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I'm an assoc prof at Oakland University in Michigan, USA. Been
teaching Drupal for a couple of years.
For a while, I've been studying learning science (research
about how people learn, how to help them learn more effectively).
CoreDogs.Com is a Drupal site for learning basic Web tech. It applies
learning science principles to improve learning of those topics.
This short story...
...explains the approach.
The current goal is to build Drupal tools to let other people write
their own course kits (to use your term). The first version is at
FlippedTextbook.Com. But I made a mistake in the branding of the
individual works, and am now working on Dolfinity.Com. It gives
authors more control over the identity of their work.
Dolfinity is not up yet. It uses the Domain Access module, but the
admin workflow for DA doesn't scale well. I've been writing
the Domain Reference Role suite for that. It's in my sandbox.
If you're interested, I'd like to work with you in
creating a high quality Drupal course kit. For me, part of
"quality" means following some learning science principles.
* Deep learning - emphasize concepts and problem solving. Not what
buttons to click.
* Outcome-driven learning - create learning goals at the beginning
of the project, goals about task (not tech) outcomes. The goals drive
the creation of the course kit.
* Lots o' feedback - exercises and feedback from humans. See
/article/feedback-system for an implementation.
* Clear writing, pedagogical agents, ... (lots more)
(Sorry if this seems too didactic, but these ideas are not widely
* The "Oooo, but, but" principle...
There's X hours available for the course. There's X * 10
things that students need to know. There are good arguments for all of
the X * 10.
If you put too much content into the course, then average students
(plodders) won't have time to learn basic concepts and processes.
The plodders are the most important - the better students look after
themselves, maybe using optional material and exercises.
When you leave something out, someone will Oooo but but. They may
get butface, a term coined by Buffy Summers.
There are things we disagree on, such as the use of existing
material only. Novices benefit from a coherent guided experience using
the principles above. After that, they can grab what's available,
adding to a solid foundation.
I should stop typing and get to work on Dolfinity. You can contact
me through my D.O page.
(Hmmm, that's odd. Comment preview is acting up... ARGH!
Firefox crashed. Good start to the day. :-( )
[edited to remove email address for privacy]
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