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Social media tools and
applications in Higher Education
   Luís Pedro | Carlos Santos | U. Aveiro | ECIU Glasgow 14-03-08
Context


★ Multimedia in Education Masters
  Course
★ Training of active, critical and reflexive
  professionals/researche...
Why?




★ Conforming learning roadmaps with
  strong labour commitments
★ Message inheritance to future
  generations of ...
What? (at curricular level)


★ B-learning offer
★ Sequential curricular structure
★ Face-to-face sessions at beginning an...
Curricular time organisation model
What (bridging...)

★ Curricular decisions have sound
  pedagogical repercussions
★ Concentration on a single curricular
 ...
What (pedagogically)

★ Technology
★ But for what?
★ Learning about technologies or
  learning with technologies?
★ What m...
What is happening?

★ Globalisation (what is where? what is
  now? what is how? what is who?)
★ Epistemological shifts (te...
Learning and technology 101

★ It´s not about technology, it’s about
  people
★ Web 1.0 | Web 2.0 | Web 3.0 or
  Semantic ...
Web x.0
Is it or isn’t it?



★ Framing social context
★ Is the frame part of the picture?
★ Situated learning, contextual learnin...
Why?


★ Sharing and collaborating nature of
  work
★ Shared and negotiated meanings
★ Communication | peer and teacher-
 ...
What?



★ Sharing, interaction and participation
  continuous flow
★ Learning communities
★ Social media tools and applica...
Sufficiently mine technological solutions?

  ★ LMS | It is so flexible, wasn’t it?
  ★ Are students sufficiently in control?...
The Web by Tim Berners-Lee


★ “The basic [idea] of the Web is that [of] an
  information space through which people can
 ...
Quick survey




★ Who has a Web presence besides
  institutional ones?
★ Who had put new information in past
  week? Past...
The Web 2.0 by Stephen Downes

★ “... What was happening was that major parts
  of the Web were acquiring the properties o...
The Web 2.0 by Michael Wesch and...

 The Machine is Us/ing Us (2007)               A Vision of Students Today (2007)
 htt...
Web 2.0 in MMEd


★ Previous knowledge and experience
  with Web 2.0 tools... very low
★ Previous effective use of LMS... ...
Learn by doing/Hands-on approach

★ Start with basic concepts related to Web
  2.0
★ Show most common tools (blogs, wikis,...
How to understand it?


★ feel it first...
  ★   Promote a good experience for first time users (a teacher’s job)

  ★   Eng...
blogs
wiki
social bookmarking
student tools


                            ?
    ?
                                ?
?
        ?           ?           ?
syndication and aggregation




            the old and slow way




            the new and fast way
images from: http://...
LMS vs PLE




   Scott Wilson (2005) - http://zope.cetis.ac.uk/members/scott/blogview?entry=20050125170206
How does your presence look like?


★ Where are you? Who are you? Do you
  share common interests with me?
★ Where are the...
Second Life



★ MUVE - MultiUser Virtual
  Environment
★ Social and economic interaction
★ It´s not someone else’s world ...
Second Life and Learning


★ Formal learning activities: difficult to
  monitor, boring, possible cognitive
  overload due ...
Informal activities in SL


★ Invited specialist (as in with Warwick
  presentation on Wednesday)
★ Blurred roles (student...
SL Informal activities
SL UA Island
SL social and scientific activities
Conclusions

★ Learning spaces: closed and carefully
  managed or open and flexible?
★ Attitudinal and cultural or
  techno...
thank you

★ Luís Pedro
 ★   email: lpedro@ua.pt
 ★   blog: http://nitratodocaos.blogs.ca.ua.pt/
 ★   SL: Zes Garfield
 ★  ...
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Social media tools and applications in Higher Education

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Presentation at the first ECIU Symposium on Innovative Teaching, Loch Lomond March 2008
(Luís Pedro and Carlos Santos from University of Aveiro - Portugal)

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Social media tools and applications in Higher Education

