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presentation to Unipol conference, Greenwich 6/6/08

presentation to Unipol conference, Greenwich 6/6/08

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  • Brighton setup
    • Using Blackboard
    • MLE not VLE - significant integration
    • 95% of all modules active
    • 30,000+ users, 3,500 course/module areas
    • 4 separate locations & satelites
  • Cool, funky & Gorgeous
    • Social as well as academic
    • A sense of fun
    • Clear branding - “studentcentral”, actively promote, pens, t-shirts, mugs, competitions etc
  • [email_address]
    • Largest HE social network in the World?
    • Using Elgg ( http://elgg.org )
    • Wanted to increase student participation
    • Wanted to provide online sense of community
    • Tightly integrated with VLE
  • About Elgg
    • Provides personal & community facilities:
      • Blogs
      • File sharing
      • Photo sharing
      • Video sharing
      • Privacy & security
    • Anyone can contribute
    • Anyone can create a community
    • Integrates with external social networks
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  • Usage
    • 23547 posts & 8329 comments
    • 148 posts in last week
    • 5380 files shared
    • 377 communities created
    • 1970 photos shared
    • 180 videos shared
    • 5% active participation
  • Usage Research
    • Jakob Nielsen:
      • Blogs - 95/5/0.1%
    • Hitwise:
      • Youtube - 0.16%
      • Wikipedia - 4.5%
      • Flickr - 0.2%
  • Academic usage
    • General discussion
    • Photography - photo galleries & comment
    • PLE, PDP & ePortfolios
    • Cross course video sharing
    • Shared learning
    • Placement communities
    • Sharing developments in eLearning
    • Reflection
    • Web 2.0 for librarians
  • Social Usage
    • Accommodation
    • Meet & Greet
    • Mutual support
    • General interest communities
    • International students
    • Policy discussion
    • Debate
  • Applicant usage
    • Integrated with a dedicated online information area
    • Meet & make friends before arriving
    • Asking questions
    • Experiencing student life before arrival
    • >500 posts last year from July to October
    • Applicants found C@B without being told about it
  • Accommodation
    • Currently use studentpad
    • Queries dealt with by phone or email
    • Many students independently chose to use Community@Brighton to ask questions
    • 779 posts about accommodation issues:
      • Looking for rooms
      • Looking for housemates
      • Raising concerns about noise levels in halls
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  • Successes
    • Cross-campus social arena
    • Student support
    • Online game - student services
    • International students
    • Media sharing & student participation
    • Policy discussion
    • Grumpy Old Gits
  • Issues/Failures
    • Creating a sense of community/critical mass
    • For Sale
    • Student Union
    • It’s not Facebook
    • Blogs are always public
    • It’s hard work!!!!!