Santos, C., Pedro, L. (2009). In A. Mendez Vilas et al. (Eds.), Research, Reflections and Innovations in V International Conference on Multimedia and Integrating ICT in Education, vol. 2. Badajoz, Spain: Formatex, 1104-1108. Lisboa, Portugal, 22-24 April 2009.
Abstract: Web 2.0 services educational use is an important pedagogical asset with potential to induce significant transformations in teaching methodologies applied by Higher Educations Institutions (HEIs). Recent research has demonstrated that the educational use of these tools has the potential to promote an effective development of communication, sharing and collaboration skills by learning communities’ members, contributing to more relevant learning experiences. It is intended with the project SAPO Campus to develop, launch and assess an integrated Web 2.0 services platform based in SAPO core technologies that may promote the aforementioned skills in Portuguese HEIs students in order to ease and to support these services use in Higher Education contexts.
SAPO campus platform offers a set of services and tools that, based in our experience, can represent a significant improvement in what the educational and focused use of these tools in HEI is concerned. In this paper we will present and discuss key-concepts underlying the SAPO Campus platform, the achieved solution regarding the architectural structure and the services being developed, and finally we will provide a short description for each aggregation service with a focus in its expected impact in educational contexts.
Santos, C., Pedro, L. (2009). In eLearn Magazine, 2009, 4 (April 2009). New York, USA: ACM.
Abstract: In 2005, a few months after Tim O’Reilly crafted the term Web 2.0 and the discussion about Web 1.0 vs Web 2.0 came up, James Snell from IBM wrote a short post explaining his view about the Web 2.0 concept. He used a short Unix/Linux command, chmod 777 Web, to convey the message that Web 2.0 is all about granting users full access privileges to the Web.
What would happen if we executed a chmod 777 education command to provide openness to education?
This post was originally published by Bruno Abrantes here.
September 2008 – October 2008
The recently established labs.sapo/ua is Portuguese Internet Giant SAPO‘s latest attempt at gaining a foothold in the Higher Education space. The lab is a physical space in the Universidade de Aveiro campus where SAPO supports the development of innovative projects in the Web and Technology fields in tight collaboration with the University itself. In order to promote the initiative building a solid Web presence was top priority. The platform to be developed needed to promote communication with the outside world and shine a light on the various ongoing projects at the lab. With this in mind, me and the rest of the team decided to develop a platform based on WordPress MU that would support an indefinite number of personal and project blogs. This platform would need to be flexible enough to be deployed nearly as-is in a number of situations, such as other Universities or other SAPO sponsored events (as is the case of labs.sapo/codebits and labs.sapo/summerbits).
The main goal for the design of this platform was to try and make it as usable and nimble as possible. The front page would also need to successfully integrate highlighted content coming from the various blogs the platform supports. Colour-wise, a pastel green was chosen because it best represents the University of Aveiro, while the dark gray was chosen keeping in mind the need for adequate contrast when porting the platform over to other use cases (where the main colours would vary).
For the front page, three main areas are considered: highlights, where the three most important posts at that particular time are displayed, and two areas dedicated to display the last updated project and personal blogs, respectively.
This was a great web design experience, in that I got to design a truly community-driven platform which is now being widely used in a variety of contexts. This project also represented my first contribution to the labs.sapo/ua, and was my first foray into designing and developing WordPress themes.
Plataforma integrada de serviços Web 2.0 para o contexto do Ensino Superior (Universidade de Aveiro) suportada por um conjunto central de serviços do SAPO (Fotos, Blogs, Vídeos e Saber). Explora o conceito de Personal Learning Environment com suporte institucional através de uma plataforma de widgets (My.UA 2.0) suportadas pela tecnologia UWA.
O nosso objectivo foi construir uma plataforma de comunicação onde todos os que estão envolvidos em actividades do laboratório possam construir o seu espaço e a sua identidade. A organização é muito simples. A cada pessoa, cada projecto ou evento é atribuído um blog. O blog individual é da responsabilidade do autor e cada um tem liberdade para o explorar da forma que achar mais apropriada. Os autores dos blogs de projecto e eventos são todos os membros da comunidade que se encontram directamente envolvidos.
A página de entrada agrega os conteúdos produzidos nos vários blogs. Existe uma área especial para todos os posts que foram catalogadas com a tag “destaque”. Estes destaques podem ser inseridos a partir de qualquer blog. Na zona de projectos são divulgados os últimos posts dos projectos com actividade mais recente. Na parte final da página de entrada temos a tag cloud, os últimos posts e os últimos comentários da comunidade.
Para facilitar a pesquisa de um projecto ou de uma pessoa foram criadas as páginas “Projectos” e “Comunidade“.
Com esta organização aberta e distribuída esperamos estarem criadas as condições necessárias para que este seja um espaço dinâmico e interessante de seguir, mesmo para quem não está directamente envolvido nas actividades deste laboratório.