Strategies for developing sustainable virtual communities for design
Gráinne Conole, LAMS Conference
5th December 2008, Sydney
Resources and events
Helping teachers make effective
use of technologies to create
better learning activities for students
Andrew Brasher, Paul Clark, Simon Cross, Juliette Culver, Martin Weller, Perry Williams
RSS feeds Playlists
Many repositories of good practice,
but how do you develop the community???
‘Social networking makes little
sense if we leave out the objects
that mediate the ties between people
Design framework for sociality
Bouman et al.
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?
Design summit Course
• 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
• Low barrier to entry
• Open site, open content
• Target particular communities
• The site acting as a conduit
Cloudworks v 0.1
Find and share designs
Web 2.0 principles:
tagging, proﬁles, user generated
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.
‘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.
It’s not a repository
it’s a conversation
Concrete vs. abstract Quality control
Barriers to contribution
Comments make it
Ascilite conference Cloudscape
Overview of the cloudscape:
a space to post and discuss
ideas seen at Ascilite
Design a short
course in a day
Clouds Workshop on New clouds
New clouds Secondlife
by delegates Paper on mobile
CompendiumLD Academic Talk
Web Peer Assessment webparesearch.blogspot.com/ Follow and
Information literacy webparesearch.blogspot.com/
Social networking site for ﬁnding, sharing & discussing
learning and teaching ideas and designs
Who and what I am
Stalls really useful
Amazed at how Design challenge:
much we achieved design a short course
in a day are you up to it???
repository on selection
repository Evaluate Monitoring
representation tools analysis tools
• 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,
• 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/