BuildAR Augmented Reality workshop 16th Oct 2012

  • Types of AR include location, image, now panoroma (maps onto sphere), and now 3D objects.
  • New AR also enables images, 3D objects
  • Basic model involves a HTML overlay, 3D scene cube, camera view at back.
  • Metaio (made by Junaio) powers Builder. Can have dozens of objects interacting with each other.
  • Range of different approaches to specifying coordinate systems – approach adopted by Junaio and hence BuildAR for location based AR is x axis runs west east, y-axis runs south north, z-axis runs up down.
  • Note locations can be fixed (global locations) or relative to the user.
  • BuildAR calls the point of reference in the real world an “anchor”, and then have “projections” attached to these (rather than “augmentations”).
  • In many ways creating AR is like creating a narrative or cinematic experience with elements of art and
  • Robs model enables creators to punch holes out to the web to embed web-content, and open web-sockets for live feeds of web-content
  • Can even set it up so that a device such as an iphone or Kinnect can act as a controller for content/objects in the AR world
  • Can apply physics engines to the objects you create (for instance on offer via Javascript).
  • OBJ is the mesh format used for 3D objects, MB2 can be used (format that comes out of Quake, can bake in animations), new format from Autodesk (Rob forgets name) can all be used.
  • Having a good object model is important, for instance can just push coordinates and orientations around which is quite efficient.
  • The model BuildAR uses means that almost anything can be plugged and played.
  • Can create custom app from Junaio
  • Designing in this 3D space is a whole new design art and thinking space.
  • Start the design with “why”.

Project ideas from attendees:

  • Margot – masters students creating a little bit of content, and potentially her creating content for students.
  • Susan – create an AR experience associated with the astronomy night brochure that showcases the activities at the event
  • Tom augmenting the experience of museum participants, having virtual objects that you can manipulate, as well as a music experience e.g. cube (Rob noted that the new audio Web API would be perfect for this)
  • Cathie is aiming to create an App for the sculpture park.
  • Matt – ASCILITE
  • Neil – communicating aboriginal stories from children (Rob suggests having the aboriginal flag as a marker that can pull up different location based information)
  • Ming Ming – semiotic analysis support
  • Rob Parker – new biodiversity planet
  • David Grover – maths view puzzle based on cubes
  • Tyrone (TAFE) – has created a couple of AR experiences
  • storytelling, blocking out stories
  • Leon – putting together some multimedia associated with fixed learning resources

BuildAR show – where they are now:

  • Currently in closed beta mode at http://t-v3.buildar.com/home#p=/
  • BuildAR app goes live in a week
  • Junaio uses Catchoom for the visual search – and now BuildAR is in a direct partnership with Catchoom so do not have to be victim to changes
  • Junaio doesn’t have an address bar – need to launch from Safari at the following web address: junaio://channels/?id=141781
  • IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) is in South Australia at end of Octoberish next year.
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Learning Design Definitions – One Possible Approach

After spending two days at a Learning Design writing retreat in Larnaca and also after attending a great presentation by Eva Dozoby at ICEM 2012 that highlighted the inconsistencies in learning design nomenclature, I’ve documented one possible approach to defining the various uses of “learning design” and adjunctives. It has adopted a simple rather than verbose approach, in order to support comprehensibility and therefore more likely adoption by a broad cross-section of educators.

learning design (process): the act of designing tasks, lessons, sessions/units, modules/programs.
Example: “Students were attempting to engage in the process of learning design.”

learning design (product): an organised series of one or more task specifications.
Example: “I created and shared my learning design.”

Learning Design (field): the study of the process and praxis of learning design.
Examples: “I drew upon research from the Learning Design field to frame my thinking”, “One of the fundamental premises of Learning Design is that a range of pedagogies may be represented”.

learning design technical specifications: standards, often technical and agreed by organisations, that can be used to specify a learning design.
Example: “IMS LD is the most widely accepted learning design technical specification”

learning designer (role): someone who engages in the process of learning design.
Example: “A learning designer may choose to draw upon existing templates.”

