Learning Flow Management and
Semantic Data Exchange between
Blog-based Personal Learning
Environments
Vladimir Tomberg, Ma...
Background
Learning is continuously shifting to the to web
WEB1.0: associated with LMS
(Learning Management Systems)
WEB2.0: associated with PLE
(Personal Learning Environment)
The Gap
• PLE is free, weakly organized environment
• We use it, but we still need some features that
can organize the lea...
Challenge
• How to organize in informal environment:
– Formal learning course
– Formal assignments
– Formal assessment
– T...
Initial Position
• There are already thousands of teachers’ blogs
who uses them for conducting courses
• There are much mo...
Typical Scenario for Course Flow
1. Teacher organizes a new course in own blog
2. The teacher invites students to the cour...
Question 1. How to identify course?
• Each blog category can be marked (or not) as a
course
• Each post in the course can ...
Mapping of blog’s and learning
concepts
Workflow of Assignment
Problems with Assessment Workflow
in Blogs
• It can be organized conventionally, but seems
it should be hard to control
• ...
Our Solution: LePress
• LePress is experimental plug-in for WordPress
that help to organize assessment workflow
between bl...
LePress in Layered Architecture
LePress Teacher: Create Course
LePress Teacher: Managing Courses
LePress Teacher: Inviting Students
LePress Teacher: Confirming Registration
LePress Teacher Widget: List of Students
LePress Teacher: Writing Assignment
LePress Teacher Widget: Assignments list
LePress Student: List of assignments
LePress Student Widget
LePress Student: Submitting assignment
LePress Teacher: Managing Assignments
LePress Teacher: Writing Feedback
Enhancing of Blog’s Semantic
• Currently only two semantic tools available in
blogs by default: tags and categories
• For ...
Exporting Microformats
• Microformats can be exported right from
LePress Widget
• hCalendar microformat for course data
• ...
Visual Exporting Microformats’ Data by Google Chrome
Michromeformats Extension
Conclusion
• Development of LePress demonstrates:
– How learning flow can be automated using the
typical features of blog ...
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Learning Flow Management and Semantic Data Exchange between Blog-based Personal Learning Environments

  1. 1. Learning Flow Management and Semantic Data Exchange between Blog-based Personal Learning Environments Vladimir Tomberg, Mart Laanpere, David Lamas Tallinn University, Estonia
  2. 2. Background Learning is continuously shifting to the to web
  3. 3. WEB1.0: associated with LMS (Learning Management Systems)
  4. 4. WEB2.0: associated with PLE (Personal Learning Environment)
  5. 5. The Gap • PLE is free, weakly organized environment • We use it, but we still need some features that can organize the learning flow, especially for formal learning in a university
  6. 6. Challenge • How to organize in informal environment: – Formal learning course – Formal assignments – Formal assessment – Tracking of results?
  7. 7. Initial Position • There are already thousands of teachers’ blogs who uses them for conducting courses • There are much more of students’ blogs, who used them as learning portfolios • We choose WordPress as PLE blog platform and tried to organize simple learning scenario • Our goal is an implementing of a learning flow with smallest or possible no an interference in usual blog’s publishing process
  8. 8. Typical Scenario for Course Flow 1. Teacher organizes a new course in own blog 2. The teacher invites students to the course 3. The teacher assigns an assignment for the students 4. Students implement the assignment and submit results 5. Teacher assess the submissions of the students
  9. 9. Question 1. How to identify course? • Each blog category can be marked (or not) as a course • Each post in the course can be marked (or not) as an assignment for students • Students can subscribe to the course by RSS like they can subscribe to blog category (we introduce also much more secure scenario)
  10. 10. Mapping of blog’s and learning concepts
  11. 11. Workflow of Assignment
  12. 12. Problems with Assessment Workflow in Blogs • It can be organized conventionally, but seems it should be hard to control • Teacher has no tools for tracking of results of students
  13. 13. Our Solution: LePress • LePress is experimental plug-in for WordPress that help to organize assessment workflow between blogs
  14. 14. LePress in Layered Architecture
  15. 15. LePress Teacher: Create Course
  16. 16. LePress Teacher: Managing Courses
  17. 17. LePress Teacher: Inviting Students
  18. 18. LePress Teacher: Confirming Registration
  19. 19. LePress Teacher Widget: List of Students
  20. 20. LePress Teacher: Writing Assignment
  21. 21. LePress Teacher Widget: Assignments list
  22. 22. LePress Student: List of assignments
  23. 23. LePress Student Widget
  24. 24. LePress Student: Submitting assignment
  25. 25. LePress Teacher: Managing Assignments
  26. 26. LePress Teacher: Writing Feedback
  27. 27. Enhancing of Blog’s Semantic • Currently only two semantic tools available in blogs by default: tags and categories • For getting something better we need to adopt other tools like microformats, RDFa or microdata • Our previous research (MUPPLE09) shows that microformats are most successful solutions
  28. 28. Exporting Microformats • Microformats can be exported right from LePress Widget • hCalendar microformat for course data • hCard for course participants (teacher and students)
  29. 29. Visual Exporting Microformats’ Data by Google Chrome Michromeformats Extension
  30. 30. Conclusion • Development of LePress demonstrates: – How learning flow can be automated using the typical features of blog engines: trackback, categories and sidebar widgets – How course- and assignment-related semantic data could be distributed in real environment using Microformats

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