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Using microblogging in education. Case study:


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Presentation at Conference eLearning Applications, UAC, Cairo, 10-12 January 2009 - about the educational microblogging platform

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Using microblogging in education. Case study:

  1. Carmen Holotescu Politehnica University of Timisoara Director Timsoft Gabriela Grosseck West University of Timisoara Romania 6 th Conference on eLearning Applications, Cairo January, 10-12, 2009
  2. <ul><li>Presentation Agenda: </li></ul><ul><li>Microblogging technology </li></ul><ul><li>Microblogging platform </li></ul><ul><li>An online course </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul>AGENDA:
  3. RSS/blogs-2004, podcast–2005, vlog–2006, video–2007, microblogging-2008 Web2.0 / social networks have great impact in collaborative / social learning ( eLearning2.0 )
  4. Microblogging is a collaborative technology, a new form of blogging, with brief text updates of 140 characters, via Web, SMS, email, IM or 3th party applications - RT interactions between users
  5. photo: http:// The best known microblogging services
  6. <ul><li>Educational uses: </li></ul><ul><li>information and knowledge management </li></ul><ul><li>courses enhancement </li></ul><ul><li>delivering entire online courses </li></ul><ul><li>collaborative projects in universities </li></ul><ul><li>communities of practice </li></ul><ul><li>ePortfolios. </li></ul> - a microblogging platform specially designed for education and business; launched in March, 2008, by Timsoft
  7. Personal Learning Environments ( Networks ) of users <ul><li> special features: </li></ul><ul><li>public and private groups (courses, projects, events, different topics) </li></ul><ul><li>multimedia objects embedding in notes: images ( flickr , tinypic ), audio ( deezer , vocaroo ) and (live) video clips ( youtube , dotsub , vimeo , seesmic ), presentations ( slideshare , capzles , voicethread , flowgram ), documents (pdf, doc,xls) </li></ul><ul><li>feeds monitoring (from sites/blogs/social networks/seach). </li></ul>Users Groups Feeds
  8. PLE: users, groups, feeds Interactions online, via ciripfox, SMS, mobile, IM, (MMS), API, twitter2cirip, rss2cirip Text messages, images, audio, video (live), presentations, files Profile cirip2twitter, widget, export notes,
  9. <ul><li>An online course about microblogging platforms </li></ul><ul><li>Investigations: </li></ul><ul><li>integrate microblogging with other Web2.0 technologies </li></ul><ul><li>microblogging platform as LMS </li></ul><ul><li>course facilitation </li></ul>Group news: announcements materials
  10. Course elements: announcements materials collaborative exercises multimedia messages
  11. Participation: built PLNs 42 members: students, teachers, developers, librarians 1100 messages
  12. <ul><li>Collaborative exercises using different Web2.0 technologies: </li></ul><ul><li>puzzle images - flickr , CC </li></ul><ul><li> collection </li></ul><ul><li>video translation - writeboard , dotsub </li></ul><ul><li>comments on voicethread </li></ul><ul><li>tagcloud - wordle </li></ul><ul><li>code of good practices - writeboard </li></ul>
  13. <ul><li>Conclusions: </li></ul><ul><li> has facilities to deliver successful and qualitative online courses and to enhance courses; the communication, authoring, monitoring, statistical facilities make a modern free LMS. </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating an entire online course or a part of a course on such a platform requires specific facilitation skills, and collaborative technologies knowledge. </li></ul><ul><li>Participants gain important digital and communication skills, build PLEs, continue to collaborate in community </li></ul>
  14. <ul><li>Future work: </li></ul><ul><li>Tags will be implemented to classify notes and to organize the group messages in topics defined by the facilitator. </li></ul><ul><li>Authors intend to develop a specification for evaluating students’ eportfolio and participation in courses run or enhanced by microblogging. </li></ul><ul><li>Scenarios for using microblogging together with different collaborative technologies in formal and informal courses will be modelled using Educational Modelling Language. </li></ul>