Translates from the languages used in earlier team discussions to Curriki language
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Group: one of our regional Knowledge Exchanges (San Diego, LA, SF Bay, etc.). The Group home page will be the entry point for members, so that we can display recent additions, upcoming events, etc.
The Curriki sites are ‘protected groups’: public access to read and download; only members can contribute, comment, request Review, etc. Public access can start with the Group Home page, or users may go to a particular resource from a URL link (e.g., from the NSDL MathDL Developmental Math Collection) or via Google search.
Note that an individual department could also have its own Group, Collection or Folder, and then Copy selected resources to the regional Knowledge Exchange.
Curriculum: anything that is to be searchable or organized into Collections, Folders, etc. This includes the submitted Resources, as well as Discussions, Projects, etc.
Collection:1st level of organization, as illustrated in the past prototypes
[There can also be Collections within Collections: this will be useful when Knowledge Exchanges extend to several knowledge communities, e.g., Dev Math, Statistics, etc.]
Folder:2nd level of organization, e.g., within the Elementary Algebra Collection we would have folders for Student Activities, Teaching Methods for Topics, Faculty Discussions, Projects in Progress, etc. There can be folders within folders as appropriate to organize Collections. At the base will be Resource Folders with a Recommendation and the elements of the activity, practice, document, etc. We plan to use Resource Folders as the Search-able item so that an entire Activity comes up in Search, rather than individual student handout or teaching tips for faculty.
All Resources, e.g., Folders, Recommendations, etc., can be in more than one place at once. Each Resource display contains an Add operator so that members can include it in aggregates like Folders and Collections. To complement this, each aggregate Resource includes a Build Up operator so that members can include a Resource in the aggregate.
Resources: Curriki labels everything that can be returned from a Search as a Curriculum Resource, including Folders. Resources can be created from Templates or as wiki pages, uploaded as files, or pointed to by URL links. As noted below, we plan to use Templates to create Recommendations, and wiki pages for Discussions, Projects in Progress, etc.
“Recommendations”: We want to emphasize the expertise of the recommending faculty colleague, hence the suggested term Recommendation rather than Submission. This would capture the pedagogical expertise of the faculty member recommending the resource, which would normally be in a Resource Folder accompanied by either the components of the recommended activity, documents for the exemplary practice, a URL resource etc.
Initially, our DMC team and Faculty Colleague test users will create Recommendations by copying and editing a blank Recommendation form for a particular category of Resource. By November 2011, we expect the mechanics of this process to be automated through a Recommend link on the originating page and a Submit link on the copy of the Recommendation form (each with an embedded Java script to implement the steps of copying the Recommendation form, editing the form, creating a Resource folder in the appropriate Collection or Folder, and then Adding the Recommendation into the Folder.
Before June 2011, we plan to have Recommendations created using a Template as in Guillermo’s pilot submission system, which will feed the records directly into the database and search engine. It will take a bit of work on Curriki’s part to do this with the drop downs, etc., so it has been suggested that we use the current Recommendation forms as drafts for a few months to test that the requirements are stable. See also Standards below for the way to tag a Resource Folder with taxonomic keywords from MAA, etc.
Documentation: These are wiki pages created as ‘meta’ Resources. They are not stored as a hierarchy of
Collections, Folders, etc. and are not Search-able. We will use these for usage guides, comments and discussion on the KE platform, etc.
Messages:in Curriki, this provides functions like a Group listserve and messages to Group leaders. Not sure how we would use this - observing some other groups might help.
Template: can be used as a Submission form, at some cost in terms of customization for our Group. Do we need these if we can use blank Recommendation forms + get Taxonomy results from “Align to Standards” below? Are the existing Curriki resource types adequate for our purposes?
Standards:for us, this could be used to provide the MAA taxonomic information for a resource.
This takes an additional step in creating a Resource Folder, “Align with Standards”. The advantage of having a taxonomy as a Standard is that if there ever is a change it would involve only one location in the system, and additional Standards/Taxonomies can be added once to cover all Recommendations and Resources.