Using VLE and web tools Philip Greaney Arts Faculty Conference: Integrating the VLE June 2008
What this presentation is… <ul><li>a whistle-stop tour of a selection of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>internal, OU VLE tools and...
Online resources and RSS <ul><li>There are thousands of potentially useful resources, including those made by the OU. </li...
OU on iTunes
OpenLearn
The Poetry Archive
RSS (newsfeeds) <ul><li>An RSS (newsfeed) pushes information out, so you don’t need to go looking for it. </li></ul><ul><l...
Guardian book blog
BBC radio RSS feed
Google reader
The OU VLE wiki: user-generated resources <ul><li>As we’ve seen, there are hundreds of potentially useful online resources...
Wikipedia on wikis
Quiz and polling tool:  academic conventions <ul><li>Quizzes are useful when there are objectively correct answers. </li><...
The quiz tool
Guidance materials <ul><li>Each tool can be accompanied be some guidance, instruction and support. </li></ul><ul><li>Provi...
Course website guidance
MyStuff
iSkills and HSC resource bank
‘External’ (non-OU) web tools <ul><li>Use the web as a platform, so there is no need to install software and therefore mov...
del.icio.us: social bookmarking <ul><li>A website with a series of weblinks can be created and distributed easily. </li></...
del.icio.us homepage
Citeulike homepage:  ‘academic’ social bookmarking
Dipity: creating a timeline <ul><li>You can create interactive timelines more easily and populate with the content you wan...
Shakespeare timeline
Google maps: mashups and open platforms <ul><li>Several applications are being ‘fused’, to make a third. This is called a ...
Google map for OU
Facebook: social networking <ul><li>Developing a community and creating a web presence. </li></ul><ul><li>The OU has the l...
Facebook homepage
A future?  <ul><li>Short to mid-term: SocialLearn. </li></ul>http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2008/02/the-...
Second Life <ul><li>Longer term: avatar-based virtual realities: Second Life. </li></ul>
Using VLE and web tools Philip Greaney Arts Faculty Conference: Integrating the VLE June 2008
Links used in this presentation (OU links) <ul><li>OU VLE resources </li></ul><ul><li>Course directory </li></ul><ul><li>h...
Links used in this presentation (non-OU links) <ul><li>‘ External’ [non-OU] web resources </li></ul><ul><li>del.icio.us </...
Resources: glossaries <ul><li>Glossary of poetic terms </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary.html </li></u...
More OU VLE resources <ul><li>MyStuff blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.open.ac.uk/mystuff/ </li></ul><ul><li>OU VLE homep...
More ‘external’ resources <ul><li>Wordsworth rap </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXbrSALG684 </li></ul><u...
Poetry resources <ul><li>BBC Poetry out loud – poems to make, watch and hear [audio resource, read by poets] </li></ul><ul...
More poetry and academic conventions resources <ul><li>The Poetry Society [need to research this more thoroughly] </li></u...
Resources on writers <ul><li>Shakespeare </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Interactive broadband Shakespeare [video site with some int...
Education and elearning publications (a selection) <ul><li>E-learning references, with especial focus on collaborative act...
