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Mid-March 2018 round-up of project activity

 
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Mid-March 2018 round-up of project activity
 

Note: also available on the project blog (link there if sharing via social media!)



This is a quick progress report since our last update in early February. A reminder that the canonical home page of this project can be found at moodle.com/moodlenet.

Doug Belshaw, MoodleNet project lead, as been meeting with lots of people and making notes of what was discussed. That has led to a shift away from the ‘start with a social network’ approach hinted at in the last update.

In the presentation and workshop Doug led at MoodleMoot UK & Ireland, he explained how such a potentially large and complex project needs a concrete starting point. Using the metaphors of cupcakes (always a favourite!) he introduced three different approaches:

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Instead of starting with social networking, we’d instead add that and professional development to a platform that would initially focus on resource curation.

Participants who attended the first monthly community call discussed the pros and cons of starting off in this way, but all agreed that it would be something immediately useful to educators. Doug is now putting together a list of different types of resource-centric social media platforms, for inspiration.

While the white paper needs further work to update it in light of the slight change of direction, we have tidied it up and added new faces to scenarios section

We’ve been doing a whole host of work, including putting together a job landscape for a Technical Architect to join the team at some point in the near future. We’ll also be engaging a design and development agency to help us with design sprint / prototyping / MVP.  More on that in the next update!


Related posts on Doug’s blog:

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Meet us at the OER18 conference (Bristol, UK) this week, or OE Global 2018 (Delft, Netherlands) next week!