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Is there an iTopia?<br />Is there an iTopia of Learning?<br />Where is it?<br />How do we get there?<br />
The journey<br />“Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk d...
From Slate to Pad<br />Students don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. What wi...
Where is the space?<br />Where is the space?<br />
The Chasm of Lost Acronyms<br />CBI (Computer Based Instruction)<br />CBT (Computer Based Training)<br />CAL (Computer Ass...
Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technic...
WebCT<br />Before search for Social/Ubuntu<br />OK for Content Delivery & Course Management<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />No...
Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />CLOUDe Valley<br...
OLS<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Focus on Learning<br />Designed for Social Constructivst<br />Integrated to UKZN<br />Good...
Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br...
Elgg<br /><ul><li> Ravines of Technicality
 Investigated Brighton
 Good Social Networking
 Institutional Lock Out
 Self Managed Servers
 Difficult to make fun/engaging</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 20...
Ning<br /><ul><li> CLOUDe Valley
 Good Social, Community
 Control nice – any time, place
 Access from anywhere
 Fun interesting interface, functionality
 File Handling poor</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br /...
Mahara<br /><ul><li> Ravines of Technicality
 Open source
 Used portfolio approach
 Nice educational approach
 Confused students with this approach
 Not easy use
 No community/fun experience
 Limited plugins
 Had to keep tech up to date (new versions)
 Had to teach external examiner how to use it</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<b...
CollectiveX<br />nextrovert.collectivex.com<br /><ul><li>CLOUDe Valley
 Bland – no real community feel
 No stamping own personality
 Layout restrictive
 Plugins limited
 Storage/bandwidth costly</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-200...
Grou.ps<br />http://grou.ps/nextrovert<br /><ul><li>CLOUDe Valley
 Cloud based
 Free
 Lots of collaborative tools
 Control over everything including ads
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Search for iTopia

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A brief history of our journey over the past 10 years through a variety of platforms in our search for the iTopia for student learning.

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  1. 1. Is there an iTopia?<br />Is there an iTopia of Learning?<br />Where is it?<br />How do we get there?<br />
  2. 2. The journey<br />“Students today depend on paper too much. They don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. They can’t clean a slate properly. What will they do when they run out of paper?” <br />(Principal’s Publication, 1815)<br />“Students today depend too much on ink. They don’t know how to use a knife to sharpen a pencil. Pen and ink will never replace the pencil.” <br />(Journal of the National Association of Teachers, 1907)<br />“Students today depend on store bought ink. They don’t know how to make their own. When they run out of ink they will be unable to write words or ciphers until their next trip to the settlement. This is a sad commentary on modern education.”<br />(Rural American Teacher, 1928)<br />“Ballpoint pens will be the ruin of education in our country. Students use these devices then throw them away. The American values of thrift and frugality are being discarded. Businesses and banks will never allow such expensive luxuries.”<br />(Federal Teachers, 1950)<br />
  3. 3. From Slate to Pad<br />Students don’t know how to write on a slate without getting chalk dust all over themselves. What will they do when they run out of paper?<br />
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  6. 6. Where is the space?<br />Where is the space?<br />
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  10. 10. The Chasm of Lost Acronyms<br />CBI (Computer Based Instruction)<br />CBT (Computer Based Training)<br />CAL (Computer Assisted Learning)<br />ILS (Integrated Learning Systems)<br />LMS (Learning Management Systems)<br />CMS (Content Management Systems)<br />LCMS (Learning Content Management Systems)<br />CMS (Course Management Systems)<br />VLE (Virtual Learning Environments)<br />SLN (Social Learning Network)<br />
  11. 11. Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />
  12. 12. WebCT<br />Before search for Social/Ubuntu<br />OK for Content Delivery & Course Management<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Non Uni people access<br />Wasn’t good at collaborative docs<br />
  13. 13. Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />
  14. 14. OLS<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Focus on Learning<br />Designed for Social Constructivst<br />Integrated to UKZN<br />Good document handling<br />Lacked strong social/community aspect<br />No powerful collaboration<br />
  15. 15. Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />
  16. 16. Elgg<br /><ul><li> Ravines of Technicality
  17. 17. Investigated Brighton
  18. 18. Good Social Networking
  19. 19. Institutional Lock Out
  20. 20. Self Managed Servers
  21. 21. Difficult to make fun/engaging</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Ning – 2008<br />
  22. 22. Ning<br /><ul><li> CLOUDe Valley
  23. 23. Good Social, Community
  24. 24. Control nice – any time, place
  25. 25. Access from anywhere
  26. 26. Fun interesting interface, functionality
  27. 27. File Handling poor</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />
  28. 28. Mahara<br /><ul><li> Ravines of Technicality
  29. 29. Open source
  30. 30. Used portfolio approach
  31. 31. Nice educational approach
  32. 32. Confused students with this approach
  33. 33. Not easy use
  34. 34. No community/fun experience
  35. 35. Limited plugins
  36. 36. Had to keep tech up to date (new versions)
  37. 37. Had to teach external examiner how to use it</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />CollectiveX – 2009<br />
  38. 38. CollectiveX<br />nextrovert.collectivex.com<br /><ul><li>CLOUDe Valley
  39. 39. Bland – no real community feel
  40. 40. No stamping own personality
  41. 41. Layout restrictive
  42. 42. Plugins limited
  43. 43. Storage/bandwidth costly</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />CollectiveX – 2009<br />Grou.ps – 2009<br />
  44. 44. Grou.ps<br />http://grou.ps/nextrovert<br /><ul><li>CLOUDe Valley
  45. 45. Cloud based
  46. 46. Free
  47. 47. Lots of collaborative tools
  48. 48. Control over everything including ads
  49. 49. Files based on tagging
  50. 50. Fairly good with individual pages
  51. 51. Cloud blew away & USA students often couldn’t get in</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />Ning - 2010<br />CollectiveX – 2009<br />Grou.ps – 2009<br />
  52. 52. Ning<br /><ul><li> returNING 2 CLOUDe Valley
  53. 53. Even more plugins
  54. 54. File system still clunky
  55. 55. Lots of freedom for creation of identity
  56. 56. Can choose own skins etc
  57. 57. The best embedded chat (others didn’t have or didn’t work well)
  58. 58. Nearly 1000 blog posts in 10 weeks
  59. 59. No Free Ning</li></li></ul><li>Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />OLS – 2003-2007<br />Elgg – (2008)<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />Mahara – 2008<br />Ning – 2008<br />Edmodo – 2010<br />Ning - 2010<br />CollectiveX – 2009<br />Grou.ps – 2009<br />
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  77. 77. Lessons 2.0<br />Digital campfire <br />What have learnt?<br />Where is iTopia?<br />What does it look like?<br />Can we get there?<br />
  78. 78. Lessons 2.0<br />Ubun2.0 Learning Happening<br />Be prepared to work in a <br />“Building Zone”<br />
  79. 79. Cracking the Code<br />
  80. 80. Where to now?<br />

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