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The first Cohere Workshop was held on Wednesday 9 June 2010, in KMi (Knowldge Media Institute) at the Open University (Milton Keynes, UK).

The Cohere workshop had the main objective to make OLnet team members more familiar with Cohere. It ran for 3 and ½ hours and it was organized in three stages:

  1. Cohere Demo;
  2. Hands on Cohere Exercise;
  3. Final brainstorming session.

Here below we report the programme details for each stage.

Cohere Demo

The demo consisted of several examples of use of Cohere, which were intended to help participants to understand how to make best use of the tool.

The main functionalities of Cohere that have been demonstrated are:

  • Description of Cohere Homepage and Concepts
  • Underline Web Resources: Make Clips from Web Pages;
  • Annotate Web Resources: Add notes and comments to clips associated to specific Web Resources;
  • Create Ideas: Create ideas or notes that are not necessarily referred to a Web Resource.
  • Classify Annotations/Ideas: each annotation/idea can be further defined associating an icon to it. The users can customize icons. Other metadata that can be specified are: location, time, URLs.
  • Bookmark Annotations/Ideas: ideas and annotations can be bookmarked in order to be then connected between each other.
  • Make semantic connections between Annotations/Ideas: Annotations can be connected in a network of meaningful relationships that explains how annotations relate semantically to one another.
  • Tag your Annotations/Ideas: Ideas and Annotations can be tagged with relevant keywords. Tags will be listed in a Tag cloud and can be used to search and explore the Cohere database by user generated keyword.
  • Tweet yours and other people’s Annotations/Ideas: A Twitter button on each idea/annotation enables to send it as a tweet to your Twitter account

The Tutorial concluded with some short schematic examples of how Cohere can be used to represent different users’ narratives, such as:

  • Create an idea which represent your research question
  • Read and underline (create clips) a website and tag it
  • Create annotations/ideas  from clips
  • Connect the research question you have created with the annotation with a meaningful semantic connections
  • Create an idea which represent a research claim you want to make
  • Connect this claims with the research activities you have done
  • Connect the claim with the evidence you have collected
  • Connect the claim to some relevant literature you have read

Hands on Cohere

During this phase participants started using the tool. They were asked to perform the specific tasks. Moreover they were constantly supported by two Cohere’s team members in order to better understand the task objectives, and/or to overcome any issue they may encounter while using the tool.

In the following you can read the tasks description.

First Part

  • Read, underline and annotate, (create Notes) in the OLnet proposal, the clips that are relevant to your research question and tag them (with your project title tag, and any other relevant tag)
  • Create three specific type of annotations which summarize
    -     the objective of your investigation;
    -       the data you are going to collect;
    -       the outcomes you expect
    Do so by picking different idea icons form the list (objective, data and outcome icons)
  • Create an idea which represents your research question
  • Connect the research question you have just created with the three annotations with meaningful semantic connections (if the right connection is not available in the list please create your own connection type)
     

Second part

  • Go to the Olnet site and annotate the blog posts you have created with:
    - the finding of your first year research activity;
    - the activity you have carried out;
  • Connect activity and finding with meaningful semantic connection;
  • Connect the findings to the research question you have created.

Third part

  • Connect the research question you have created to the main research questions and three research sub-questions for OLnet that are detailed in the proposal.
  • Go back to the Cohere Website on My groups: OLnet Team – Workshop and explore the network of ideas and connections created by others.
  • Create at least three connections between your ideas and ideas created by someone else.

Final Brainstorming Session: Where do we go from here?

Final discussion will start with a collaborative exploration of the teamwork. Different ways of searching navigating, visualizing and filtering the group data will be shown.

Afterward we’ll run a free brainstorming session in which participants can discuss workshop outcomes: What it went right or wrong. What would you need to better understand Cohere. What potential use of the tool you can imagine (if any) in the routine of your OLnet work.

Moreover tutors will ask the group to collaboratively list 10 barriers and 10 incentives for the use of Cohere.

Expected outcomes

Form the Cohere workshop we expect to achieve three main outcomes:

1)   Improve participants knowledge and understanding on how to use Cohere

2)   Build a collaborative Cohere map that represents how the different OLnet research narratives: i. articulate with each other, ii. connect to the OLnet project proposal, iii. and refer to the activities and evidences gathered in the OLnet Website. This will be the first OLnet CI exercise. 

3)   Improve the understanding of Cohere Usability issues.

 Here below you can find the Workshop Programme and the at this link you can download the Hands on Cohere Exercise Notes.

 

Comments

Thanks, Anna, for adding this, and also for the workshop, which I found very useful.  I spotted a few typos in your text above, which I have corrected.  I also notice that not everyone from "OLnet team UK" is a member of this group on the site, in which case they may not see that this message is here, but hopefully this will become clear when you mention it at the team meeting today? Karen