At ALT-C 2010, seeding the cloud

ALT-C 2010

I’m co-presenting a workshop at the ALT-C 2010 conference in a couple of weeks.  Call in if you like – or grab me at any other session you see me in!  It’s great to meet new people as well as old friends.

Our workshop is at 10.50 am on Wednesday 6 September in Room 4

0138 Seeding the cloud: using Cloudworks for resource management for the ELESIG community of practice

Helen Whitehead, Rhona Sharpe, Rebecca Galley, Juliette Culver

ELESIG is an international community of practice (CoP) of over 770 researchers and practitioners from higher and further education (and other learning contexts) who are involved in investigations of learners’ experiences using technology in learning (Sharpe & Mackness. 2010).Part of the sea-change in creating CoPs is to make them technology-independent. ELESIG’s community model [(Whitehead & Cable. 2008) is based around interactions between the members and the knowledge and practice they share, in a Ning hub, and in the varied online and offline spaces inhabited by members. In partnership with Cloudworks (Conole & Culver. 2010), an innovative open access ‘social object’ oriented social network, ELESIG has explored the potential for collecting, collating and making meaning from a shared repertoire of resources generated by ELESIG members and the community. Resources, e.g., bibliographies, papers, photos, videos, slides and recordings, are physically held across the Web, including in password-protected spaces, research-specific repositories and as user-generated content. Managing resources in this way is more fluid than using a conventional repository and requires a new approach to or model of the storage of information, its ownership, and its permanence.

In this workshop we will explore ways in which information relating to research and practice can be held in the cloud (across the web) and shared, interpreted, contextualised and opened to discussion for the benefit of a CoP and of the wider education sector, using Cloudworks.

  • 10 min presentation on ELESIG and Cloudworks
  • 5 min discussion on the types of resources and where to store them
  • 15 min Cloudquest: a hands-on exploration of ELESIG’s Cloudworks and file-storage sites
  • 30 min group work setting up clouds and cloudspaces using the model ending with a discussion.

Participants will be encouraged to suggest their own resources and uses for cloudscapes as well as using ELESIG’s resources as examples.

By the end of the workshop participants will:

  • be familiar with the principles behind Cloudworks and its use by ELESIG;
  • have used various online tools for storing and making available different types of information;
  • have applied a model of cloud-based information management to design and setup of cloudscapes to share information.