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Conole Prie Workshop

  1. 1. Using technologies for research Gráinne Conole and Alex Hardman PRiE conference Liverpool John Moores University, 27/06/09
  2. 2. 1. Changing technologies <ul><li>What do you think have been the main, significant changes in practice because of technology in recent years? </li></ul><ul><li>How has your own use of technologies changed in recent years? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the main ways in which technology is now impacting learning, research, work? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Discussion <ul><li>Increasingly more difficult to actually speak to people – email culture! Implications for the future of the species! </li></ul><ul><li>3 weeks to see supervisor whereas email get a reply the same day! </li></ul><ul><li>Lose of writing skills with a pen! Typing skills better. Highlighted pens great technology! Computer-aided qualitative data software – NVIVO etc – do they potentially changing our practice or are we replicating existing technologies? </li></ul><ul><li>80/20 rule 80% of users only us 20% of the functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating for using stats programmes – a lot of programmes can be automatic but your mind can then be too passive; but what you get out is only as good as what you put in – need to be able to critically understand the data </li></ul><ul><li>E-publications are great! Much easier now </li></ul><ul><li>The free movement and culture!!! E-thesis available online </li></ul>
  4. 4. 2. What's your personal digital space? <ul><li>What are your top five activities and tools in terms of </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding and using information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What do you do? </li></ul><ul><li>What software do you use? </li></ul><ul><li>What hardware do you use? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do you do it? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Discussion <ul><li>Girlie approach! Like phone etc like to talk to people, whereas Peter uses his own website, uses as a communication route – my supervisors can see what I have been up to, they can follow what I am doing and my experiments and trials </li></ul><ul><li>Methods space (sage publishing social networking space)– talking to other researchers about problems you are having online in social networks – about 1500 </li></ul><ul><li>Social network space for early career researchers, most active topics are things like ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Amount of information and how you filter out the rubbish! How can you filter? Google scholar for quality?? </li></ul><ul><li>Learning services – like Taylor and Francis and you can select the journals you want a summary from </li></ul><ul><li>The power of RSS feeds – getting the information to come to you! </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>Google docs – for collaboration, can work on the same file remotely, collaborative mindmap – </li></ul><ul><li>Online learning communities – allows you to subscribe to email list to keep up to date </li></ul><ul><li>Ref manager and cite-u-like, connotea – for free referencing of publications, can dump out in endnote format </li></ul><ul><li>The missing reference!!! </li></ul><ul><li>Also the value of shared reference site De-licious – social bookmarking, librarything – for books plus pictures </li></ul><ul><li>International students away from family – mobiletalk – be able to talk inexpensive, skype – universities need to not blocked </li></ul>
  7. 7. My Personal Digital Learning Environment Information Writing (Word) Finding (Google) Blogging (Wordpress) Presenting (Powerpoint) Recording (Audacity) Communication Writing (Email) Talking (Mobile & skype) Texting (SMS & twitter) Learning (Audio conferencing) Presenting (Video conferencing) Hardware: Laptop, iphone, ipod, portable hard disk, camera, flip video camera Learning, research, work Where: Dining room table, hot desking space, hotel rooms, airport lounges
  8. 8. 3. Technology-mediation <ul><li>What research activities do you currently do? </li></ul><ul><li>How do you think technology can be used to support: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group or project communication and collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Research dissemination and wider community engagement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conferences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ways in which you present yourself and your work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Data collection and analysis </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Research activities <ul><li>Collect data </li></ul><ul><li>Attend conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Write papers </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborate </li></ul><ul><li>Network </li></ul><ul><li>Longitudinal study and have considered trying to find what communication form they will find most useful but on other hand – get out of my space grandma! </li></ul><ul><li>Work at Cambridge – learning landscapes project – getting them to be co-researchers, they had cameras etc and got them to document what they were doing and bought them in to discuss; but context is important! </li></ul><ul><li>Visual sociology of your desk/workspace and talk about why – multitasking using spaces for different reasons </li></ul><ul><li>Use of audio logs to collect emotive reactions about using technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine that an artefact was very advanced technology – means of specifying what they would like the technology to do – voice recognition, document summarisation </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Online questionnaires for collecting data </li></ul><ul><li>Collecting data face to face, surveying literature, networking – refining all the time a spiral </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why do people attend conferences?
