The Pattern Language Network

Taming web2.0 in Higher Education

Archive for January, 2008

Something happening on the Wiki

Posted by yishaym on January 28, 2008

The PLaNet system will be based on an open source Java wiki. We’re not sure yet which (we have three candidates). It would make sense to use the system to conduct its own development discussion – identify requierments, agree on specifications, etc. Of course, there’s a chicken & egg issue here.

So to kick-start the discussion, we’ll use the googlecode wiki. That should see us through to the first prototype, and then we’ll migrate.

There are several pages there, in a very raw state, waiting for your comments. Unfortunatly, googlecode does not support page change notifications (yes, that is a requirement for our system). So if you leave a comment or edit a page, please send an email to the mailing list (or leave a comment here, saying that you’ve left a comment there).

Right now, three pages are waiting for your insights:

    WikiHome: General introduction to the code site.
    EnvironmentSpec: Overview of our deployment and development environment.
    MethodologySpec: Overview of our methodolgies for developing the language, the tools to support it, and the instruments to evaluate both.

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Poster for Emerge

Posted by andreagorra on January 25, 2008

PlaNet poster for the JISC Emerge event in York, 24+25 Jan. 08

PlaNet Poster

Click on the image above to see the .pdf file

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CoMo scenarios: a possible form of representing case studies

Posted by yishaym on January 24, 2008

this is an example from another project of how we might represent case studies. Please focus on the stickmen diagrams.

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Technical infrustructure presentation

Posted by yishaym on January 24, 2008

This is a presentation I gave at the launch event, proposing some guidelines for our technical infrustructure. By and large, these where adopted by the project.

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Posted by yishaym on January 18, 2008

In the Learning Patterns project, we drove the pattern language development by a series of workshops. As we discussed at the kickoff, it would seem valuable to replicate, refine and elaborate that strategy.

Part of the workshop methodology itself has been captured by a pattern, and there’s a set of videos demonstrating the process. There’s also a paper on the way. The workshop descriptions and calls can be used as a starting point for our own proposals. There’s a few conferences coming up which could offer good venues:

ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the digital divide
9-11 September 2008, Leeds, UK
deadline, 29 February 2008

The Shock of the Old 7: Web 2.0 and the Connected Future
Said Business School, University of Oxford, 3rd April 2008

EuroPLoP 2008: 13th European Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs
July 9-13, 2008
Irsee Monastery, Bavaria, Germany

ICALT 2008: The 8th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies
Santander, Cantabria, Spain
July 1st- July 5th, 2008
deadline: January 29th, 2008

Tools for Participation: Collaboration, Deliberation, and Decision Support
University of California, Berkeley
June 26 – 29, 2008

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project administration documents

Posted by yishaym on January 18, 2008

I’m a bit baffled about this one, and I suspect others are facing similar problems. In fact, apart from this being a concrete problem we’re confronting, there may be a pattern in here.

We need to agree on a set of document which define the administrative structure of the project. These include statatory documents, such as the consortium agreement, project plan, workpackage details, roadmap, etc. These may be frozen at some point. Other documents will evelove continously over the project life time.

There’s two related issues that I want to consider:

  • Which form / format should these documents use?
  • How do we manage them.

So far we’ve been using word documents, stored on the google group file area. I see several potential difficulties with this mechanism:

  1. It doesn’t scale as a file manager. there’s no support for folders, or any other scheme for managing large number of files.
  2. It doesn’t support collaborative editing, commenting and versioning. Let’s say I want to suggest an ammendment to the plan. how do we facilitate this?
  3. Some forms of administrative knowledge ae better represented as mindmaps, gantt charts, spreadsheets, etc. How do we choose formats?

There are several alternatives we can consider, but none seem ideal.

Option 1: version control

We have a subversion repository on the google code site. We can host all documens there.


  • consistent. one place for all outputs.
  • easy to browse.
  • supports versioning (obviously).
  • extreme transparency.


  • everyone needs to master subversion (not too hard to do).
  • extreme transparency.

Option 2: wiki


  • easy to use.
  • supports versioning.
  • managed transparency.


  • easy to mess up.
  • limited editing capacity.
  • potential problem with exporting to deliverable format (depends on particular clone).

Option 3: google docs


  • easy to use.
  • supports versioning.
  • managed transparency.
  • familliar format.


  • limited editing capacity.

Option 4: document management system


  • does all we want.


  • costs money.
  • requires maintanence.

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presentation at the London Knowledge Lab

Posted by yishaym on January 16, 2008

I will be presenting PLaNet at the London Knowledge Lab research seminar on 30th January. This event is not published, but project members are welcome to come.

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Welcome to the Pattern Language Network (PLaNet)

Posted by Janet Finlay on January 7, 2008

The Pattern Language Network (PLaNet) project is funded by JISC to develop tools and processes to facilitate members of the higher education community to share and transfer their practices effectively. It is a collaborative project involving five partner institutions: Leeds Metropolitan University (lead), Coventry University, London Knowledge Lab (Institute of Education), King’s College London and Glasgow Caledonian University. For more about the partners see our People page.

A key element of the project will be working with the higher education community – we are working closely with a number of user groups and are keen to involve more. If you are usng web 2.0 tools in higher education and are interested in sharing your experience and learning from the experiences of others, through helping to develop a community resource, please get in touch!

We will be posting regularly about our progress on the project here – but for a no nonsense introduction to what we are trying to achieve start with our about page.

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