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MyUOC, a New Solution for Creating Customized Learning Platforms  Llorenç Valverde, Magí Almirall, Francesc Santanach, Xav...
MyUOC <ul><ul><li>About UOC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating MyUOC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MyUOC at present </li></u...
About UOC
UOC: <ul><ul><li>Headquarters in Barcelona, Spain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully online university (BAs, MAs, PhD)‏  </l...
UOC’s faculty: <ul><ul><li>The online environment is their  only medium  to teach and motivate students </li></ul></ul><ul...
UOC’s student: <ul><ul><li>There are as many typologies of students as students are in the University </li></ul></ul><ul><...
UOC’s needs: <ul><ul><li>An  open source  learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An environment that integrates  ...
UOC’s needs:
Creating MyUOC The new on-line virtual platform
Technical Dilemma: ? Learning Management System?
Technical Dilemma: <ul><li>LMS is the tip of the iceberg. </li></ul><ul><li>Many  integration  problems. </li></ul><ul><li...
UOC’s Solutions to the technical dilemma: <ul><ul><li>Service Oriented Architecture  in order to achieve real interoperabi...
UOC’s Solutions to the technical dilemma: e-learning tools OKI Bus Services Gateway Common LMS
UOC’s Solutions to the technical dilemma: Architecture metaphor
UOC’s Solutions to the technical dilemma: MM MM Sakai Tools MM MM Moodle Tools Moodle Sakai Moodle Gateway Sakai  Gateway ...
The Affectivity Dilemma:  community engaging motivating
The Affectivity Dilemma: Some engaging elements  <ul><ul><li>Choices  for everyone (i.e., for faculty to choose which tool...
UOC’s Solutions to the affectivity dilemma: <ul><ul><li>Widget container + set of widgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iGoog...
UOC’s Solutions to the affectivity dilemma: HOMEPAGE of My UOC. USER’s ACTIONS <ul><li>Drag & drop widgets </li></ul><ul><...
UOC’s Solutions to the affectivity dilemma:
Affectivity evaluation:  Up to now... <ul><ul><li>Universities mainly use questionnaires to assess tools and courses </li>...
Affectivity evaluation:
My UOC at present:
MY UOC AT PRESENT <ul><ul><li>Keeping  control  over the learning model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability  to change as w...
My UOC challenges: <ul><li>For us the future in e-learning will be focused on interoperability. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Main...
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My UOC (3rdannnual Forum on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle-East 2010)

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3rd Annual Forum on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle-East 2010: Bringing Global Quality to a Local Context. (1-3 February, Dubai)

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My UOC (3rdannnual Forum on e-Learning Excellence in the Middle-East 2010)

