January 27 – 29, 2010
Las Vegas, Nevada
We Are the Wiki
Open Source Comes to Education and Training
TK 2010 - W107CS and TK2010 - TH107CS
Communications Support Coordinator
Penn State University
216 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
Creative Commons Share-Alike Courtesy David Wiley
• Learning becomes even more
• Niche and Targeted Social Networks
• Web 2.0 Tools (Purdue University)
• SA Blog’s Web 2.0
• Web 2.0 Glossary (Penn State)
• Connectivism (http://www.connectivism.ca/)
What: Collection of peer reviewed educational resources
Why: To leverage high quality multimedia materials to save time in development. Mainly
higher‐education focused, but some topics or portions of topics may be suitable for training
What: Open Educational Resources and Recommendations for OER
Why: To find and recommend open educational resources in a variety of subjects. The
folksemantic OER Recommender widget also allows context‐dependent open resources to
be listed on users’ web pages.
What: Open Educational Resources Publishing platform
Why: To create, remix, and reuse open materials in creating your own documentation;
allows pass‐through of publishing costs.
What: Open Educational Resources
Why: To find, tag, and use open educational resources. Again, this resource is largely
focused on higher education, but may have items suitable for training purposes, as well.
Academic Earth: http://academicearth.org/
Creative Commons: http://creativecommons.org
What: Blogging system that allows custom themes, widgets, and add‐ons to integrate
other social media such as Twitter and Flickr
Why: To create training that integrates different social media pieces quickly and easily
when you don’t have the technical infrastructure to support your own servers, etc.
What: Blogging system through Google
Why: When you just need a blog or would like to integrate what you’re doing with other
Google solutions (Gmail, Google docs, Google Wave, etc)
What: Text‐to‐movie publishing platform
Why: To storyboard video prior to making it; to create quick video clips for use in training
What: Online video editing and publishing
Why: When you need basic video editing tools, but don’t have the budget to purchase a
professional suite. Also useful in training situations where you want students to make a
video and don’t want to require them to purchase a product to edit video.
What: Online photo editing software
Why: When you need basic photo editing, but don’t have the budget to purchase a
professional photo editing software package. Also useful in training situations where you
want students to produce photos but don’t want to require them to purchase a product.
What: Place to save notes, thoughts, tasks, photos, web sites, and ideas
Why: Useful tool to keep track of things for the trainer on the go. Available on mobile
devices such as iPhone, iPod Touch, Droid, and Blackberry for notetaking, web clipping, and
What: Online document sharing and collaboration
Why: Excellent for collaborative work on presentations, documents, and spreadsheets. In
addition, Google forms allows you to disseminate quick surveys and gather results in a
spreadsheet, which is likewise shareable.
What: Place to create and manage targeted, or niche, social networks
Why: Targeted social networks are becoming the next wave of the social network
revolution. Useful for organizing socially around a particular topic or training idea, Ning
offers a full range of social network activities within its own space.
What: Web‐based RSS readers
Where: http://www.bloglines.com/ , http://www.google.com/reader
Why: Online sites to aggregate and view RSS feeds. Useful when using blogging in
training and education; you can pull RSS feeds of blogs and gather them in one place to re‐
share or to use for assessment/evaluation.
What: Video sharing site
Why: Useful for holding video to use in training and education; also good for finding
video that is able to be embedded in your content. Basic editing of video (audio track
replacement, captioning) is available on the site.
What: Online photo sharing site that allows basic editing of photos
Why: Useful for finding creative‐commons licensed content for use in education and
training, but also for keeping and holding a pool of photos around particular topics/ideas.
What: Online social bookmarking site
Why: Share and save bookmarks to sites across the web; makes bookmarks available via
any computer/browser. Good use in training/education is to tag relevant links in common;
thus, users get an ever‐growing pool of resources.
What: Blogging and sharing site that allows posting via e‐mail
Why: Useful in managing posts across a myriad of social sites. One e‐mail to posterous
can send items to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Picasa, Wordpress, and a host of other sites.
The ability to do this through e‐mail is a good scaffolding mechanism for folks wanting to get
involved in social media, but not ready to make the leap.
What: Microblogging platform
Why: Useful for connecting with others in a training course, profession, or other interest
area. Also good for sharing and receiving quick tips or snippets of information around a
particular topic. Good for connecting with others during times when traditional media
What: Online Social Networks
Where: http://www.facebook.com, http://myspace.com
Why: Connect and reconnect with others on these social networks. MySpace and
Facebook tend to have different audiences, but both are generally used in more of the
“social” sphere, e.g., friends from high school, etc. MySpace is additionally heavily used in
the entertainment industry, where Facebook is big at colleges and universities.
What: Online Social Networks
Where: http://linkedin.com, http://plaxo.com
Why: Connect and reconnect with others on these social networks. LinkedIn and Plaxo
tend to be more professionally based networks commonly used in corporations and