Learning Designer (tool): A particular software system developed at the London Knowledge Lab which aims to support and develop learning design thinking processes.
Example: “One way to help teachers reflect upon the sorts of pedagogies they use is to have them plan their curriculum using the Learning Designer system.”

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ICEM 2012 Conference – 27-29 September

First speaker John Hedberg “New times, new tools, but has the emperor got clothes?”

Keynote by Grainne Conole

  • Video with contemporary statistics on the impact of social media: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQzsQkMFgHE
  • Book: What you really need to know about the internet – From Gutenburg to Zuckerberg
  • Open University Open University Learning Design Initiative (OULDI) Carpe Diem at Leicter combined forces to create the 7C’s framework: Conceptualis, Capture, Create, Communicate, Collaborate, Consider, Consolidate

Learning Design Symposium 1

  • “Bridging the gap between the theory and practice of advanced pedagogies and teacher collaboration” Eva Dobozy – a great paper comparing different definitions of learning design and the research orientations (pedagogical, technical) of different papers from all LAMS conferences. Worth looking up.
  • “Learning and design with online real-time collaboration” | Michael Stevenson & John G. Hedberg. Analysis of collaborative writing with deBono’s hats assigned as roles (assigning roles, Alternatives, benefits, limitations, feelings, organisation, white).

Daniel Churchill – Mobile Learning

  • Developing Apps from Learning Objects. Developed a taxonomy of Apps.
  • RASE model of learning design – Resources, Activity, Support, Evaluation
  • Working on a mobile device that tracks eye movement

 

 

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Learning Design Writing Workshop – Larnaca, Cyprus, 24th & 25th of Sept 2012

Posted below are various personal notes taken from this meeting. These notes reflect my interpretations of points that were interesting from my perspective, and in no way represent the entirety of the output of this meeting.

Attendees: James Dalziel, Grainne Conole, Leanne Cameron, Matt Bower, Simon Walker, Sandra Willis, Eva Dobozy, Emil Badilescu-Buga, Spyros Papadakis, Chris Alexander.

Introductions

Sandra: Enrole project looked at role-play based learning designs
Simon: CAMEL project (http://www.jiscinfonet.ac.uk/camel) Collaborative Approaches to the Management of ELearning. Used Google Docs Flowchart to map curriculum (and won a Google award for it)
Chris: Using LAMS and Moodle, head of elearning department at Uni of Nicosia
Eva: Working on transdisciplinary Pedagogical Templates, definitions of learning design.
Grianne: Using LOOK Social Networking Analysis
Emir: Looking at Social Adoption of Innovation (adoption of innovation is incredibly social), “Dominant design”
Leanne: Looking at Social Networking, also how teachers in the sciences receive worse reviews, in part because they don’t care so much about their students
Spyros: Looking at LORD – Learning Outcomes Resources and Designs (?)
James: What is learning design, what could it mean, pedagogical patterns could be inside learning design (ontology). What learning design isn’t (not a theory about how people should teach/philospophy in the same way as constructivism, connectivism).

