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EduFeedr — following and supporting learners in open blog-based courses

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Presentation at the Open Education Conference, 2 November 2010, Barcelona.

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EduFeedr — following and supporting learners in open blog-based courses

  1. 1. EduFeedr — following and supporting learners in open blog-based courses Hans Põldoja Tallinn University, Estonia
  2. 2. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ or send a letter to Creative Commons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California, 94105, USA.
  3. 3. (massive) open online courses
  4. 4. Learning environment
  5. 5. Learning content Student blogs Course wiki and blog link and tag link and tag link link RSS link link and tag link
  6. 6. Problem
  7. 7. How to follow and support learning activities which cross the borders of different Web 2.0 applications?
  8. 8. Vision
  9. 9. Requirements and limitations • Support for all major blogging platforms using open standards (RSS,Atom, trackback, pingback) • No special plug-ins should be required on the student blogs • Only teacher has an user account in EduFeedr, which allows her to modify the EduFeedr settings • Anyone has read access to aggregated course content
  10. 10. Design methodology
  11. 11. Design methodology • Lightweight prototyping • Scenario-based design • Participatory design sessions • User stories • Paper prototyping
  12. 12. Current implementation of EduFeedr
  13. 13. http://www.edufeedr.net
  14. 14. ManyEyes visualization
  15. 15. Downloads • OPML file with blog posts feeds • OPML file with blog comments feeds • vCard file for Address Book • Tab separated file with social network data
  16. 16. Technical implementation
  17. 17. Development platform • EduFeedr is developed as Elgg plugin • SimplePie PHP library is used for aggregating feeds • JSViz JavaScript library is used for social network visualization • NuSOAP toolkit for PHP
  18. 18. MySQL MySQL / InnoDB EduSuckr back-end serviceWSDL / SOAP EduFeedr front-end REQUEST with credentials RESPONSE with data Crontab initiated aggregation of content Blogs User
  19. 19. Open source
  20. 20. Current limitations
  21. 21. Current limitations • Comments feed is currently located only for Blogger and WordPress • Linking student posts with the assignments • Linking comments with the participants • Unrelated posts in the course feed • Only recent items are available in the RSS/Atom feeds
  22. 22. Conclusions and future work
  23. 23. Evaluation • User testing in Tallinn University: 4 courses running • Think aloud usability testing
  24. 24. Future work • Aggregating recent content from various Web 2.0 services • Providing visualization widgets for external web sites • Archiving the course posts and comments
  25. 25. Value for the open education • Portal of open courses • Learners can create their personal learning environments • Can be used as a central component of the learning environment or just as an enrollment tool
  26. 26. Acknowledgements This research was supported by European Social Fund’s Doctoral Studies and Internationalisation Programme DoRa "#$%&''()*!+*$#&+$,&-*! !"#$%&'#(('#)* +,-./"./* * "%(0#"('(* (0()#++./"* "1.+"..1#",%"./%* +(/."(2#/%/"* &#&3* &#2%"(2(* (/4(+,-(/"%/* ',+.2%&"#'%/* 4(* %/#&%2#/"%)* )%$#&3.* %"(4("%&(*&##*5.1,,$(*!,"/#(()6,&'#7*8,9(*$1,31(22#*+.#*+(*%)).0##4("* ./-#*0*-+)&%!*)&-*,&)** * !"#$%"&#'("&)'*&#'("+,%(-%&..$+/(0&+ + + + + + +
  27. 27. ThankYou! Hans Põldoja Research Associate Tallinn University, Estonia hans.poldoja@tlu.ee http://www.hanspoldoja.net http://www.slideshare.net/hanspoldoja http://www.edufeedr.net Follow us: http://blog.edufeedr.org Twitter: @EduFeedr

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