Design principles for online environments

In CTL1608 this week, we’ve been discussing design principles for online environments, and it’s great to have Jim Hewitt as a guest because we’re reading a couple of his papers. I read these papers last year, but really appreciated getting his expansion on the earlier findings on “Why Threads Die,” as it helps me better understand the student perspective of this phenomenon.

A blog entry that caught my eye as I scanned my Bloglines feeds this morning was Michael Feldstein’s e-Literate March 30/05 blog entry, Threaded Discussion Interfaces: A Research Challenge. I though this was pretty interesting, because he talks about fundamental flaws of threaded discourse environments, and one of the links was to
Sakai, an open source course management system and the link to its demo portal. Some of the design concerns raised are related to our course discussion.


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