Now we ask them to check the class site, the blog, twitter feeds,...
An example from the corporate world. In order to stay competitive, all the social networking and web 2.0 tools have to be incorporated into the learning environment Original email: eLearning Technology - SharePoint Social Learning Experience SharePoint Social Learning Experience I had a great conversation last week that sparked an early stage idea for what I think would be a wonderful way for learning and development organizations to leverage SharePoint better.&#xA0; HP Web 2.0 for Marketing &#x2013; Social Learning Experience The concept is probably easiest to understand by considering what HP did around their course on Web 2.0 for Marketing.&#xA0; You can find more on this by going to the LearnTrends &#x2013; SharePoint in Corporate Learning Recordings. The basic concept was that HP&#x2019;s learning organization wanted to help their marketing professionals get up to speed on the implications of Web 2.0 for HP&#x2019;s marketing efforts.&#xA0; Of course, that&#x2019;s an interesting learning problem in that the answer around &#x201C;implications&#x201D; is not defined.&#xA0; The L&D organization created a social learning experience that brought together 60 marketing professionals from across the organization.&#xA0; They established a goal of having the group produce a summary of what they found and what Web 2.0 could mean for the organization.&#xA0; In many ways, this was a facilitated work task more than a learning experience.&#xA0; The L&D organization provided some instruction on the basics for how the sessions would operate and some information around Web 2.0, but a lot of the effort was discovery by the marketing professionals themselves. In the picture below, you can see some of the mechanisms they used:
Social Bookmarks to share resources they found Discussion Boards to ask questions and have discussions. A blog that helped spark conversations around key topics. A wiki that served as a repository for the resources they collected. Virtual class sessions to share what they were finding Learners were encouraged to do quick screen capture movies to explain their thoughts around particular uses of Web 2.0 technologies and share with the group. The results were pretty incredible for HP.&#xA0; And it&#x2019;s exactly this kind of facilitated social learning experience where the result is somewhat a work objective that makes a lot of sense. SharePoint Social Learning Experience Based on the above description, I&#x2019;m sure you can see where I&#x2019;m going with what I think would be a fantastic learning opportunity for L&D organizations who want to understand what it means to Use SharePoint in their organization as both a system for facilitating the work of L&D and as a tool to be used as part of learning solutions. The idea would be to: Set a goal to produce a presentation and set of recommendations to be presented to senior L&D management Get a cross section of L&D professionals and possibly others within the business Setup an environment that will be used both as a sandbox and as a support for the learning experience Introduce SharePoint (and/or other technologies) to participants Facilitate activities and discussions that ultimately lead towards the presentation and recommendations Of course, there&#x2019;s nothing preventing variants of this being done across multiple smaller organizations.&#xA0; And certainly there are lots of external professionals that likely would make sense to either help make this happen or include as third party experts as part of the learning experience.&#xA0; See Learning Community, Peers and Outside Experts for more description of possible design elements. I also think this is a great way to help build understanding of social learning within an organization. I&#x2019;m hoping to get feedback on this?&#xA0; Does it make sense as a model?&#xA0; Are organizations already beyond this or should it actually be a facilitated discussion around learning technologies period, not just SharePoint?&#xA0; Will it make the most sense as SharePoint 2010 begins to roll out into organizations?
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In order to provide the best tools for the students we have increased the complexity of the learning environment a lot. While Bb offers many tools, many colleagues prefer their own selection of tools.
Students have a hard time keeping up with all the separate information sources we provide. (Main quote from http://reassignedtime.blogspot.com/2010/02/dealing-with-weather.html)
Why is facebook the #2 site in the world? (http://www.alexa.com/topsites 2/26/10) Besides the social aspects: One page to see everything that is going on!
The importance of this is recognized by the training/learning community. (The quote is not addressing exactly the same issue but it is related). Shawn Englund, CEO of LearnLive Technologies. http://www.managesmarter.com/msg/content_display/training/e3icac65f467d72bd9429240cc6f254d778. 2/23/2010
iGoogle, Netvibes have one screen combining many sources. http://www.netvibes.com/wesch#Digital_Ethnography
Image from Darcy Norman&#x2019;s blog about this: http://www.darcynorman.net/2008/02/16/on-eduglu-part-1-background/
But it should be more than a feed aggregator.
Visual mashup editor, rss feed aggregator with query abilities.
This also goes into the direction of service brokers and the goals mentioned at http://mfeldstein.com/lmos_services_and_service_brokers_part_i/
Where should I look for that?
Simplifying access to community and information.
SALT Conference - March 3, 2010
Department of Instructional Technology
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10 Predictions for Online Learning in '10
• ‘3. Consolidated services/one learning platform. Companies will look more
toward single, central repositories to manage their learning initiatives,
streamline, and standardize training and development across their
organizations, develop "learning cultures," and provide their professionals
with a single point of access to their company's "university portal," says
Englund. Asking professionals to manage four or ﬁve vendor accounts, then
piecing together disparate completion records, has become outdated.’
• Have slower connections
• Need simpliﬁed interfaces
• Have different usage model
• want quick access to the
How can we simplify access to information and
social/communiation tools in education?
EduGlu - started
• Group around/with D’Arcy
Norman that wanted to address
“a person publishes a bunch of
stuff, and all they need to do is
pull it into a course-based
• Project started on eduforge
• Investigation of existing
software or combinations
Features an ‘eduglu’ system should have
• Aggregation of feeds
• Social rating system
(as listed by D’Arcy Norman)
• A blog/publishing system
• Hosted (http://wordpress.com)
• Self-hosted (http://wordpress.org)
• Extensible using plug-ins, widgets and themes
• Modiﬁcation of WordPress
• Multiple blogs in one installation
• Will become part of WordPress 3
What is BuddyPress?
• A plug-in for WordPress (and WordPress mu)
• Adds activity stream for personal and group activity including postings,
• Registration system (LDAP possible to use organization user db)
• Groups with connection to group blogs, postings
• Discussion forums
Advantages of this system
• Combines social networking and content publishing
• Open-source license
• Extensibility of WordPress
• Large developer community
• Similarity with facebook News
• Requires IT staff for installation and maintenance
• Not as mature as other systems
Examples: Wooster Voices, CUNY commons
• Courses as groups, e.g. http://voices.wooster.edu/groups/geol-105-natural-
WordPress as a Learning Management System
• WPMu Development for Education. http://dev.wpmued.org/
part-2-the-class-begins/ (not buddypress, but course run through customized