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distributed learning … further details

case study: interface and Community Learning Environment design …
walk through principles, specific choices, constraints/affordances, etc.))
the complex and situated work of GTD

for example: develop CMS for user(student)-generated content, instructor materials with multiple front ends: course-specific, public-instruction, and promotional / alumni community
right now: kalthura, CMS (wordpress, joomla, drupal?)

issues: ethics of interface design, methodological, constructivist, usability, context specific or ecological concerns

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constructing a more engaging interface tag: pedagogy, plans, constructivism

Recognizing that the lecture based format of my courses is leaving the Spring semester students a little flat, it may be time to consider some alternative approaches to using class time.  One possible solution it take a more constructivist approach to arriving at the material.  For example, begin class by taking a survey of common questions/issues/problems in writing resumes.  Assemble a Question list and produce answers via google-search and web clipping from various resources around the internet.  Students will build an interlinked FAQ for each topic.  Ideally, the interface would involve easy web-clipping and linking as well as a interface for ranking the quality of potential answers.

The larger scope of such an approach would involve developing a common course interface for posting information whether it is web-clip, worksheet response, or final documents.  Perhaps a common interface with sorting by tags and types?  Ideally, the ability to create virtual organizations and/or representations: for example, before, during, and after snapshots of a single individual’s resumes though the revision process; or, sort by type of resume (chrono, skills, combo) or by major (accounting, finance, etc.).  The next question would be what set of tools to use?  A common interface like a blog with a shared posting bookmarklet or loose federation of content sites (itunesU, youtube, delicious, etc., etc.).

Other factors include what kind of main portal or interface should be created.  A web page feeding streams?  A CMS site?  Total decentralization?  What about the potential necessity for mixing private and public streams?

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