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What is a tentative title for your design?


Who will use your design? What is the knowledge community?

  • Grad students enrolled in future KMD2003 course
  • Alumnus from past KMD2003 courses
  • Instructors
  • Encore researchers (secondary)

What KIND of knowledge community is this? What are some of the "category labels" you might give it?

  • Educational research
  • knowledge media
  • Evolving repository
  • Collaborative learning,
  • Pedagogy design

How will community members interact with your design? What is the primary function? (ie., is it for purposes of exchange, accesss, interaction, social tagging, etc?)

  • Checking and referring to existing community resources (eg. browsing and researching)
  • Contributing and improving resources, projects, topics
  • Dynamic linking to related resources, concepts, persons, projects, topics (eg. similar papers with related themes, authors or comparisons)
  • Track evolution of knowledge media over time
  • Generational change in community values over time (might be for future students when more time has passed)
  • Reusable components and possible extensions for future communities (technologies and concepts)

Do you want this to be something that actually gets built, eventually? (either by you, or some volunteers - perhaps from a future KMDI course?)

Yes: what do you think you need to get in place to assure that possibility?

  • Design needs to be flexible and open to future contributors
  • Design framework for accessibility based on community needs (eg. research focus, teaching focus, technology focus)... will help define structure
  • Documentation of student developed content and coursework such as papers, discussions, announcements, online and inclass activities, websites, podcasts, etc. - should be considered from outset of course to be organized into wiki
  • Notify and offer wiki to alumni


Design e-mail from Jim:


Your email does not work (maybe the mailbox is full) so I copy Jim's response here.

Hi Hedieh and David - yes, this template looks fine.  Do you think the Wiki page "template" should then also have links to the actual reflections and content? 

_We thought about this and wondered if taken out of the class context will still be helpful and understandable to new viewers? It may be useful as a reference for those in the class however... need to rethink this._I remember this discussion from Wed afternoon here in my office - the difference between documenting the discussion topic and the actual discussion.  Now that I am looking at it, I have to wonder.

Lets think about YOUR week (maybe a good one to try next) - you had \us all develop collaborative categorization schemes for knowledge communities - which I thin is allot more interesting when you ALSO provide the actual knowledge communities that came out of class, and the categorization schemes we came up with.

Yes we are planning on including "products" from each session under highlight section...As with our week we can show categorization scheme, and other artefacts on the wikispaces site. Some week have more "stuff" than others however.

Representing that content is a bit more challenging than representing the design of the session, I understand.  Maybe we could do something like:  have a template for the actual design of the class day, then a link to further pages that have any content, discussions, reflections, etc that came out of it?  We could also survey those who led each class session and see what they feel were the strengths of their designs.  Maybe all of this just goes under your "Highlights" section...

Yes that is what we thought to represent (at least partially) some of the content that grew out of each session

Meanwhile - I do like the template you designed.  Maybe would change the first header from "Description" to "Description and Pedagogical Goals" - something like that - where we say not only that it was about Immersive Environments, but also that "the goal of this session was to expose students to the core ideas emerging within the category of immersive environments, to give them some experiences using such environments, and to extend our discussions to the implications of such environments for knowledge communities and learning in general, and to knowledge communities in particular.   Readings focused on the theoretical perspective of knowledge communities in order to help provide a useful lens for discussions" -- something like that.  Again, we can get Cheryl and Mike to either help fill that in, or to at least sign off on what is written.  

Once we get the template filled in, I am also willing to help you migrate some of this stuff over, and edit/write some of the content (obviously I have a stake in this!!)

We are going to email/post a request to each group for a brief reflection on their week. Things like; Why did they choose the structure for the class; What were the pedagogical goals for the design; What was the role of knowledge media

Thanks for the great effort.  

- jds

ps - any thoughts on the "Cover Page" for this wiki?  What the course home page looks like?  You can steal from last year's as well as this years Sakai page - but seems like it would be nice to have some better images, layout - etc.  Also - what main sections would we have there:  

Yes we are going to design a new identity graphic and look after "look" with appropriate

-  "Email this semester's class" (Link to Google Group)
-  "member profiles" (maybe?? - the title of "member" would serve to blur the "student vs alum" distinction)
-  "Design Space:  Knowledge Media for Learning" - with links to "Prior design projects" and "Current Design Efforts" - something like that?
-  "Course organization" - or perhaps that would be the stuff for the main page?  I don't know.  This part I am not so good at  the design part.  Hope these comments help.  I am looking forward to seeing a Wiki Space emerge.  The one you added the template is the official "live" site - so feel free to start building.



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  1. I wonder if this medium would actually serve our purposes for online discussions?