The Writing Studio: Participatory Design for the Composing Community

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2014 CCCC presentation, arguing that the philosophy driving the creation and continuing development of the Writing Studio (http://writing.colostate.edu) positively influences user (student writer, writer, writer teacher, teacher) experience and learning.

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  • Welcome, and thanks for coming today.Introduce self/title of talk
  • In usability and user experience design, we have a saying: we are not our users.For commercial educational applications, this is often true.
  • With open source ed apps, things change a bit. Input from educators and students.
  • The WS is a bit different. Developed by writers and writing instructors specifically for and with writers
  • The big question: why does it matter?By considering the evolution of the WS (and not just in its login page) we can grasp the necessity for such participatory design as a manifestation of pedagogy.
  • Is the Writing Studio a CMS? No, because a user does not need to be in a course to access it, create content with it, or use its resources.
  • Is it a Learning Management System? Not in the traditional use of the term; instructors and institutions are not “managers” of user learning
  • Perhaps the best term is “virtual learning environment.” Individuals can register, create their own spaces, blogs, portfolios, wikis, organize ideas, keep track of sources and citations, reference texts on style and usage… and they are first individuals. Not students. Open access, and now open source.
  • The Writing Studio: Participatory Design for the Composing Community

    1. 1. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio
    2. 2. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio Participatory Design for the Composing Community Andrea L. Beaudin | Texas Tech University
    3. 3. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio We are not our users…
    4. 4. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio We are some of our users…
    5. 5. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio We are our users… Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio
    6. 6. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio
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    17. 17. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio
    18. 18. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio The Writing Studio, in fostering and encouraging participatory, user-centered design, has implications beyond mere functionality or user options: it is pedagogy in practice.
    19. 19. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio I. Terms and Technologies II. Participation(s) and Manifestations III.Implications
    20. 20. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio
    21. 21. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio • CMS
    22. 22. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio • CMS • LMS
    23. 23. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio • CMS • LMS • VLE?
    24. 24. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio All of these platforms offer ways to incorporate participatory content such as wikis, blogs, forums along with grade books, course pages, etc.
    25. 25. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio The Writing Studio differs in its user-centered, participatory design that reflects and affirms both philosophies and pedagogies of composing and collaboration
    26. 26. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio System- Centered • places the needs of the system at the center • treats system as the source of all knowledge • reflects designers’ vision of importance • User has no input User Friendly • designed as an “attempt to fit the product to the background and expectations of the end user" (125). • based on designer’s vision of the system w/o user input. • Readers situated as learning or doing User-Centered • user is driving force in process. • Real purpose rather than imaginary construct • Looks to understand user actions (instead of how users should act) • Users produce knowledge (Johnson, 1998)
    27. 27. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio
    28. 28. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio For most users: • Identity • Decentralized • Sandbox
    29. 29. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio • Responsiveness • Sandbox Approach • Collective/Collaborative
    30. 30. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio Conducted by Jeremy Huston, Michael Trice, and ALB Goals Included: • usability concerning navigation and • making site more usable and familiar for users of social media
    31. 31. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio Users expected more of a Facebook interface
    32. 32. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio Radical redesign of “My Page”
    33. 33. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio
    34. 34. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio While the Writing Studio provides tools comparable to commercial and even other open source learning platforms, with the same level of security and stability, the underlying philosophy of user- centered, participatory design affects user experience and comprehension.
    35. 35. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio IWBF? Collaboration Participation
    36. 36. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio • Identity is not imposed by the institution • Content is not confined/restricted by an instructor • Composing happens
    37. 37. Why the LMS Matters Writing@CSU | The Writing Studio Not a “sales pitch” for Writing Studio

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