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SkillClouds :: Blog :: Emerge Conference Online session on June 25th "User 2.0 - exploring students' perceptions of tag clouds and our own experiences of tagging"

June 20, 2008

The SkillClouds project (www.sussex.ac.uk/skillclouds) will be running an online workshop on June 25th at the Emerge Online June Event, in which we will explore the idea of User 2.0 - one of the themes of this June conference - in a couple of ways.

The SkillClouds project is investigating whether tag clouds and other visualisation approaches based on feeds of data from institutional and student-owned sources, can help students to  understand the skills they are acquiring during their degree. We have interviewed students about their use of tag clouds and their ideas for presenting information on skills and will use some of these findings as a basis for discussion with the workshop participants about the extent to which the outcomes of our work align with your experiences of students using Web 2.0 technologies.

In the second part of the workshop, we will invite you to create a shared Emerge folksonomy in del.icio.us (http://del.icio.us/). We will facilitate a social bookmarking activity in which we will ask you to identify and tag visualisation tools that can present aggregated information (e.g. timelines such as http://www.dipity.com/), adding what ever annotations and comments you want. In the final stage of the session we'll present what has emerged and discuss it in relation to our own Web 2.0 experiences.

Please note that we will be running a session on 24th June between 1-2pm for those who feel they need some practice in using del.icio.us or setting up the del.icio.us toolbar buttons.

Posted by SkillClouds - Carol Shergold

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