STELLARnet Podcast: Workshop: Science 2.0 (2009)

In Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), the use of web2.0 technologies is now actively being researched, under banners such as "Personal Learning Environments" or "Open Learning Environments" and the like. In this workshop, we discussed how we can leverage the same opportunities for our research on TEL. Indeed, as researchers in Technology Enhanced Learning we already know how to include things like blogs, wikis, and forums into the heart of our work to enhance collaborative working, but a full "Science 2.0" framework might provide us with a much more powerful framework to make our research more effective. The workshop took place in the context of the 4th European Conference on Technology-Enhanced Learning and brought together those who want to turn a vision of the e-scholar and e-scientist of the 21st Century into reality in our own domain of TEL.

There are 7 tracks in this podcast:

Reflections on Participatory Science for TELSci2.0 (Underwood, Luckin, Smith, Walker, Rowland, Fitzpatrick, Good, Benford)
Technology is undoubtedly enabling scientists to do research in interesting new ways. However, Science 2.0 is about more than improved workflows, efficiency and sharing within communities, it also offers opportunities to greatly broaden participation beyond existing scientific communities and bridge between communities. These developments bring significant challenges: we need both scientists and a public that can fully understand and exploit the opportunities for technology enhanced participatory science. In this paper we are interested in pointing to implications for TEL research as participatory science. In order to do this we extrapolate from our work designing participatory science activities with teachers and learners both within and outside of school. We derive guidelines for designing participatory science learning and teaching and reflect on how these guidelines might apply to our own discipline, and the development of participatory TEL research.
Social networking in scientific conferences - Twitter as tool for strengthen a scientific community (Reinhardt, Ebner)
Twitter is the fastest growing member community of the last year. With a rate of 1382% it grows 6 times faster than for example the world biggest social networking application Facebook. In this paper we ask how Twitter can serve as resource at scientific conferences and support the scientific community. Furthermore we ask if Twitter ads any scientific value to conferences. We chose this year ED-MEDIA conference as example for the use of Twitter at a scientific conference and show how the micro-blogging tool got seamlessly integrated in the well-known communication infrastructure of conferences.
EC-TEL conference network (Ochoa)
Xavier Ochoa introduces into the conference social network application.
Mendeley (Reichelt)
Jan Reichelt introduces into Mendeley, the academic networking platform.
Science 2.0 Practices in the Field of Technology Enhanced Learning (Kieslinger, Lindstaedt)
In the context of the European Network of Excellence called STELLAR, which brings together a number of European research organisations in the field of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL), a group of researchers aim to set up an environment for supporting Science 2.0 practices specifically for the interdisciplinary field of TEL. So far, the focus of the discussion has been on the tools and mash-up services that should be provided for the academic community in TEL. However, in order to talk about the tools and the appropriate technological landscape it is important to define the concept of Science 2.0 as well as the processes and practices that this concept embraces.
Visualizing Research Patterns in the Field of e-Learning (Khan, Ebner, Taraghi)
In this paper we have performed a content analysis of Ed-Media conferences publications from 2003 to 2008 using our internally built visualization tool to realize various research patterns in the field of e-learning. We identified 3668 different research terms from 4607 articles’ titles. The visualization tool revealed the trends of contributions in the field over the years, evolution or decline of research terms, hot research terms, key researchers, leading institutions and nations across the world, evolution of countries, continents and institutions in comparison to each other. The results in this study will allow novice and experienced educators, researchers in the field of elearning to understand what kind of different research terms exist and to identify different research patterns over the last six years in this field.
Science 2.0: Supporting a Doctoral Community of Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning using Social Software (Gillet, El Helou, Joubert, Sutherland)
The STELLAR European network of Excellence (NoE) represents the effort of leading European institutions and projects in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) to unify their diverse and sometimes fragmented community. This paper focuses on the ways in which STELLAR supports doctoral candidates through the establishment of a Doctoral Community of Practice (CoP) in Technology Enhanced Learning as a STELLAR doctoral integration instrument for the doctoral stakeholder community.

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