Building Personal Learning Environments on Microblogging Platforms


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Building Personal Learning Environments on Microblogging Platforms

  1. 1. Building PERSONAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS on Microblogging Platforms Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck University Politehnica/ Timsoft West University Timisoara, Romania Arad Academic Days image of the Mures river, Arad: May, 20-22, 2011
  2. 2. HOW a PLE can be built, developed and conceptualized on microblogging platforms? CASE STUDY:
  3. 3. <ul><li>New trends in education </li></ul><ul><li>What is PLE? </li></ul><ul><li>What is microblogging? </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of the microsphere </li></ul><ul><li>PLE on twitter </li></ul><ul><li>PLE on </li></ul><ul><li>Formalizing PLE </li></ul><ul><li>Students, teachers, researchers perspective on PLE on microblogging </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we learn more? </li></ul>
  4. 4. SOCIAL LEARNING becomes formal
  5. 5. RSS/blogs-2004, podcast–2005, vlog–2006, video–2007 microblogging-2008-2011, augmented reality location based applications - 2010-2011 Web2.0 / social networks have great impact in collaborative / social learning ( eLearning2.0 )
  6. 6. JESS3 Labs The Geosocial Universe 2.0 Comparison between the total amount of registered users with the percentage of people accessing the sites via mobile
  7. 7. The term PLE was coined by JISC and Scott Wilson - 2005 Ilona Buchem's presentation
  8. 8. Mar Camacho's Presentation Note
  9. 9. Malinka Ivanova's Presentation Note
  10. 10. INTRODUCTION TO MICROBLOGGING What is it? And why should I care?
  11. 11. Microblogging is a new form of blogging , with brief text updates of 140 characters, via Web, SMS, email, IM or 3rd party applications, which allows real-time interactions between users.
  12. 12. Microblogging is a collaborative technology photo:
  13. 13. Diagrammr at embedded in the note at
  14. 14. photo: Microblogging platforms used in education
  15. 15. Mar 2006 Oct 2007 Jan 2008 Jul 2008 Dec 2007 Mar 2008 Overview of the Microsphere Timeline Sep 2008 4 platforms in Tops 100 Tools for Leaning 2009/2010: Twitter, Cirip, Yammer, Edmodo Elizabeth Koh, An overview of microblogging, , slide 16
  16. 16. From Grosseck,Holotescu “Academic research in 140 characters and more”
  17. 17. From Grosseck,Holotescu “Academic research in 140 characters and more”
  18. 18. <ul><li>The most popular microblogging system </li></ul><ul><li>Launched in July, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Robust, elegant and simple </li></ul><ul><li>More than 200 million users </li></ul><ul><li>Numerous mash-ups </li></ul>Social networking in 140 characters twitter
  19. 19. Twitter PLE uses: Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Reference services
  20. 20. - 20000 users - interface in Romanian, English, German - Finalist at Seedcamp Zagreb, Jan 2010 - In Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009 - a microblogging platform specially designed for education; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft, a Romanian company specialized in eLearning and mobile applications
  21. 21. Facilities (1) <ul><li>public and private groups </li></ul><ul><li>(courses, internal training, </li></ul><ul><li>projects, events, internal </li></ul><ul><li>communication, service, </li></ul><ul><li>family, hobby, etc); </li></ul><ul><li>group communication via SMS </li></ul><ul><li>polls , quizzes – online or via SMS </li></ul><ul><li>feeds monitoring </li></ul><ul><li>via SMS / sites / blogs / </li></ul><ul><li>social networks / search feeds </li></ul><ul><li>- jobs, weather, reactions) </li></ul><ul><li>statistics, visualizations, tags. </li></ul> TUTORIAL
  22. 22. Facilities (2) multimedia objects embedded in messages (communication flow, create/recreate, open to OERs): - livestreaming, - images ( flickr, tinypic ), - audio ( eok, trilulilu, deezer,, vocaroo, mp3 ), - (live) video ( youtube, dotsub, vimeo, seesmic, screencastle, screenjelly, screenr,, myvideo ), - presentations ( slideshare, capzles, voicethread, flowgram, photopeach, picasa, notaland, prezi, diagrammr, mindomo, mindmeister, spicynodes ), - documents ( odf, odt, pdf, doc, xls, txt, ppt, google docs/forms/spreadsheets )
  23. 23. information and knowledge management courses enhancement delivering entire online courses learning from the stream collaborative projects in universities communities of practice ePortfolios. Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) - PLE/PLN Educational uses Users Feeds Social networks
  24. 25. Mobile learning features <ul><li>localize and join mobile groups </li></ul><ul><li>access content and open educational resources </li></ul><ul><li>share opinions </li></ul><ul><li>work collaboratively on multimedia objects </li></ul><ul><li>participate in polls and quizzes </li></ul><ul><li>receive/send updates via SMS </li></ul><ul><li>create and manage mobile PLEs; </li></ul><ul><li>recover password via SMS. </li></ul>
  25. 26. Formalizing PLE on Mindmap at embedded in the note at <ul><li>Continuos </li></ul><ul><li>Persistent </li></ul><ul><li>Relevant </li></ul><ul><li>Connecting / integrating </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable </li></ul><ul><li>Open to OERs </li></ul><ul><li>Fiable </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed </li></ul><ul><li>Universal </li></ul><ul><li> - social network of PLEs </li></ul>
  26. 27. Students perspective on PLE
  27. 28. Workshop group: Where can we learn more?
  28. 29. Learning from the stream time capsule with messages in 140 characters sent by participants, practitioners, teachers , trainers, students and others interested in PLE, from twitter, cirip, blogs, SNs
  29. 30. <ul><li>to constitute a framework for communication / sharing / learning in the PLE domain </li></ul><ul><li>to be a source of real-time information, connections with practitioners worldwide … </li></ul><ul><li>to offer access to all the group content, visualizations and statistics for future reflections </li></ul>The aims of the group PLEBCN : The first message in the group
  30. 31. Activating in Learning Design group
  31. 32. Thank you! Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck