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Cloudworks
        Social networking for design

Gráinne Conole and Juliette Culver
     g.c.conole@open.ac.uk
    Ascilit...
Resources and events

                             Tool development



        Helping teachers make effective
           ...
RSS feeds                              Playlists
                     Follow and
                     be followed
   Frien...
‘Social networking makes little
  sense if we leave out the objects
that mediate the ties between people
              Eng...
My social network

   How can we encourage a culture
    of sharing ideas and designs?

      Why has there been little
  ...
Development

Vision statement




                                             Cloudfests
                    Prototyping
...
Vision
• Enable people to find, share and discuss
  learning and teaching ideas
• Connect people with similar interests
• S...
Principles

• Low barrier to entry
• People-orientated
• Open site, open content
• Target particular communities
• The sit...
Cloudworks v 0.1
              Find and share designs


                                               Resource
Clouds    ...
Clouds
Tagging
It’s so easy to be very abstract ... and not catch people’s interest.
Because you can’t quickly get a feel for what was ac...
‘Shortcuts to new thinking’

We’ve had notorious difficulties over the years in getting anybody to talk
about teaching and...
It’s not a repository
                    it’s a conversation
 Success stories
                               Visual desig...
Ascilite conference Cloudscape
                      Overview of the cloudscape:
                      a space to post and...
Cloudworks v0.2
      Social networking site for finding, sharing & discussing
              learning and teaching ideas an...
All clouds




 Titles   Summary description
Who and what I am
 following, who’s
   following me

My cloudstream
 dynamically
   updates
Cloudscapes
Workshop
                                  Course
                Research topic

        Conference
         ...
Stalls really useful

                    18th September2008
 Amazed at how        Design challenge:
much we achieved    d...
OER                               Guidelines
                 repository                          on selection


         ...
OL-Net network

    People/networks



Meta-analysis/
 synthesis




                                     Tools, methods,
...
References
•   OU Learning design initiative - http://ouldi.open.ac.uk

•   Cloudworks - http://cloudworks.ac.uk
•   Cloud...
BLOG: WWW.E4INNOVATION.COM
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  1. 1. Cloudworks Social networking for design Gráinne Conole and Juliette Culver g.c.conole@open.ac.uk Ascilite Conference paper 1st December 2008, Melbourne
  2. 2. Resources and events Tool development Helping teachers make effective Empirical use of technologies to create evidence better learning activities for students Cloudworks CompendiumLD Workshops Schema Cloudfests Summits Design challenges Andrew Brasher, Paul Clark, Simon Cross, Juliette Culver, Martin Weller, Perry Williams
  3. 3. RSS feeds Playlists Follow and be followed Friends APIs Many repositories of good practice, but how do you develop the community??? Share Embed Comment Aggregate
  4. 4. ‘Social networking makes little sense if we leave out the objects that mediate the ties between people Engeström Design framework for sociality Enabling practice Mimicking reality Building identity Actualising self Bouman et al.
  5. 5. My social network How can we encourage a culture of sharing ideas and designs? Why has there been little uptake of educational repositories? Can we apply web 2.0 principles to an educational context?
  6. 6. Development Vision statement Cloudfests Prototyping Paper clouds Design summit Course Design Challenge
  7. 7. Vision • Enable people to find, share and discuss learning and teaching ideas • Connect people with similar interests • Showcase work • Provide a place for different communities • Encourage sharing
  8. 8. Principles • Low barrier to entry • People-orientated • Open site, open content • Target particular communities • The site acting as a conduit
  9. 9. Cloudworks v 0.1 Find and share designs Resource Clouds bank Storm Tools clouds People Web 2.0 principles: tagging, profiles, user generated
  10. 10. Clouds
  11. 11. Tagging
  12. 12. It’s so easy to be very abstract ... and not catch people’s interest. Because you can’t quickly get a feel for what was actually done, that worked or didn’t work. ... [“Semi-collaborative learning”] was just terribly abstract, I couldn’t sort of work out what it was, what this range of activities were, it just didn’t get me there quick enough. If you notice things that are abstract, you can say: Oh, and how did that work? or give me an example, I did one like this! ... It didn’t worry me that it was abstract. What worried me was: how the hell does he make that work in an OU teaching context! The ones that started to catch my interest were where I could quite quickly get a sense of a device or an approach... [“Citing exercise”] got me straight there. Within two or three sentences, I kind of grasped what it was that they had done and it caught my imagination.
  13. 13. ‘Shortcuts to new thinking’ We’ve had notorious difficulties over the years in getting anybody to talk about teaching and share teaching practice. They’ll all talk about research; that’s fine. But there’s also no compulsion to talk about teaching.... I’m on our staff development committee, and we find out all kinds of quite interesting courses and things that would be really relevant to people. And they say, oh well, I’m too busy researching, and I don’t want to do that! (Laughs) ... So if there is a strong lead that this is an important thing to do and it’s just something that people do routinely, yeah, you get them to write. But otherwise I think you’ll just have a few very interested people.
  14. 14. It’s not a repository it’s a conversation Success stories Visual designs Concrete vs. abstract Quality control Transferable designs Barriers to contribution Changing practice Ownership Comments make it come alive Openness
  15. 15. Ascilite conference Cloudscape Overview of the cloudscape: a space to post and discuss ideas seen at Ascilite Design a short course in a day Import existing Clouds Workshop on New clouds New clouds Secondlife added by delegates Paper on mobile learning Peer OULDI assessment site criteria CompendiumLD Academic Talk Web Peer Assessment webparesearch.blogspot.com/ Information literacy webparesearch.blogspot.com/
  16. 16. Cloudworks v0.2 Social networking site for finding, sharing & discussing learning and teaching ideas and designs Dynamic list of new clouds Tagging by pedagogy, subject, tool and other
  17. 17. All clouds Titles Summary description
  18. 18. Who and what I am following, who’s following me My cloudstream dynamically updates
  19. 19. Cloudscapes Workshop Course Research topic Conference Design team Topic Tool Project
  20. 20. Stalls really useful 18th September2008 Amazed at how Design challenge: much we achieved design a short course in a day are you up to it???
  21. 21. OER Guidelines repository on selection Select Design Learning tools environment OER Design Use Design cycle Design repository Evaluate Monitoring tools Data Data representation tools analysis tools
  22. 22. OL-Net network People/networks Meta-analysis/ synthesis Tools, methods, approaches Designs, evaluations, case studies Hewlitt Foundation
  23. 23. References • OU Learning design initiative - http://ouldi.open.ac.uk • Cloudworks - http://cloudworks.ac.uk • Cloudworks: Conole, G., Culver, J., Well, M., Williams, P., Cross, S., Clark, P. and Brasher, A. (2008), Cloudworks: social networking for learning design, Ascilite Conference, 30th Nov – 3rd Dec 2008, Melbourne. • CompendiumLD: Conole, G., Brasher, A., Cross, S., Weller, M., Clark, P. and White, J. (2008),Visualising learning design to foster and support good practice and creativity, Educational Media International,Volume 54, Issue 3, 177-194. • Design schema: Conole, G. (2008), New schema for mapping pedagogies and technologies, http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue56/ conole/
  24. 24. BLOG: WWW.E4INNOVATION.COM

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