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EduFeedr — Tool for Open Courses with Blogs


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Presentation at ITK 2011 conference, 7 April 2011, Hämeenlinna, Finland.

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EduFeedr — Tool for Open Courses with Blogs

  1. 1. EduFeedr — Tool for Open Courses with Blogs Hans Põldoja, Teemu Leinonen Tallinn University, Aalto University
  2. 2. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to CreativeCommons, 171 Second Street, Suite 300, San Francisco, California,94105, USA.
  3. 3. (massive) open online courses
  4. 4. Learning content link link and tag link and tag Course wiki and blog link link and tag link link Student blogs RSS
  5. 5. Problem
  6. 6. How to follow and supportlearning activities which cross the borders of different Web 2.0 applications?
  7. 7. Vision
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9. Design methodology
  10. 10. Design methodology• Lightweight prototyping• Scenario-based design• Participatory design sessions• User stories• Paper prototyping
  11. 11. Currentimplementation of EduFeedr
  12. 12.
  13. 13. ManyEyes visualization
  14. 14. 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
  15. 15. Technicalimplementation
  16. 16. Blogs User Crontab initiated aggregation of REQUEST with credentials contentEduFeedr EduSuckrfront-end WSDL / SOAP back-end service RESPONSE with data MySQL / MySQL InnoDB
  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. Open source
  19. 19. Current limitations
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. Future plans
  22. 22. Participant profile
  23. 23. Connecting blog comments with participants
  24. 24. Connecting blog posts with assignments
  25. 25. Using a nickname
  26. 26. Value for the open education• Directory 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
  27. 27. Thank You!Hans Põldoja http://www.edufeedr.netResearch AssociateTallinn University, Estonia Follow us: Twitter: @EduFeedrhttp://www.hanspoldoja.net