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Get cloudengine jisc-elluminate_wednesdays


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Presentation for JISC Elluminate Wednesday session 14th September 2011

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Get cloudengine jisc-elluminate_wednesdays

  1. 1. Get CloudEngine Cloudworks open-sourced Comments? Presenters: Nick Freear & Rebecca Galley, Open University JISC Elluminate Wednesdays session Wednesday, September 14 th 2-3pm
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Background to Cloudworks/ CloudEngine </li></ul><ul><li>CloudEngine features </li></ul><ul><li>Recent work </li></ul><ul><li>Roadmap </li></ul><ul><li>Get involved </li></ul>
  3. 3. First concepts...
  4. 4. Design... <ul><li>Object-centred rather than person-centred in nature </li></ul>juhansonin “ 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) Engeström, J. (2005). Why some social network services work and others don't - Or: the case for object-centered sociality . Zengestrom Blog, weblog posting, 13th April 2005.
  5. 5. Design... <ul><li>Design framework based on sociality </li></ul>juhansonin <ul><li>The system needs to accommodate both the evolution of practices and the inclusion of newcomers </li></ul><ul><li>That individual identity is important so the system needs to support this </li></ul><ul><li>People are more likely to use software that resemble their daily routines, language and practices </li></ul>Bouman, W., Hoogenboom, T., Jansen, R., Schoondorp, M., de Bruin, B. and Huizing, A. (2007), The Realm of Sociality: Notes on the Design of Social Software , PrimaVera Working Paper Series, Amsterdam: Universiteit Van Amsterdam
  6. 6. Approach... <ul><li>Design-based approach (DBR) </li></ul><ul><li>“ a systematic, but flexible methodology aimed to improve educational practice through iterative analysis design, development and implementation, based on collaboration between researchers and practitioners in real-world settings, and leading to contextually-sensitive design principles and theories” </li></ul><ul><li>(Wang and Hannafin, 2005, p. 5-6) </li></ul><ul><li>Development of the Alpha Cloudworks prototype in Drupal Feb 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Launch of the Beta Cloudworks prototype in CodeIgniter July 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Release of CloudEngine free and open source software October 2010 </li></ul>Wang, F., & Hannafin, M. J. (2005). Design-based research and technology-enhanced learning environments . Educational Technology Research and Development , 53(4), pp 5-23.
  7. 7. <ul><li>Launched July 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Over 4000 registered users </li></ul><ul><li>Over 95,000 unique visitors (1000+ unique visitors/ week) </li></ul><ul><li>Core of regular users; active discussions; events… </li></ul>Cloudworks...
  8. 8. CloudEngine...
  9. 9. 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, </li></ul><ul><li>And it's free & open source software, licensed under the GPL! </li></ul>
  10. 10. Who? <ul><li>Cloudworks - Juliette Culver, Gráinne Conole, Rebecca Galley </li></ul><ul><li>Institute of Educational Technology The Open University </li></ul><ul><li>Nick Freear, Richard Lovelock </li></ul><ul><li>JISC/ EU/ OU funding </li></ul><ul><li>... </li></ul>
  11. 11. 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>
  12. 12. Recent work <ul><li>More embeds: LAMS, Prezi, OU player </li></ul><ul><li>Search fixes/ usability enhance </li></ul><ul><li>HTML5 forms </li></ul><ul><li>Direct messaging </li></ul>
  13. 13. Search before… <ul><li>Search bug </li></ul><ul><li>Usability “Very large page to scroll…” </li></ul><ul><li>Score/ relevance? </li></ul>
  14. 14. Search after…
  15. 15. OU embeds <ul><li>new: LAMS, Prezi, Google forms </li></ul><ul><li>HTML5: YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>OU player </li></ul><ul><li>Extends our use of oEmbed </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Todo: SVG </li></ul>
  16. 16. HTML5 forms <ul><li>Browser handles errors – usability, simplicity, consistency </li></ul><ul><li>type=email|url .. required, pattern .. </li></ul><ul><li>Todo: more forms </li></ul>
  17. 17. HTML5 forms <ul><li><input type=email |url|... required > </li></ul><ul><li><input </li></ul><ul><li>pattern =&quot;[a-z][w-]{3,}s?“ </li></ul><ul><li>title=&quot;Minimum 4 characters, letters, numbers..” > </li></ul>
  18. 18. Messaging
  19. 19. Evolution <ul><li>Embeds: CompendiumLD/ SVG… </li></ul><ul><li>Plugins: authentication, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Upgrade to CodeIgniter 2 </li></ul><ul><li>… </li></ul><ul><li>Project site – CloudEngine powered! </li></ul><ul><li>More internal/ external uses </li></ul><ul><li>Community, sustainability </li></ul>
  20. 20. 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>
  21. 21. Support & guidance...
  22. 22. Community framework... Galley et al (forthcoming)
  23. 23. Further reading... <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, 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>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><ul><li>Galley, R., Conole, G. and Alevizou, P. (forthcoming) Community Indicators: A framework for observing and supporting community on Cloudworks, Interactive Learning Environments . </li></ul>Nick Freear (Cloudworks developer) [email_address] Rebecca Galley (OULDI project officer) [email_address] [email_address]
  24. 24. Thank you <ul><li>Go to </li></ul><ul><li>The Cloudworks virtual field trip </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter @nfreear @Rebeccagalley </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Questions? </li></ul>