Bringing the Social into Learning with Open Media

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EdMedia2011, the World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications, (Lisbon, June 27 - July 1).

Andrew Law (Director, Open Media, Open U)

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Bringing the Social into Learning with Open Media

  1. 1. Bringing the Social into Learning with Open MediaAndrew LawDirector Open MediaThe Open University, UK
  2. 2. Overview •  What is The Open University (OU)? •  What is Open Media? •  How has it changed over 40 years? •  Public and open content •  iSpot and SocialLearn •  Key lessons, themes and next steps.
  3. 3. What is the Open University (UK) •  Supported, Distance Education •  Scale •  Quality •  Open
  4. 4. Scale 8,800 15,700 4,200 3,400 167,000 8,400 6,300Student headcount, 2009/10
  5. 5. Quality Russell Group 175 1994 Group University Alliance Million+ Group Other 150 Open University2008 National Student Survey 125 100 75 1.00 1.50 2.00 2.50 3.00 2008 Research Assessment Exercise
  6. 6. Open•  No Barriers•  Support the Community•  Open Media
  7. 7. Open Media: Our Charter
  8. 8. Open Media: Paths into Learning Free, public, educational materials
  9. 9. Paths: First Steps Science at the OU
  10. 10. Paths: First Steps
  11. 11. Paths: Anywhere, anytime, mobile Science at the OU
  12. 12. Paths: Anywhere, anytime, mobile Science at the OU
  13. 13. Paths: Anywhere, anytime, mobile
  14. 14. Paths: Discover, share, rate, comment
  15. 15. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  16. 16. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  17. 17. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  18. 18. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  19. 19. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  20. 20. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  21. 21. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  22. 22. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  23. 23. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  24. 24. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  25. 25. Paths: An Example Journey
  26. 26. Paths: An Example Journey Science at the OU
  27. 27. Lessons for OU: Content
  28. 28. Lessons for OU: Content ‘Ontological and Semantic Analytic Framework for Conceptualising Bio-systems Functionality’ or ‘The Meaning of Life’
  29. 29. Lessons for OU: Content discoverable targeted concrete offer
  30. 30. Lessons for OU: Content discoverable anytime targeted anywhere concrete offer mobile
  31. 31. Lessons for OU: Content discoverable anytime rate targeted anywhere share concrete offer mobile comment
  32. 32. Lessons for OU: Content discoverable anytime rate targeted anywhere share concrete offer mobile comment Exploiting the social layer
  33. 33. Next Steps: Content •  Data - Making Data Engaging
  34. 34. Next Steps: Content •  Data - Making Data Engaging •  Linked Data – Developing New Services
  35. 35. Next Steps: Content •  Data - Making Data Engaging •  Linked Data – Developing New Services •  YouTube – Linking Up and Participating
  36. 36. Next Steps: Content •  Data - Making Data Engaging •  Linked Data – Developing New Services •  YouTube – Linking Up and Participating CHALLENGE: Exploiting the social for awareness but ... are we being ‘social’ in our open learning?
  37. 37. Next Steps: Participation
  38. 38. Next Steps: Networks •  Millions  interested  in  nature   •  Large  audiences  watch   nature  TV  programmes   •  Vast  wealth  of  OERs  on   nature   •  Existing  Communities   •  How  can  we  engage?  
  39. 39. Next Steps: Networks Science at the OU
  40. 40. Take a photo
  41. 41. SocialNetwork Status Domain ExpertReputation
  42. 42. •  12,500 registered users•  150,000 unique visitors•  60,000 observations and 100,000 images of•  5,753 taxa; 4,421 (77%) at species level•  96% observations have received a name
  43. 43. •  Non-OU publishing model - UGC•  Catalyst around subject passion•  Exploits the strengths of existing communities•  Exploits technical features of network (reputation)•  Reputation as a proxy for learning achievement?•  Prone for mobile
  44. 44. Reputation received against reputation given for Invertebrates,log-log plot, showing fitted power law (dotted line) with exponent 0.345 and R2 = 0.62.
  45. 45. Next Steps with iSpot •  Mobile •  iSpot Nature, History, Art? •  But Spotting = Learning? Science at the OU •  iSpot Philosophy? SHARE HISTORYOU CHALLENGE:Subject agnostic?Features of SN can we exploit?
  46. 46. Next Steps: Networks with PathsInterested in Social Learning which is .... AND•  Ubiquitous and Open •  Content Connecting•  Content Agnostic •  Crowd/Group Powered•  Subject Agnostic •  Reputation Tempered•  Catalyses Discussion •  Catalyses Progression•  Socially Powered •  Analytics Powered
  47. 47. Next Steps: Networks with PathsA social learning layer supporting progression on paths with any open media
  48. 48. User Profile
  49. 49. Use and Build Paths
  50. 50. Use and Build Paths screencast
  51. 51. Social Media Tools
  52. 52. Analytics and Recommend
  53. 53. Open, Recommend, Reputation. ?
  54. 54. Open, Recommend, Reputation. ?
  55. 55. Open, Recommend, Reputation. ?
  56. 56. Open, Recommend, Reputation. Alec George ?Patricia
  57. 57. Open, Recommend, Reputation. Alec George ?Patricia Andrew
  58. 58. Open, Recommend, Rep•  Paths: Looking at overlaps, linked data and analytics•  Recommendations: Can we close gaps, show new?•  Reputation: Add to analytics to aid recommendations?•  It’s open to content – but is it everywhere?
  59. 59. Open and Ubiquitous
  60. 60. Open and Ubiquitous
  61. 61. Open and Ubiquitous screencast
  62. 62. Next Steps: Networks with PathsIs it real (yes), does it work (yes), is it effective (pilots) BUT .... •  Ubiquitous and Open •  Content Connecting •  Content Agnostic •  Crowd/Group Powered •  Subject Agnostic •  Reputation Tempered •  Catalyses Discussion •  Catalyses Progression •  Socially Powered •  Analytics Powered
  63. 63. open.ac.uk/openlearn/openlearn.open.ac.uk/data.open.ac.uk@OpenUniversity
  64. 64. http://www.ispot.org.uk/d.j.clow@open.ac.uk@dougclowhttp://dougclow.wordpress.com
  65. 65. Blog:open.ac.uk/sociallearnIntroduction:sociallearn.open.ac.uk
  66. 66. Future Learning at the Open University? •  Scale Social Learning •  Quality •  Facilitated by machine •  Open •  Powered by people
  67. 67. Bringing the Social into Learning withOpen Media Thanks to the following: iSpot Team: Especially Doug Clow, Jonathan Silvertown Social Learn Team: Especially Simon Buckingham-Shum, Mark Glaister and Rebecca Ferguson THANKYOU

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