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WE/ME in epedagogy design


VLE essay

May 25th, 2007

Now that the project I was involved in has finished I have (as promised) written it up as my final essay for Jaap’s VLE course. There are in fact two interlinked essays. One describes the events of Semano Semano, and the other describes the pedagogical approaches we adopted to achieve what we did.

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!


Semano Semano

May 16th, 2007

This is only indirectly related to the epedagogy course in some ways, and it is directly relevant in others.

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

Final note:

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 🙂


Helsinki seminar programme

May 10th, 2007

Wednesday, June 6th: Arrival date

Thursday, June 7th:
9.00 – 9.30
Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss: Opening speech

9.30 – 10.00
Welcoming coffee

10.00 – 11.00
Wey-Han Tan:
“eLearning – One century of mediating between the digital and the analog”

Separate sessions:
11.00 – 12.00
Stefan Sonvilla-Weiss: MA program introduction to our new students

11.00 – 12.00
Jaap Jansen, Julia Schawe, Torsten Meyer and students: “Brainstorming the future of    e-learning”

12.30 – 13.00
Quick lunch

13.00 – 15.00
Helsinki Sanomat – publishing house visit and excursion

16.00 – 17.30
Visit to exhibition “Our Land!” – The Finnish way of life from the 1960s to the present;    http://www.taidemuseo.fi/english/tennispalatsi/programme/oimaamme.html

18.00 –
Open Air Party Suomenlinna

Friday, June 8th:

9.00 – 9.45
Christoph Bardtke: “Motivation Web2.0 – Why is everybody so enthusiastic?”

9.50 – 10.45
Owen Kelly: “What we think we are up to in Second Life”

10.50 – 11.15

11.15 – 12.15
Christine Klein: “Visual Culture in the Andes” (working title)

12.30 – 13.30
Lunch break

14.00 – 15.30
Teemu Arina: “Discover, Collaborate, Learn” – Introduction to Dicole

15.30 – 17.00

18.15 – 18.45
Video conference presentation by George Siemens on the topics
“How concepts of networked learning (specifically connectivism) were distinct
from constructivism”
18.45 – 19.15
Questions and Answers

Saturday, June 9th

9.00 – 9.45
Antti Katajainen, Gerard Brady:
“Open Source Learning Environments in the    Educational Context of Learning Ecology”

9.50  – 10.45
Antje Breitkopf: “Visual Anthropology” (working title)

10.50 – 11.15

11.15 – 12.15
Christina Ferner: “Intercultural differences of web use and design” (working title)

12.30 – 13.30
Lunch break

13.30 – 19.00
Working group 1:
“Envisioning new interfaces in cooperative media culture”

Working group 2:
“Scale-free networks – the realm of the social”

Working group 3:
“Mobile technologies – mobile thoughts?”

Sunday, June 10th

11.00 – 15.00
Presentation of results

15.30  – 17.00
Henry Jenkins MIT: “Convergence culture”

Closing remarks


Student accomodation

May 2nd, 2007

trams & roads – Helsinki

Originally uploaded by Jimmie James.

Hey fellow students from Helsinki, please listen up!
Some of us students from germany are looking for a place to stay at during the international seminar.
Those who’ve been to Hamburg last year are already familar with the system. Those lokal students who can offer a place to stay for international students during the seminar please “raise your hands” in the blog. I know that at least Christina, Alex and me would prefer to stay in one of your places than in an expensive hotel.

Don’t let us live on the streets of Helsinki, please! 😉


Int. seminar Helsinki program evolvement

April 3rd, 2007

We have decided to use this blog to unfold and share with you the planning stages of our seminar as for invited speakers, lectures, student presentations, work shops, leisure activities etc. The opening is scheduled for June 7th, University of Art and Design Helsinki. Closing debate will be most likely Sunday evening, depending on Henry Jenkins’ travel arrangements. That’s the current status in our planning.

Wednesday, June 6th: Arrival date

Thursday, June 7th:

9.00 – 12.30
1. Welcome and introduction of the seminar program.

