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Tools, networks and communication

Across these tools (and others) we will be using the hashtag #OLDSMOOC
In particular we will be using:

Cloudworks is a site for finding, sharing and discussing learning and teaching ideas, experiences and issues. The site aims to:

  • enable people to find, share and discuss learning and teaching ideas
  • connect people with similar educational interests through social networking
  • provide inspiration on designing learning activities and developing resources
  • showcase the work of individuals and communities who want to reach existing but also new audiences
  • provide a place for different communities to discuss, collaborate and aggregate relevant materials, ideas and designs
  • encourage sharing, especially among people who have not shared learning and teaching ideas and experiences before.

Unlike many existing educational repositories, the emphasis is on building a dynamic collection of ideas and experiences; via a variety of educational content (learning designs, case studies, resources and tools) plus active discussions about the use and effectiveness of this content in different contexts.  See the OLDS-MOOC blog post about Cloudworks - if you wish to contribute to particular activity discussions you will need to register for Cloudworks.

See the Design Cloudscape in Cloudworks

Google+ is a social network launched by Google in 2011. The reason we've chosen to use it is because it integrates lots of different Google applications such as Google docs, groups, hangouts, Picassa etc. The MOOC has a presence on Google+
Google Hangouts support synchronous video chat between a maximum of 9 people. We will be using this tool to record some of the MOOCs presentations and panel discussions and think it would be a good tool for design and study groups to use to get together. We have written a OLDS-MOOC users guide to Hangouts

If you wish to participate in a hangout you will need a Google+ account.  The hangouts will usually be broadcast to YouTube and therefore available to view afterwards as well, if those in the hangout are happy to keep their discussions online in this way.

Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. All Google docs can be easily shared and embedded in other platforms like Cloudworks.

We will be using Twitter to share ideas and links, and to invite wider input and collaboration. If you use Twitter you can follow the OLDS MOOC Twitter account.


We will be using Bibsonomy to share links and references. You can also use bibsobomy to share your own mooc-related posts on blogs, sites and social networks. Use the oldsmooc tag for anything of general interest, and oldsmooc-wn for tagging any resources relevant to week n. You can join the OLDS MOOC bibsonomy group, if you want to mark links and references as relevant specifically to the MOOC, and interact with other MOOC participants using bibsonomy. If you want to familiarise yourself with bibsonomy, the "First Steps" tutorial is probably a good place to start.

Google Calendar - OLDS MOOC study planner

We're using Google calendar for the OLDS MOOC study planner. You can subscribe to this calendar  or copy the events over to your personal calendar and edit them to fit your personal plan.

Google Calendar

YouTube was founded in 2005 and allows people to discover, watch and share originally created videos. We have chosen to use it because Google hangout recordings can be automatically uploaded to the site, and videos in YouTube can be easily embedded in blogs, Google+ and Cloudworks.The videos which appear in each week will be uploaded to the OLDS MOOC YouTube account.  Any Google hangouts which are broadcast by the OLDS MOOC account will also appear in the YouTube account.

SlideShare allows people to share presentations, documents, PDFs, videos and webinars. As with YouTube, we have chosen it because it is easy to use and easy integrate with other tools.

Some resources will be uploaded to the OLDS MOOC Slideshare account, for anyone to view (you won’t need to register for Slideshare unless you want to post your own slides for others to see).