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Connecting formal and informal learning in HE through a mobile multimedia microblogging environment


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Presentation at SoMobNet Roundtable, London, Nov, 21, 2011

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Connecting formal and informal learning in HE through a mobile multimedia microblogging environment

  1. Connecting formal and informal learning in HE through a mobile multimedia microblogging environment Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck University Politehnica/ Timsoft West University Timisoara, Romania Social Mobile Networking for Informal Learning London, Nov, 21, 2011 somobnet
  2. <ul><li>New trends in education </li></ul><ul><li>What is microblogging? </li></ul><ul><li>Overview of the microsphere </li></ul><ul><li> – platform around objects2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>(Mobile) Learning contexts on </li></ul><ul><li>Formalizing PLE </li></ul><ul><li>Learning from the stream </li></ul><ul><li>Learning designs as meta-objects – continuos learning for teachers </li></ul>image from
  3. SOCIAL LEARNING becomes formal
  4. 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 )
  5. 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
  6. What is it? And why should I care?
  7. 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.
  8. Microblogging is a collaborative technology photo:
  9. Diagrammr at embedded in the note at
  10. photo: Microblogging platforms used in education
  11. 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 2009-2011: Twitter, Cirip, Yammer, Edmodo Elizabeth Koh, An overview of microblogging, , slide 16
  12. From Grosseck,Holotescu “Academic research in 140 characters and more”
  13. From Grosseck,Holotescu “Academic research in 140 characters and more”
  14. <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
  15. Twitter educational uses: Classroom community Collaboration Project Management Assessing opinion Conference / research Virtual classroom Learning experiences Personal Learning Network Reference services
  16. - 25000 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
  17. 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
  18. Facilities (2) social network around multimedia objects multimedia objects embedded in messages (part of the communication flow, created/recreated, openess to (small) OERs - Weller, Martin (2010) ): - livestreaming, - images ( flickr, tinypic ), - audio ( eok, trilulilu, deezer,, vocaroo, mp3 ), - (live) video ( youtube, dotsub, vimeo, screencastle, screenjelly, screenr,, myvideo ), - presentations/learning design ( slideshare, capzles, voicethread, flowgram, photopeach, picasa, notaland, prezi, diagrammr, mindomo, mindmeister, spicynodes ), - documents ( odf, odt, pdf, doc, xls, txt, ppt, google docs/forms/spreadsheets )
  19. Mobile learning features <ul><li>On technological level </li></ul><ul><li>create, localize and join mobile groups </li></ul><ul><li>access social media 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><ul><li>On pedagogical level </li></ul><ul><li>develop multimedia educational resources / learning objects by using mobile technologies specific for different subject areas, </li></ul><ul><li>build mobile social learning environments engaging students in PBL, case studies, and collaborative projects </li></ul><ul><li>capture and formally represent experience and new pedagogical approach as learning design objects - shared, discussed, validated, improved, and reused. </li></ul>
  20. information and knowledge management courses enhancement delivering entire online courses learning from the stream collaborative projects in universities communities of practice ePortfolios social LMS. Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) - PLE/PLN Educational uses Users Feeds Social networks
  21. Learning contexts on
  23. <ul><li>Materials: </li></ul><ul><li>announcements </li></ul><ul><li>materials as LOM/SCORM objects </li></ul><ul><li>multimedia messages </li></ul>
  24. Course elements: announcements modules - LOM/SCORM objects collaborative exercises learning from the stream multimedia messages Cirip as a social network of msLMS polls/quiz/ comments via SMS (f2f) validations - interactions with users/experts/ groups
  25. 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. 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
  27. <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
  28. Mar Camacho's Presentation Note Students perspective on PLE
  29. Activating in Learning Design group
  30. Thank you! Carmen Holotescu Gabriela Grosseck