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Students and web2.0 ALT-C 2007 Presentation


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Students aren’t prepared for web 2.0 learning, are they?

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Students and web2.0 ALT-C 2007 Presentation

  1. 1. Students aren’t prepared for web 2.0 learning, are they? Ruth Whitfield and Neil Currant Learner Support Services
  2. 2. Who we are in this context? Communicating in an Information Age Module tutor - Ruth Whitfield. Enhancing Learner Progression Project Officer – Neil Currant,
  3. 3. Overview <ul><li>Aims of what we did </li></ul><ul><li>Use of such tools </li></ul><ul><li>Skills needed </li></ul>
  4. 4. What are we going to say? <ul><li>“ The use of ‘web2.0’ is not as common as we are often led to believe. The underpinning skills required for effective educational use of tools are often not developed enough. This leads to a number of observed phenomenon using such tools in education. ” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Module aims <ul><li>To use tools such as blogs, wikis, e-portfolios </li></ul><ul><li>To develop: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group working; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ICT skills. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To enable students to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with others more effectively; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploit technology for presenting and sharing information within a multi-cultural society. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Mode of assessment Group Project 30% Wiki Blackboard Online Group Discussion 30% Blackboard E-portfolio/ Weblog 40% PebblePad
  7. 7. Myths of Use <ul><li>Blog: 12% (UK), 7.4% (US) </li></ul><ul><li>Most common creative use: sharing photos [28% (all) / 46% (students).] </li></ul><ul><li>Created social network profile: 17% (all) / 42% (students) </li></ul><ul><li>Biggest influence of social networking for contact with family or existing friends. </li></ul><ul><li>Oxford Internet Survey (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>USC (2007) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Proposition from student data <ul><li>We can’t expect students to be able to use online tools and technology for their learning without (our?) help even if they use (some of) this stuff at school and at home. </li></ul>I have been a regular and proficient user of IT (systems and hardware), but I have been astounded by the fact of how much I didn't know about blogs and wiki's. Its rather confusing to learn in other ways. setting up blogs is the hardest part. it took me ages to get up and running on myspace.
  9. 9. Why?
  10. 10. Underpinning skills <ul><li>IT skills </li></ul><ul><li>Learning skills </li></ul><ul><li>Group working skills </li></ul><ul><li>Personal skills </li></ul>None of us have contributed to a wiki before and its daunting but we need to get over it.
  11. 11. <ul><li>“ Everything is now … Reflection (the act of thought on our actions, motivations, experiences, and world events) is becoming a lost art . Deriving meaning no longer happens at a pause point . Meaning is derived in real time.” George Siemans (2006, p.74) </li></ul>Siemans, G. (2006) “Knowing Knowledge”, Complexive inc.
  12. 12. Reflecting
  13. 13. Observed Phenomenon: wiki <ul><li>Wikis not collaborative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals work on own pages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals worked on different sections of pages </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Trust and editing others work </li></ul><ul><li>Repeat pages in wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li>User error </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliberate (see above) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cut & Paste / plagiarism </li></ul>
  14. 14. Observed Phenomenon: other <ul><li>Offline meetings to discuss content of blogs and wikis (made extra work) </li></ul><ul><li>Individual blogs (in eP) more reflective than other work seen at this level. </li></ul><ul><li>Confusion / Profusion of tools </li></ul>
  15. 15. Wikis not collaborative NB: series 1 had 14 potential contributors, the rest were group work wikis with 4 group members.
  16. 21. Trust Please do not mind if i have changed your work on the Wiki, as i have heard that from other groups that their members have minded. I would be OK with this as long as someone told me first before they wanted to change something and explained the reasons why
  17. 22. Group working <ul><li>Blog was used in one group to criticise each other and carry on offline arguments. </li></ul>Big problem with personality clashes…since then nobody has left a note on the blog…I think it would have happened anyway
  18. 23. Repeat pages User error? Deliberate
  19. 24. Cut & Paste <ul><li>Lack of attribution </li></ul><ul><li>Very obvious </li></ul>Please if you copy pictures or quote things please put the website in the bibliography using the harvard referencing.
  20. 25. Offline Meetings We appear to be making little or no progress!!!!   I believe that face-to-face communication may be more successful . May I also add that this module is about taking the communication tools that have been provided to us and to use them! 
  21. 26. Confusion / Profusion of tools <ul><li>Not sure which tool to use for which purpose, e.g. email should not be needed. </li></ul>Don’t know if you've managed to see the messages/e-mails left … let us know if you can by posting a message on the blog!
  22. 27. To Ponder <ul><li>Level of support needed </li></ul><ul><li>Skill Development </li></ul><ul><li>Trust & group working </li></ul><ul><li>Time (given a 12 week module) </li></ul><ul><li>Levelness & appropriateness of tasks </li></ul><ul><li>Plagiarism </li></ul>
  23. 28. Questions raised <ul><li>Do we (tutors) have the skills necessary to support students use of these tools for learning? </li></ul><ul><li>What ‘academic’ / ‘personal’ skills do students need? </li></ul>All the students at the focus group agreed that the support given by the tutor was vital to their positive experience of the module
  24. 29. <ul><li>Blogs & Wiki's With blogs and wiki's You can air your views And pay your dues. Hope Things don't get too sticky. They're cropping up everywhere Down the hall and up the stairs If you're getting really worried Better say your prayers. In blogs & wikis; they gotta be quickies. </li></ul><ul><li>Yeah, it's real cool for to drool Over mantle of opinionated fool Cause with our blogs & wikis We have the necessary tools To be elaborate & free spirited. Well everyone knows that they're gifted But the emphasis has somehow shifted In expression that is wordy & descript A picturesque image may say as much But don't worry if it's all double dutch. </li></ul>