Types of cloudscapes

 Types of cloudscapes and strategies for encouraging the use of Cloudworks

Now that we have a number of enhanced features available on the Cloudworks site (such as email alerts, RSS feeds and activity streams) we are beginning to explore different ways in which the site might be used. Here are some examples of types of cloudscapes and how they might be structured and supported:

  • Conference cloudscape
  • Workshop cloudscape
  • Virtual events cloudscape
  • Teaching cloudscape
  • Flash debates cloudscape
  • Tricky and interesting questions cloudscape
  • Aggregated resources cloudscape
  • Design cloudscape
  • Expert elicitation cloudscape

 

Conference cloudscape

  • Set up a cloudscape for the conference in advance.
  • Include links to relevant information – the conference website, any video recordings, details of agreed twitter hashtags, etc.
  • Set up stub-clouds for each session; include title of presentation, names of presenters and a link to the abstract

  • Get some people to agree to be “live bloggers” during the conference
  • Encourage presenters and attendees to add relevant links and academic references to clouds and participate in discussions
  • Disseminate to the wider network of non-conference attendees via twitter and facebook
  • Important to be aware that many conferences now have their own social networking site, so need to be clear about how the cloudscape will work wit it rather than in competition with it
  • Provides a useful means of aggregating content around a conference, valuable for those attending the conference but also those remotely
  • Example: ALT-C 2009 conference http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1870

 

Workshop cloudscape

  • Set up a cloudscape for the workshop in advance
  • Include general information about the workshop – aims, outcomes and intended audience, include any relevant links and details of agreed hashtag

  • Set up clouds for each of the sessions in the workshop
  • Encourage participants to summarise their discussion around session activities in the clouds
  • Live blog presentations and plenary discussion feedback sessions
  • Encourage participants to add relevant links and resources
  • Provides a useful summary and collection of resources associated with the workshop
  • Example: FELS workshop http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/688

 

Virtual events cloudscape

  • Similar to the conference and workshop cloudscapes, but to support an event that is entirely online
  • Set up the cloudscape with aims, intended audience, timescales and events
  • Set up clouds for each presentation or activity

 

Teaching session cloudscape

  • Set up a cloudscape for the teaching session in advance
  • Include general information about the teaching session – aims and outcomes, include any relevant links and details of agreed hashtag
  • Set up clouds for each of the activities in the session
  • Encourage students to summarise their discussion around session activities in the clouds
  • Live blog presentations and plenary discussion feedback sessions
  • Encourage participants to add relevant links and resources
  • Provides a useful summary and collection of resources associated with the session

 

Flash debate cloudscape

  • Set up a cloudscape and outline its purpose, it a series of timed debates around topical issues
  • Set up a cloud around a question/issue for debate, you need to ensure that this is something people will be interested in and want to discuss
  • Pick a time-period for discussions around the cloud – say 1 week
  • Disseminate via twitter and facebook
  • Appoint someone to facilitate the debate and to periodically summarise discussions as additional content on the cloud
  • Periodically re-disseminate to keep the debate going
  • Encourage participants to add relevant links and references
  • Example: “Is Twitter killing blogging?” – virally released on 11/9/09 http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloud/view/2266; 27 details comments and 14 links added over the next 3 days, acted as a trigger for a number of reflective blog posts

 

Tricky and interesting questions cloudscape

  • Similar to the Flash Debate, but more ongoing and focusing on difficut questions in the field that people are seeking answers to
  • Set up a cloudscape outline the purpose
  • Add clouds around questions of interest
  • Virally disseminate
  • Resulting discussions and clouds acts as a rolling FAQ
  • Example: Tricky and interesting questions cloudscape http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/1865

 

Aggregate resources cloudscape

  • A cloudscape for aggregating resources around a particular topic, this could be a research area or for students on a particular course
  •  A place to aggregate relevant resources and useful tips for the course

  • Serves as a useful resource for other students interested in the topic
  • Also useful for teachers of the subject, a potential source of new resources or ideas
  • Example: En Rumbo Spanish course http://cloudworks.ac.uk/cloudscape/view/776

 

Design cloudscape

  • A space to share and discuss learning and teaching designs
  • Individuals upload their designs
  • Others comment on the design

 

Expert elicitation cloudscape

  • A mechanism for gathering views, references and resources from experts in the field around a particular research topic/issue
  • Set up a cloudscape setting out the purpose of the research, the approach that is going to be adopted and what advice support you are seeking
  • Add clouds for each sub-topic or question
  • Disseminate via targeted mailing lists, virally disseminate via Twitter and Facebook if appropriate
  • Summarise discussions at key points
  • Include the final research report which synthesis the views gathered when it is available
  • Example: Literature review: educational technologists http://cloudworks.ac.uk/index.php/cloudscape/view/1872

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