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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...
After the BIG question “The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything” which we know the answer – the next big question...
Where is the space?<br />Where is the space?<br />
Our Journey…<br />So in the distant sands of time we set off to find this place…if it exists<br />
The Chasm of Lost Acronyms<br />CBI (Computer Based Instruction)<br />VLE (Virtual Learning Environments)<br />SLN (Social...
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 (Updated)

  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 />
  4. 4. After the BIG question “The Meaning of Life, the Universe and Everything” which we know the answer – the next big question is “Is there and iTopia space for student learning?”<br />
  5. 5. Where is the space?<br />Where is the space?<br />
  6. 6. Our Journey…<br />So in the distant sands of time we set off to find this place…if it exists<br />
  7. 7. The Chasm of Lost Acronyms<br />CBI (Computer Based Instruction)<br />VLE (Virtual Learning Environments)<br />SLN (Social Learning Network)<br />LCMS (Learning Content Management Systems)<br />CMS (Course Management Systems)<br />CMS (Content Management Systems)<br />LMS (Learning Management Systems)<br />ILS (Integrated Learning Systems)<br />iTopia This Way<br />CAL (Computer Assisted Learning)<br />CBT (Computer Based Training)<br />
  8. 8. Our VLE Journey to iTopia<br />éducation sans frontières<br />WebCT – 2002-2003<br />CLOUDe Valley<br />Ravines of Technicality<br />Mt. Institutionus<br />
  9. 9. 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 />
  10. 10. 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 />
  11. 11. 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 />
  12. 12. 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 />
  13. 13. Elgg<br /><ul><li> Ravines of Technicality
  14. 14. Investigated Brighton
  15. 15. Good Social Networking
  16. 16. Institutional Lock Out
  17. 17. Self Managed Servers
  18. 18. 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 />
  19. 19. Ning<br /><ul><li> CLOUDe Valley
  20. 20. Good Social, Community
  21. 21. Control nice – any time, place
  22. 22. Access from anywhere
  23. 23. Fun interesting interface, functionality
  24. 24. 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 />
  25. 25. Mahara<br /><ul><li> Ravines of Technicality
  26. 26. Open source
  27. 27. Used portfolio approach
  28. 28. Nice educational approach
  29. 29. Confused students with this approach
  30. 30. Not easy use
  31. 31. No community/fun experience
  32. 32. Limited plugins
  33. 33. Had to keep tech up to date (new versions)
  34. 34. 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 />
  35. 35. CollectiveX<br />nextrovert.collectivex.com<br /><ul><li>CLOUDe Valley
  36. 36. Bland – no real community feel
  37. 37. No stamping own personality
  38. 38. Layout restrictive
  39. 39. Plugins limited
  40. 40. 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 />
  41. 41. Grou.ps<br />http://grou.ps/nextrovert<br /><ul><li>CLOUDe Valley
  42. 42. Cloud based
  43. 43. Free
  44. 44. Lots of collaborative tools
  45. 45. Control over everything including ads
  46. 46. Files based on tagging
  47. 47. Fairly good with individual pages
  48. 48. 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 />
  49. 49. Ning<br /><ul><li> returNING 2 CLOUDe Valley
  50. 50. Even more plugins
  51. 51. File system still clunky
  52. 52. Lots of freedom for creation of identity
  53. 53. Can choose own skins etc
  54. 54. The best embedded chat (others didn’t have or didn’t work well)
  55. 55. Nearly 1000 blog posts in 10 weeks
  56. 56. 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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  71. 71. Authentic Learning Spaces = Blend of Social & Learning Content<br />
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  73. 73. 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 />
  74. 74. Lessons 2.0<br />Ubun2.0 Learning Happening<br />Be prepared to work in a <br />“Building Zone”<br />
  75. 75. Cracking the Code<br />
  76. 76. Beyond University 1.0<br />
  77. 77. Join the Journey<br />

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