Successfully reported this slideshow.
We use your LinkedIn profile and activity data to personalize ads and to show you more relevant ads. You can change your ad preferences anytime.

Tools & Methods for improving social learning in an open source perspective

1,131 views

Published on

Published in: Technology, Education
  • Be the first to comment

  • Be the first to like this

Tools & Methods for improving social learning in an open source perspective

  1. 1. Tools & Methods for improving social learning in an open source perspective The Tuscia University E-Learning Master Experience Urbino, Novemeber 16th, 2007 - Francesco Leonetti – fleo@espertoweb.it
  2. 2. Why social learning? <ul><li>Learning together is much better than learning alone, because you can share mistakes (and avoid them) as well as best practices (and improve them) </li></ul><ul><li>In order to improve an effective collaboration, we have to improve socialization and communication among the learners </li></ul>
  3. 3. Obstacles to social learning <ul><li>Loneliness of the online learner </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When working online you are actually alone: the interaction with others is always mediated by the computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of &quot;social awareness&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low level of interaction among participants </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Low motivation </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Facilities for a social learning <ul><li>We need to set up an environment tailored to address socialization and communications requirements </li></ul>
  5. 5. Possible solutions <ul><li>Better tools and facilities for e-learning environments, allowing for easier user interaction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Attempt 1: Improving Forum Usability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attempt 2: Instant Messaging </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attempt 3: Chat with audio enhancements </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Improving Forum Usability <ul><li>Make posts reading easy and quick </li></ul><ul><li>Let users know who did actually read a post </li></ul><ul><li>Keep a list of favorite posts </li></ul>
  7. 7. Instant Messaging <ul><li>Show who is online and let them communicate with each other in an easy, private and effective way </li></ul>
  8. 8. Chat with audio <ul><li>Chatting while sharing the same audio background </li></ul><ul><ul><li>shared listening to mp3 files among the users of the chat room </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Talking rather than simply chatting </li></ul><ul><ul><li>integrated audio-conferencing tool </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Good news <ul><li>It works on Moodle </li></ul><ul><li>It's freely available as open source </li></ul><ul><li>Download, install... and enjoy! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://masterel.unitus.it </li></ul></ul>

×