EduMash – "Using Web2.0 for experience based learning"

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Just had to post this. Is is a taster session for www.vitae-project.eu. (by foxdenuk)
Web2 for experience based learning
Is is a great example of:
a) mashing up various online tools for educational purposes (I found the presentation on their Ning community, the presentation itself is on Slide Boom, Graham Atwell’s video about personal learning environments is on youtube)
b) active, online, experience based learning – that leaves the learner with control over the artifacts they produce as part of the learning.

Becta – Web2.0 benefits in the classroom

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Becta have published research into the use of web2.0 in the classroom for children between 11-16.

The headline benefits of the research include:

  1. Web2 can improve engagement and participation. This especially true amongst ‘quieter’ pupils.
  2. Web2 facilitates discussion outside of the classroom
  3. Provides extension opportunities
  4. The sense of ownership can increase the quality of the work.

Getting beyond centralized technologies in higher education – Ed-Media Symposium

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This post by Bryan Alexander, discusses a recent Ed-Media Symposium on “Getting beyond centralized technologies in higher education”. There is some good analysis from Scott Wilson about the historial use of centralised systems by institutions and some great discussions in general about why we should be trying utilise the web in elearning rather than LMS’s.

I especially liked the reference to the phrase “digital taxidermists” — which describes “the unfortunate tendency of educators to suck the life out of online applications and communities”.

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Conferencing on the Cheap With Web 2

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This presentation looks at mashing up a series of web2 apps to facilitate an online conference. The results seem pretty good. For the file sharing part of the mashup the author uses a link on their server. To complete the full Web2 nature of this I would recommend www.box.net which gives you 1Gb of online storage space and the ability to share/ embed files in web pages etc.

What is wrong with the VLE?

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New technologies such as Blogging, RSS, social networks (and other systems generally thought of as Web2.0) have had a huge impact the way people manage and share information.

Developing/ Teaching Information Literacy

I think e learning technologists need to realise that the closed modular course, that is the usual fare on VLE’s such as WebCT and dare I say it Moodle, doesn’t fit with emerging use of computers. Bricolage –“the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things which happen to be available” (Wikipedia) I think best describes the processes that are emerging with things like Blogging and this is increasingly becoming a core skill in the workplace. This DIY approach to learning and information managemen, that web 2.0 seems to encourage, for me is the next frontier, and as educators we will need to find pedagogical ways to assimilate peoples bespoke systems for managing the information and networks that are important to them. Forcing students into corporately owned VLE’s like WebCT will increasingly jar with students’ experiences and expectations of social computing.

I think that new pedagogies should centre on encouraging loose networks between learners and a DIY approach to finding and creating/ publishing information. This would shift the role of teacher more towards that of facilitator or information aggorgator and learner to that of knowledge sharer rather than just knowledge consumer. I also very strongly believe that teachers should increasingly be engaging with learners through systems in which learners use currently, such as social network sites and blogs etc.

I think we need to be experimenting as much as possible with teaching through web 2.0 so that we can discover and harness the pedagogical opportunities that they create. Has anyone got any examples of using web2 techs as a pedagogical strategy?

Learning activities for educational social software

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This is a great article with examples of learning activities that can be used to add a social networking element to distance learning.

The learning itinery could be posted on a blog and monitored by students using RSS. This would provide an excellent way of:
- intoducing students to the social software/ netowrking paradigm,
- delivering social learning activities regardless of location/ time.