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Archive for May, 2008

Web 2.0 in Reflective Learning workshop – Leeds – June 9th

Posted by Janet Finlay on May 30, 2008

Planet is exploring ways of capturing and representing successful practice in the use of Web 2.0 in learning. As part of this we are running a series of workshops asking practitioners to meet together and explore examples of practice to identify what worked and what didn’t. These discussions will be “seeded” with brief case studies provided by participants (via our new Wiki platform) and will lead eventually to patterns of good practice which everyone can share and use.

Our second Planet workshop will be held in Leeds on June 9th on the subject of “Using Web 2.0 for Reflective Learning”. If you have experience in this area we would like you to participate. The workshop is free and will run from 12 to 4 with lunch provided. Before the workshop you will be asked to contribute a short case study. Afterwards you will be invited to continue to refine the patterns identified through ongoing discussion on our Wiki platform.

If you would like to join us, or would like more information, please email me ( by June 4th and I will let you know what to do next. I hope to see you there!

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Scoping a vision for formative e-assessment

Posted by yishaym on May 27, 2008

The centre for Work-Based Learning for Education Professionals, at the Institute of Education,  has been commissioned by JISC to conduct a study on Formative e-Assessment process modelling.  This study, based on a combination of desk-based research, case study building based on empirical data gathered from practice, will survey existing literature as well as sample practice in the field to identify effective models of formative e-assessment and the software tools to support them.

Formative e-assessment is understood as the use of ICT to support the iterative process of gathering and analysing information about student learning by teachers as well as learners and of evaluating it in relation to prior achievement and attainment of intended, as well as unintended learning outcomes.

The outcomes of the survey will combine theoretical and pragmatic resources, in the form of a literature review, case studies, and semi-formal models of tools and processes, to serve as requirements for software development.

The formative e-assessment project team has chosen the Planet platform and methodology as a central part in its framework. The team will use a a group space on the Planet platform to collaboratively author the literature review, and then use the tool provided to record their case studies and patterns, building on Planet’s methodology of Pattern elicitation workshops.

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Internships with the Planet project

Posted by yishaym on May 27, 2008

We’re having our own “summer of code”. Planet is offering one or two intern opportnities for students of computer science or related fields.

Interns will contribute to the exploration of novel forms of knowledge representation, organisation and visualision in this domain. A solid knowledge of a high level programming language (e.g. Java) is essencial, as is a creative approach to web development.
Please note that this is not a paid position.

For further details, contact: Yishay Mor.

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Planet workshops

Posted by Janet Finlay on May 20, 2008

Today we held our first pattern elicitation workshop. Having established a prototype platform and trialled our case study based process at the Emerge online conference in April we were now ready to start our face to face workshops. We will be running a series of these (and online events) over the next few months and invite anyone interested to sign up and come along to one. But before we let our approach loose on an unsuspecting community we decided it was only right that we, the project team, should experience it for ourselves.

So today’s workshop was for the team and our theme was one close to many of our hearts – effective project communication. Ably facilitated by Yishay, we each proposed a case study – a short semi-structured description of a “critical incident” that we had experienced. These were posted on the Wiki in advance and refined during the workshop. Gradually, through lively discussion about these case studies, potential fledgling patterns started to emerge. These now need to be fleshed out and discussed further and tested more widely to see if they really are patterns. But the seeds are there…

Our next workshop will be on June 9th in Leeds on the subject of using Web 2.0 in reflective practice (AWESOME and REFLECT colleagues take note!). All are welcome to take part – and more details will be posted soon. Watch this space.

In the mean time check out Planet Wiki and tell us what you think of our case studies and seed ideas for patterns….. do these ring true with your experience? Has your experience been different? Only by seeing how something holds as a solution across multiple cases can we genuinely call it a pattern. So we need your input.

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