This week Georgia Tech announced a very revealing and draconian interpretation of FERPA, the law meant to protect student data, and by doing so removed all previous course content from a managed wiki server on that campus. Edtech folks are abuzz with the news and wondering of its implications on the practice of open online learning and constructivist teaching practices. We sit down to talk about it on DTLT Today.
What role does interface design and usability play in the adoption of projects on your campus? Jim and Tim have a chat about design and how poor interface design seems to in some ways hamper the adoption of wikis as a tool in education. However Wikipedia is a shining example of that same tool being used to great effect. Where do instructional technologists draw the line in terms of the tools they support when the support from the community is lacking?