[p2pu-dev] Notes from this week's community call
bekka at p2pu.org
Thu Jul 19 20:46:42 UTC 2012
What a fun call! We got to see Alison first thing in the morning - thanks,
Ali, you're a trooper!
As always, the notes are on the etherpad:
*Community Call 19 July 2012*
*Standups **What have you been up to? Short **written** notes (we'll
discuss only if there are questions)*
- promotion courses
- Course promotion
- Berlin org stuff
- Performance reviews
- Thinking about community
- http://mechanicalmooc.org - check it out, it's alive
- Etherpad hacking
- Course Wireframes and then Cohort Wireframes
- Staff goals
- School of Open helper
- Site design
- Open Masters Handbook -
- Open Masters portfolios
- SCHOOL OF OPEN: http://pad.p2pu.org/p/berlin-school-of-open
- Digital sprint: http://pad.p2pu.org/p/berlin-school-of-open-sprint
- School of Open
- Thinking about research questions related to P2PU
*Key updates* *Super short updates about P2PU*
- Exciting new courses to check out (Alison)
- Development priorities (Dirk)
- State of the mustard (Philipp)
- Bright green (users, joins, comments all more than +5%)
- Curating our digital lives -> 150+ comments last week
- Everything is up! Groups created increase may have something to do
with School of Open reactivating dormant courses.
- Haven't had a huge spike in traffic, but worth waiting to see what
happens after the new courses announcement, although this might have
something to do with summer holidays in the US.
*Reportback from Dirk on Dev Priorities*
- Mentorship application
- Alex has been working on this - we'll be looking at it later on in the
- Design guide & UX guide
- Aleks S and Joao have been working on a design & UX guide, to help us
build better features, make things more consistent and prettier
- Twitter bootstrap integrations
- This is related to the UX/Design guides, which will take a while
- Lernanta architecture
- Ice breaker application
- Alex is working on this - a technique to help people get to know each
other better when they first join a course, something fun and lighthearted
- Wordpress themes - Open masters & P2PU projects (and improving
functionality on http://info.p2pu.org)
- Pixel art for citizen science game
*Vanessa: Burning Research Questions*
- Good people of P2PU, *write your burning questions here*
- Step 1: What's your burning question about P2PU
- Step 2:
- Who would you want to talk to in order to answer those research
- What voice would you want to tease out of data?
- How long would you want to talk to them for?
- Step 3: *How* would you want to talk to them?
- PS: What is an /active/ user?
- Step 2 - Talk to: users and course organizers
- Step 3 - Both existing log data (to create user personas) and
observation of individuals participation on the site (those who we think
are representative of the personas)
- I would like to create a profile of an "active user" which we could
pull from the database, so we can find a way to get a snapshot of "this
number of people are engaged in P2PU right now"
- Triangulate the data
- PS: Why is someone creating a course?
- Step 2 - Talk to: users who created succesful courses
- Step 3 - Filter for successful courses, then interview course
- AC: Where do users go when they finish a (their first) course?
- participants, dev team
- survey, can you follow users through clicks?
- you can track where a user "clicks" next, but only if they stay on
P2PU - you could also pop up a little input field that asks "what's next"
- problem with surveys is that they pre-assume things, so you get
- BK: how do we know if anyone has had fun? Or learnt anything?
- Step 2: Those participants who DON'T finish a course, their course
- Step 3: Survey, exit interview,
- Why did we chose this method:
- AC: Is there a minimum group size (for successful learning **on
- participants & organizers
- interviews with organizers, survey of participants
- JP: What needs to people have when they come to P2PU and how are they
met or not met? Also how do their needs/wants change as they participate
and become a part of the community?
- People who are on the periphery. Like why have they not joined in more?
- People who just want to learn about something specific. Does P2PU
fulfill that need? Is that a need P2PU should fulfill better, or is our
focus more on the community of peers?
- People who think we are jackasses.
- Case studies, survey
- BC these are the methods I've used in the past - open to new/better
- MAK: what role P2PU is playing in the lives of independent learners.
What value is it providing, and for whom?
- Everyone who has ever completed a P2PU course
- Everyone who has ever started but not finished a P2PU course
- I want at least some of the conversation to be in survey form with a
constrained set of answers (so that there can be some crunching of numbers,
and we can start to see trends).
- MAK: Do learners feel like they can ask questions as they are
participating in P2PU, and who do they want to ask questions of?
- Everyone who has ever completed at P2PU course
- Everyone who has ever started but not finished a P2PU course
- Again, probably want this to be in survey form, but with the option
for free text responses.
- Basically, I don't want to have to actually talk to anyone.
- I think it can be seductive to want to get qualitative data, and there
is a risk that people will give the answers they THINK you want, becuase
they want the answers to have "value"
- In a more anonymous survey-type method we might get more honest
- Also, we may have the opportunity to get data on our entire
population, rather than just a sample, and that's appealing.
- JB: How do people feel about p2pu
- someone who just heard about p2pu
- someone who had their first p2pu experience
- someone who met a p2pu community member f2f for the first time
- In person interview and record it
- DU: How do we measure success?
- Alumni that took courses 2+ years ago
- Course organizers
- PCK: How do learners make sense of their own identities in context?
- PCK: How do learners integrate feedback and reflection into what they
- PCK: When do learners need assistance with planning their next step or
- PCK: What feedback is most useful for learners? From whom, and when is
it most useful?
- Philipp -> Question: I don't know about machine learning, can we use
- ie: can we design an algorythm that looks thorugh data on the site, to
find something, and then "learns" to help extract better data
- PK -> it depends on how complex the information that you want it.
- JP -> I'm not a researcher, and I don't know how to design surveys -
and it would be useful for me to get help on how to design a survey so that
I don't bias things before they even go out.
- And I'd rather just tack my questions on to someone else's research
than start my own.
- PS -> we probably have people in the community who have this
experience and can help with this
- BK -> we probably all want the same stuff out of a "research project"
- VMG -> we are all doing research all the time, every time we ask
people a question it's actually "research"
- VMG -> so what did you like about this activity
- PK -> I liked the diversity of questions that were surfaced
- PS -> I thought the questions were great, I'm a little frustrated
though, becuase now I want to do this research, and I suspect that we might
all run into the "not-enough-time, not-enough-expertise"
- MAK -> I think we need to start thinking about creating a survey. One
big survey. Take all these questions, and start thinking about what a P2PU
-wide survey would look like.
- Charlie: How is the School of Ed. doing? Point me to link if there's
already a write-up. Thx!
- It's doing well, Charlie:
- Into it's 2nd iteration
- Looks great! ... I need to get more involved ...
- JP--> What's the purpose of this research? To present to the academic
- Yes, but also to improve in general.
*Berlin Project Showcase*
- *Alex's Mentorship platform:*
- Is the widget/plugin/whatever here in flash?
- *School of Open*
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