  12. 12. <ul><li>Brian Kelly conference amplification </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 4. Three examples of Web 2.0 tools <ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing Powerpoint presentations, disseminating your research to a wider audience </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reflection, archive of research, peer critique, disseminating </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just in time findings, ideas, social and work, community </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Slideshare <ul><li>Means of sharing Powerpoint presentations </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  15. 15. Blog <ul><li>Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Archive of ideas </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination channel </li></ul><ul><li>Dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Identity and community </li></ul>
  16. 16. Blogging <ul><li>Commoncraft introduction to blogging </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reasons to blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Twitter <ul><li>Mix of social and work </li></ul><ul><li>Community based </li></ul><ul><li>The lstest news </li></ul><ul><li>Great conference back channel </li></ul><ul><li>Integration with other apps </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination root </li></ul><ul><li>Subtle practice - retweet </li></ul>
  18. 18. Uses of twitter <ul><li>Commoncraft introduction to Twitter </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Top reasons for using twitter: </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Alex & Gráinne’s Aha moments! <ul><li>… With slideshare </li></ul><ul><li>… With blog </li></ul><ul><li>… With twitter </li></ul>
  20. 20. 5. Focusing on the social... <ul><li>What for you is different about web 2.0 technologies? </li></ul><ul><li>What web 2.0 technologies do you use and how? </li></ul><ul><li>Three examples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conference back chat – esym09 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking for education – Cloudworks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer review and publishing – JIME and JOVE </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. Conference back channels <ul><li>Evolution or revolution: The future of identity and access management for research </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Live conference broadcasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hash tag (#) for conference #esym09 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ning social networking site </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>All presentations as video podcasts on slideshare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fielding questions via twitter etc. </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Cloudworks: Education 2.0 Changing practices through use of social networking Many repositories of good practice, but little impact Blogging Facebook Twitter Slideshare Flckr Youtube Commenting Live commentary Tagging RSS feeds Embedding Following
  23. 23. Core concepts 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
  24. 26. Journal of interactive multimedia education
  25. 27. Journal of visualized experiments
  26. 28. 6. Academic discourse <ul><li>What are the implications for the future of research and the nature of academic discourse and publishing? i.e how and where we communicate and disseminate our research findings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What impact do you think blogging, twitter, slideshare etc are having on &quot;academic discourse&quot;? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What is the relationship between these and traditional forms of communication and publishing? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you thinking is likely to be the impact on traditional channels and measures of worth - publishing houses, Research metrics?? </li></ul></ul>
  27. 29. Some blog posts on this <ul><li>Some blog posts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The nature of academic discourse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ABC of academic discourse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality discourse </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging a health warning </li></ul></ul>
  28. 30. Shift from information to communication Co-evolution of tools and practice Conole, forthcoming in Lee and McLoughan Function Pre 2005 Now.. Text/Data Word, Excel Google docs Presentation Powerpoint Slideshare, podcasts, YouTube Finding info Google Google+, RSS feeds Managing info Bibliographic tools, repositories, e-journals Social bookmarking, blogs, wikis Personal management Microsoft exchange Shared calenders & to do lists Communication Email, forums, chat Skype, elluminate, social networking Visualisation Mindmaps Compendium, mind42, cohere
  29. 31. 7. Researcher 2.0 <ul><li>Given the characteristics of web 2.0 and the current practices with see with social media, what would a &quot;2.0 researcher&quot; look like? what are implications for research? </li></ul>
  30. 32. Researcher 2.0 <ul><li>Modern technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 practices </li></ul><ul><li>Location aware technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptation & customisation </li></ul><ul><li>Second life/ immersive worlds </li></ul><ul><li>Google it! </li></ul><ul><li>Badges , World of warcraft </li></ul><ul><li>User generated content </li></ul><ul><li>Blogging, peer critique </li></ul><ul><li>Cloud computing </li></ul><ul><li>From individual to social </li></ul><ul><li>Contextualised and situated </li></ul><ul><li>Personalised research </li></ul><ul><li>Experiential research </li></ul><ul><li>Inquiry learning and research </li></ul><ul><li>Peer learning and support </li></ul><ul><li>Open Research </li></ul><ul><li>More open and visible Reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed cognition </li></ul>
  31. 33. Pros and cons… Change +ve impact -ve impact Free resources Specialised niche use Literacy skills Ubiquitous access Technology as core tool for learning Narrower, but deeper digital divide Many communication channels Increased peer dialogue Fragmentation Free tools Personalisation Lack of institutional control Media rich representations New forms of sense making Lack of digital literacy skills Instant & multiple distribution Information repurposed to meet different needs No centralised repository of knowledge User generated content Variety and acknowledging individual contributions Quality assurance issues Social profiling Knowledge sharing and community build Inappropriate descriptions
  32. 34. 8. Other uses <ul><li>Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Wiki – for group collaboration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video conferencing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mindmapping to build up research questions or themes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data collection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Audio or video diaries and logs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Surveys via mobile phones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web tracking and google analytics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SPSS for quantitative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nvivo for qualitative </li></ul></ul>GC
  33. 35. AH
  34. 36. Cutting edge research experiments <ul><li>Olnet </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A social-technical infrastructure to support users and researcher of Open Educational Research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SocialLearn – coming soon… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The future of learning! Learning 2.0 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  35. 39. Evaluation <ul><li>Workshop format </li></ul><ul><li>Workshop content </li></ul><ul><li>Things I found helpful </li></ul><ul><li>Things that I did not find helpful </li></ul><ul><li>What one thing do you now plan to do as a result? </li></ul>
  36. 40. Available from <ul><li>Top tips for academia </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Slideshare </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>