What do these things have in common you ask? It’s all about “what I did on my summer non-vacation!”.
Project 1: Digital Tattoo: This is basically a self-guided tutorial all about digital literacy for students.
Still a work in progress but getting close. My role was learning design and student wrangler on the web design and content development.
Project 2: LEAP: We Help You Learn. This is an ongoing project – an academic support site for students using “web 2.0” approaches for aggregating, sharing and distributing content. This summer, my role was in supporting my excellent student colleagues Andre Malan and our LEAP student team in a small redesign and in the development of some new quizzes, including one aimed at assessing thinking patterns called “Are You a Stress-a-holic?”
What did I learn?
- students have a great capacity for learning complex things quickly and making them work. They need support, guidance and mentorship from us, though. Sometimes, we get so impressed with their levels of competence, we let them take the reigns before they’re ready…(still thinking about this).
- design by committee is a nightmare unless done well. Agreement on process upfront is important.
- the details are critical and often overlooked (or assumed to be simple)
- working with diverse project teams (including students and staff) is energizing, frustrating (at times), alot of fun and requires much patience and a good sense of humor.
All for now, off to Italy in a few days!