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  1. 1. Using VLE and web tools Philip Greaney Arts Faculty Conference: Integrating the VLE June 2008
  2. 2. What this presentation is… <ul><li>a whistle-stop tour of a selection of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>internal, OU VLE tools and an example of use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>external, web tools and an example of use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>a list of resources that you can access later. </li></ul><ul><li>it raises more questions than it answers </li></ul><ul><li>descriptive rather than prescriptive. </li></ul><ul><li>it is derived from a report for the A210 course team, so it is necessarily biased. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Online resources and RSS <ul><li>There are thousands of potentially useful resources, including those made by the OU. </li></ul><ul><li>My task has been to identify, evaluate and then collect some of the best online literature resources. </li></ul><ul><li>Link to these resources as ‘further reading’ or to help provide additional support. </li></ul><ul><li>Here are some examples… </li></ul>
  4. 4. OU on iTunes
  5. 5. OpenLearn
  6. 6. The Poetry Archive
  7. 7. RSS (newsfeeds) <ul><li>An RSS (newsfeed) pushes information out, so you don’t need to go looking for it. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS is useful for sites that are constantly updated. </li></ul><ul><li>It takes no effort once implemented to deliver these newsfeeds. </li></ul><ul><li>You can add an RSS feed to each course homepage, or use an RSS/newsfeed reader. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Guardian book blog
  9. 9. BBC radio RSS feed
  10. 10. Google reader
  11. 11. The OU VLE wiki: user-generated resources <ul><li>As we’ve seen, there are hundreds of potentially useful online resources. </li></ul><ul><li>We can encourage users to add the resources they find online and elsewhere and share them using an editable public resource: a wiki. </li></ul><ul><li>Requires minimal implementation and little or no moderation. </li></ul><ul><li>Bottom-up, user-generated participation rather than top-down ‘presentation’. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Wikipedia on wikis
  13. 13. Quiz and polling tool: academic conventions <ul><li>Quizzes are useful when there are objectively correct answers. </li></ul><ul><li>Using the correct academic conventions are such an example. </li></ul><ul><li>In this case, you can use a quiz to encourage your learners to get the academic conventions right. </li></ul>
  14. 14. The quiz tool
  15. 15. Guidance materials <ul><li>Each tool can be accompanied be some guidance, instruction and support. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide online or electronic note-taking, resource-collecting systems: MyStuff. </li></ul><ul><li>Create a space for sharing and collaboration. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide the opportunity to create an online identity, for social networking. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Course website guidance
  17. 17. MyStuff
  18. 18. iSkills and HSC resource bank
  19. 19. ‘External’ (non-OU) web tools <ul><li>Use the web as a platform, so there is no need to install software and therefore moves with user. </li></ul><ul><li>Often very easy to set up and use, and are often free. </li></ul><ul><li>High degree of stability and in perpetual improvement. </li></ul><ul><li>‘Open’ platforms talk to each other. </li></ul>
  20. 20. del.icio.us: social bookmarking <ul><li>A website with a series of weblinks can be created and distributed easily. </li></ul><ul><li>In turn, users can contribute and share the weblinks they find useful. </li></ul><ul><li>A prefix at the beginning of a tag can help identify useful items to a group of users. </li></ul><ul><li>Several alternatives to del.icio.us. </li></ul>
  21. 21. del.icio.us homepage
  22. 22. Citeulike homepage: ‘academic’ social bookmarking
  23. 23. Dipity: creating a timeline <ul><li>You can create interactive timelines more easily and populate with the content you want, including course materials. </li></ul><ul><li>Timelines can be amended by everyone or locked down. </li></ul><ul><li>Resources from all over the web – or course resources – can be added. </li></ul><ul><li>Integrates several different media resources. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Shakespeare timeline
  25. 25. Google maps: mashups and open platforms <ul><li>Several applications are being ‘fused’, to make a third. This is called a ‘mashup’. </li></ul><ul><li>One option would be to use the timeline we created earlier and link it to Google Maps to help us locate locations. </li></ul><ul><li>Free, user friendly, requires only a web connection. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Google map for OU
