Raising the level of educational debate:
Cloudworks: Social networking for learning
and teaching



Gráinne Conole
16th Ju...
Bridging the gap
                                                       Debate
                                           ...
Cloudworks:
social networking for learning & teaching

    Blogging                       Youtube
                Live com...
The aims of Cloudworks

1. A place for conversation about
  learning, teaching and technology and
  discussion about probl...
Ideas behind Cloudworks
1. Low barrier to entry –     • 6. Link with
   imperfect is OK!             communities, rather t...
Clouds:
                 Learning and teaching ideas
                 Design or case studies
                 Tools or res...
Examples of use
      Aggregation of student
      generated course
      resources and course
      twitter stream




  ...
Features

•   Dynamic list of clouds + new comments
•   Comments on clouds + cloudscapes
•   Can “follow” people + cloudsc...
+
    Statistics

Since July 2008                      Increasing use and comments

    •   No. of clouds: 652           •...
Coming soon…
   Pedagogy schema

• Interactive widgets
• Different pedagogy schema
• Aim to think differently, take a
  fr...
Pedagogy profile
                                                                       Assimilative

                    ...
PM




L140 En rumbo – Unidad 1 Task Matrix Summary                                                                       ...
Open Design in practice
Design, use, reuse
                                    Deposits
                       OER

             Creates
  Designe...
Prior designs
                        Process design   New designs
 & resources


          Clouds in
          Cloudworks...
Further information
• Papers
  ▫ Conole and Culver (submitted), Cloudworks: applying social networking
    practice for th...
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  1. 1. Raising the level of educational debate: Cloudworks: Social networking for learning and teaching Gráinne Conole 16th June 2009 Exeter University
  2. 2. Bridging the gap Debate Sharing Community-based Cummulative “Open Design” Adaptive Contextual Affordances of new Characteristics of Personalised Networked technologies good pedagogy Situative Immersive Social Collective Experiential Reflective
  3. 3. Cloudworks: social networking for learning & teaching Blogging Youtube Live commentary RSS feeds Facebook Flckr Changing practices through use of social networking Tagging Commenting Following Many repositories of good practice, but little impact Embedding Twitter Slideshare
  4. 4. The aims of Cloudworks 1. A place for conversation about learning, teaching and technology and discussion about problems 2. A place to share learning designs 3. A place to look for inspiration and to find people 4.A place for existing learning technology communities to have an online space
  5. 5. Ideas behind Cloudworks 1. Low barrier to entry – • 6. Link with imperfect is OK! communities, rather than 2. People-orientated (not a replace repository!) • 7. Recognise role of 3. User-folksonomies, not learning technologists and taxonomies other mediators 4. Tool- and process- • 9. Recognise ownership agnostic issues 5. All content publicly • 10. Specific to learning available technology (not just another Facebook or Ning)
  6. 6. Clouds: Learning and teaching ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems Cloudscapes: Conferences Workshops Course team Student cohort Research theme Project
  7. 7. Examples of use Aggregation of student generated course resources and course twitter stream Conference collective blogging and backroom chat Workshops: workshop material, live blogs of sessions and plenary discussions, aggregate of group discussions
  8. 8. Features • Dynamic list of clouds + new comments • Comments on clouds + cloudscapes • Can “follow” people + cloudscapes • RSS feeds of cloudscapes + people • Embedding: pictures, video, presentations • Twitter feeds for people +cloudscapes
  9. 9. + Statistics Since July 2008 Increasing use and comments • No. of clouds: 652 • No. of comments: 879 • No. of users: 789 • No. of different tags: 861 • No. of cloudscapes: 50 • No. of unique visits: 19, 202 • No. of page views: 98, 100 • No. of visitors: 12, 518
  10. 10. Coming soon… Pedagogy schema • Interactive widgets • Different pedagogy schema • Aim to think differently, take a fresh perspective • Designed to be fun and easy to use
  11. 11. Pedagogy profile Assimilative Info handling Assimilate Communication Assessment Info handling Experiential Assimilative Assessment Info handling Productive Adaptive Experiential Productive Pedagogy profile: Communication Adaptive Maps types of student tasks to Productive course structure Experiential Block 11 Block 5 3 4 1 0 0 4 Block 2 Block 2 6 3 3 3 3 2 4 Adaptive Block 3 Block 3 6 3 3 3 4 3 4 Total Total 17 9 10 7 7 5 12 Assessment
  12. 12. PM L140 En rumbo – Unidad 1 Task Matrix Summary 21 L140 En rumbo Task Profile Review 40.00 34.50 35.00 30.00 Student Hours 25.00 20.00 Task Type 14.75 15.00 13.00 10.00 5.00 2.50 3.25 0.75 0.00 0.00 g n l e ia e e t in io en tiv tiv tiv nt dl at il a ap uc rie m an ic ss m un od pe Ad H si se m Pr n Ex As io As om at C rm fo In
  13. 13. Open Design in practice
  14. 14. Design, use, reuse Deposits OER Creates Designer Design Deposits Quiz + beginners route Uses Learner A OER Quiz + advanced route Chooses Learner B Uses Design Repurposes Tutor & deposits
  15. 15. Prior designs Process design New designs & resources Clouds in Cloudworks OER repositories New OER & designs Pedagogical Patterns
  16. 16. Further information • Papers ▫ Conole and Culver (submitted), Cloudworks: applying social networking practice for the exchange of learning and teaching ideas and designs, special issue of CAL09, Computers and Education, submitted April 09. ▫ Conole and Culver (submitted) Cloudworks: social networking for learning design, Australian Journal of Educational Technology, adaptation of paper presented at Ascilite Dec 08, submitted April 09 ▫ Conole, G. and McAndrew, P. (submitted), A new approach to supporting the design and use of OER: Harnessing the power of web 2.0, M. Edner and M. Schiefner (eds), Looking toward the future of technology enhanced education: ubiquitous learning and the digital nature. • Relevant sites ▫ OULDI  http://ouldi.open.ac.uk ▫ Olnet  http://olnet.org ▫ Cloudworks  http://cloudworks.ac.uk ▫ CompendiumLD  http://compendiumld.open.ac.uk

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