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Minimalist Self-Assessment in EBooks

We have been talking about ways to enhance TDO with interactivity, and one is to turn the Key Points at the end of TDO chapters 2-10 into self-assessments.

For example, the first three key points for chapter 2 are:

  1. Selection, organizing, interaction design, and maintenance activities occur
    in every organizing system.
  2. These activities are not identical in every domain, but the general terms enable
    communication and learning about domain-specific methods and vocabularies.
  3. The most fundamental decision for an organizing system is determining its
    resource domain, the group or type of resources that are being organized.

The simplest approach would be to hide each of these behind a linked question, like

  1. What four activities occur in every organizing system?
  2. What is the benefit of using general terms rather than domain-specific ones?

…with the idea that the student answers the question and then selects the link to see how he did…

But this is pretty shallow because the student isn’t required to be precise. So a second approach might be to popup a note window and have the student type in the answer, so he has something concrete to compare against the answer.

And so now we are blurring the line between self-assessment and annotation. Maybe the annotation mechanism can be used here.

-bob glushko


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