Thursday, 25 September 2008

Oil spill

Twitter is the oil that has lubricated my ideas today.
A JISC-Emerge tweet alerted me to a blog post by Josie Frazer about Dave White's work on Residents and Visitors for the JISC funded Isthmus project. Dave is, of course, Open Habitat's project manager, which is quite handy.

My fuzzy thinking about all of this at the moment needn't prevent me from spilling a few ideas here.

It strikes me that the idea of 'Residents' might be the key to unlocking the problem of collaboration in the Art & Design pilot. We have just decided to split participants in the second pilot into teams, and to give each team a home. We are trying to make them into residents in a virtual world, rather than just visitors. The difference, I think, is that Isthmus is looking at web based communities and is dealing with a more abstract sense of residents and visitors. We are thinking much more literally about our students building a home (albeit a fairly abstracted one) and becoming residents in it. The collaboration aspect will come from the fact that we are forcing our students to share a house (which is, after all, what being a student is all about).

I've not quite got this one clear yet. I may well be missing some points. I'll try and pin things down a bit better tomorrow.

2 comments:

Kisa said...

> We have just decided to split participants in the second pilot into teams, and to give each team a home.

I still don't think we need to focus on teams. Just give the the space and the incentive. If they all want to do it together, then okay. If they all want to do it alone, then fine.

If you want to encourage retention, then you shouldn't impose restrictions on a voluntary process :)

Ian Truelove : Cubist Scarborough said...

Ah. I'm not sure. We gave them the option of collaborating in the first pilot, and they didn't. I think collaboration needs massaging a bit. I'm talking about a loose grouping, rather than a strict division of labour. We all like to be individual, but we like to be in a club as well.