Learning Flow Management and Semantic Data Exchange between Blog-based Personal Learning Environments <ul><li>Vladimir Tom...
Background <ul><li>Learning is continuously  </li></ul><ul><li>shifting to the Web 2.0:  not just learning resources, but ...
WEB1.0: associated with LMS  (Learning Management Systems)
WEB2.0: associated with PLE (Personal Learning Environment)
The Gap <ul><li>PLE is open, loosely structured environment </li></ul><ul><li>Learning outcomes achieved in PLE are diffic...
The Challenge <ul><li>How we can organize in   a blog-based PLE such activities as: </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment to a cour...
Course Coordination Space (Wilson 2007)
The Way <ul><li>There are thousands of teachers’ blogs used as learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>There are even more ...
Scenario for Course Workflow <ul><li>Teacher is establishing a new course in the own blog </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher is...
Problem: How to Identify the Course in the Blog? <ul><li>Each blog category can be marked (or not) as a course </li></ul><...
Mapping of Blog and Learning Concepts
Assignment Workflow
Problems <ul><li>Teacher and students can agree about mapping and workflow can be organized conventionally, but seems it s...
Our Solution: LePress <ul><li>LePress is an experimental plug-in for WordPress that supports organization of course workfl...
LePress as a Course coordination Space
LePress in Layered Architecture
LePress Teacher: Managing Courses
LePress Teacher: Confirming Registration
LePress Teacher Widget: List of Students
LePress Teacher: Writing Assignment
LePress Teacher Widget: Assignments list
LePress Student Widget
LePress Student: List of assignments
LePress Teacher: Managing Assignments
LePress Teacher: Writing Feedback
Enhancing Blogs with Educational Semantics <ul><li>Two semantic tools available in a blog by default: tags and categories ...
Exporting Microformats <ul><li>Two microformats can be exported right from the LePress widget </li></ul><ul><li>hCalendar ...
Exporting Assignments and Students List in Chrome  with Michromeformats Extension Installed
Why LePress is Special? <ul><li>There are two other popular plug-ins that declare the functionality of course management o...
Conclusions <ul><li>LePress acts as PLE Course Coordination Space; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LePress demonstrates how formal c...
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  1. 1. Learning Flow Management and Semantic Data Exchange between Blog-based Personal Learning Environments <ul><li>Vladimir Tomberg, Mart Laanpere </li></ul><ul><li>Tallinn University, Estonia </li></ul><ul><li>Open Universiteit Nederland, June 2010 </li></ul>This research was supported by European Social Fund’s Doctoral Studies and Internationalisation Programme DoRa
  2. 2. Background <ul><li>Learning is continuously </li></ul><ul><li>shifting to the Web 2.0: not just learning resources, but also learning and facilitation activities, social connections, and educational bureaucracy </li></ul>
  3. 3. WEB1.0: associated with LMS (Learning Management Systems)
  4. 4. WEB2.0: associated with PLE (Personal Learning Environment)
  5. 5. The Gap <ul><li>PLE is open, loosely structured environment </li></ul><ul><li>Learning outcomes achieved in PLE are difficult to validate formally </li></ul><ul><li>In the formal higher education context, we need to enhance PLEs with special features in order to orchestrate the the learning flows across distributed system </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Challenge <ul><li>How we can organize in a blog-based PLE such activities as: </li></ul><ul><li>Enrollment to a course ? </li></ul><ul><li>Individual and group assignments ? </li></ul><ul><li>Formal assessment of learning outcomes ? </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher ‘s feedback and facilitation? </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking the activities and results of students? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Course Coordination Space (Wilson 2007)
  8. 8. The Way <ul><li>There are thousands of teachers’ blogs used as learning environment </li></ul><ul><li>There are even more students’ blogs, who used them as an (informal) learning portfolio </li></ul><ul><li>We chose WordPress blog platform as PLE base and tried to implement on it simple course implementation scenario </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal is mapping of the formal course workflows to existent blog’s publishing workflow </li></ul>
  9. 9. Scenario for Course Workflow <ul><li>Teacher is establishing a new course in the own blog </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher is inviting students to the course </li></ul><ul><li>The teacher is opening an assignment for the students </li></ul><ul><li>Students are implementing the assignment and submitting results </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher is assessing and grading the submissions, and providing a feedback </li></ul>
  10. 10. Problem: How to Identify the Course in the Blog? <ul><li>Each blog category can be marked (or not) as a course </li></ul><ul><li>Each post in the course can be marked (or not) as an assignment for students </li></ul><ul><li>Students can subscribe to the course by RSS like they can subscribe to blog category (we introduce also much more secure subscription scenario) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Mapping of Blog and Learning Concepts
  12. 12. Assignment Workflow
  13. 13. Problems <ul><li>Teacher and students can agree about mapping and workflow can be organized conventionally, but seems it should be hard to control an implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher has no tools for tracking results of students </li></ul>
  14. 14. Our Solution: LePress <ul><li>LePress is an experimental plug-in for WordPress that supports organization of course workflow in distributed WordPress blogs environment </li></ul>
  15. 15. LePress as a Course coordination Space
  16. 16. LePress in Layered Architecture
  17. 17. LePress Teacher: Managing Courses
  18. 18. LePress Teacher: Confirming Registration
  19. 19. LePress Teacher Widget: List of Students
  20. 20. LePress Teacher: Writing Assignment
  21. 21. LePress Teacher Widget: Assignments list
  22. 22. LePress Student Widget
  23. 23. LePress Student: List of assignments
  24. 24. LePress Teacher: Managing Assignments
  25. 25. LePress Teacher: Writing Feedback
  26. 26. Enhancing Blogs with Educational Semantics <ul><li>Two semantic tools available in a blog by default: tags and categories </li></ul><ul><li>To support course activities we propose to adopt semantic tools like microformats, RDFa or microdata </li></ul><ul><li>At 2009 microformats were more promising solutions </li></ul>
  27. 27. Exporting Microformats <ul><li>Two microformats can be exported right from the LePress widget </li></ul><ul><li>hCalendar microformat for course data </li></ul><ul><li>hCard for course participants (teacher and students) </li></ul>
  28. 28. Exporting Assignments and Students List in Chrome with Michromeformats Extension Installed
  29. 29. Why LePress is Special? <ul><li>There are two other popular plug-ins that declare the functionality of course management on the base of WordPress, namely BuddyPress Courseware and Learninglog, both are based on BuddyPress </li></ul><ul><li>Accent to formal LMS functionalities (course descriptions, bibliography) </li></ul><ul><li>Impossibility to conduct courses outside of WPMU or WordPress3 network (BuddyPress community) </li></ul>
  30. 30. Conclusions <ul><li>LePress acts as PLE Course Coordination Space; </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LePress demonstrates how formal course workflow can be mapped onto blog workflow; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-destructive workflow integration using the typical features of blogs: trackback, categories and sidebar widgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Passing course semantic data to users using Microformats </li></ul></ul>

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