FaceUOC - A Social Learning Experience at UOC

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The UOC (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya) has developed an innovative experiences by launching one of its couses through the Facebook site and by using an open methodology.

The experience aims to test an open learning model, understood as a virtual learning environment open to the Internet community, based on the use of open resources and on a methodology focused on the participation and collaboration of users in the construction of knowledge.

The subject of the course 'Journeys 2.0' lasted 5 weeks, was launched through Facebook and used a specifically designed open methodology. This methodology of the course is based on the creation of a learning community able to self-manage their learning process. For that a facilitator was needed and also a central activity was established for people to participate and contribute in the community.

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  • Esqueleto de nuestra presentación: de q vamos a hablar 3 etapas básicas del desarrollo del proyecto INICIO: Érase una vez... Motivaciones Idea inicial Brainstorming Múliples dudas (¿?¿?¿?) Decisiones (consensuadas) PROCESO Desarrollo del no-curso Papel del no-profesor Papel de los participantes     CIERRE Productos finales: Blogs de los participantes  Valoración de la experiencia Certificados de participación
  • TASK=nuestro trabajo A partir de la necesidad+condicionantes anteriores NOSOTROS hemos desarrollado un curso en Facebook Visionado del vídeo (Un projecte en 2 minuts: English)
  • Open: open resources, open learning environment, open access (and free) Questions: one of the most important things we've done in the project is the amount of questions we made ourselves, and the subsequent effort in getting solutions. Open Repositorio como herramienta para aprender Open contenidos Open Environment Open access Why OPEN? Why not FB?
  • No queremos que exita un profesor que guie la participacion y la actividad sino que queremos que sea la comunidad la que dinamice el proceso.   We want to see how the community se autogestiona   Las decisiones a tomar acerca del no-profesor, el tipo de no-curso y la no-metodología dependieron muy mucho del concpto de OPEN y de las referencias acerca de otras experiencias [Piscitelli, Steven downs] Tareas:
  • FaceUOC - A Social Learning Experience at UOC

    1. 1. An Open Social Learning Experience
    2. 2. Index  Motivation  The idea and how it grew up  What really happenned  Evaluation  Conclusions  More questions The skeleton !
    3. 3. motivation <ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need for innovation  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New social, educational and technological context </li></ul></ul>The objective  To test an open learning model , understood as a virtual learning environment open to the Internet community , based on the use of open resources and on a methodology focused on the participation and collaboration of users in the construction of knowledge. Motivation
    4. 4. <ul><li>2.0 minutes of your whole attention </li></ul>enjoy it!! The video
    5. 5. The idea: to do something 'Open'  … then... Questions, so many questions   What environment ?   What subject ? What is the methodology ? and the role of the facilitator ? How to organize it ? … The Process
    6. 6. What environment ? A social network More than 300 millions of users Easy to use Other similar projects Question 1
    7. 7. What subject ? Attribution This license lets others distribute, remix, tweak, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation. This is the most accommodating of licenses offered, in terms of what others can do with your works licensed under Attribution. Open contents with CC (A) Travelling is interesting for many people  Web 2.0 And it was just after holidays !! :D Viajes 2.0 Question 2
    8. 8. What is the methodology ? Objective: We want a learning community able to self-manage their learning process  Teacher: Expert, non-teacher Question 3 Activities: The Internet as the global repository Learning activities: foros y blog
    9. 9. how long  marketing  enrolment  range  certification    How to organize it ? 5 weeks Through facebook and UOC Questionnaire no filters email and gift The Process
    10. 10. blogs mss n-p forums Let’s go to reality: what happenned? 4 Results and closing 3 production 2 assimilation 1 Presentation – ‘I feel lost’
    11. 11. Presentation
    12. 12. Production
    13. 13. 1 .- Quantitative data 2.- Users evaluation (20 users) 3.- Etnographic evaluation Evaluation Catalan edition: 37 users joined 13 participated 8 created a blog 4 blogs 7 discussion fòrums 87 posts in total Spanish edition: 52 users joined 14 participated 12 created a blog 8 blogs 9 discussion forums 155 posts in total
    14. 14. The degree of freedom of this methodology improved my participation I had fun carrying out the learning activities in the course The role of the facilitator is necessary in a course developed through Facebook Users’ evaluation: some items
    15. 15. Self-assess your participation in the ‘non-course’ ¿What’s your global evaluation of the ‘non-course’? Users’ evaluation: more items
    16. 16. <ul><li>And they said... </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is a funny way of learning” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Five weeks were not enough” </li></ul><ul><li>“ We missed email notifications” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It is an interesting tool to attract young people” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I did not like observing how so many students joined but did not participate” (the ‘free’ hypothesis) </li></ul><ul><li>“ At the beginning I felt I was not sure I was assimilating the contents ” </li></ul>Users’ evaluation: their opinions
    17. 17. <ul><li>And what about the ones who joined the </li></ul><ul><li>‘ non-course’ but did not participate? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Finally I did not have time enough” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I was a bit lost within the Facebook structure “ </li></ul><ul><li>“ I did not want such a ‘self-learning’ methodology, felt it was too open” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I did not know when the course was starting – no notifications” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Personal issues” </li></ul>Analyzing non-participation
    18. 18. The activity of the facilitator importantly conditioned learners’ activity The amount of social learning depended on each forum The influence of specific active users was very relevant in the engagement and dinamization of the activity in the forums An etnographic evaluation
    19. 19. <ul><li>The structure of the activity is still quite ‘facilitator-centered’ </li></ul><ul><li>Five weeks is not enough time </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of commitment with free courses </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook and its rigid architecture </li></ul><ul><li>The trend to return to traditional ways to learn </li></ul>Some conclusions
    20. 20. <ul><li>How to bridge between the ‘1.0 habits’ of users and an open proposal like this? </li></ul><ul><li>How to determine specific functions and tasks of the facilitator and how to switch control to the community? </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>How to evaluate learning experiences based on the use of social networks and social learning in general? </li></ul><ul><li>How to deal with the sensations of feeling lost , dispersion... how to face the chaos? </li></ul>Time for reflection…
    21. 21. Thank you ! :D People who participated in the project: Gemma Aguado Magí Almirall Elena Barberà Carles Fernàndez Eva Patrícia Gil Roger Griset Julià Minguillon Pepe Mora Ana Maria Rodera Pablo Rebaque

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