Online Tutorial Setting
– Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing

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– Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing - Presentation for SPARC by David Wood and Ana Loureiro

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  • Online Tutorial Setting
– Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing

    1. 1. SPARC - Salford Postgraduate Annual Research Conference 10 & 11 June 2010 Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing © Copyright rests with authors. Please cite and use this presentation appropriately. Loureiro, Ana (accloureiro@gmail.com) | CIDTFF – University of Aveiro | Polytechnics Institute of Santarém Wood, David (davidwood2009@gmail.com) Bettencourt, Teresa (tbett@ua.pt) | CIDTFF – University of Aveiro
    2. 2. Broad research objective Knowledge Building in Virtual Environments – Influence of Interpersonal Relationships • focused on learning relationships that are established in real life and then flow into a virtual environment andBroad research objective real life again then flow back into Establish whether this flow is complementary Develop best practices for immersive education Enhance blended learning (Tertiary) sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 2 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010
    3. 3. Why virtual environments… • In a Virtual World people seem to… – feel more: confident, participative, creative, and responsive – attend training sessions because they want to learn (engage with content) – naturally learn (natural learning/self directed learning) • Principles of social constructivism and connectivism apply sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 3 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010
    4. 4. Research methodology… • observing (in-world) teachers and learners in a formal, informal and natural context of learning – Portugese student base • qualitative study, with exploratory characteristics • data collection – questionnaires, observation, chats logs, interviews • data analysis – categorisation, content/context analysis, quantitative representation sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 4 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010
    5. 5. The pilot study • We seek to learn: – How students engage with Web 2.0 tools? – How students engage with a virtual environment? – Whether the tools show improvement in collaboration? – How well the tools promote knowledge building sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 5 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010
    6. 6. Blended Learning I “learning which combines online and face to face approaches”* •Heinze & Procter (2004) Reflections On The Use Of Blended Learning Education in a Changing Environment 13th-14th September 2004 Conference Proceedings Classroo m (Formal teaching and practical work) Second Diigo Life (information (discussion sharing) & knowledge building) sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 6 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010
    7. 7. Support for Pedagogy Second Life Diigo • immersive (walk through • Bookmarking (referencing) contents and information / learn by living) • Commenting (opinions, analysis, feedback) • 3D representation of “myself” – avatar (learn subject matter in • Information sharing 1st person, which is (collaboration, building experiential, nonsymbolic, common ground) interactive and multisensorial) • Brainstorming • communication, cooperation, interaction, information sharing • Student directed activity in real time • social network / community of practice (Wenger, 2008) sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 7 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010
    8. 8. Blended Learning II • Are you a digital native or a digital immigrant? sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 8 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010
    9. 9. Blended Learning III Salmon, G., (2000) E-Moderating: The key to Teaching and Learning online. Kogan sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 9 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010
    10. 10. Preliminary observations… • Mature students showing higher level of participation – 33% attendance in latest online meeting – (no participation from day class) • Students posting 2x more information than the teacher • Quality of information posted is high (relevant) – Posts are moderated • The tools support the work patterns of the mature students in particular sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 10 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010
    11. 11. Initial Reflections • The contrast of behaviour between day and night students is a function of – Maturity – Level of independence as learners – Intrinsic motivation • Motivation needs further evaluation – Where free will is involved sparc > Online Tutorial Setting – Creating opportunities for knowledge sharing 11 loureiro, wood & bettencourt | salford, june’2010

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