KevC wrote: ↑
Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:18 am
I mean a stand alone piece of software that has the kind of posting and reporting system you want.
Thanks for that. The thing is I've already pruned a pretty large resource for my students. When I think about how to develop it, my ideas revolve around organizing content so that more relevant information is highlighted. Pruning is the first step obviously, but I also want to be careful about maintaining the established identity, that really students have worked hard to create. For those reading this who teach, you'll know what I mean. Let the students teach each other and build the knowledge base.
The second is really about my understanding of how the forum (class) is being utilized. If for example, a little icon was available to students to mark posts as read, not only would that encourage them to read, that would also let me know a) what the most popular posts are potentially and b) how and when much of the reading/skimming was going on. Hence why a timestamp would be useful. I already use an extension that let's me know the last 20 visitors to a topic, and how many times they've visited the topic. That has been so useful, you can't imagine.
Then that leads to the second request as well. If I can see posts that are particularly meaningful, I could highlight them with a star or some little visual indicator. As the term rolls on, there is the inevitable chatter and noise than can complicate the message that is trying to get through. (Take this topic thread for example
) One option that I've seen in other system that might work is the idea of "pinning" a post, say to the top of the page. In my opinion that is not ideal, especially if there are over 5 posts that you want to pin. I think a simple visual indicator would be the simplest at first. "pinning' could come later. Either way, I'd like to work with someone to develop these ideas as I think that having extensions that are geared towards teaching, would potentially expand the usership of the application. Especially as more and more of my colleagues voice their displeasure with the "out of the box" solutions that are imposed on faculty.
If anyone is interested in such a venture I'd love to have a further conversation.
These companies that are hawking their "solutions" are not concerned as they should with the variety of pedagogies that are emerging as technology evolves, ironically. And they haven't developed a modular product that is easily customizable. Why not do what they do but better, and in a more transparent way? For instance, why can't data flow back to the teachers to help them better teach? Why is user and usability data not available to allow faculty to improve? Some of these systems you can't even change the color or style, leaving students in a dull drab virtual environment. I'm ranting, but it's only because I see phpBB and its community as a solution. My 2¢.