Using social media/online platforms in learning and teaching.


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Presentation by Professor Simon Haslett at the University of Wales Annual Moderators Conference at City Hall, Cardiff (Wales, UK), on Friday 15th April 2011. Simon Haslett is Professor of Physical Geography and Dean of the School of STEM at the University of Wales.

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  • A unified online presence for the University’s sites.Easier access to information Single Sign OnA platform for student engagement.Create a space for academic discussion Provide tools to enable communicationHelp staff and students organise and share information. Build a strong worldwide Alumni Network.
  • A content management system powers the Global Campusto enable all staff to create and maintain the websiteand ensure Global Campus can continue to grow.
  • MyWales is the student and staff portal at the heart of Global CampusOnce logged in, the Dashboard contains the latest featured content, academic articles, announcements, news and events.
  • Access to the academic social network is also centred around the dashboard. You can see the latest activity and posts from friends, colleagues, academic and social groupsUsers can post on each others personal noticeboards,Notifications allow you to receive email alerts instantly of new activity from your colleagues and groups.
  • Groups are central to Global Campus. Each institution and Award scheme has it’s own group, and Students are members of these groups automatically Each group has it’s own noticeboard where members can post comments, share links, and update each other. Each group also has a dedicated forum and a chat room.Anyone can create a Group. It can be private - invitation only, or public, open to all myWales users. The Group owner manages requests to join and invitations. They also manage the forums, membership and features available. Don’t need forums? You don’t have to have them in your group. Groups can be useful tools for learning – both for assignments, for classes to discuss a project outside the classroom, or in distance learning to co-ordinate a class.
  • Discussion forums are built into each Group automatically.They be used for academic discussion, class assignments, information exchange or just chatting.
  • Global Campus is integrated with Google Applications.Users receive an email address for life can create, and share documents, spreadsheets and presentations from any computer with web access.Staff have access too, so sharing and collaboration is possible between course and seminar groups.You can see your latest email and documents from the myWales dashboard, at a glance. There are many uses for Google Apps in a learning environmentParticularly around group collaboration and learning
  • The redevelopment of Phase 1 (Phase 1.5) involves switching to an Open Source platform, Drupaland improvements to existing functionality.Phase Two will bring more new features and better collaboration features:Closer integration of Google Apps with myWales GroupsThe ability to easily create staff, student or group blogsIntegration with existing social networks such as FacebookVideo embedding in forums & noticeboard posts,Bookmark sharing, Allow file attachments to discussionsThe Virtual Graduate School.Any suggestions?
  • Using social media/online platforms in learning and teaching.

