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E-Collaboration training

Susanna Sancassani, Nicoletta Trentinaglia

7th- 8th February 2011

Centro METID - Politecnico di Milano

e collaboration training draft agenda in aleppo university 7 th february 2011

E-collaboration Training Draft Agenda in Aleppo University7th February 2011


presentation of the training- Web 2.0approach

Content Sharing Web 2.0 tools (Wiki, Google Applications)

Wiki (Deki wiki), Unchain Wiki

Google applications: Documents

Lunch Break (h 12.00)

Tools to create conceptual maps: C-map, Prezi

Tools for Source Management and collaborative creation of common bibliography: Delicious

Small group project work: 1st phase: first application of the above presented tools to a specific context/task



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8th February 2011

Content sharing Web 2.0 tools: Deepening: Google Site, Survey

Media Sharing Web 2.0 tools

YouTube, Unchain Tube, Flickr

Lunch Break

Web conference: an example: Adobe Connect

Small group project work: 2nd phase: completing the application of the whole list of tools presented during the 2 days training to a specific context/task

Presentation made from participants of the results of the small group project



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introduction centro metid

Introduction Centro METID

METID - Metodi E Tecnologie Innovative per la Didattica

Set up in 1995, METID is born to foster the development and adoption of innovative tools and methodologies in university teaching.

Today METID is the University Center dealing with design, development and delivery of e-learning services, both at national and international level, offering training on the issues of e-learning, e-collaboration, Web 2.0

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Introduction Centro METID

About 40 people operate at METID, with different roles (IT administration, editing, software development, visual design, tutoring, e-community animators, project management)

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Project areas:

    • Educational
    • Lifelong learning
    • Services:
    • E-learning
    • E-collaboration

Introduction Centro METID

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Which is the role of METID in international projects?Supportinge-collaborationactivitiesHow? Using Web 2.0 tools

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Centro METID Role in Unchain Project: WP5 Leader

Objective: to enhance e-cooperation in the Unchain Network


Using Web 2.0 tools creating the EU – MEDA Virtual Environment:


Live Meetings,

Mailing List, RSS

Cmap …

Partners involved: Task Group 5: Centro METID and MEDA Universities

Centro METID in Unchain?


How are we going to achieve this objective?

Through the following steps in WP5:

5.1 Enhancement of the IT infrastructure of the MEDA universities

5.2 Design and customization of the online tools

5.3 Technological/methodological training in e-cooperation for enhancing

University (UE and MEDA) – Enterprise networking

5.4 Online activity management, creation of an University – Enterprise online knowledge sharing system

Centro METID – WP5 activities


Introduction, Web 2.0

Some definitions…

Web 2.0: the “participatory” Web

second generation of web-based communities and hosted services which aim to facilitate creativity, collaboration, and sharing between users. The term gained currency following the first O'Reilly Media Web 2.0 conference in 2004 Wikipedia

at technical level: associated to Ajax Language, that integrates Java and HTML for a rapid and media-rich interaction with the Web

Some Key words…

Semantic Web

The meaning of web contents is created most of all by users

Social media

online tools and platforms that people use to share opinions, insights, experiences, and perspectives with each other. Social media can take many different forms, including text, images, audio, and video

Social software

software programs that allow users to interact and share data with other users

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Web 2.0: a little history

After 2000 dot com crash, during the following 3 or 4 years for business Internet seemed to be an empty promise…but later on…

open source standards: adoption of OS standards supported by critical mass of people

interaction: growth of online forums, based on common interest

web applications: Amazon, eBay, Google evolve successfully



Web 2.0

increasing interest in informal and non-formal learning

diffusion of


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Some definitions…

Formal learning takes place in education and training institutions, leading to recognised diplomas and qualifications

Non-formal learning takes place alongside the mainstream systems of education and training and does not typically lead to formalised certificates. lt can also be provided through organisations or services that have been set up to complement formal systems (such as arts, music and sports classes or private tutoring to prepare for examinations)

Informal learning is a natural accompaniment to everyday life. Informal learning is not necessarily intentional learning, and so may well not be recognised even by individuals themselves as contributing to their knowledge and skills

Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (European Commission, page 8)

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Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0

Web 1.0

Static WebsiteInformatics expertContent Management System

Britannica On line


Social NetworkingSocial software

Content sharingMedia sharing

Community of PracticeE-collaboration

Web 2.0

in informal and non-formal learning

User centereddesign

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Content Sharing Web 2.0 tools: WIKI

  • DefinitionWiki is a software that allows users to create, edit, and link web pages easily. Wikis are often used to create collaborative websites and to power community websites. Ward Cunningham, developer of the first wiki, WikiWikiWeb, originally described it as "the simplest online database that could possibly work".
  • . Main features:
    • Wiki enables documents to be written collaboratively, in a simple way, using a web browser
    • most wikis keep a record of changes made to wiki pages, therefore authors can revert to an older version of the page (versioning)

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Comparison of wiki

Content Sharing: Wiki

Other features

  • many wikis are open to the general public without requiring them to register user accounts. Sometimes logging in for a session is recommended
  • users can create any number of index or table of contents pages, with hierarchical categorization or whatever form of organization they like. Wikis generally provide one or more ways to categorize or tag pages, to support the maintenance of such index pages.
  • to create links to pages that do not yet exist, as a way to invite others to share what they know about a new subject


Workshop: designing learning spaces with Web 2.0 tools


One of the most famous wiki worldwide? Wikipedia

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One of the most famous WIKI for Unchain partners?Unchain Virtual Environment!