Miscellaneous minutes

Grianne: “Instructional Design is more based on positivist perspective and Learning Design is more based on the Social-Cultural perspective”
Sandra: Learning Designers, and their function of abstracting pedagogical patterns.
James: Narrow definition of LD – the technical descriptive framework of learning design. Broad definition of LD – why do we do what we do with relation to LD. Component parts of LD sitting underneath – Instructional design, how to write good questions. Above LD – looking at frameworks of putting together courses, programs, and then designs they use
Another element: Life cycle of innovation and change (how do I take teachers into a process that changes what they do). James believes that buying trust by little-picture up design rather than big-picture down approach (eg LDer).
Matt: [Interesting reflection that we are trying to develop the learning design capabilities of teachers, but we as a discipline are not defining our learning outcomes. There is a difference between individual teachers (target audience – and different use cases).] It would be great to have a community website for us. We could use https://www.createspace.com/ from Amazon allows us to self publish and print on demand.
Emir: Wikipedia and Facebook page for Learning Design would be good.
Grianne: Would be good to get a directory of Learning Design people (e.g. page on wikipedia). Good learning design book: “Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age: designing and delivering e-learning”. Helen Beetham & Rhona Sharpe. Martin Weller (Editor of Journal of Interactive Media in Education) book: “The Digital Scholar”. Bloomsbury (publisher) publishes free online.
James: We should get together a Learning Design Wikipedia page.
We can define Learning Design (e.g. LD vs ld). MIT (publisher) eventually agreed to allow his “Opening Up Education” to be freely available online.
James desperately wants the book “Learning Design for the Masses” (tongue in cheek), but for now we need the book/community site for us.
Matt Bower: How about ldconsortium or ldalliance. List of people who have published in learning design on Google sites? Drupal?
References for definitions of Learning Design:
a) Grainne’s book “Designing for Learning in an Open World”
b) Eva’s ICEM2012 conference paper
c) James’ presentation with different conceptualisions of learning design
d) Leanne’s paper “How learning design can illuminate teaching practice”
Matt: We haven’t actually come up with any proposed “Learning design processes” (though Grainne recommends Design Based Research as a methodology).

The group then proceeded to come up with a timeline of Learning Design that traces the history and development of the field. They also created an overarching learning design descriptive framework. Both of these will be disseminated in future presentations and publications.

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Blended Learning Conference, Sebel Surry Hills, 29th August

Blending with purpose, to overcome the LMS limbo. Blended learning in the spaces between.

Mark Brown – How do we address the issue of quality

  • Blended learning can help to create a vibrant digital learning ecology. However it can also be used to entrench 1950s pedagogies.
  • Quality is a value laden, contestable, context bound, discipline specific construct.
  • Quality assurance versus quality enhancement
  • Can use Australasian Survey of Student Engagement to benchmark student experience
  • Tensions can include institution vs individual, clear standards vs creative flair, externally imposed requirements vs internally owned commitments, central quality police versus local professional responsibility, quality compliance versus quality culture
  • Sloan Consortium has five pillars approach to assessing quality. Also see the Quality Matters Program (qualitymatters.org), wee wikipedia “Benchmarking e-learning” for a range of other tools
  • Quality enhancement at Massey involves: promoting a high level of professional trust, giving responsibility for quality back to academics, building distributed leadership for teaching and learning
  • Quality Enhancement Framework: Designs for Learning, Resources for Learning, Facilitating Learning, Assessment for Learning, Evaluating Teaching, Professional Learning.
  • Peer review: owned by academics, focus on subject design, emphasis on development, encourages formative feedback… particular framework look at http://peerreview.massey.ac.nz or look at QUT for a similar emerging framework
  • Blended learning for quality needs to disrupt the dominant reproduction metaphors of education.
  • Unesco pillars of learning: Learning to be, Learning to know, Learning to do, Learning to live together. Matt adds: Learning to change and grow.
  • Albert Einstein: “Not everything that can be counted counts, not everything that counts can be counted”

Panel Session: Securing Buy-In from Stakeholders

Dr Lisa Germany, Educational Manager, Elearning at Victoria University
Professor Richard Constantine, Pro Vice Chancellor Information Services and Chief Information Officer, Flinders University
Professor Kent Anderson, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), University of Adelaide

Lisa Germany: Need to identify pain points and senior/middle management need to act first (actions speak louder than world). Embedding is the key (blended learning shouldn’t be special – it should be embedded in course review, performance review, etc)

Simon McIntyre – Learning To Teach Online (UNSW)

  • “Learning to teach online in an on-campus workshop is like learning to train a horse by riding a carousel.”
  • The “Learning to Teach Online” project is a free resource from UNSW available under a Creative Commons license.
  • Shared on UNSWTV, JISC Edmedia Share
  • Program called DEFI(?) to look at patterns of access.
  • See http://online.cofa.unsw.edu.au/learning-to-teach-online/
  • Report at http://tiny.cc/ltto_report
  • [Very good presentation and resource – lookup]

