The #iCollab project is an international community of practice of students and lecturers which has been running since 2011. The project connects students and lecturers in 6 countries to explore and evaluate mobile web tools and learning scenarios that support participatory curriculum development.
Over the coming weeks we’ll be using interactive Google Maps for augmenting global collaboration with mobile social media. The project aims to create a collaborative Google Map linking student projects across all 6 #icollab countries with their original context via geolocation and mobile augmented reality.
Who is involved in #iCollab project:
The partner universities and tutor contacts in the iCollab project are:
· AUT University (New Zealand) – Thom Cochrane @thomchochrane and Averill Gordon @AverillG
· Beuth University (Germany) – Ilona Buchem @mediendidaktik
· Salford University (UK) – Helen Keegan @heloukee
· Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Spain) – Mar Camacho @marett
· National University of Ireland, Galway (Ireland) – Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin
· Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland) – Bernie Goldbach @topgold
· University of Wollongong (Australia) – Sarah Howard @spacelyparts
Hashtags used in the #iCollab project:
· #autpr from AUT University (New Zealand) – BA Public Relations
· #MW13 Beuth University (Germany) – Mobile Web/Media Sociology
· #mscret from Salford University (UK) – MSc Audio Production/MSc Audio, Video and Social Technologies: Research in Emerging Technologies module
· #murv Universitat Rovira i Virgili (Catalonia-Spain) BA students Educational Technology
· #ct231 from NUI Galway (Ireland) – BSc Computer Science & Information Technology: Professional Skills module
· #litet from Limerick Institute of Technology (Ireland)
· #EDGE900 from University of Wollongong (Australia) – MEd Intro to Educational Technology (starting March 2014)
➨ What we want you to do now:
1) First! You should all have had a chance to add yourselves as Points of Interest (with links to your work) on the Google map. If you haven’t had a chance to do this and need to know how to add yourself as a POI on the #iCollab map, see the instructions here:
For more detailed information, check out Thom Cochrane’s post on the #icollab blog.
2) From 31st October, we’d like you to begin interacting with one another using the #iCollab hashtag on Twitter, along with your respective course hashtag, e.g a UK student may write something like this:
Example tweet: “I’ve added a POI to the #iCollab collaborative GMap http://goo.gl/maps/rKLjA #mscret”
Berlin: Research on mobile Web – students will spot research institutes with big research studies on the map and link to studies (e.g. PDFs online, SlideShare etc.)
3) Between 31st October and 7th November we would like you to comment on one another’s work. To do this, we’d like each of you to select 3 POIs belonging to students in 3 other countries. Follow the links to their work online (this may be a blog, a research proposal, a YouTube video, etc.) and leave some feedback. The feedback must be constructive and substantial, for example:
– Good feedback: “This is a very interesting research proposal. I like your suggested approach to the research. Have you thought about using…?” (Ideally this would then lead to discussion between the two of you), provide a link to a relevant research article or news article etc…
– Bad feedback: “Nice work” (the reason we consider this to be ‘bad’ feedback is that it doesn’t offer anything constructive, or lead to further dialogue)
4) Between 1st November and 19th November we would like you to blog about your contributions and comments received, along with reflections on connecting with others through the #iCollab map.