Open Education in Virtual Worlds

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Tapping the Potential of Open Blended Courses in Virtual Worlds in an epic quest for change in higher education.

Upatras Open Workshop presentation in the VWBPE (Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education) conference takes place on Friday March 16th, 6pm SLT/PDT = Saturday, 17th 1 am GMT (London) = 3 am EET (Athens).

For more information on the Open Workshop please visit: http://openworkshop.wordpress.com/ and http://openworkshop.pbworks.com/

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Open Education in Virtual Worlds

  1. 1. Tapping the Potential of OpenBlended Courses in Virtual Worlds Stylianos Mystakidis University of Patras
  2. 2. Stylianos Mystakids• Learning Innovator @ Library & Information Services, University of Patras• Adjunct Faculty @ Open University of Catalonia (Barcelona, Spain)  WWW• Teaching Assistant @ University of Washington (Seattle, USA)  SL
  3. 3. Fast Track!
  4. 4. Open Education +Virtual Worlds = Change Synopsis
  5. 5. This is my story!
  6. 6. University of Patras (Upatras)• World Ranking*: #327• Greece Ranking*: #2• 24,000 students | 800 Faculty members• Prominent Research Center on ICT & Engineering*Webometrics,2012
  7. 7. Patras• 3rd largest city of Greece• 222.000 population• History & Technology St. Andrew’s Church Rion - Antirrion Bridge
  8. 8. Library & Information Services• National & European Research Projects• Institution-wide Services (e.g. Repository)• ISO 9001:2000• Openness-oriented
  9. 9. Explosive Environment
  10. 10. Budget Cuts
  11. 11. Retirements
  12. 12. Reformation of Higher Education
  13. 13. E-Learning inGreek Higher Education?
  14. 14. Mission Impossible?
  15. 15. Business As Usual User Training & Support
  16. 16. Training Needs Analysis Target Audience: Graduate & PhD Students Survey Interviews Aim: What & How
  17. 17. Training Needs Analysis (2)https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEFUeFhkX2tWMUw2MWttaUlHNWVjakE6MQ#gid=0
  18. 18. Syllabus Threads1.Information Literacy2.Academic Development3.Life-long Learning4.Professional Development
  19. 19. 1. Information Literacy• Information Literacy Models (Big6, Sconul etc.)• Information seeking• Location & Access of Information• Organization & Evaluation of Information• Information Synthesis
  20. 20. 2. Academic Development• Paper Writing• Publishing in Journals• Presentation in Scientific Conferences
  21. 21. 3. Life Long Learning• Personal Learning Network (PLN/PLE)• Learning 2.0• Effective use of Social Media & Collaborative Web 2.0 Services• Innovation & Creativity
  22. 22. 4. Professional Development• Resume (CV) & Cover Letter• Job seeking strategies• Job Interviews
  23. 23. Skills, Knowledge, Attitudeshttp://www.mindmeister.com/119798295
  24. 24. Action-packed LearningSource: http://blog.cathy-moore.com/
  25. 25. Blended Learningα. Asynchronous Self-Study & Group work• Wiki (Community & Collaboration) openworkshop.pbworks.comβ. Synchronous Workshops(weekly physical & virtual meetings)• Library & Information Services Lab• Virtual Immersive Learning Environment (SL)
  26. 26. Marketing• Telephone, p2p• Posters• Documents to Departments• E-mails• Social Media
  27. 27. Administration on the Cloud• Enrollment – Google Forms & Documents• Communication – Blog (News, Announcements) openworkshop.wordpress.com – Facebook Page facebook.com/UpatrasOpenWorkshop – Twitter (IM) openworkshopUoP – Tag: #owilupatras
  28. 28. Intermediate ReportNov 2011 – Jan 2012
  29. 29. Open Workshopon Information Literacy
  30. 30. Learner Profile
  31. 31. 85 Applicants 2% 9% 22% 5% Undergraduate Graduate PhD Candidates18% Faculty Teaching Personell Other 44%
  32. 32. Other; 6 Biology; 2 Geology; 3 Business Chemical Administration; 2 Engineering; 5 Chemistry; 2 Preschool Teachers; 11 Physics; 4 Electrical Philosophy; 4 Engineers; 2 Medicine; 1 Philology; 4 Pharmacy; 2 CivilEngineering; 1 Mathematics; 10 Information Education; 12 Science; 9 Mechanical Financing; 4 Engineering; 1
  33. 33. Motivation Aquintance with new 67 Learning Environments Professional Development 55 Skills & KnowledgeAcademic Development Skills 51 & Knowledge
  34. 34. Instructional Strategy
  35. 35. Asynchronous Collaboration (wiki)
  36. 36. Faculty | Speakers• University of Patras (3)• Other Universities (2)
  37. 37. Active Participation
  38. 38. Learner Participation• Applicants: 85• Wiki: 64 members• Facebook page: 40 likes• Second Life Group: 38 μέλη• Weekly Meetings: 25 (Μ.Ο.)
  39. 39. Evaluation
  40. 40. Feedback on Learning QualityI liked Wednesday’s meeting very much.[…] I enjoyed the presentation mostlybecause beyond plagiarism critique, itoffered practical alternative methods toavoid it. […] I got several new ideas fromthis session. Faculty Member Comment, 12/10/12
  41. 41. Spontaneous Open Self Reflection MotivationReaction Learning
  42. 42. Accomplishments
  43. 43. 1 Greek University stCourse in Virtual Worlds
  44. 44. Learning without Time limitations• 2 hours 35 minutes: Time Interval between the end of the 1st Meeting and and 1st student activity (edit) in the Course’s Wiki• 57,9%: Percentage of student activity in the Wiki after midnight during the first week (64,3% after 9 pm)
  45. 45. The end of GeographyRecorded Access Points:• Greece Patras, Athens, Corfu, Rhodes• France• The Netherlands• USA
  46. 46. 1st Mendeley Training in a 3D Environment (worldwide)
  47. 47. Local & Global Publicity (AERA)
  48. 48. Result?
  49. 49. The Protagonists
  50. 50. Dr. Catherine Synellis• Director @ Library & Information Services, University of Patras• MSc, University of Bonn, Germany• PhD, University of Ioannina, Greece• Hellenic Open University Faculty
  51. 51. Dr. Giannis Tsakonas• Librarian @ Library & Information Services, University of Patras• PhD in Information Science, Ionian University, Greece• Postdoctoral Researcher in Cultural Data
  52. 52. University of WashingtonSpecial thanks to• Professor Michael Eisenberg, UW Dean Emeritus• Mr. Randy Hinrichs, Faculty of UW’s Virtual Worlds Certificate Progam
  53. 53. Open Education +Virtual Worlds = Change
  54. 54. Lessons Learned• Evolution, not Revolution• Get a Sponsor for your Project (PMI)• Find Support from the Innovators• Document & Measure Success (Metrics)• Inspire the Visionary• Lead by Example
  55. 55. “If you want to change the world,start with deceptively small things”
  56. 56. Questions?
  57. 57. blog.edu.gr@stylianosm2mystakidis@upatras.grStylianos LingStylianos MystakidisLearning Triathlete

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