  1. 1. MyUOC, a New Solution for Creating Customized Learning Platforms Llorenç Valverde, Magí Almirall, Francesc Santanach, Xavi Aracil, Eva de Lera, Eva Loste
  2. 2. MyUOC <ul><ul><li>About UOC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creating MyUOC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MyUOC at present </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. About UOC
  4. 4. UOC: <ul><ul><li>Headquarters in Barcelona, Spain </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fully online university (BAs, MAs, PhD)‏ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Founded 15 years ago as an online university </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>47.000 students, 500 f-t faculty, 2000 p-t faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty as Mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students as Teachers </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. UOC’s faculty: <ul><ul><li>The online environment is their only medium to teach and motivate students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Their “teaching” is asynchronous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The contents they use, evolve </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. UOC’s student: <ul><ul><li>There are as many typologies of students as students are in the University </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They have different ages, backgrounds, experiences, needs, desires and expectations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are “ on ” 24/7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are active participants in the learning process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are overwhelmed with information </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. UOC’s needs: <ul><ul><li>An open source learning environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An environment that integrates versatile solutions desired by faculty to help enhance learning for the different subjects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A more engaging-to-all -students learning environment to help increase overall satisfaction and motivation to learn (Joy of Learning) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An accessible-to-all environment, anytime, anyplace </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. UOC’s needs:
  9. 9. Creating MyUOC The new on-line virtual platform
  10. 10. Technical Dilemma: ? Learning Management System?
  11. 11. Technical Dilemma: <ul><li>LMS is the tip of the iceberg. </li></ul><ul><li>Many integration problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Many configurations are possible. </li></ul><ul><li>Evolution: </li></ul><ul><li>product -> LMS 1st generation </li></ul><ul><li>framework-> LMS 2ndgeneration </li></ul><ul><li>Today: </li></ul><ul><li>Many tools available to be used as e-learning tools. </li></ul>
  12. 12. UOC’s Solutions to the technical dilemma: <ul><ul><li>Service Oriented Architecture in order to achieve real interoperability </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An open source and Lego-like environment connected with each other </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Knowledge Initiative technology </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. UOC’s Solutions to the technical dilemma: e-learning tools OKI Bus Services Gateway Common LMS
  14. 14. UOC’s Solutions to the technical dilemma: Architecture metaphor
  15. 15. UOC’s Solutions to the technical dilemma: MM MM Sakai Tools MM MM Moodle Tools Moodle Sakai Moodle Gateway Sakai Gateway Tool 1 Tool n ... Tool 2 Tool 3 OKI Bus
  16. 16. The Affectivity Dilemma: community engaging motivating
  17. 17. The Affectivity Dilemma: Some engaging elements <ul><ul><li>Choices for everyone (i.e., for faculty to choose which tool is best for their subject, for students to choose how they wish to participate or communicate) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humanizing interaction (i.e., photos, images) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Having control of what they see on their first screen - 100% “perceived” satisfaction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Innovative and “ cool ” elements (i.e. Mac-style menu bar) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adding external modules allows students to bring in their lives </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. UOC’s Solutions to the affectivity dilemma: <ul><ul><li>Widget container + set of widgets </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iGoogle’s standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>iGoogle’s widgets into LMS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Almost) each UOC’s widget rely on RSS </li></ul></ul>HOMEPAGE of My UOC. Personalization through a Widget Solution:
  19. 19. UOC’s Solutions to the affectivity dilemma: HOMEPAGE of My UOC. USER’s ACTIONS <ul><li>Drag & drop widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Select a background </li></ul><ul><li>Choose, choose, choose </li></ul><ul><li>Change colour of widget </li></ul><ul><li>Delete what you don’t like </li></ul><ul><li>Easily create your own widgets </li></ul><ul><li>Personalize, customize </li></ul><ul><li>Select visualization type (# items, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Bring in external widgets (i.e. Gmail, RSS…) </li></ul><ul><li>Endless opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Instead of 1 design for everyone we now have as many designs as number of students (47.000). One design does not fit all. </li></ul>
  20. 20. UOC’s Solutions to the affectivity dilemma:
  21. 21. Affectivity evaluation: Up to now... <ul><ul><li>Universities mainly use questionnaires to assess tools and courses </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generally these surveys do not gather affective data </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They use typical overall items such as: ‘Do you think the course is motivating enough? Has the course met your expectations? </li></ul></ul>Our main objective <ul><ul><li>To test a methodology that allows us to gather relevant affective information of the user-computer interaction </li></ul></ul>
  22. 22. Affectivity evaluation:
  23. 23. My UOC at present:
  24. 24. MY UOC AT PRESENT <ul><ul><li>Keeping control over the learning model </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ability to change as we go </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personalization and usability for both faculty and students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexibility and opportunities to innovate and explore new learning approaches. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessibility </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Automatically generation of multiple formats. Versatility of Formats </li></ul></ul>
  25. 25. My UOC challenges: <ul><li>For us the future in e-learning will be focused on interoperability. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maintaining and evolving the environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuing UOC's user-centered tradition integrating psychological and consumer research methods into the UCD process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reaching out to the community so we can all evolve webservices and interoperability together </li></ul></ul>
  26. 26. Thank you for your attention!! [email_address] .

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