  27. 27. Facebook: social networking <ul><li>Developing a community and creating a web presence. </li></ul><ul><li>The OU has the largest online community of ‘fans’ for an educational establishment on Facebook. [source: http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2008/06/ou-tops-facebook-universities.html </li></ul><ul><li>The OU has two specially written applications for Facebook, ‘My OU Story’ and ‘Courses profile’. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Facebook homepage
  29. 29. A future? <ul><li>Short to mid-term: SocialLearn. </li></ul>http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2008/02/the-sociallearn.html
  30. 30. Second Life <ul><li>Longer term: avatar-based virtual realities: Second Life. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Using VLE and web tools Philip Greaney Arts Faculty Conference: Integrating the VLE June 2008
  32. 32. Links used in this presentation (OU links) <ul><li>OU VLE resources </li></ul><ul><li>Course directory </li></ul><ul><li>http:// learn.open.ac.uk /course/ </li></ul><ul><li>OU on U iTunes [Download iTunes here] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.apple.com/itunes/download/ </li></ul><ul><li>OpenLearn </li></ul><ul><li>http://openlearn.open.ac.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>The HSC resource bank </li></ul><ul><li>http://learn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=4004&m=3 </li></ul><ul><li>iSkills wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http:// conclave.open.ac.uk/iskillswiki/index.php/Main_Page </li></ul><ul><li>MyStuff </li></ul><ul><li>http://learn.open.ac.uk/mod/portfolio/index.php/mystuff/overview/1/____display </li></ul>
  33. 33. Links used in this presentation (non-OU links) <ul><li>‘ External’ [non-OU] web resources </li></ul><ul><li>del.icio.us </li></ul><ul><li>http://del.icio.us/ </li></ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.slideshare.net / </li></ul><ul><li>The Poetry Archive </li></ul><ul><li>http:// www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/home.do </li></ul><ul><li>Citeulike </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.citeulike.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>SocialLearn presentation (Martin Weller) </li></ul><ul><li>http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2008/02/the-sociallearn.html </li></ul><ul><li>Dipity (timeline software) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dipity.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Google maps </li></ul><ul><li>http://maps.google.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.facebook.com </li></ul>
  34. 34. Resources: glossaries <ul><li>Glossary of poetic terms </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.poeticbyway.com/glossary.html </li></ul><ul><li>Critical reading: a guide </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brocku.ca/english/jlye/criticalreading.html </li></ul><ul><li>Dictionary of literary terms </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Ithaca/3462/literms.htm </li></ul>
  35. 35. More OU VLE resources <ul><li>MyStuff blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.open.ac.uk/mystuff/ </li></ul><ul><li>OU VLE homepage </li></ul><ul><li>http://conclave.open.ac.uk/dev-ouvle/ </li></ul><ul><li>Example site for VLE </li></ul><ul><li>http://learn.open.ac.uk/course/view.php?id=3367&m=3 </li></ul><ul><li>PowerPoint presentation outlining new developments in the VLE (intranet only) </li></ul><ul><li>http://intranet.open.ac.uk/ouvle/wp-content/uploads/2007-09-ou-vle-generic-presentation-for-regions.pps </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating Library Services and Resources at the Open University (internal only) </li></ul><ul><li>http://intranet.open.ac.uk/ouvle/wp-content/uploads/se-new-review-article.doc </li></ul><ul><li>iSkills – web-based repository of skills </li></ul><ul><li>http://intranet.open.ac.uk/iskills/index.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>iSkills wiki </li></ul><ul><li>http://conclave.open.ac.uk/iskillswiki/index.php/Main_Page </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile Learner Support </li></ul><ul><li>http://conclave.open.ac.uk/dev-ouvle/?page_id=142/ </li></ul><ul><li>Synchronous communication (good example of internal and external tools) </li></ul><ul><li>http://conclave.open.ac.uk/dev-ouvle/?page_id=142/ </li></ul><ul><li>Windows messenger </li></ul><ul><li>http://get.live.com/messenger/overview </li></ul>
