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Presentation - Conole - The rough guide to Cloudworks
OU Learning and Teaching Conference 22nd June 2010
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21 June 2010
Presentation for my talk at the OU Learning and Teaching Conference 22nd June 2010. Powerpoint presentation that will be presented during the Eluminate session is below, or try the link to the alternative Prezi presentation.
Notes from Gráinne's presentation - rough guide to Cloudworks:
She is obsessed by Cloudworks - but you need a vision to take things forward. Have some excellent colleagues - Juliette, Nick, Rebecca - also working hard to take things forward.
If you want a mini-break, don't go to Barcelona, go to Cloudworks!
It's a place for sharing learning and teaching ideas. Developed about 3 years ago from an idea that there wasn't a place for teachers to share and discuss teaching and learning practice and designs. Teachers wanted a space to talk to each other. Built site from scratch, and developed it in the light of the emergent use of the community that has grown there.
Basic object is the cloud, which are arranged in cloudscapes. Clouds are anything - a topic, a discussion, whatever - about teaching and learning. Many other features to keep track. Will be going open source this summer.
Who's there? A range of people - all sorts, very exciting that it crosses boundaries. Existing spaces for niche communities, but not one that enables cross-boundary discussion for learning and teaching. And multi-cultural: Greek version, Spanish, Greek, German, Dutch discussions going on. 165 countries in there.
Gráinne gives a guided tour of the site. Events have proved to be a really good way of using the site - especially conferences. The OU conference, of course, but many others too, including International Blended Learning Conference 2010.
Can now add gadgets - Simon will talk more about this later.
Clouds can belong to more than one community or Cloudscapes - so can create a cloud on, say, mobile learning, and that can go in several different cloudscapes.
Anyone can start a cloud, and once it's started anyone can improve it by adding to it, or discussing it.
You can follow a cloud or cloudscape, and see the list of people who are also following it. That makes any activity there appear in your personal activity stream. Can also see who's said they're attending (if it's an event), and how many people have viewed it. Can favourite it - a sort of social bookmarking.
Beneath the cloudscape view, you can see all the different clouds below. Can section up the cloudscapes.
The ELESIG community have moved some activities to Cloudworks, including a virtual reading circle. Can also do virtual desk research - Giota did an extensive review of the use of Web 2.0 in HE: set up a space, with clouds for each research question, put up her references, links and so on, and others came in and contributed - big benefit to all. Detailed report to come.
Another use - flash debates. First one was 'Is Twitter killing blogging?' which turned rapidly in to a big discussion. Spotlight debates too - as part of an EU-funded project called OPAL. Gathered case studies worldwide.
Tom Brown and colleagues have done a review too.
Plenty of support available too; have an explore and use. She gives a guided pathway to explore the site. Create a cloud! Can be anything you like so long as it's to do with teaching and learning ... and nothing to do with football!
Martin picks up from the comments: Have any feedback on the interface, and user stats?
G: We have an admin panel to gather this. Distinguish between the core team and others. When started, nobody knew how to use it, so fostered social intervention. But now shifting away, site running away with other people using it. Periodic surveys, have a request for the UI since have a designer coming in again next week to tweak the site. Researching the site, theoretical idea about social objects, Goffman, collective intelligence. Evaluation and analysis of the site is core to what we're doing. Want this to be shaped and guided by user behaviour. Can point to lots of papers!
M: Are the stats openly released?
G: In the papers. The admin panel isn't public, but synthesised stuff released too. Papers in AJET on initial theoretical stuff, Networked Learning paper, Rebecca has a case study on Exeter's use will be done soon. [Outline figures from Rebecca: 2727 users, 2740 clouds, approx 9000 unique visits per month.]
Marie Arndt: Only started using it recently, are doing H800 at the moment. Please could you simply distinguish between clouds and cloudscapes? Is it the content, or what it generates?
G: A cloud is the core object, could be anything - here's an idea I did with my students. Or could be a question - I have 300 nurse practitioners, anyone good e.g.s of how to use PBLs. Or info about research project, or a tool - many clouds about Twitter and use for T&L, about iPad, Google Wave. Or about a research report. A cloudscape is simply a collection of clouds - clouds can be grouped together for a particular purpose. You might choose to create a cloudscape of technology tools you like, add clouds for the tools you like. A collaborative learning person might create a cloudscape about that. The conference cloudscape now includes lots of clouds that already existed. People ask why they have to learn new concepts - no way round, because it is a new practice.
09:22 on 22 June 2010