  1. 1. Social media tools and applications in Higher Education Luís Pedro | Carlos Santos | U. Aveiro | ECIU Glasgow 14-03-08
  2. 2. Context ★ Multimedia in Education Masters Course ★ Training of active, critical and reflexive professionals/researchers ★ In-service professionals, mostly teachers
  3. 3. Why? ★ Conforming learning roadmaps with strong labour commitments ★ Message inheritance to future generations of ICT using ★ Flexible learning time management
  4. 4. What? (at curricular level) ★ B-learning offer ★ Sequential curricular structure ★ Face-to-face sessions at beginning and end of each curricular unit ★ Intermediate activities occur at a distance
  5. 5. Curricular time organisation model
  6. 6. What (bridging...) ★ Curricular decisions have sound pedagogical repercussions ★ Concentration on a single curricular unit at a given moment in time | work overload, intense information flow, informed and shared group decision- making work ★ Potential engagement, communication and learning problem
  7. 7. What (pedagogically) ★ Technology ★ But for what? ★ Learning about technologies or learning with technologies? ★ What message are we passing to these students? ★ What message will they pass for their students?
  8. 8. What is happening? ★ Globalisation (what is where? what is now? what is how? what is who?) ★ Epistemological shifts (temporary nature of knowledge) ★ Ontological shifts (not only a consumer, but a prosumer) ★ Communication tools and services
  9. 9. Learning and technology 101 ★ It´s not about technology, it’s about people ★ Web 1.0 | Web 2.0 | Web 3.0 or Semantic Web ★ 3 interacting and mutually influencing vectors: learning, teaching methodology, technology ★ It´s up to us to dynamically shape this triangle
  10. 10. Web x.0
  11. 11. Is it or isn’t it? ★ Framing social context ★ Is the frame part of the picture? ★ Situated learning, contextual learning, social constructivism...
  12. 12. Why? ★ Sharing and collaborating nature of work ★ Shared and negotiated meanings ★ Communication | peer and teacher- student ★ Openness | major social interaction
  13. 13. What? ★ Sharing, interaction and participation continuous flow ★ Learning communities ★ Social media tools and applications
  14. 14. Sufficiently mine technological solutions? ★ LMS | It is so flexible, wasn’t it? ★ Are students sufficiently in control? ★ Are these platforms sufficiently open? ★ Is it sufficiently easy to integrate content? ★ Are they sufficiently empowering and engaging tools?
  15. 15. The Web by Tim Berners-Lee ★ “The basic [idea] of the Web is that [of] an information space through which people can communicate, but communicate in a special way: communicate by sharing their knowledge in a pool. The idea was not just that it should be a big browsing medium. The idea was that everybody would be putting their ideas in, as well as taking them out.” http://www.w3.org/1999/04/13-tbl.html (1999)
  16. 16. Quick survey ★ Who has a Web presence besides institutional ones? ★ Who had put new information in past week? Past month? Past year?
  17. 17. The Web 2.0 by Stephen Downes ★ “... What was happening was that major parts of the Web were acquiring the properties of communication networks, the sort of networks found to exist (albeit on a much smaller scale) in the physical world. And that the Web itself was being transformed from what was called “the Read Web” to “Read- Write Web” in accordance with Tim Berners- Lee’s original vision. Proponents of this new, evolving Web began calling it Web 2.0 and in short order the trend became a movement.” http://www.elearnmag.org/subpage.cfm?section=articles&article=29-1 (2006)
  18. 18. The Web 2.0 by Michael Wesch and... The Machine is Us/ing Us (2007) A Vision of Students Today (2007) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlGopyXT_g http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGCJ46vyR9o Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology Kansas State University ...by his students
  19. 19. Web 2.0 in MMEd ★ Previous knowledge and experience with Web 2.0 tools... very low ★ Previous effective use of LMS... low ★ Students: “Even more tools to manage?” ★ Expecting some negative reactions...
  20. 20. Learn by doing/Hands-on approach ★ Start with basic concepts related to Web 2.0 ★ Show most common tools (blogs, wikis, social bookmarking,...) ★ Objective: learn how easy it is to use Web 2.0 tools ★ Result: become Web 2.0 contributors
  21. 21. How to understand it? ★ feel it first... ★ Promote a good experience for first time users (a teacher’s job) ★ Engage students in collaborative learning activities designed to take advantage of Web 2.0 ★ ... reflect and discuss about it next ★ Be curious ★ Learn to find the right tools and strategies for specific needs
  22. 22. blogs
  23. 23. wiki
  24. 24. social bookmarking
  25. 25. student tools ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
  26. 26. syndication and aggregation the old and slow way the new and fast way images from: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU (2007)
  27. 27. LMS vs PLE Scott Wilson (2005) - http://zope.cetis.ac.uk/members/scott/blogview?entry=20050125170206
  28. 28. How does your presence look like? ★ Where are you? Who are you? Do you share common interests with me? ★ Where are the non-verbal components of social interaction in Web scenarios? ★ Synchronous and distributed nature of interaction
  29. 29. Second Life ★ MUVE - MultiUser Virtual Environment ★ Social and economic interaction ★ It´s not someone else’s world and someone else’s imagination
  30. 30. Second Life and Learning ★ Formal learning activities: difficult to monitor, boring, possible cognitive overload due to number of interactions ★ Informal learning activities: massive set of interaction tools, participation and responsibility promoters
  31. 31. Informal activities in SL ★ Invited specialist (as in with Warwick presentation on Wednesday) ★ Blurred roles (student, teacher, specialists) ★ Management and metalearning skills (CTEd subject)
  32. 32. SL Informal activities
  33. 33. SL UA Island
  34. 34. SL social and scientific activities
  35. 35. Conclusions ★ Learning spaces: closed and carefully managed or open and flexible? ★ Attitudinal and cultural or technological skills? ★ University 2.0 Portal (action-research) ★ and... how to use it in Bologna context?
  36. 36. thank you ★ Luís Pedro ★ email: lpedro@ua.pt ★ blog: http://nitratodocaos.blogs.ca.ua.pt/ ★ SL: Zes Garfield ★ twitter: lfpedro ★ Carlos Santos ★ email: carlossantos@ua.pt ★ blog: http://napraia.blogs.ca.ua.pt/ ★ SL: Carlosss Lukas ★ twitter: csantos

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