-3d9428877b18&quot;><identifier scheme=&quot;ANBD&quot;>000035416174</identifier><name>Mitchell, Pru</name></Person> </li></ul>
    15. 19. <ul><li> </li></ul>
    16. 20.
    17. 21. Socialisation activity alerts messaging welcome privacy encouragement professional learning
    18. 25. Information exchange search social bookmarking facilitation social tagging support
    19. 27. person + resource + tag
    20. 29. Knowledge construction blog tagging commenting rating blogging
    21. 31. Development open standards RSS real dialogue about authentic issues integration networking
    22. 32. Storytelling/rss
    23. 33.
    24. 34. Policies <ul><li>statement of purpose </li></ul><ul><li>open or walled? </li></ul><ul><li>eligibility and registration </li></ul><ul><li>personal information and privacy </li></ul><ul><li>user material and intellectual property </li></ul><ul><li>conduct, grievances and termination </li></ul>
    25. 35. <ul><li>‘ I store my knowledge in my friends’ </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Stephenson </li></ul>
    26. 36. <ul><li> </li></ul>