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Cloudworks and CloudEngine: Supporting the sharing of ideas across professional boundaries Nick Freear – Cloudworks/ Cloud...
First concepts...
Design... <ul><li>Object centred rather than ego-centred in nature </li></ul>juhansonin http://www.flickr.com/photos/juhan...
Design... <ul><li>Design framework based on sociality </li></ul>juhansonin http://www.flickr.com/photos/juhansonin/2250554...
Approach... <ul><li>Design-based approach (DBR) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of the Alpha Cloudworks prototype in Dru...
<ul><li>A place for sharing and discussions learning and teaching ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Application of the best of Web 2...
CloudEngine...
What? <ul><li>Cloud Engine  is an easy way to create a social web site - using 'Clouds' and 'Cloudscapes'. Ideal for event...
Features <ul><ul><li>Clouds, Cloudscapes  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>** Direct messaging - NEW **  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
Search
Messaging
Get involved <ul><ul><li>Contribute  feedback , publicity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute  documentation </li></ul><...
Support & guidance...
Evaluation... <ul><li>Evaluation methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptual community framework </li></ul>
Community framework... Supporting interaction  and productive activity Participation Cohesion Identity Creative capability...
Finding out more... <ul><li>Go to  http://getcloudengine.org   </li></ul><ul><li>Take the Cloudworks Virtual Field Trip   ...
Further reading... <ul><li>Conole, Grainne (2010).  Facilitating new forms of discourse for learning and teaching: harness...
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CloudEngine: Supporting the sharing of ideas across professional boundaries

  1. 1. Cloudworks and CloudEngine: Supporting the sharing of ideas across professional boundaries Nick Freear – Cloudworks/ CloudEngine (Lead Developer) Rebecca Galley – Open University Learning Design Initiative (Project Officer) JISC Regional Support Centre South West Online Webinar
  2. 2. First concepts...
  3. 3. Design... <ul><li>Object centred rather than ego-centred in nature </li></ul>juhansonin http://www.flickr.com/photos/juhansonin/2250554147/ “ The fallacy is to think that social networks are just made up of people. They're not; social networks consist of people who are connected by a shared object.” (Engestrom, 2005)
  4. 4. Design... <ul><li>Design framework based on sociality </li></ul>juhansonin http://www.flickr.com/photos/juhansonin/2250554147/ <ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The system needs to accommodate both the evolution of practices and the inclusion of newcomers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>That individual identity is important so the system needs to support this </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>People are more likely to use software that resemble their daily routines, language and practices </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Approach... <ul><li>Design-based approach (DBR) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Development of the Alpha Cloudworks prototype in Drupal Feb 2008 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Launch of the Beta Cloudworks prototype in CodeIgniter July 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Release of CloudEngine free and open source software October 2010 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>A place for sharing and discussions learning and teaching ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Application of the best of Web 2.0 practices </li></ul><ul><li>Launched July 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 4000 registered users </li></ul><ul><li>Over 95,000 unique visitors (on average over 1000 unique visitors a week) </li></ul>Cloudworks...
  7. 7. CloudEngine...
  8. 8. What? <ul><li>Cloud Engine is an easy way to create a social web site - using 'Clouds' and 'Cloudscapes'. Ideal for events & discussion. </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud Engine is lightweight, fast & fully-featured. </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud Engine powers Cloudworks, http://cloudworks.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>And it's free & open source software, licensed under the GPL! </li></ul>
  9. 9. Features <ul><ul><li>Clouds, Cloudscapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>** Direct messaging - NEW ** </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Host & archive events - workshops etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search, tags, user profiles, Cloudstreams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Favourite & follow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Embed video, slides, Twitter ... (oEmbed) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds, API </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Internationalized – currently English & Greek!  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Admin: statistics, moderation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible, extensible, themable </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Search
  11. 11. Messaging
  12. 12. Get involved <ul><ul><li>Contribute feedback , publicity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute documentation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute code </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contribute translations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ideas for integration  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Try out Cloudworks... </li></ul>
  13. 13. Support & guidance...
  14. 14. Evaluation... <ul><li>Evaluation methodology </li></ul><ul><li>Conceptual community framework </li></ul>
  15. 15. Community framework... Supporting interaction and productive activity Participation Cohesion Identity Creative capability <ul><li>Sustained over time </li></ul><ul><li>Commitment from a core group of participants </li></ul><ul><li>Emerging roles and hierarchy </li></ul><ul><li>Group self-awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Shared language and vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Sense of community </li></ul><ul><li>Igniting sense of purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple points of view expressed, contradicted and challenged </li></ul><ul><li>Creation of knowledge links and patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Support and tolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Turn taking and response </li></ul><ul><li>Humour and playfulness </li></ul>
  16. 16. Finding out more... <ul><li>Go to http://getcloudengine.org </li></ul><ul><li>Take the Cloudworks Virtual Field Trip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0HjlyU8OAU </li></ul><ul><li>Visit the ‘Using Cloudworks’ Cloudscape http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/1911 </li></ul>
  17. 17. Further reading... <ul><li>Conole, Grainne (2010). Facilitating new forms of discourse for learning and teaching: harnessing the power of Web 2.0 practices. Open Learning , 25(2), pp. 141–151. </li></ul><ul><li>Alevizou, P., Galley, R. and Conole, G., (forthcoming) Collectivity, performance and self-representation: Analysing Cloudworks as a public space for networked learning and reflection in Exploring the Theory, Pedagogy and Practice of Networked Learning. Ed.  Dirckinck-Holmfeld, L., Hodgson, V. and  McConnell, D.  London:  Springer </li></ul><ul><li>Conole, G. and Culver, J. (2009), The design of Cloudworks: applying social networking practice to foster the exchange of learning and teaching ideas and designs, special issue of CAL09, Computers and Education , doi:10.1016/j.compedu.2009.09.013 </li></ul>Contacts... Nick Freear (Cloudworks developer) [email_address] Rebecca Galley (OULDI project officer) [email_address] [email_address]

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