Mike Keppell – Evaluating blended learning

  • How to evaluate the impact on the learner, teacher, discipline, school/faculty, organisation
  • Evaluation strategies:
  • See work by Philip Morgan
  • Ask stakeholders about what success will look like.
  • OLT: Tilly Influence Factor

Janson Hews, Education Director Powerhouse Museum – The Importance of Creating a Community Based Peer to Peer Learning Experience

  • Learning as participation (Sfard, 1997)
  • Very good presentation that showcased a range of initiatives and Powerhouse pedagogical design principles.
  • https://www.zooniverse.org/

 

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How to present wirelessly using your ipad

Hi. This took a little bit of time to work out so I thought I’d quickly share how you can present wirelessly using your ipad.

  1. Make sure your computer is attached to the Internet and then setup an ad-hoc wireless network from your computer (for instance, instructions for a Mac can be found at http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-set-up-an-ad-hoc-wireless-network.html ). It is not essential to setup an adhoc network because in some cases you can simply just run off a wireless network available in the room where you will be presenting. However, I recommend setting up an ad-hoc network with Internet sharing from your computer because this safeguards you against third-party wifi or firewall issues.
  2. Turn Internet Sharing on so that your ipad will be able to use your computer for Internet access (see http://osxdaily.com/2012/01/05/enable-internet-sharing-mac-os-x/ ) and note that I often have to select a different channel such as 1 or 6 to get Internet Sharing to work for me.
  3. Download an Airplay application such as Reflection App (http://www.reflectionapp.com) or Airserver (http://www.airserverapp.com) and install it on your computer. Note that Airserver runs Keynote more intuitively than ReflectionApp.
  4. On your ipad (V2 or V3 only) double-click on the menu button and scroll the dock one screen to the left to access the general controls. From here you should be able to access a little airplay button and you should be able to select your computer. Make sure that mirroring is set to “On”. You should be streaming the audio-visual from your ipad to your computer.
  5. Plug your computer into a data projector (via the video out port) and speakers (via the headphones port, say) and now everything from your ipad should be received by the audience via your computer.

And that’s it!

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AR Symposium at Macquarie ICT Innovation Centre 14th August 2012

Introduction to AR – Rob Manson

  • Milgram’s Reality – Virtual Worlds spectrum
  • Azuma’s definition of AR in 1997
  • ARToolkit released in 1999 (C++ Libraries)
  • Wikipedia’s 2002 definition has been superseded by 2011 definition (current)
  • 2008 Wikitude released the first mobile browser (phone had camera, GPS, mobile)
  • 2009 FLARToolkit released in 2009 (Flash based, therefore worked in a web-browser). In Google traffic/trends, you can see a big spike.
  • 2010 First meeting of the ARStandards workshop in Soul (they meet a few times a year). The API allows you to access a range of input devices, not just camera.
  • 2011 JSARToolkit released, and it runs very well and can run in a browser.
    theAWEsomeweb.com.
  • Rob proposes a much broader definition of AR, beyond graphics overlay. Towards “Augmented Cognition” (Thad Starner)
  • “Animating the world with the human body” video http://blogs.technet.com/b/next/archive/2012/08/07/kin-202-tre-animating-the-world-with-the-human-body.aspx

Designing learning experiences using AR – Danny Munnerly

  • Design Thinking approach
  • Demonstrated some marker based AR apps
  • Spacecraft 3D – amazing model of the Mars Curiosity.
  • Transformer AR app hole in desk and shoot aliens.
  • Nomenclature: “Imagining spaces”, “revealing data”

Some great apps:

  • Aurasma
  • Junaio
  • Layar
  • AR Studio
  • String Augmented Reality
  • SpaceCraft 3D
  • Streetmuseum – Londinium
  • Transparent Earth
  • ARBasketball
  • Skyview Free
  • Plane Finder AR Free
  • Sun Seeker Lite
  • Around Me
  • Skinvaders
  • Peak AR
  • Magic Plan
  • Word Lens
  • seeLevel
  • Qibla AR
  • Aus Post
  • Magic Camera

Rob Manson – AR Technology Overview and Conceptual Unpacking

  • The four key modes of Augmented Reality:
    Public – multiuser fixed space
    Intimate – user alone potentially at a laptop
    Personal – Field of View pointing out to the real world scene
    Private – only you can see your Field of View (e.g. Google Glass)
  • World Lens is an App that does Augmented Reality translation of signs
  • For key user experiences of AR: http://ar-ux.com/the-4-key-user-experience-modes-of-augmented
  • Three approaches to AR triggers: Marker based Object based, Location based. These become the ‘anchors’ of for the AR ‘overlays’.
  • Uses multiple input devices: GPS, camera, gyroscope
  • We we select an App like Junaio or Aurasma we create a channel and content – can be used to create a custom App. There are also AR Content Management Systems, notably BuildAR. In the next few weeks BuildAR will add a HTML layer on top of the 3D projection layer that is projected on the 2D video stream from the camera (or elsewhere).
  • When interacting with location based content (e.g. walking tour) the world plane whereas for pictures on walls may have the vertical axis pointed out of the wall.
  • Facial recognition is now excellent and here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tb0pMeg1UN0

 

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The Pedagogy of Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality Technology

Types of AR include:

  • Marker based (a particular image causes multimedia resources to be layered across it)
  • Object based (an object caused mutlimedia resources to be layered across it)
  • Location based (geolocation on a mobile device causes AR to appear, complete with pre-specified orientation and play settings)

The types of multimedia that can be incorporated include images (which could be text) and video. Audio can also be embedded, for instance by utilising a transparent video.

Perfectly Situated Scaffolding

Augmented Reality provides educators with previously impossible opportunities for embedding perfectly situated scaffolding into learning episodes. The ability to not only place instructional support exactly where it is required but to also layer that support across those real-world resources so that they appear as though they are really there means that the sort of scaffolding we provide need no longer be degraded by temporal or spatial disconnection (i.e. perfect contiguity).

Ways in which Augmented Reality can support different types of thinking

Anderson & Krathwohl’s (2001) revised Bloom’s Taxonomy provides a framework for considering different types of knowledge and cognitive processes involved in learning. This posits the question – how might AR might be used to support different types of knowledge and different cognitive processes related to items in our everyday world. Some possibilities are provided in Table 1 below.

Table 1 – Ways in which AR can be used to scaffold learning

  Recall Understand Apply Analyse Evaluate Create
Factual Name written alongside item using AR Explanation written alongside item using AR Short written response relating to item based on AR descriptions Interrogation of written labelling associated with item Judgement of quality of written text associated with item Create written descriptions to associate with items
Conceptual Simple image/icon provided alongside item using AR Explanatory illustration provided alongside item using AR Illustration drawn relating to item based on AR descriptions Interrogation of illustration associated with item Judgement of quality of illustration associated with item Create illustrations to associate with item
Procedural Simple video provided alongside item using AR Explanatory video provided alongside item using AR Processes completed relating to item based on AR descriptions Interrogation of video provided alongside item Judgement of quality of video associated with item Create videos to associate with items

* Note that the metacognitive knowledge type has been omitted from the table as this may be represented either as factual, conceptual or procedural knowledge.

Table 1 can be utilised in the learning process in one of two ways. Firstly, it can be used in a more traditional teaching sense where students are provided with the scaffolding that the teacher has integrated into the learning experience using AR. The second, potentially more powerful approach is to have students as producers of AR in order to demonstrate their disciplinary understanding.

AR futures

A brave new world is upon us where educational service providers (and advertisers) will be competing to provide the most desirable AR layers for our world. Hopefully this will be a layer governed by principles of open access and student and teacher control rather than being entirely dominated by corporate enterprise.