    1. 1. Use of social media/online platforms in learning and teaching<br />Professor Simon Haslett<br />Dean, School of STEM<br />Presented at the University of Wales<br />Annual Moderators Meeting<br />City Hall, Cardiff, 15th April 2011<br />
    2. 2. Introduction<br />Personal Background<br />CELT @ University of Wales, Newport<br />Pedagogic considerations<br />Web tools with a personal example<br />University of Wales Global Campus<br />Resources<br />
    3. 3. Personal Background<br />A physical geographer specialising in field and laboratory teaching.<br />Microsoft Office (since 1994), BlackBoard VLE (since 2004), and GIS software.<br />But largely a ‘technophobe’ until 2007.<br />Then began using Google Earth for virtual field work.<br />Learned much in Newport CELT after joining in 2008.<br />
    4. 4. CELT@University of Wales, Newport<br />Technology-enhanced Learning Research Programme<br />David Longman (CELT Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator)<br />Matt Chilcott (Institute of Digital Learning)<br />Paul Andrews (TELLS Team)<br />Mike Reddy (Gaming Specialist)<br />Joe Wan (CELT PhD Student – 2nd Life)<br />Workshops, conference papers and symposia, proceedings and journal papers, etc.<br />
    5. 5. The ‘Google’ Phenomenon<br />
    6. 6. Social Media use <br />>500 Million<br />>100 Million<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />>125 Million<br />>50 Million<br />>4 Billion images<br />>14 million <br />articles<br />2 Billion views/day<br />Source:<br />
    7. 7. "In the times of rapid change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists."<br />~ Eric Hoffer<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br /><br />
    8. 8. Formal and Informal learning<br /> The new blended learning challenge will be to try to harness the excitement of self organised learning within formal learning contexts <br />Informal Learning<br />Formal Learning<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />80%<br />20%<br />Source: Cofer, D. (2000). Informal Workplace Learning.<br />
    9. 9. anytime<br />personalised<br />anyplace<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br /><br />
    10. 10. cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br /><br />
    11. 11. Personalisation of learning means ensuring that individual differences are acknowledged<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />
    12. 12. Personal Learning Environments<br />PLEs are not only personal web tools and personal learning networks. PLEs are much wider than this, taking in experiences and realia, as well as learning through TV, music, paper based materials, radio & more formal contexts.<br />Personal <br />Learning <br />Network<br />Personal<br />Learning <br />Environment<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />Learning content is not as important now as where (or who) to connect to, to find it.<br />Personal<br />Web Tools<br />PWTs are any web tools, (usually Web 2.0) chosen by learners to support their lifelong learning.<br />Source:<br />
    13. 13. You are your own ‘VLE’<br />Aggregation of Social Media<br />Services<br />Tools<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />Formats<br />Content<br />Channels<br />Networks<br />
    14. 14. What<br /> tools could <br /> you use?<br />= 43<br />= 43<br />= 45<br />© Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2008<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />
    15. 15. Steve’s ten top Web 2.0 tools<br />Blog<br />Wiki<br />Podcasting<br />Slide sharing<br />Photo sharing<br />Social Tagging<br />Video sharing<br />URL Shortening<br />Aggregator<br />Microblog<br /><ul><li>Blogger;Wordpress
    16. 16. Wetpaint;PBwiki
    17. 17. Audacity;Podbean
    18. 18. Slideshare
    19. 19. Flickr; Picasa
    20. 20. Delicious, Diigo
    21. 21. Youtube; Vimeo
    22. 22.;
    23. 23. iGoogle; Pageflakes
    24. 24. Twitter;Tumblr</li></ul>cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />
    25. 25. Blogging<br />In the act <br />of writing... ...we are written.<br />- Daniel Chandler<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br /><br />
    26. 26. Moblogging<br />Blogging on the move to capture images, sounds, experiences <br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br /><br />
    27. 27. Microblogging<br />Retweetingis not repetition. <br />It is amplification.<br />- Steve Wheeler<br /><br />
    28. 28. Trends in mobile phone use<br />Student ownership of smartmobile phones. <br />97% of students now use text messages as their main form of communication.<br />49%<br />38%<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />27%<br />Feb 09<br />Oct 09<br />Jun 10<br />Source: Chronicle of Higher Education, June 17, 2010.<br />
    29. 29. Media Sharing<br />Video, audio and images ...<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />... all contribute to the richness of the narrative.<br /><br />
    30. 30. Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br />Social Media gives everyone a voice in the community<br /><br />
    31. 31. Collaborative tools<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br /><br />
    32. 32. Think...<br />How can you create social spaces for your own students?<br />What tools/services could you use?<br />How would this transform your teaching?<br />What problems might there be?<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />
    33. 33. Think...<br />What would you use them for?<br />How would your learners use them?<br />What added value would they bring?<br />What might be the problems?<br />cc Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2010<br />
    34. 34. Learners will need new ‘literacies’<br />Social networking<br />Privacy maintenance<br />Identity management<br />Creating content<br />Organising content<br />Reusing and repurposing<br />Filtering and selecting<br />Self broadcasting<br />Steve Wheeler, University of Plymouth, 2011<br /><br />
    35. 35. Web tools that I use .... mashups!<br />
    36. 36. Global Campusfrom Matthew Armitage<br />
    37. 37. Aims<br /><ul><li> A unified online presence for the University and its centres
    38. 38. Easy access to information 
    39. 39. Single Sign On
    40. 40. A platform for student engagement.
    41. 41. A space for academic discussion 
    42. 42. Provide the tools to enable communication
    43. 43. Help staff and students organise and share information. 
    44. 44. Build a strong worldwide Alumni network.</li></li></ul><li>A platform for engagement..<br />
    45. 45. Information...<br />
    46. 46. Networking..<br />
    47. 47. Sharing..<br />
    48. 48. Discussion..<br />
    49. 49. Collaboration & Apps<br />
    50. 50. The Future...<br />Redevelopment of Phase 1 (Due mid-May 2011)<br />Switching to an Open Source platform<br />Improvements to existing functionality<br />Improve user experience<br />Phase 2 (Due Sep 2011)<br />Closer integration of Google Apps with myWales Groups<br />Making user-created content easy<br />Integration with existing social networks<br />Enable resource sharing<br />Virtual Graduate School<br />
    51. 51. Resources<br />CELT TEL@University of Wales, Newport<br />University of Wales Institute, Cardiff TEL book<br />GWELLA Project<br />Higher Education Academy EvidenceNET<br />Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC)<br />Open Educational Resources (OERs)<br />E.g. JorumOPEN<br />