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Just ask! Thesis, PhD, etc

January 25, 2009 Leave a comment

Today I heard that yet another university study was going to be started about Dokeos. This time, the person that is going to do it is a acquaintance. We have chatted a few times and participated in events together. However, he didn’t ask me anything so far…

Let me be clear, I’m not pretending to push my ideas into somebody’s thesis, but talking about the kind of topic before doing it, at the very least, would allow me to support them so that, if I can, this study can get more interest and more help, and so that its results are made more useful to the community.

It’s been 4 years now that I’m hearing about studies of Dokeos, of comparisons between Dokeos, Moodle, Claroline, Blackboard and others, but although these studies are generally favourable to Dokeos (not all of them, but a considerable amount), I have yet to see results before they are “expired”, and I never  get the opportunity to help in the process. In the best cases, sometimes, I’m aware that a study about Dokeos has just been submitted inside a university, studying a version of Dokeos older than 2 years… We then find unfavourable comparisons between version 1.8.2 of Dokeos (one year old) and a current version of Moodle. Unfair, isn’t it?

A little e-mail, a call, a chat conversation is all we need to check if there is a common interest for both parts over a specific study topic. Dokeos (and myself personally) can offer support, statistical data, test systems and work visibility, so that a study of *possibly* little reach can be much more publicized as a good proof that Dokeos helps in the introduction of distant learning in whichever environment.

Thinking about it for a while, I figured maybe people didn’t realize that and thought I am unavailable to them. They are wrong, and this is the idea of this post. I want to state it loud and clear that I’m interested. I would alost love to organize events where people can show the results of their work or just their unacheived work to open it to constructive comments.

Only by talking with people on the field can we improve the tool, learn things that I couldn’t imagin by myself, and then give it back to the community. Speak, mate! I’m listening. We are developers, not teachers (most of us). We build the tool, you make it successful.

So, all of you starting studies about e-learning or b-learning… just ask! I’m offering you, at the very least, a little of my time and, in the best case, a success and publicity  by far superior to what you could get by yourself.

Yannick Warnier – Developmnt and Research Director – Dokeos

* Who would have though the soon-to-come social network tool’s idea would come from a geography and history teacher in the south of Spain, which I never met? Or that we didn’t figure out that IMS/QTI export of quiz was much more useful with an import feature around there as well?

End of July update on Dokeos development

July 29, 2008 1 comment

I thought I’ll write a short update on what we are doing at Dokeos at the moment, so you don’t think we’re just sleeping through the summer holidays…

Eric and Julian, of the French team, are currently working on a project for a specific hospital management school in France, and on a large and long-time review project before the migration of portals to version 1.8.5 for an important Belgian client. They have a few weeks of holiday here and there, so they’re pretty much busy full-time on these ones when they’re not gone.

The team of university developers (of whom Sven is half working for Dokeos now) is working on the development of Dokeos 2.0. They are expected to provide a first usable product for the Dokeos User’s Day in December, so I they seem to be putting a lot of efforts into this.

Thomas is busy providing course-building training to a few important medical and pharmaceutical clients.

Arnaud, our system administrator and occasionally developer of the videoconference tool, is pretty busy with new installations and the migration of portals from 1.8.4 to 1.8.5.

As for Daniel and Julio, they work under my supervision on several important projects, including a the development of a few new features for the quiz tool for a local (peruvian) client and the development of a new survey type for a belgian client.

I’ve been giving training for Dokeos administrators and teachers over the last three days of last week, and preparing a long development of new extensions to the quiz and learning path tools (with possible little steps towards SCORM 2004 implementation), and the review and finish of the new survey type development. I’ve also been studying web services quite deeply, and on my spare time I reviewed the possibilities of an integration with Drupal 5 or 6 as well as a few ideas for the SCORM 2.0 white papers call.

As you can see, we’re quite busy. We hope you enjoy your holidays though, if any!

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