  36. 36. More ‘external’ resources <ul><li>Wordsworth rap </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXbrSALG684 </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia [We should introduce some discussion on using Wikipedia in A210] </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page </li></ul><ul><li>If you use the internet, it’s likely you use broadband </li></ul><ul><li>http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7105242.stm </li></ul><ul><li>Elearning and literary studies: towards a new culture of teaching? [How the web – and particularly hypertext – might change literary output and criticism.] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.brown.edu/Research/dichtung-digital/2005/1/Castanyer/ </li></ul><ul><li>The aesthetics of net literature (book) </li></ul><ul><li>http://bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/jsp/welcome.jsp?source=rss&isbn=389942493X </li></ul><ul><li>LibraryThing [enter your library and share ideas and book recommendations] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.librarything.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Timeline of poets and poems [includes links to the more notable poems] </li></ul><ul><li>http://rpo.library.utoronto.ca/timeline/ </li></ul><ul><li>Victorian Web [A comprehensive and sophisticated approach, full of resources] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.victorianweb.org/ </li></ul><ul><li>Early Modern Literary Studies [useful for the LION citation on interactive Shakespeare] </li></ul><ul><li>http://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/iemls/reviews/index.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Book: A Companion to Digital Literary Studies [get from library] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/book.asp?ref=9781405148641&site=1 </li></ul><ul><li>Elearning at Sheffield Hallam </li></ul><ul><li>http://extra.shu.ac.uk/emls/emlshome.html </li></ul><ul><li>Sheffield Hallam guide to writing essays </li></ul><ul><li>http://teaching.shu.ac.uk/ds/english/essayguide/central/mainframe.htm </li></ul>
  37. 37. Poetry resources <ul><li>BBC Poetry out loud – poems to make, watch and hear [audio resource, read by poets] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/poetry/outloud/index.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>DIY poetry kit [make your own poems through an interactive drag-and-drop activity] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/poetry/wordplay/ </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent collection of online poetry resources </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.solroed-gym.dk/inger/poetry.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Facsimile of Tennyson’s ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ [click on facsimile thumbnails] </li></ul><ul><li>http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/britpo/tennyson/TenChar.html </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive quiz on metre including sound clips [useful as an example of moodle quiz] </li></ul><ul><li>http://unix.cc.wmich.edu/~cooneys/tchg/quiz/meter/q2/quiz.html </li></ul><ul><li>Schoolsnet [interactive lessons in reading poetry – Carol Ann Duffy] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.schoolsnet.com/pls/hot_school/sn_revision.page_pls_show_revisions?x=16180339&p_subj_id=3 </li></ul>
  38. 38. More poetry and academic conventions resources <ul><li>The Poetry Society [need to research this more thoroughly] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.poetrysociety.org.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Poetryclass for children and schools [need to research this more thoroughly – links and resources] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.poetryclass.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Dynamic collation’ of Lyrical Ballads [compare changes in text in a user-friendly approach] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/LB/html/dcoll/dcoll_index.html </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry portal [great many resources collected here] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.poetry-portal.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Barbauld poems [good example of early edition facsimiles and hypertext for glossary terms] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/contemps/barbauld/poems1773/mrs_rowe.html </li></ul><ul><li>Poets on poets: contemporary poets read Romantic-period poems [download MP3] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.rc.umd.edu/editions/poets/toc.html </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry quiz (useful for an idea of how it might work) </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.infoplease.com/quizzes/poems/1.html </li></ul><ul><li>Another poetry quiz [a different, more light-hearted approach – useful question types] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz/quiz70542815f98.html </li></ul><ul><li>Academic conventions </li></ul><ul><li>Quiz on academic conventions and standards [broader than presentation, this also focuses on the principles underlying academic ‘integrity’] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.academicintegrity.uoguelph.ca/citation_quiz.cfm </li></ul><ul><li>Son of Citation Machine [This uses a simple form to construct an accurate bibliographic reference in a variety of conventions (MLA, APA, etc)] </li></ul><ul><li>http://citationmachine.net/ </li></ul>