2. Separate morning session with our new students including general information on the MA program.

3. Working session with our existing students.

12.30 – 13.30 lunch time

14.00 – 18.00 Helsinki Sanomat publishing house visit and excursion.

20.00 – Welcome party Kipsari

Friday, June 8th:

9.00 – 12.00

Student semester project presentations


12.30 – 13.30 lunch break

18.00 – 19.30 Video conference with George Siemens at Arcada


Videoconference with George Siemens during Helsinki seminar

March 17th, 2007

Only recently George Siemens confirmed his participation in a VC session during our international seminar. We agreed on having our session on June 6th at 6 pm EET.

You are all invited to post into our blog relevant questions and topics you wish to discuss with him. The idea behind this kind of preparation phase is to create a vibrant discussion forum from which we can filter out pertinent questions.


Blood cell visualized 3-D

March 17th, 2007

David Bolinsky´s 3-D animation of a blood cell was primarly ment to be a pedagogical tool for medical studies, but it has now attracted even the Hollywood film makers.

The Inner Life of the Cell depicts in 8 minutes what´s going on inside one white blood cell. Bolinsky and collaques at his company Xvivo created it for Harvard´s Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He says that they wanted to make something that would give people a strong sense of a cell – not as a list of topics to be studied, not as a compendium of tables and graphs and charts, but as a “bustling, immensely purposeful metropolis populated very, very densely by these micro machines that do a huge amount of work at great precision and purposefulness”.

See the film on AIM , its better quality than on UTube.

It took 14 months to produce it. Now the Wachowski brothers, the guys who did The Matrix, are doing a remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and they had come across the animation and they want to included it to the special effects they’re planning for the movie.

Since the premier show of The Inner Life of the cell last summer in Siggraph´s animation contest they have been getting e-mails from major universities all over the world asking if they could use it for their students, calls from high school teachers wanting it for advanced biology classes … and museums that want them to work on museum exhibits because they want to modernize how they teach science.

Nice clip and the film is beautifull, I would say. It makes the blood circulate the opposite way. Hollywood content is used to do permanent invasion in classrooms, but this time it´s vice versa.

Read the hole story on Wired News



Visual Complexity

March 16th, 2007

“VisualComplexity.com intends to be a unified resource space for anyone interested in the visualization of complex networks. The project’s main goal is to leverage a critical understanding of different visualization methods, across a series of disciplines, as diverse as Biology, Social Networks or the World Wide Web. I truly hope this space can inspire, motivate and enlighten any person doing research on this field”. cf. http://www.visualcomplexity.com/vc/

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Towards an ecology of learning

March 16th, 2007

An ”ecology of learning” would change our current thinking of encapsulated and definite VLE containers. It is hard to visualize the idea of a learning environment by contrasting it, e.g. with the description of an educational environment, which seems to be much easier. The dynamism of a learning environment (mass media, daily perception and sensations, informal and formal education, edutianment etc. ) should not be confused with a variation on the theme of education (e.g. instructional design, educational technology etc.) When this happens, ideas about a learning environment become a variation on the theme of education. But if we include the way people interact in exploring, discovering, creating, thinking, making, doing their own unique set of situations and circumstances in the confluence of everyday life then I believe we begin to approach a more useful perspective to explore possibilities for learning.That would allow an assumption that if we change enviroments for learning, the possibilities for learning will change as well. Changing environments whether it is in real or in virtual contexts changes our modes of interaction, they literally change ourselves.Would learning proceed as something that is purely organic, if we define a learning environment as a natural environment?

References:AN ECOLOGY OF LEARNING ANDTHE ROLE OF eLEARNING IN THE LEARNING ENVIRONMENThttp://unpan1.un.org/intradoc/groups/public/documents/APCITY/UNPAN007791.pdf


Distributed publishing: a demo

March 13th, 2007

I have been talking for some time about creating a method of putting something on one web site and having it published across the web. This is very different from making a link, or using RSS feeds, in both the way it works and its implications.

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.

Yeee hah!!!