Research Project Idea

We can map out the above strategies for using AR in the curriculum (to visual arts students curating a sculpture park, science students studying ecological systems, etc) and then evaluate how much each component contributed to the learning process (based on student, teacher and researcher perceptions) using post-survey instruments as well as open ended responses to group interviews. As well, pragmatic issues and potentials can be discussed with relation to providing this sort of AR-based situated scaffolding.

 

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10 Ways to Increase Usage and Citation of articles – by Sage

This was sent through by Sage marketing, but it actually has some good ideas…

1. Wikipedia
We recognise that many students are increasingly using Wikipedia as the starting point for their research. If there are pages that relate to themes, subjects or research that your article covers, add your article as a reference, with a link to it on SAGE Journals. If there isn’t a page in existence, why not create one? You can find out how here.

2. Join Twitter
Twitter is a micro-blogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Authors are increasingly promoting their content via Twitter which is then picked up by other researchers and practitioners depending on their search parameters. Look at the example here. Senders can restrict delivery to those in their circle of friends or, by default, allow open access. Twitter allows you to set up search terms to enable you to monitor what is being talked about in your areas of interest: You can then comment on the relevant conversations. The more you engage, the more people will follow you to listen to your comments and recommendations. As followers come to you, rather than you approaching them, Twitter is an ideal way to reach new audiences.

SAGE’s guidelines for how to use Twitter are available here.

3. YouTube
Content is, of course, no longer as narrow as text and figures. It also includes user-generated content and multi-media content such as podcasts and videos. We are seeing an increasing amount of traffic to our journal sites via YouTube as students use video as an initial way of researching a topic. If you already have video content relating to your specific journal article, please let us know and we will add it to our SAGE YouTube channel.

4. Start blogging
Wondering what to write about? What about:

i. Your area of research and papers that you have published – and/or other related papers in your field of research. Don’t forget to link to them from your blog!

ii. Conferences and training events that you’re due to speak at.

iii. Your last conference – were there any interesting questions that came up?

iv. What do you think of any recent press coverage of your subject area?

v. Ask your colleagues and co-researchers to guest blog and stimulate debate.

The more you write, the higher your page will appear in search engine results pages when researchers are searching for content – especially as they are increasingly using Google Scholar. SAGE will provide a blogging template and guidelines – please contact us if you would like further information.

5. Join academic social networking sites
Academics, researchers and practitioners are increasingly using social communities as a way of meeting and conversing with people who share the same research interests. These sites offer an immediate way to monitor what other people are looking at in your field of research or as a way to commission papers around online conversations you think are interesting. If there aren’t any groups talking about your research interests, set one up! Take a look at MyNetResearch and Academici for example. There are others too, perhaps you can ask your colleagues which they are part of to decide what suits you best.

6. Your own website
Do you have your own website? If not, create one! You can create a very clean and simple site using Google sites. SAGE will provide guidelines on how to engage with your audience using social media functionality.

7. Social bookmarking with CiteULike
CiteULike is a free service to help you to store, organise and share the scholarly papers you are reading. When you see a paper on the web that interests you, you can click one button and have it added to your personal library. CiteULike automatically extracts the citation details, so there’s no need to type them in yourself. It all works from within your web browser so there’s no need to install any software. Because your library is stored on the server, you can access it from any computer with an Internet connection.

8. Join a SAGE Community Site
Sponsored by SAGE, these new online communities allow you to connect with other researchers, discuss issues and controversies in the field, DISCO_UKS_UKGver and review new resources, find relevant conferences and events, and share and solve problems. It’s a great way to connect with fellow academics and introduce them to your work!

9. LinkedIn
LinkedIn is an interconnected network of experienced professionals from around the world with over 55 million members. It is not just for career opportunities. When you create your profile that summarizes your professional expertise and accomplishments, why not including mention of your articles? You can also join groups on LinkedIn related to your research and post links to your article on group pages.

