This section provides a little background to the Development Roadmap. Please see the other postings for details of the three main phases. If you would like a copy of the whole document please leave me a message and I will get it to you.
We considered that essentially the initial design and development of a project lent itself to three major phases outlined below. Each stage of each project would progress through all of the phases. Continue reading
This provides high level view of what the the project should achieve and why, the scope, the context, the participants, the method, the budget and the timeframe. It may also include the measures by which success may be evaluated. In general it answers questions of the nature of – what is the general purpose of the project, who will be involved, why are we doing it etc. Continue reading
This phase deals with the design of the learning experience and the activities that it contains. This phase will be repeated for each stage of the project and identify where it is building on work from the previous stage.
Building on the work of the previous phase and using the Context Summary as a base, this phase will identify and describe, in some detail, the actual learning activities that will take place in support of the specified learning outcomes. One major purpose of this is to identify the resources that will be required.
This phase deals with the design of all the resources required by the learning activities of the stage both those in and out of SL. This phase will be repeated for each stage of the project and identify where it is building on work from the previous stage.
The purpose for this phase is to ensure that all resources needed to create the learning experience are identiifed, designed effectively and constructed. Based on the learning activity or activities identified in the Develop the Learning Narrative phase, and on the list of required resources derived from that, this phase is primarily concerned with the questions around ‘How will we fulfill these requirements?‘ and documents the final answers to those questions. It thus considers the design of all the resources that are required for the final construction both those that will be built in SL and those that won’t.
Much of my time over the last few weeks has been concerned with attempting to bring together disparate needs and views into a workable process for the development of a learning experience which is primarily but not completely delivered in Second Life. The process has been tough at times! but then the task is complex and there is very little previous experience or best practice reports to draw on.