  39. 39. Resources on writers <ul><li>Shakespeare </li></ul><ul><li>BBC Interactive broadband Shakespeare [video site with some interaction: not A210 texts] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/shakespeare/interactive.shtml </li></ul><ul><li>Virtual Globe Theatre [QTVR-style interactive viewer, with commentary] </li></ul><ul><li>http://aspirations.english.cam.ac.uk/converse/enrich/globe_picker.html </li></ul><ul><li>Shakespeare online links portal </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.chsbs.cmich.edu/Kristen_McDermott/ssacmu/ssacmu_links.html </li></ul><ul><li>Sparknotes Shakespeare [free study guides with themes, plots, synopsis, etc] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.sparknotes.com/shakespeare/ </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive Shakespeare on the history of textual changes[although seemingly directed at school children, it’s still a useful and informative resource] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ciconline.org/bdp1 </li></ul><ul><li>Wordsworth </li></ul><ul><li>Homepage of UK rsource </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wordsworth.org.uk/ </li></ul><ul><li>Useful resource with several links </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.online-literature.com/wordsworth/ </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on the places and history of Wordsworth and his contemporaries </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.wordsworthlakes.co.uk/ </li></ul>
  40. 40. Education and elearning publications (a selection) <ul><li>E-learning references, with especial focus on collaborative activities and learning in a VLE </li></ul><ul><li>Brown, R. (2001) ‘The process of community-building in distance learning classes’, JALN , vol. 5, no. 2, pp. 18–35; also available online at http://www.aln.org/publications/jaln/v5n2/index.asp </li></ul><ul><li>Carson, S. (2005) MIT OCW 2004 Programme Evaluation Findings Report , Cambridge, MA, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; also available online at http://ocw.mit.edu/NR/rdonlyres/90C9BC91-7819-48A0-9E9A-D6B2701C1CE5/0/MIT_OCW_2004_Program_Eval.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Castells, M. (2001) The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society (New York: Oxford University Press) </li></ul><ul><li>Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (2002) How Do People Learn? , CIPD </li></ul><ul><li>Dalsgaard, C. (2006) ‘Social software: E-learning beyond learning management systems’, European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning [online], http://www.eurodl.org/materials/contrib/2006/Christian_Dalsgaard.htm </li></ul><ul><li>Daradoumis, T and Xhafa, F. ‘Problems and Opportunities of Learning Together in a Virtual Learning Environment’ in Roberts, T. (ed) (2005) (ed) Computer-supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education (Idea Group: London) </li></ul><ul><li>Dirkx, J and Smith, R ‘Learning to Learn in Online Collaborative Groups’ in Roberts, T. (ed) (2004) Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice (Information Science Publishing: London) </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) (2000) Circular 7/00: MLEs in Further Education: Progress Report . JISC 1 July 2000; also available online at http://www.webarchive.org.uk/pan/13734/20060324/www.jisc.ac.uk/index5a87.html?name=news_circular_7_00 </li></ul><ul><li>Katzenbach, J.R and Smith, D.K. (1993) 'The Discipline of teams', Harvard Business Review, Mar/Apr 93, vol. 71, no. 2, p.111–20; also available online at http:// libezproxy.open.ac.uk/login?url =http:// search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct = true&db = bth&AN =9308065089&site= ehost-live&scope =site </li></ul><ul><li>Mason, R. and Rennie, F. (2004) The connecticon: learning for the connected generation (Information Age, US) </li></ul><ul><li>Paulsen, M.F. (2002) Online Education Systems: Discussion and Definition of Terms [online], http://www.nettskolen.com/forskning/Definition%20of%20Terms.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Roberts, T. (ed) (2004) Online Collaborative Learning: Theory and Practice (Information Science Publishing: London) </li></ul><ul><li>Roberts, T. (2005) (ed) Computer-supported Collaborative Learning in Higher Education (Idea Group: London) </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Swan and Peter Shea ‘The development of virtual learning communities’ in Hiltz, S. and Goldman, R. (ed) (2005) Learning Together Online: Research on Asynchronous Learning Networks (Lawrence Erlbaum, New Jersey) </li></ul><ul><li>Weller, M. 2007 ‘Is education intrinsically a bit dull?’ EdTechie Blog </li></ul><ul><li>http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/no_good_reason/2007/07/is-education-in.html </li></ul><ul><li>Weller, M. (2007A) Virtual Learning Environment: Using, Choosing and Developing your VLE , London, Routledge. </li></ul>

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