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Learning Flow Management and Semantic Data Exchange between Blog-based Personal Learning Environments

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My presentation at UXFUL workshop on USAB 2010 Symposium in Klagenfurt

My presentation at UXFUL workshop on USAB 2010 Symposium in Klagenfurt

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  • 1. Learning Flow Management and Semantic Data Exchange between Blog-based Personal Learning Environments Vladimir Tomberg, Mart Laanpere, David Lamas Tallinn University, Estonia
  • 2. Background Learning is continuously shifting to the to web
  • 3. WEB1.0: associated with LMS (Learning Management Systems)
  • 4. WEB2.0: associated with PLE (Personal Learning Environment)
  • 5. The Gap • PLE is free, weakly organized environment • We use it, but we still need some features that can organize the learning flow, especially for formal learning in a university
  • 6. Challenge • How to organize in informal environment: – Formal learning course – Formal assignments – Formal assessment – Tracking of results?
  • 7. Initial Position • There are already thousands of teachers’ blogs who uses them for conducting courses • There are much more of students’ blogs, who used them as learning portfolios • We choose WordPress as PLE blog platform and tried to organize simple learning scenario • Our goal is an implementing of a learning flow with smallest or possible no an interference in usual blog’s publishing process
  • 8. Typical Scenario for Course Flow 1. Teacher organizes a new course in own blog 2. The teacher invites students to the course 3. The teacher assigns an assignment for the students 4. Students implement the assignment and submit results 5. Teacher assess the submissions of the students
  • 9. Question 1. How to identify course? • Each blog category can be marked (or not) as a course • Each post in the course can be marked (or not) as an assignment for students • Students can subscribe to the course by RSS like they can subscribe to blog category (we introduce also much more secure scenario)
  • 10. Mapping of blog’s and learning concepts
  • 11. Workflow of Assignment
  • 12. Problems with Assessment Workflow in Blogs • It can be organized conventionally, but seems it should be hard to control • Teacher has no tools for tracking of results of students
  • 13. Our Solution: LePress • LePress is experimental plug-in for WordPress that help to organize assessment workflow between blogs
  • 14. LePress in Layered Architecture
  • 15. LePress Teacher: Create Course
  • 16. LePress Teacher: Managing Courses
  • 17. LePress Teacher: Inviting Students
  • 18. LePress Teacher: Confirming Registration
  • 19. LePress Teacher Widget: List of Students
  • 20. LePress Teacher: Writing Assignment
  • 21. LePress Teacher Widget: Assignments list
  • 22. LePress Student: List of assignments
  • 23. LePress Student Widget
  • 24. LePress Student: Submitting assignment
  • 25. LePress Teacher: Managing Assignments
  • 26. LePress Teacher: Writing Feedback
  • 27. Enhancing of Blog’s Semantic • Currently only two semantic tools available in blogs by default: tags and categories • For getting something better we need to adopt other tools like microformats, RDFa or microdata • Our previous research (MUPPLE09) shows that microformats are most successful solutions
  • 28. Exporting Microformats • Microformats can be exported right from LePress Widget • hCalendar microformat for course data • hCard for course participants (teacher and students)
  • 29. Visual Exporting Microformats’ Data by Google Chrome Michromeformats Extension
  • 30. Conclusion • Development of LePress demonstrates: – How learning flow can be automated using the typical features of blog engines: trackback, categories and sidebar widgets – How course- and assignment-related semantic data could be distributed in real environment using Microformats