Microblogging as a collaborative tool in the virtual classrooms

On Saturday 9 July 2011 I am presenting a workshop at the 2nd Institucional UOC Professors Conference on collaborative tools. Alongside my colleague Albert Padró-Solanet, that will be talking about Wikispaces I will be explaining how a pilot group of professors used Status Net in our virtual classrooms. That group was made up by Carlos Casado, César Córcoles, Enric Mor, Gemma Aguado, Juan Francisco Sánchez — and myself.

As microblogging — or SatusNet, or Twitter — have a functioning quite easy to explain (and much harder to explain once into practice), I will be mostly focusing on the whys and what fors, especially now that we have some data from the circa 80 students that answered our survey.

Keeping in mind that this all happened in a virtual environment, what is most valued is the teacher using it to help the students keep with the pace of the subject and, secondly, to exchange information (mainly through links) on topics related to the subject. Conversation (questions) falls back to third place.

Following you can browse the slides that will be used and, after that, you will find the links to download them both in English and Spanish.

There is an embedded presentation here. If you cannot see it, you should visit <a href="http://ictlogy.net/?p=3773">http://ictlogy.net/?p=3773</a>.
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Peña-López, I. & al. (2011)
Collaborative tools in the classrooms: microblogging

(Slides in English)

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Peña-López, I. & al. (2011)
Herramientas colaborativas en las aulas. Microblogging

(Slides in Spanish)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2011) “Microblogging as a collaborative tool in the virtual classrooms” In ICTlogy, #94, July 2011. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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