Social Technologies for Sharing Practice


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Presentation on Planet, Streamline and Persona and sharing practice given at JISC NGTiP09, Loughborough. Janet Finlay, John Gray, Jim Hensman, Wendy Luker.

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Social Technologies for Sharing Practice

  1. 1. Social technologies for sharing practice PERSoNA, Planet, Streamline projects: Janet Finlay, John Gray, Jim Hensman, Wendy Luker
  2. 2. Introducing the projects <ul><li>PERSoNA: Personal Engagement with Repositories through Social Networking Applications (Leeds Met) </li></ul><ul><li>Planet: Pattern language network (Leeds Met, Coventry, Glasgow Caledonian, Kings College, LKL) </li></ul><ul><li>Streamline: Integrating repository function with work practice (Leeds Met) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sharing practice <ul><li>Two elements of sharing practice: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing content (material, what I use) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing experience (activity, what I do) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Teaching practice highly contextualised – losing this loses value </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Need to know not only what but where and why </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Writing a paper is not the best way to share teaching practice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sharing practice effectively facilitates reuse </li></ul><ul><ul><li>telling me is not useful if I cannot act </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Sharing practice projects PERSoNA Streamline Planet Sharing content Sharing experience
  5. 5. Social technologies for sharing practice PERSoNA Streamline Planet Sharing content Sharing experience Community Wiki Facebook Delicious Blogging Twitter Web Apps Tagging Sharing outwards: Wordpress, flickr, slideshare, Youtube, Facebook Sharing within: Google docs Google Groups
  6. 6. The Planet Wiki <ul><li>Supports the Planet project and community in its main roles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Collecting case studies/stories </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Identifying and refining patterns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using these in new scenarios </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mapping patterns and creating a language </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pattern store and search host </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting the project team and project management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Document/Presentation/Information resource </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tagging and API (Linking to other systems) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. PERSoNA: a new approach Traditional repository Multi-purpose environment Work flow Modular repository Habit/inertia Terminology Usability Widget technology Dynamic environment Social tagging SlideShare Web 2.0 Flickr
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  9. 9. Sharing about the project <ul><li>Project blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Flickr/Slideshare/Youtube/Facebook </li></ul><ul><li>Syndicated content into Emerge Elgg site </li></ul><ul><li>Twittered about key posts </li></ul><ul><li>Took part in synchronous online conferences </li></ul><ul><li>Took part in asynchronous discussion forums </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sharing within project <ul><li>All of the above plus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google docs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google code </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public – private divide? </li></ul><ul><li>Managing spaces – keep it simple </li></ul>
  11. 11. Embedding sharing practice <ul><li>Sharing experience: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide spaces: online and face to face – disciplinary teams, course teams, teaching and learning staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a simple structure (e.g. Planet process) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Value sharing practice (as you value sharing research) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sharing content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Support process of using repository – staff, tools (e.g. Streamline) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourage sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mechanisms e.g. Persona </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rewards </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Consider licensing and IPR up front and be explicit </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Embedding social technologies <ul><li>Don’t legislate – facilitate </li></ul><ul><li>Make use of social technologies but don’t neglect face to face </li></ul><ul><li>Keep it simple </li></ul><ul><li>Share what works </li></ul>
  13. 13. Over to you <ul><li>How is practice shared in your institution? </li></ul><ul><li>What works? </li></ul><ul><li>How might you use social technologies to facilitate sharing in your context? </li></ul><ul><li>What issues/challenges would you face? </li></ul>