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Hi Zack,

I really like the stub template you created. One note, I think you might have more success in helping people fill out stubs if the purpose of the page is a bit more explicit - otherwise users probably won't be sure what the page is about and will thus not add to it or engage with it. For example, your new page Questioning is pretty vague and as a random user, I'm not sure what info I should or could add to iti. You can make it easier for users through a more specific title (something like "Resources for Active Classroom Questioning") or by having an intro sentence or paragraph that explains the page (something like "Creating good classroom questions is an important part of successful active learning. This page lists resources and tools for learning more about this topic" ) or by both.

I think that the more specific a page is, the easier it will be for users to understand and to add appropriate content to build it out. Anyway, let me know if that makes sense.

Cheers,

18:57, 29 March 2011

Hi Zack,

I just wanted to follow up on this comment. I just dropped a related note to Lydia and realized that it might be better to centralize this conversation. My note to Lydia is on her user talk page - User_talk:LydiaJones.

Thanks,

Will

19:02, 8 April 2011
 

Hi Will,

Thanks for following-up. Yep, you're right about the title. I just hesitated putting in a new one since I really didn't know what part of "Questioning" was going to be discussed in the resources I picked-up (they were in an envelope). Nevertheless, I'll change it soon when I'm finished reading them.

- Z

18:01, 11 April 2011
 

No problem - let me know if I can help out with anything.

18:10, 11 April 2011
 

Hi Zack,

I just wanted to drop a note saying that I think Teaching and Learning portal is looking really good. Let me know if I can do anything to help. I'd also be curious to hear if you get any feedback or "outside" interest in the project.

Cheers,

16:57, 28 April 2011
 

Thanks Will! Don't worry, I'll definitely come to you with lots of questions. We haven't actually started inviting people yet but we've actually asked some of the Instructional Skills Workshop facilitators to share their lesson plans with us. We've come to the conclusion that there are two sides to this project.

  1. The content pages on certain teaching and learning topics
  2. The lesson plans on how to teach these topics during ISWs.

We're also slowly developing a couple of content pages to show as examples on what we want to achieve. Again, it's slow but it's getting there.

Any feedback from you or other folks you might know is more than welcome!

- Z

17:45, 28 April 2011