Anyone who has followed my meandering path into the #IndieWeb knows much of what I do gets driven by teaching.
Our company ReVIEW Talent Feedback System brings this vision to teacher coaching, evaluation and feedback. Reflection and learning should drive classroom improvement.
To that end, we partnered with the Known Open Collective to add learning and reflection to our our platform. We want to help open source learning tools. As part of a start up grant we got from Southern Connecticut State University and University of Connecticut we had three goals
- Add Single Sign On through OAuth
- Create a blogging platform to drive coaching and growth through reflection
- Create an online course builder
The first goal involves a bunch of plumbing. I won't get into this as much to say is what let's you sign into websites with your school email or a social media button. We did do and release all of the development open source. People are already using the OAuth pluging to connect Known to Moodle. That's cool. Open source helps knowledge spread.
The second goal derives from ten years of experience in teacher quality and evaluation. We learned important lessons. Mainly we want to measure teacher quality but don't really have the tools yet. Rubric driven observation and coaching does improve efficacy of teaching...jury still out on achievement.
We wanted to give educators a chance to reflect on their growth outside of, but connected to their talent management platform. So we have added the ability to host a school wide network using the software of the Known Open Collective. In fact we donate 50% of any revenue from the reflection blog tools back to the Collective
Course Builder Plugin
I am most excited about the course builder plugin. I have always wanted an IndieWeb course builder and this open source tool is now closer to reaility. We have a few kinks to iron out before we release to the wild for beta testing but I thought I would provide an early view.
You start by clicking on a new course.
You can then design the front page of the course and add course objectives and a code of conduct
This allows you to include course goals on the front page
You can then click on a button to add a schedule or events or add a module.
On each module page you get the option to add description, a featured image, a video, and readings.
This is a screenshot of the live module page. We will change the way the reading displays.
My favorite feature, every task is its own page. That means educators or learners can send in artifacts of learning as a webmenton. Meaning they do the learning on their own websites and just link to the task.
The instructor will then be able to see all submissions in one place, while the learner mantains control over their work!
Even cooler we will use this feature for an upcoming webmention badges plugin.
We also need to develop the APIs for the rubrics built into REVIEW Talent Feedback System so we can display scales inside of Known or pull posts into ReVIEW. This goal is more long term.