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wiki possible uses



Wiki possible uses'uso



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Using WIKI in different contexts

Education & Training

Performing Galileo Wiki

Project for high school students in collaboration with Piccolo Teatro of Milan. Students are required to give contributions on Brecht’s “The Life of Galileo” using Web 2.0 tools

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Performing Teatro Scienza

Theatre and schools


Using WIKI in different contexts

University: Wiki as a laboratory

Susanna Sancassani myriam

fondirigenti a brief and intensive blended e learning path for managers

Using WIKI in different contexts


FondirigentiA brief and intensive blended e-learning path for managers

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Content Sharing: Google Applications

Google Applications is composed by several free, Web-based applications: word processor, spreadsheet , presentation, etc. offered by Google. It allows users to create, edit and upload documents collaborating online in real-time.

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Content Sharing: Google Applications

  • Primary features
    • Documents, spreadsheets, and presentations can be created within the application itself, imported through the web interface, or sent via email
    • Documents can be saved to the user's computer in a variety of formats. By default, they are saved to Google's servers. Open documents are automatically saved to prevent data loss
    • Documents can be tagged and archived for organizational purposes
    • Documents can be shared, opened, and edited by multiple users at the same time
  • Limitation: there is a limit on how much a user can store on his/her account

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content sharing google applications'uso'uso

Official documents


Content Sharing: Google Applications




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cmap possible uses'uso

Brainstorming:conceptual maps

Cmap possible uses

Group discussion:organization and negotiation

Ideas navigator

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Tools for collaborative creation of common bibliography: Social Bookmarking

  • Social bookmarking is a method to store, organize, search and manage bookmarks of web pages on the Internet by using key words (tags).
  • Primary features
    • users save links to web pages that they want to remember and/or share. These bookmarks are usually public, and can be saved privately, shared only with specified people or groups, shared only inside certain networks, or another combination of public and private domains
    • informal tags to organize bookmarks
    • bookmarks can be displayed chronologically, by category or tags, or via a search engine
    • information about the number of users who bookmarked the same link
    • extra features such as ratings and comments on bookmarks, import / export bookmarks from / to browsers, emailing of bookmarks, web annotation…

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Social bookmarking: some key words

Tags and folksonomy


keyword used to organize bookmarks

Tag clouds are frequently used to visualize the most used tags of a folksonomy

Folksonomy, social classification, social indexing

practice of collaboratively creating and managing tags to index and annotate and

categorize content. Metadata generated not only by experts, but also by creators

and consumers of the content. Folksonomy is a key concept of Web 2.0

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Social bookmarking

  • Advantages
    • All tag-based classification of Internet resources (such as web sites) is done by human beings, who understand the content of the resource semantically classified tags, which are hard to find with contemporary search engines resources that are of more use are bookmarked by more users  a system will "rank" a resource based on its perceived utility
  • Disadvantages
    • No standard set of keywords
    • No standard for the structure of tags (e.g. singular vs. plural, capitalization, etc.)
    • Mistagging due to spelling errors, tags with more than one meaning, unclear tags…
    • No possibility to define hierarchical relationships between tags

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Delicious - features

  • URL: Primary Features:
  • Created in 2003
  • First social bookmarking application
  • The Most used instrument
  • In 2005, bought by Yahoo! Guide for Educators
  • []
  • Other features:
  • Tags can be stored in folders Public or private bookmarks
  • it is possible to share bookmarks
  • Bundle tags: to group together several tags
  • Tag rolls: to show my own tags on my own blog/website
  • Links for you: to suggest links to other people from your network

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Some models of useof social bookmarking for e-collaboration and learning

    • Production of expert andteacher-authored list of resources
    • Recommendation of relevant resources to specific users
    • Production of collaborative, users and student-authored list of resources
  • Value added of social bookmarking for e-collaboration and learning:
    • Social bookmarking tools allow (and encourage) shared responsibility for development of contents. Colleagues can cross institutional boundaries to collaborate on projects and research

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Google Applications: Site, Survey …

Google Applications is composed by several free, Web-based applications: not only word processor, spreadsheet,presentation, but also Site and Survey ….

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youtube videosharing


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YouTube in Unchain: the Unchain Tube


YouTube, some more examples

eLene Tube


YouTube, some more examples

eLene Tube


YouTube, some more examples



YouTube, some more examples

Students (IOL)


YouTube, some more examples

Teacher Tube



  • Communication of contents produced by others


  • Laboratory lesson <


  • Collaborative exercice


  • Comment/Review <
flickr photosharing


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