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slide sets from various talks / events, hosted on slideshare

Our EXTEND/Planet discussion….

Posted by Janet Finlay on February 26, 2009

is now available as an Elluminate recording.  Thanks to Cristina and Frances for facilitating this.

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programme for the KMRC e-learning patterns workshop

Posted by yishaym on January 14, 2009

(cross posted from http://designedforlearning.wordpress.com)

Christian Kohls just sent me the programme for the e-Learning Patterns workshop in March, and it’s looking really good. Some of the names I spotted: Helen Sharp, Ulrike Cress, Davinia Hernándes-Leo, Till Schümmer, Frank Fischer, Andreas Harrer, Yannis Dimitriadis (random list).

I’m facilitating a workshop on “cases to patterns” and also giving a talk on “Patterns for building patterns communities”. Here’s the draft abstract for my talk:

workshop1The construct of design pattern is often summarised as “the core of a solution to a problem in context”. What, then, is the problem that design patterns solve, and in which contexts?
As design patterns break new grounds in educational research and practice, challenging questions arise: how do we engage new audiences in the pattern paradigm? How do we adapt the form and modes of use of patterns to make them useful in diverse realms of practice? Why do we have such a strong conviction in the value of design patterns?
The tradition of design patterns refers to concepts such as “timelessness” and “expertise”. These are problematic in a world of accelerating change. Yet another fundamental principle is accentuated; the need to establish robust design languages capable of capturing the complexity of problems in our environment and offering verifiable solutions. I argue that design-level discourse is imperative in many critical domains of human activity, and that patterns should play a central role in such discourse. Over the last few years, my colleagues and I have been developing a methodology for participatory workshops for practical design patterns. This methodology has emerged from the “Learning Patterns” project, and is being refined by the “Pattern Language Network” project.
In this talk, I will describe the methodology, its history and future plans, and provide some illustrative examples. I will also highlight some of the fundamental questions which is provokes.

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From stories to patterns, and back, and back again

Posted by yishaym on November 3, 2008

Let’s say you know how to write a case story, and we’ve convinced you that stories are not enough. But how do you get from a story to a pattern? Well, hopefully by March we’ll have something of an answer to that. In the meanwhile, here’s a tutorial that just might help:

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Planet @ LKL Knowledge Seminar, 30 Jan 2008

Posted by yishaym on February 7, 2008

these are the slides I used at the talk I gave at the knowlege lab. I was hoping to have the video & audio tracks to attach, but there was a technical glitch, and I decided not to wait for the slight chance that something will be salvaged.

Overall, response was very good. I think that for the first time in my life I managed to come up with an explanation of “what is a pattern and what is a pattern language” that appealed to the uninitiated.

Quite a few people commented on the visual aspects of patterns and pattern languages, and saw a lot of value in expanding that theme.

I got a very important warning: avoid the content-neutral path. Learning is always a learning of something in some context. We should engage with users who are applying the technology to a clear need, rather then exploring it for its own sake.

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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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