10. Facebook
Facebook lets users add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by city, workplace, and school or college. You can also join and create groups according to your interests or areas of expertise.

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Social Media in Higher Education conference (26th June 2012)

A/Professor Adam Brigman, Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching, Faculty of Science University of Sydney

  • Adopted a social media approach that sent all of their announcements via RSS to Twitter, Facebook, etc
  • Reduced Absent Fails by about 40% by adopting this strategy.
  • Discussion boards advantages: teacher replies once for benefit of all, more structured easier to manage, teacher can moderate peer conversation, build sense of community
  • Student driven Facebook groups tend to work better than staff driven Facebook group, sense of community amongst students who hadn’t even met. Setup a meeting at end of semester!
  • Runs virtual field trip/quiz facilitated through social media, based on topic area quiz, map coordinates, taking a photo of themselves at that place.
  • Group laboratory reports using Googledocs or blogging software or Pebblepad, which actually emulates academic writing in the real world.
  • Upload results to eportfolio, youtube, or the unit Flickr feed.
  • There is a large and growing set of high quality resources available on the web (MOOCs). Academics should be drawing upon their hundreds (or even thousands) of students to help keep track of developments on the web. Good to have people tag the resources based on the topics of the units. Good to have people vote on the resources so that the good ones float to the top and the poor ones sink to the bottom. Can be an ongoing resource beyond the unit. This was home made by Adam. Integrated with Facebook and Twitter.
  • In Chemistry uses social media to add results and aggregates it. Then students study the pooled results and consider ways to visualise and analyse.

Trish Andrews, Senior Lecturer, Teaching and Educational Development Institute (TEDI), the University of Queensland

  • On ALTC Learning and Teaching using ICT experience of tertiary students
  • 90% of UQ students have a laptop, 80% have a smartphone
  • Students should be using Skype to follow experts in their area., for instance, Ken Robertson.

Andrew Maloney, MD, Student Services Australia (private)

  • A large number of students are on http://www.studentservices.com.au/ . Runs a range of accommodation, textbook services etc,
  • Runs a large National Student Survey with fascinating data [get a copy of these slides!!] For instance, 87% of traffic to studentservices website is off an iOS device.
  • Near Field Communication – communication between mobile devices and .
  • Chinese students do not use Facebook (or admit it) because it is not approved by Government (fear).
  • Lots of work on mapping campuses, adding detailed info and social component.
  • When unis launch apps on appstore and students don’t like, the feedback is unreserved.

Alwyn Collison, Creator, @RealTimeWWII, United Kingdom

  • Uses Twitter to teach WWII. Makes a post of WWII events on Twitter, posts 10-30 posts a day, with facts and figures. Around 250000 followers. Posts photos etc.
  • [Me: Interesting idea would be to get students to do it, and to accelerate the timeline to one month = one day, giving students a separate area to cover, either location based, or domain based  such as equipment, battles, politics, logistics, socio-economic etc.].
  • Can add such a personal touch – followers creating profiles
  • Uses retweets as a metric to gauge the quality of posts – avoids repeating or becoming dull
  • Provides sense of being there because it unfolds in real-time – encourages students to drill down into events.
  • Four principles to develop a community: i) have an elevator pitch, ii) be endlessly fascinating, iii) be remixable, iv) create investment (potentially emotional)
  • What your followers can do for you: provide publicity, crowd sourcing, researching, innovations, processing, funding, feedback

Peter Black, Senior Lecturer, QUT

  • Used http://app.gosoapbox.com, with accesscode smhe to facilitate discussion
  • Tumbler allows Q&A
  • [Me: education is a competitive environment, we need to make it rewarding]

Professor Tod Walker, DVC Learning and Quality (University of Ballarat)

  • Steven Schwartz is actually Australia’s most active VC twitterer.
  • Presentation provided a list of Social Media analytic tools, including Klut, Postrank, Twentyfeet, Peerindex
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