Friday, 19 August 2011

Tools and Models Explored In Relation To The Trial

Apart from the main micro-blogging and social bookmarking tools, Twitter and Diigo implemented in this trial, additional web-based tools and third party applications were explored and applied throughout the process of undertaking this research and were also used for presenting related information.

Web-based drawing tool Cacoo was used to create Rich Pictures to illustrate CATWOE considerations and scope out initial ideas and modifications relating to the Appreciative Inquiry of the project. A Cacoo diagram of key stakeholders in the project was mapped out in a stakeholder analysis. A SWOT analysis for the pilot was also considered and presented using Cacoo. Time-line diagrams and outline plans were visualised using Cacoo.

The presentation tool Slideshare was used to transform word documents and PDFs into a format that could be uploaded to the blog.

Online survey tool SurveyGizmo was used for pre and post pilot questionnaires.

Widgets utilised on the Masters Action Research blog were, “Best content in Diigo” for the Creative Technologies Diigo group and a Twitter widget to display recent Tweets on the blog site. A Diigo tag cloud for the Creative Technologies Diigo group was also added to the blog, presenting a visual representation of key words used as tags by the participating group when book marking to Diigo.
These widgets provided visualisations of research activity and provided access to additional content.

The model of synchronous learning activities was explored through a live Twitter chat session. Here, a number of third party applications were recommended and utilised. Tweetdeck, Twitterfall and Tweetchat were explored and implemented as methods of engaging in a live chat event.

Web based data collecting tools, the Archivist, Mention Map, Twitter Counter were explored as ways of collecting statistical information. Twapperkeeper was used to archive the live chat. Tweetdoc was used to present the stream of live chat posts, through Slideshare, in a visually engaging way on the blog.

Over the four weeks of the trial activities, pre-existing technical advice, resources and instructional material was distributed to the participants to prepare the group for their involvement in tasks. These resources also helped to raise awareness of social bookmarking, use of Twitter in education and ideas behind networked learning and collaboration. These resources were sourced from existing media found on YouTube, Slideshare and Vimeo. Media used as instructional resources are listed here.

How to open a new Twitter account (4.24 mins)
All about Diigo (3.37mins)
How to set up Diigolet
David Cormier’s video on Community as Curriculum
Guidelines on Twitter chats
Demonstration on how to set up Tweetdeck

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