[p2pu-webcraft] Challenges Feedback

Pippa Buchanan Pippa.Buchanan at gmail.com
Tue Aug 30 17:18:23 UTC 2011

I'm really interested in how the final challenges could use version
control so that a more curated approach could be taken on the content.
This is broadly interesting for OER beyond the Web Challenges - How
are remixes a) tracked and b) curated and potentially merged back to
the primary version?

Obviously having the challenge text available in the P2PU system
allows user edits. Would it be possible to link the versions in Task
content to an original version in Github and somehow diff the changes
as participants change content?


On 30 August 2011 19:11, Jamie Curle <jamie.curle at jamiecurle.com> wrote:
> The tasks aren't currently part of Lernanta because I needed somewhere to
> develop them outside of the constraints of the lernanta model - so they're
> not directly editable in this way.
> Doing them outside of lernanta has many benefits, but also a few downsides
> and this use case is one of the downsides. All is not lost however, because
> we can open them to people to edit as they and when is required.
> Cheers,
> Jamie.
> On 30 Aug 2011, at 17:57, Alison Cole wrote:
> If Laura joins the course as a participant she can edit all tasks that Jamie
> has marked collaborative/editable.
> On Tue, Aug 30, 2011 at 5:57 AM, Laura Hilliger <laura at zythepsary.com>
> wrote:
>> Hi everyone,
>> Just wanted to give some feedback on the challenges. First off, I applaud
>> all those involved. You guys rock.
>> I'd like to give some feedback on http://webmaking101.p2pu.org/ as a
>> whole, from the perspective of someone not involved. I get that it's a pilot
>> program, I have no idea what your timeline is and I don't know what all
>> you're already discussing. I'm also aware that it's a draft. If my feedback
>> is irrelevant than please forgive me for wasting your time! That said, I
>> have perused a bunch of your documentation.
>> 1. On the Introduction page - text says "The only assumption made is that
>> the learner can use the web..." Really, what does this mean "use the web"?
>> I'm a little confused on the target audience. Through the documentation that
>> I find on Webmaking 101, the target audience is very loosely defined. In
>> fact, the definition I find for SoW is "general audience" and "targeted
>> niche audience" (learning web development from the ground up and niche
>> topics for developers). Can you be more specific about the target audience?
>> Who are you targeting, twenty-somethings that don't write HTML yet? There's
>> a difference between people who use the web for email, facebook and amazon
>> and people who know how to USE the web.
>> The reason i point this out is because there are basics to web usage that
>> aren't approached on SoW and I wonder if there should be a WebUsage
>> 101course with challenges that approach those basics. For example,
>> collaborative document editing - something we all do, but is MAGIC to people
>> who aren't web "users". You'd be surprised how many people out there don't
>> actually know that they can share documents without attaching a .doc to an
>> email. Or searching, lots of people don't actually know how to find things
>> on the web, believe it or not. Or online photos...This is digital divide
>> stuff, I guess, but I always thought that SoW should think about approaching
>> these basics, but I don't know if that was ever in discussion.
>> These are much bigger questions that apply to a lot of projects out there,
>> just something to think about.
>> 2. "The challenges are designed to be followed in a serial manner..." How
>> will you integrate the challenges to corresponding courses? I'm curious as
>> to how this will be implemented in SoW and wonder if anyone wants to tell us
>> about that. Where are the challenges going to be accessible? What does one
>> have to complete to start doing the challenges? Are the challenges only
>> attached to the Webmaking 101 course, or will they be accessible through the
>> CSS or HTML5 courses as well?
>> 3. There are a lot, a lot of typos. I'd be happy to do some editing if you
>> point me to an editable document.
>> 4. On the 2nd challenge, 1st task - "12 Rules for Choosing the Right
>> Domain" is directed at users in the USA. European users have a very
>> different take on some of these points. Just an FYI. 3rd Task - give
>> recommendations for FLOSS editors!
>> 5. Is this how the challenges are to be ordered? If so, you might want to
>> get people visualizing their pages BEFORE they start programming, or is the
>> intention that they learn through programming the earlier challenges and
>> then redo the challenges when creating their site?
>> 6. What about image editing, webfonts and open licensed content?
>> Ok, that's enough for now. Don't know if any of it is useful, but those
>> are the thoughts that were on the top of my head.
>> Cheers!
>> Laura
>> Laura F. Hilliger
>> laura at zythepsary.com
>> www.zythepsary.com
>> @epilepticrabbit
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