Knowledge Based Organization 2008 International Conference
SERIOUS FUN IN EDUCATION:USING MICROBLOGGING
drd. Carmen Holotescu
, dr. Gabriela Grosseck
Technical University,Timisoara, Romania,email@example.com
University of the West, Timisoara,firstname.lastname@example.org
Microblogging is the Web2.0 technology with one of the most important impact in education in the last couple of years. On a microblogging platform,the users can send and receive messages via the web, SMS, instant messagingclients, and by third party applications. The most known platform is Twitter.The authors introduce a Romanian microblogging platform especiallydesigned for education, called Cirip, trying to provide arguments for using thismicroblogging platforms in education, underlining both the advantages and (possible) bad points. Some concrete examples are presented, in which the platform is used for delivering entire online courses, for courses enhancement, for communities of practice, and as an eportfolio.
Keywords: microblogging, cirip, online course, education, e-learning
Cirip.rois a microblogging platform launched this year on March,implemented byTimsoft, a company specialized in e-learning andmobile applications, under the first author's coordination. Theplatform already has many educational uses, for information andknowledge management, for courses enhancement, for collaborativeprojects in universities, for communities of practice, or as aneportfolio  .Between June 4-18, 2008, the authors developed and moderatedan online course, in a private group. It is a world premiere, the firstonline course developed and run entirely on a microblogging platform.