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Web 2.0 course models


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This looks at how e-learning courses could be developed along web 2.0 lines, and some of the external factors influencing course design.

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Web 2.0 course models

  1. 1. Some new course models? Martin Weller
  2. 2. Outline <ul><li>External factors </li></ul><ul><li>Internal factors </li></ul><ul><li>5 course models </li></ul><ul><li>Technologies </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
  3. 3. External factors <ul><li>The Long Tail </li></ul><ul><li>The liberation of content </li></ul><ul><li>A shifting market place </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralisation and democratisation </li></ul><ul><li>Personalisation </li></ul><ul><li>New types of content </li></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid change </li></ul>
  4. 4. Internal factors <ul><li>Declining student numbers </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmenting market </li></ul><ul><li>OpenLearn </li></ul><ul><li>Broadcast review </li></ul><ul><li>VLE </li></ul><ul><li>E-learning </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some possibilities General activity Using X’s theory analyse three of the stories below… External RSS feed 1. The self updating course User tagged content
  6. 6. General problem In your group devise a business proposal on X… External RSS feed 2. The OU content-lite course External Podcasts User generated content
  7. 7. General problem Demonstrate your competence and understanding of … Selected RSS feed 3. The personalised course Produced Podcasts Collected resources
  8. 8. General course Selected RSS feed 4. All marketing is content Produced Podcasts Collected resources Open Learn Input from others Collected resources
  9. 9. Specific course Selected content 5 Course as aggregation Modified Content ECM General subject topics Specific content
  10. 10. Some technology examples <ul><li>Netvibes </li></ul><ul><li>Stringle </li></ul><ul><li>LastFM </li></ul><ul><li>43Things </li></ul>
  11. 11. Some questions <ul><li>Is the course team the appropriate granularity? </li></ul><ul><li>Are we prepared to trust 3 rd party content we haven’t even seen yet? </li></ul><ul><li>Can we produce more generic content? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a reduction in quality? </li></ul><ul><li>Does it matter? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we need to use different pedagogy? </li></ul><ul><li>Do we need to teach students different skills? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Conclusions(?) <ul><li>We need a lighter course production model </li></ul><ul><li>Aggregation is key to this </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd party content should form a good proportion of most courses </li></ul><ul><li>Content is (almost) a free commodity, so don’t build business on it </li></ul><ul><li>User generated content is powerful </li></ul><ul><li>We should utilise the network </li></ul><ul><li>Personalisation is just around the corner… </li></ul>