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Social features in a domain-specific portal about e-learning

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Social features in a domain-specific portal about e-learning

  1. 1. Implementation of Social Features in a Domain-Specific Portal about e-Learning Ramón Ovelar Beltrán, Oskar Casquero Oyarzabal, Manuel Benito Gómez Virtual Campus – University of the Basque Country GIEL – ELIT Research Group EDEN 09 – Gdansk
  2. 2. A brief introduction <ul><li>Definition of a new strategy for Pulsar (http://pulsar.ehu.es), a domain-specific portal devoted to the dissemination of news trends and best practices in the field of e-learning </li></ul><ul><li>Description of the procedure followed for moving from an editorial model to a new approach introducing social features </li></ul>Implementation of Social Features in a Domain-Specific Portal about e-Learning EDEN 09 – Gdansk
  3. 3. Implementation of Social Features in a Domain-Specific Portal about e-Learning Raise awareness of technologies affordances Build a collection of relevant resources A gateway to information about e-learning EDEN 09 – Gdansk
  4. 4. Implementation of Social Features in a Domain-Specific Portal about e-Learning All these services are giving shape to new mechanisms for filtering and selecting the information we consume where personal networks and community play an important role EDEN 09 – Gdansk
  5. 5. WEB 2.0, API MICROCONTENT, SYNDICATION, BARRIERS FOR PARTICIPATION ARE LOWERING A NEW ATTITUDE: DIGITAL NATIVES SOCIAL NETWORKS EMERGE IN THE WEB ARENA ONLINE IDENTITY COMMUNITY: A SOCIAL GATEKEEPER SOCIAL NETWORKS BLOGS, WIKIS, BROADBAND… SOCIAL MEDIA USER GENERATED CONTENT (UGC) WEB 2.0 SOCIAL NETWORKS SOCIAL MEDIA UGC TRANSFORMING THEMATIC PORTALS INTO SOCIAL INFORMATION HUBS A CLOUD OF WEB SERVICES TOOLS THAT USERS SHOULD FIND IN A 2.0 PORTAL <ul><li>RSS FEEDS </li></ul><ul><li>AGGREGATION </li></ul><ul><li>APIs </li></ul><ul><li>PROFILES </li></ul><ul><li>OPEN SOCIAL </li></ul><ul><li>TAGS </li></ul><ul><li>RATINGS </li></ul><ul><li>COMMENTS </li></ul><ul><li>¿MODERATION? </li></ul><ul><li>LIFESTREAM </li></ul>
  6. 6. Implementation of Social Features in a Domain-Specific Portal about e-Learning Getting the community into the process ¿Why users would contribute? EDEN 09 – Gdansk
  7. 7. Implementation of Social Features in a Domain-Specific Portal about e-Learning Users need to feel it as useful for themselves, but also that making a contribution is worth it, because they are effectively helping their colleagues. EDEN 09 – Gdansk
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  18. 18. <ul><li>User-generated content and institutional content will be side by side </li></ul><ul><li>Mixed authentication system that can be linked to an institutional authentication systems (LDAP) but offers non-university users the possibility to participate </li></ul><ul><li>Two possibilities for users’ contributions: direct contributions (like a recommended link with a description) and advanced aggregator . These contributions will be tagged by authors (folksonomy) </li></ul><ul><li>A rating system for content and other popularity rankings </li></ul><ul><li>Affordances for sharing and keeping content in external platforms , by shortcut to social media sites, mail </li></ul><ul><li>A community board displaying users’ contributions, where different tabs will enable users to check them by popularity, time of submission, tags… </li></ul><ul><li>A profile displaying personal information about users but also their last contributions, in a set of blocks: internal contributions, external contributions, comments… </li></ul><ul><li>A social network enabling to set relations with other users, that will also be displayed in their profiles. A friends’ feed is created with the contributions of these users and will be displayed in a tab included in users' profile </li></ul>Implementation of Social Features in a Domain-Specific Portal about e-Learning EDEN 09 – Gdansk
  19. 19. <ul><li>Selection of an open-course CMS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Joomla </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wordpress </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drupal </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Criteria </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Features </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Engagement of the community </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Selected tool: Drupal 5 and a set of community contributed modules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Best scores for social features and flexible aggregation </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Contributed Modules used (non-exhaustive list) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>I18n (translation) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Views </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Content Creation Kit (CCK) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LDAP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FeedAPI </li></ul></ul>Implementation of Social Features in a Domain-Specific Portal about e-Learning <ul><ul><li>Buddylist </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Activity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bio Profile </li></ul></ul>EDEN 09 – Gdansk
  20. 20. <ul><li>Issues and challenges </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A hard work is needed to foster participation and to build a community (and to maintain it!!!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>¿Do faculties are ready for such information management tools? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>¿Will we be able to grow organically and adapt our Pulsar features to our users’ likes and dislikes? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trackability, indicators and data processing </li></ul></ul>Implementation of Social Features in a Domain-Specific Portal about e-Learning EDEN 09 – Gdansk
  21. 21. Ramón Ovelar – Manuel Benito Oskar Casquero Virtual Campus – University of the Basque Country GIEL – ELIT Research Group

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