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The Story of the Planet Platform

Posted by yishaym on March 31, 2009

True to the dogfood principle, we now have a case study on the development of the Planet platform. An amazing tale on international mystery and intrigue. Well, maybe not – but if you’re working in a UK HE institure and thinking of launching an ambitious web2.0 project, you might find our experience informative.

Or, if you have been involved in a similar project, we would be curious to know: does this resonate with your experiece?

Its all there (in brief): the original plan, what went smoothly, what went wrong, and where we are at the end of the day. Enjoy!

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Studies or stories?

Posted by yishaym on October 16, 2008

One of the issues that came up at the recent formative e-assessment workshops was the disparate interpretations of Case Study. This led to the production of our tutorial. But it also got me thinking, maybe we can do better by a change of name. If we talk of “case stories” or “case narratives”, would that clarify what we’re looking for?

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Eureka!, again

Posted by yishaym on October 3, 2008

On Thursday we had the 2nd practical inquiry day of the formative e-assessment group. The focus of this day was collecting case stories and identifying seed patterns (aka proto-patterns).
To get people in the right mood, we started with the Eureka! game, which we first tried in Singapore. You have to try it – it’s such great fun, and brings out the hidden truths about learning.
It’s also a great release exercise before diving into case study writing. After playing this, people loose all inhibitions, and the stories just pour out.

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How to write a case study

Posted by yishaym on September 29, 2008

When we engage with practitioners, the first thing we ask them is for a case study. That seems to be an overloaded, somewhat obscure creature. We think we know exactly what it means, or at least what we’re looking for, but it turns out that the term is so widely used in so many ways, that it can go any odd way. Often people bring their personal statement of beliefs and achievements. In other cases, they will give a marketing presentation of their project or institution. All we really want is a good story. Believe me – that’s pretty close to the best place to start a discussion, which is what Planet is all about…

We developed the S.T.A.R.R template, which we provided as a powerpoint template and as an online form. That helped, but usually only after some verbal introduction. So here’s that introduction as a (hopefully) free-standing, self-explanatory slide deck:

Please let us know how to improve it..

(And if you’re struggling with the more technical issues, there’s the help page. )

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Pattern Workshop: Making Stuff Together, London Knowledge Lab, 7th July

Posted by yishaym on June 13, 2008

The Pattern Language Network project (Planet) is running a one day workshop at the London Knowledge Lab, 7th July, around the theme of “Making Stuff Together“.

The purpose of this workshop is to look across dramatically different contexts of learning, and identify common elements of design: forces, contextual factors, challenges and methods of solution.

In this workshop we will focus on two environments: Multi-user virtual worlds (MUVEs) and collaborative web documents. At a first glance, these appear to be as different and unrelated as two on-line environments can be. Yet both are loci for activities of shared construction. It is this quality, and this tension, which we wish to explore as a driver of learning.

The workshop will be driven by user contributed case studies. These cases will be discussed in cross disciplinary groups, through which design patterns will be extracted and elaborated and scenarios developed.

To register, or for any inquiries, please contact:

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Planet workshops

Posted by Janet Finlay on May 20, 2008

Today we held our first pattern elicitation workshop. Having established a prototype platform and trialled our case study based process at the Emerge online conference in April we were now ready to start our face to face workshops. We will be running a series of these (and online events) over the next few months and invite anyone interested to sign up and come along to one. But before we let our approach loose on an unsuspecting community we decided it was only right that we, the project team, should experience it for ourselves.

So today’s workshop was for the team and our theme was one close to many of our hearts – effective project communication. Ably facilitated by Yishay, we each proposed a case study – a short semi-structured description of a “critical incident” that we had experienced. These were posted on the Wiki in advance and refined during the workshop. Gradually, through lively discussion about these case studies, potential fledgling patterns started to emerge. These now need to be fleshed out and discussed further and tested more widely to see if they really are patterns. But the seeds are there…

Our next workshop will be on June 9th in Leeds on the subject of using Web 2.0 in reflective practice (AWESOME and REFLECT colleagues take note!). All are welcome to take part – and more details will be posted soon. Watch this space.

In the mean time check out Planet Wiki and tell us what you think of our case studies and seed ideas for patterns….. do these ring true with your experience? Has your experience been different? Only by seeing how something holds as a solution across multiple cases can we genuinely call it a pattern. So we need your input.

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we’re on your case (or want to be)

Posted by IJF on April 15, 2008

On 23-25 April Emerge is holding an Online Conference on Digital Communities & Digital Identities. We’re planning an experimental session at that event. We want you to send us your stories (or “case studies” to make it sound scientific) about using participatory technologies (aka web2.0) in education. We’ll collate, choose, pick out common themes, and try to identify patterns. We’ll present and discuss these with you at the conference.

We’re looking for your raw, real-life experiences, not high-level analysis or learned observations. And remember – failure is a better teacher than success.

If you’re game, download this powerpoint template, download the template, fill it in, and send it to us*.

*: To submit your case study, please upload it to slideshare, tag it with “planetcasestudy” and email yishaym [at] gmail [dot] com & steven [dot] warburton [at] kcl [dot] ac [dot] uk

– or just email us the slideset.

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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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