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iSpot for IET Synthesis Meeting


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5-minute overview of iSpot for an internal IET Research and Scholarship Portfolio Synthesis meeting, 24 May 2011

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iSpot for IET Synthesis Meeting

  1. 1. Doug Clow IET Research and Scholarship Synthesis mtg 24 May 2011
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Social networking for learning about natural history </li></ul><ul><li>Citizen science </li></ul><ul><li>Observation, identification, agreement, comments </li></ul><ul><li>Routes in and out </li></ul><ul><li>Part of huge project (OPAL) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Outcomes and findings <ul><li>11,000 users have made 50,000 observations including 80,000 images 60,000 identifications and 200,000 agreements </li></ul><ul><li>Active learning community </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation system works as a proxy measure of learning (assessment) – in an informal context </li></ul><ul><li>Activity and expertise highly unequal (‘long tail’) </li></ul><ul><li>Links in and out clearly visible in activity </li></ul>
  4. 4. Implications and impact <ul><li>Building an online learning community </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory learning – complement to traditional OER </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation system vs ‘Badges’ for open assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Won Wildscreen Panda Award, shortlisted for THE Award for Outstanding ICT Initiative of the Year </li></ul><ul><li>Big Lottery Fund view OPAL as big success </li></ul><ul><li>Open Media </li></ul><ul><li>Follow-on funding (Internationalisation, Local, partnerships, apps, Wolfson) </li></ul>