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  1. 1. An overview of Cloudworks: vision, activities and potential Gráinne Conole, Open University, UK IET Coffee Morning, 21st April 2010
  2. 2. A changing OU Open University UK: From broadcast TV to multi-channel
  3. 3. Towards student-centered learning Teacher Student Teaching Learning Content Activities
  4. 4. Locating educational approaches Formal, ‘traditional’ courses Problem-based learning Learner-defined learning Informal web-based learning Teacher-centred Student- centred Activity-based Content-based Need new approaches to design
  5. 5. Converging practices <ul><li>Modern technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Modern pedagogy </li></ul><ul><li>Search engines, digital libraries </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds, mash ups, email alerts </li></ul><ul><li>3D virtual worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming environments </li></ul><ul><li>User- generated content, OERs </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs, wikis, micro-blogging, eportfolios </li></ul><ul><li>Collectively… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Location aware devices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cloud computing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Inquiry learning </li></ul><ul><li>Personalised learning </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential learning </li></ul><ul><li>Peer learning </li></ul><ul><li>Resource-based learning </li></ul><ul><li>Reflection, peer critiquing </li></ul><ul><li>Changing pedagogies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>From individual to social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contextualised/ situated learning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Distributed cognition </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. The gap between promise & reality <ul><li>Common reactions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I haven’t got time ” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ My research is more important” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ What’s in it for me ?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Where is my reward ?” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I don’t have the skills to do this” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I don’t believe in this, it won’t work” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Common resistance strategies: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I’ll say yes (and do nothing ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undermine the initiative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Undermine the person involved </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do it badly </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Classic mistakes : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Emphasis on the technologies , not the people and processes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funding for technology developments but not use and support </li></ul></ul>Free resources Little reuse Array of technologies Not fully exploited
  7. 7. Adopting a learning design approach LD Resources Activities Conceptual tools Visualisation tools Collaboration tools
  8. 8. What, why, how, where, when… <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was it developed? </li></ul><ul><li>How does it work? </li></ul><ul><li>Where had it been used so far? </li></ul><ul><li>When might you use it? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Cloudworks: sharing teaching practice <ul><li>A space for sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas and designs </li></ul><ul><li>Application of the best of web 2.0 practice to a teaching context </li></ul><ul><li>Iterative development and evaluation – based on use </li></ul><ul><li>Part of OU Learning Design Initiative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Juliette Culver – lead developer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rebecca Galley – facilitation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nick Frear - internationalisation </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Why was it developed? <ul><li>Aim </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To bridge the gap between technologies and use </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of uptake of technologies in education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers say they want examples /want to share/discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New skills needed for engaging with new technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Theoretical basis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>‘ Social objects’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Framework for sociality </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Key concepts <ul><li>Clouds: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>core objects in Cloudworks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cloudscapes: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>collections of clouds </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Activity streams: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dynamic filters of new activity </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Follow and be followed: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal activity stream and peer recognition </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Homepage <ul><li>Active clouds </li></ul><ul><li>Feature cloudscapes </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Login </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User panel </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cloudstream </li></ul>
  13. 13. Clouds Clouds: Ideas Design or case studies Tools or resources Questions or problems
  14. 14. Clouds types <ul><li>Current topics </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul><ul><li>Flash debates </li></ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul><ul><li>Resources </li></ul>
  15. 15. Cloudscapes <ul><li>Learning about Cloudscape: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>24 Clouds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter stream </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recent activities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Space to </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Add </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archive </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Cloudstream <ul><li>Show all </li></ul><ul><li>Latest </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clouds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cloudscapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Extra content </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Follow & be followed <ul><li>Similar to following in twitter </li></ul><ul><li>Can follow cloudscapes & people </li></ul><ul><li>Indicates things & people you are interested </li></ul><ul><li>Anything you follow appears in your personal cloudstream </li></ul>
  18. 18. Events and deadlines
  19. 19. Favourites and reputation
  20. 20. User profile
  21. 21. Digital trails and pathways <ul><li>Filtering – personalisation and tailoring </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS feeds for people and cloudscapes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different levels of email alert </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity streams </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Public activity stream (all activities on the site), Cloudscape activity streams, User activity streams </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tabbed views – all, clouds, cloudscapes, comments links, references, extra content </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Serendipity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Active clouds on home page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Featured cloudscapes on home page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Browse clouds, cloudscape, tags, people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Search for keywords </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Individuals, collectives, communities <ul><li>Views from 158 countries </li></ul><ul><li>Users: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teachers (from K-12, tertiary, independent) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational technologists/support staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy makers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Researchers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learners </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Characteristics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Boundary crossing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multi-purpose, different motivations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lurking through active participation </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. Uses and benefits <ul><li>Events: conferences and workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ETUG workshop , 20 th- 21 st October 2009 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1903 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Discussions: flash debates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The changing nature of conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/2577 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eliciting expertise and open reviews </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Literature review of Web 2.0 use in Higher Education </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1895 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Aggregating resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Horizon reports </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/1957 </li></ul><ul><li>Learner and tutor spaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>H800 students, SocialLearn activities, Bus ALs, Design course team </li></ul></ul>
  24. 24. Use at the OU <ul><li>Sharing of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Showcase of innovation </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping up to date </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Active record’ of events </li></ul><ul><li>Space for discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Collective intelligence </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Flash debates’ </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Open reviews’ </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-community for researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Learning in an Open World conference </li></ul>
  25. 25. LD Toolbox <ul><li>A ‘pick and mix’ of learning design tools and resources </li></ul><ul><li>Supporting advice and guidance </li></ul><ul><li>Graded activities (introductory, intermediate, advanced) </li></ul><ul><li>Trialled across a range of teaching and learning environments </li></ul><ul><li>http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/1882 </li></ul>
  26. 26. Some stats…. 2219 registered users Aspect Everyone Team Non-team Cloudscapes 274 98 176 Clouds 2171 1173 998 Comments 3221 985 2236 Links 3036 1616 9420 Added Sept . From 160 countries
  27. 27. Recent activities
  28. 28. Questions for discussion <ul><li>What strikes you as distinctive about Cloudworks? </li></ul><ul><li>What are its drawbacks? </li></ul><ul><li>How might Cloudworks be used across the OU? </li></ul><ul><li>How should it be promoted? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the support implications? </li></ul><ul><li>Should it remain open? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the implications of going open source? </li></ul><ul><li>What formal commitment should the university make to Cloudworks? </li></ul>
  29. 29. Flickr images <ul><li>Masai http://www.flickr.com/photos/marcsamsom/2316324361/ </li></ul>

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