Anyone can start a Twine about anything, and invite members. Members can post things there: essays, but also urls, media, and anything that can be stored on the web. Each post can be tagged, shared and commented on. Even better there is a Firefox bookmarklet that you can use to post any web page you are reading to the Twine of your choice, tagging it and adding a comment as you go.
This means that groups like ours can create shared libraries of interesting online material, and then link it through posting essays of our own that draw threads between various posted links and media.
Obviously I managed to get an invitation, and I have just invited everyone whose email address I had to hand. If you have not been invited (Wey hasn’t for one because I didn’t have his email address in Airset for some reason) then email me and I will invite you. This also applies to all the new students. Mail me at email@example.com with the subject Twine ePed and I will invite you straight away.
It seems much neater in lots of ways than other attempts to create such an online shared library, and I think that we should try it to see what use we can make of it.
Web 2.0 and onwards!]]>
He argues that it “is an absolute truth that the technological basis of the society we inhabit will have a profound effect on the nature and form of education that can take place in that society. Indeed, new technologies can change what we mean by education because they change what it means to be educated.”
I found the piece via the RSS feed from George Siemen’s elearnspace site.]]>
He adds: I am running a course on Learning and Second Life for anyone interested in doing it as part of their epedagogy masters. The course will be worth 5 credits.
The course will be entirely online, and will involve chats in Skype; inworld explorations in Second Life (and hopefully Active Worlds by way of comparison); and course timetables, project plans, documentation and discussion on Airset.
The course starts on Tuesday February 5 at 20.30 Helsinki time, with an introductory Skype session. So you know what you will be getting into, I have published the current version of the course description on Zoho, and you can read it here.
If you want to enroll then please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you know someone who might want to enroll then please tell them.]]>
It would be very good if everyone else on the course (past and present, staff and students) would also join Facebook, message me and then apply to join the group. (I have set it as a closed group so you have to apply to join. This stops people messing around with it.)
I think we could use this as collective action research. My initial hypothesis is that using this as the front end to our online networking will be good because we will then get a richer picture of each other, and this will enable us to engage in more fruitful collaborations.
BTW, for those with genuine privacy concerns Facebook is VERY privacy conscious. You can set everything to be viewable only by your friends, if you want – and people can only become your friend by applying to you and waiting for you to say yes or no. It is absolutely NOT like MySpace, Bebo, or similar sites.
Later that same day:
I wrote a slightly longer argument in favour of this on my site (which is now being updated again) here.]]>
The first is here: http://www.owenkelly.net/2007/05/15/semano-semano/
The second is here: http://www.owenkelly.net/2007/05/25/second-life-a-component-in-a-vle/
Together they form my assignment.
A third bonus essay will follow in time tying our approaches into current pedagogical theory in a more technical way.
I would be VERY happy if some people would be able to find the time to read them and post comments. I am genuinely excited about what we are doing, and I want to find time to talk to people about it while we are all together in Helsinki.
Have a good weekend!]]>
Last week, as part of the Eurovision Song Contest festivities, Arcada ran a huge mobile tv project and we ran a parallel festival in Rosario in Second Life. We ran ten one-hour long events – one every four hours from 13.00 on Friday to 01.00 on Sunday. Over 700 people attended (which is a lot in SL terms).
I am slowly writing this all up on my site, and it will all be ready within a week – not least because some of it will be my report for Jaap on virtual learning environments.
In the meanwhile you should know that Rosario was banned from the contest – AGAIN – on the spurious grounds that it was “not a real country”. Undeterred we went ahead and found a candidate and recorded the entry. Then we made a video.
The candidate was L’angelot and his MySpace profile is here: http://www.myspace.com/l39angelot
You can also see the official video at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=18BzfsbVCJA
Next week Second Life is due to be upgraded to include full voice chat. Avatars will be able to speak to each other and voice will be distance-based (that is, you will get quieter as you walk away from someone until they cannot hear you). This has profound implications for what we can use it for ourselves. For one thing it allows cross-platform group voice chats for up to 40 people at once. We should add this to the list of things to discuss live in Helsinki]]>
I have now found a way to use the online word processor Zoho Writer to do this, and I have written about it here: http://www.owenkelly.net/2007/03/13/zoho-for-distributed-publication/ I would be VERY HAPPY if some of you could read this, comment, and if possible try it out by cloning the essay and republishing it on your site.
Even if you only do this on a temporary basis then it will be very useful research for me. I need to see if it actually works, and to do that I need to see it working on some sites where I had nothing to do with the design, layout or content
I have contacted Zoho about the idea and their initial reaction was highly enthusiastic. They have asked their development team to go through my article and comment. If the developent team are happy with the changes to Zoho Writer I am suggesting then this might actually turn into a fully functional real-world project.
Those who have been keeping up with my wanderings will probably understand why this is a key step forward for the whole idea of a memi.
I cannot be at tonight’s meeting but I have finished my version of assignment 3.1 – which is to say I have written some proposals for analysing VLEs.
You can find the proposal here:
I would be very happy if you could look at this – at least briefly – tonight.
Please note that there is a box for comments at the bottom of the page. You are supposed to be able to engage in direct discussion about stuff on my site So it would be very useful indeed if anyone who has any comments about what I have written would kindly post a comment on the page.
You do not need to log in to do so. Just write and save and all will be well.
My thesis is called The mimi: a key tool for epedagogy and expands my research into the blog/wiki idea into a permanent. portable, personal data-space to be known as a mimi. The link in the previous sentence will take you to the opening section. That will remain the permalink for the thesis. Bookmark it now!
My thesis will be written as linked posts on my site, where it will act as an example of the arguments proposed in it. It will be written entirely in public, which is to say that the posts will all accept comments, which will be left there, and answered where appropriate. Where I am persuaded that my argument is wrong I will leave the “wrong” page visible and link back to it from the corrected page, so the way that the ideas progress will become part of the work.
If you join in by reading and making comments (big or small) then it will also demonstrate the nature of online networks and communities, which is one of the core ideas to be addressed.
In brief I am saying that the mimi works as a tool for self-directed people who engage online, and regard sharing information and ideas as natural, and I am trying to produce evidence to suggest that these people (Prensky’s digital natives as well as assimilated immigrants) are becoming more usual, and will eventually be the norm.
Alex and Ralf, in particular, might also want to read this page, which will form part of the thesis and discusses an idea I am calling peerticles, which will turn WordPress into a peer-to-peer publishing medium – something I definitely intend to get working in practice as well as theory.
It would be good if you could join in helping me show this]]>
I have now drawn together some links to related papers that I have found on the web, including the ones that Ralf originally pointed Christina and I towards. The post also includes links to Marc Prensky‘s papers outlining the concept of digital natives.
This is all by way of trying to drum up some readers for my site, of course.