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Resource-centric social platforms

 
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Resource-centric social platforms
 

I'm currently putting together a list of social platforms that exist to share and/or curate resources. I've made a start here: https://docs.moodle.org/dev/MoodleNet/inspiration

If you know of any that I've missed, please do let me know!

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Re: Resource-centric social platforms
 

For multi-perspectives on Teaching Resources I could imagine something analogous to http://www.thesinglesjukebox.com/ with panels for different subject areas. This would be a candidate for the "curating" model - the site generates a list of the year's greatest hits. (This year's top song so far is quite rightly Janelle Monae..but note that one reviewer only gave it 4/10)

A curating committee needs to have a diversity of members: The Singles Jukebox produces scores for each song, but different reviewers sometimes vary wildly in their assessments, most importantly, explaining why. With social media, there's always a washback effect (think of it as a feedback loop) on users - so society needs to be very wary of systems where people just give "likes" or "retweets" without any criteria. The monopolar "like" button is just a way to automatically give prominence to the most simple-minded reactions.


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I think you bring up a really important point here about the psychographic makeup of future MoodleNet users. My hypothesis would be that simple scoring mechanisms work well in tightly-knit and reasonably homogeneous groups, but that networks work differently.

Stephen Downes gave a presentation at the Canadian MoodleMoot and, after watching the recording, I wrote this post. In it, I reflect on the work he's been doing on groups vs networks for the last 12 years or so, and the mechanisms that best suit each of those.

I think that we need to encourage pro-social behaviours and to do that, people need 'skin in the game'. We can do that a number of ways, through badges, through reputation such as kudos, and through recommendation engines.

At the end of the day, I think we're going to have to try a few approaches and see what works in a Moodle context!
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Given the focus on resource curation in a social setting, I think it might be an idea to discuss when enough is enough - do we need a low spec decentralized DAM or a fully featured DAM? I have collected some thoughts from experience of using Digital Asset Management systems, e.g. version control and provenance. For the latter, we have been approached by a Norwegian company about using blockchains for shareable learning resources under CC-by-sa at work. Any way, the link has a list of frequently used open source DAMs, which may serve as source of inspiration for MoodleNet.

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Ha! I love that you've set up a MoodleNet fan page on Hubzilla big grin

In terms of Digital Asset Management, we'll need something like Dspace, Edshare, EQUELLA, or Islandora. I've got a consultant looking at those different options at the moment.