Personal Learning Environments as Enablers for Connectivist MOOCs


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This paper presents how platforms initially designed to enable the construction of personal learning environments can help teachers and learners to aggregate their own MOOCs from resources freely available in the Cloud under Creative Commons licenses. Compare to the mainstream MOOC platforms like Coursera or EdX which are basically learning management systems open to external students, the proposed solution offers built-in social media features to boost opportunistic interaction and informal exchanges between students.

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Personal Learning Environments as Enablers for Connectivist MOOCs

  1. 1. Personal Learning Environments as Enablers for Connectivist MOOCs Denis Gillet InformationTechnology Based Higher Education andTraining, ITHET 2013 14:30-14:50, Friday, October 11,Antalya,Turkey Paper:
  2. 2. ‣ From Formal to Informal Formal Teaching … LMS Institutional Learning Management Systems are becoming social Informal Learning … PLE Personal Learning Environments are being recognized 2 Social Learning ROLE 2009-13
  3. 3. ‣ From Formal to Informal 3 Social Learning PLE in Liferay
  4. 4. ‣ Personal Learning Environments as aggregators 4 Social Learning
  5. 5. ‣ Social Media Platform: Enabling the agile creation of dedicated shared spaces for targeted activities 5 Aggregation of Cloud resources with GraaspIt! Audience • Public • Closed • Hidden Roles • Owner • Contributor • Viewer Entities • Resources • Apps • Activity Spaces • People
  6. 6. ‣ From Local to Global Massive Teaching … MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses are offering new opportunities • Rethink content and experience delivery on campus • Make room for hands-on activities and teamwork • Freeze content and reduce variety (limit biodiversity) • Require professional production staff drawing resources 6 STELLAR 2009-12 Social Learning
  7. 7. ‣ From Local to Global 7 coursera COURSES (444) 4,754,264 Social Learning
  8. 8. ‣ From Local to Global 8 ATLAS @ CERN Go-Lab 2012-16 Massive Teaching … MOOLs Massive Open Online Labs are bringing back hand-on activities • Massive access to data sets through analysis and visualization tools • Massive experimentation with simulation • Massive access to remote labs thanks to role allocation: Leaders do (manipulate) and followers look (observe) • or selective accessibility: gamification; competition; peer election, peer assessment Social Learning
  9. 9. ‣ Go-Lab EU Project • Nov 2012 • 4 years • 10M€ • Global Online Science Labs for Inquiry Learning at School • Objective: Raise interest for and stimulate carriers in STEM using online labs (remote labs • virtual labs • scientific data) • Pedagogical Coordinator: University ofTwente • Technical Coordinator: EPFL 9 STEM Education at School (10-18) Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Technology Online Labs Pedagogy Inquiry Learning Community School Networks Social Learning
  10. 10. ‣ Connectivist MOOCs • a connectivist course is based on four major types of activity, i.e., Aggregation, Remixing, Repurposing, and Sharing (Kop et al) ➤ as offered by PLE platforms ‣ Typology of MOOC platforms • Continuum • Aggregation & Dissemination: From related actions driven by providers to contributions shared by participants • Coaching & Assessment: From related normative activities supervised by teachers to formative interactions handled collaboratively with peers • Timing & Structuring: From related scaffolds enforced by the platforms to sequences and relations controlled by the participants 10 Social Learning
  11. 11. ‣ Turning a PLE platform into a cMOOCs platform through Opensocial apps • Requirements elicited in the framework of RESCIF Network of Excellence in Engineering Sciences of the French-speaking countries • Extensions using only Opensocial apps • Peer evaluation support • Creation of quizzes, collection of the answers and analysis • Team building and competence bartering support • Formalization of time-based and topic-based navigation and exploration structures through spaces; • Support of additional metadata through internal tags; • Management of multilingual resources; • Recording, tagging and subtitling of video sequences; • Integration of e-texbook standard documents 11 Social Learning
  12. 12. ‣ Personal cMOOC on Social Media • Setup by two teachers with complementary expertizes •Populated and evaluated by teachers and students 12 Social Learning
  13. 13. ‣ Personal cMOOC on Social Media • Setup by two teachers with complementary expertizes •Populated and evaluated by teachers and students 13 Sharing made easy by design thanks to built-in creative commons licenses in public spaces Social Learning
  14. 14. 14 Social Learning
  15. 15. • This work was partially funded by the European Union in the context of the ROLE (Grant Agreement no. 231396) and Go-Lab projects (Grant Agreement no. 317601) under the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) theme of the 7th Framework Programme for R&D (FP7) and by the Personal Learning Environment (Phase 3) project of the Swiss AAA/SWITCH Program 15 Acknowledgment
  16. 16. 16 Contact & Links • • • • Tutorial: #item=asset_3627 • • FP7 • IST • European Union