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ESCalate E-Learning 2009 Supporting Dissertations the AWESOME Way: a semantic wiki in action Kathrin Kaufhold, Rebecca ORourke, Aisha Walker.

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1 ESCalate E-Learning 2009 Supporting Dissertations the AWESOME Way: a semantic wiki in action Kathrin Kaufhold, Rebecca ORourke, Aisha Walker.

2 Escalate E-Learning 2009 From Knowing About … to Knowing How to …

3 Escalate E-Learning 2009 Introduction Practical Activity Explore the AWESOME Dissertation Environment Reflectionnaire Discussion

4 Escalate E-Learning 2009 What is AWESOME? Academic Writing Empowered by Social Online Mediated Environments Pedagogy-led development of a social online environment to support Undergraduate and Postgraduate Dissertation writing Funded as part of the Users and Innovations Programme by JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee) UK, December 2008 – March 2009

5 Escalate E-Learning 2009 Project Leaders: School of Education & School of Computing, University of Leeds Project Team: Rebecca ORourke, Sirisha Bajanki, Vania Dimitrova, Kathrin Kaufhold, Lydia Lau, Alex Le Bek & Aisha Walker Project Partners: University of Leeds, Staff and Departmental Development Unit, Bangor University, College of Education and Lifelong Learning; Coventry University, Centre for Academic Writing

6 Escalate E-Learning 2009 What is AWESOME? A dynamic, personalised learning environment built on Semantic MediaWiki User-led iterative design and development Authentic content Open source social software Core ontology maps the dissertation writing process and provides underpinning semantic architectures Specific instances are tailored to discipline conventions

7 Escalate E-Learning 2009 Where is AWESOME? Initial Pilot MA ICT in Education, University of Leeds Developmental & User Trials BA Fashion Design, University of Leeds Centre for Academic Writing, Coventry University College of Education and Lifelong Learning, Bangor University Higher Education Academy Philosophical and Religious Studies Subject Centre

8 Escalate E-Learning 2009 What does AWESOME offer? Semantic social scaffolding – beyond online learning as repository; designs in social constructivist pedagogy of writing development; links community and personal spaces; fosters collaborative processes while supporting individual achievement; counters isolation and anxiety Augments supervision – best use of energy and effort in supervision; annotation of exemplar texts; externalises tacit knowledge within course team / institution On-demand access to relevant resources, feedback and emotional support for learners Dynamic, intelligent knowledge structuring anchored to a core ontology of dissertation writing as process and product; captures discipline specificity and generality

9 Escalate E-Learning 2009 From Knowing About … to Knowing How to …

10 Escalate E-Learning 2009 Further Information and Follow Up AWESOME Public Instance HEA Philosophical and Religious Studies SC Instance Rebecca ORourke Kathrin Aisha Walker


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