Name: [008] Kyran Dale
Member: 108 months
Authored: 16 videos
Description: I'm one of the co-founders of Showmedo and an academic researcher by profession. My peripatetic path has taken me from a Philosophy degree via Artificial Intelligence and Evolutionary Robotics to a PhD in Neuroscience. I spent five years in a small room with a colony of reluctant bumble-bees, becomi ...

Learning-paths are a work in progress. Most things seem to work, but certain browsers, Internet Explorer in particular, may see a few blips, particularly with the Flash-players. Any problems and please send some feedback here.

Announcing Showmedo's Learning-paths

start

What are these learning paths anyway, you're saying?

goals

To persuade that Learning-paths are, literally and metaphorically the way to go.

Learning-paths in a nutshell

Learning-paths are a new way to give structure to Showmedo's content and improve the site's appeal and usability considerably.

The main advantages are:

  • Improving the educational experience of users and adding vital continuity to their learning.
  • Re-use of content. Showmedo has a lot of content with implicit connections. We aim to make those connections explicit and encourage authors to use and reference the work of others.
  • Organization of Showmedo's content. The lumped collections are a poor way to organize our video-tutorials and bad for directing users to stuff they may like.
  • Improving the experience of authors and making the integration of text and video based material much easier and more convenient.
  • Making the creation of educational material more fun and appealing by encouraging synergistic collaboration among authors.

A more flexible way of doing things

Each learning-path consists of a single editable text-file rather than the present cumbersome system of serialized videos. Of course you can create a series of videos easily:

[... some descriptive html ...]

.. video:: [id 1]

[... a bit more text/images etc. ...]

.. video:: [id 2]

[... etc.]

But you can also do quite a bit more, such as connecting your learning paths together, reusing your own and others videos and series, requesting 'steps' to complete the path or make it more gentle etc.. Follow some of the paths in the next section to find out more.

Fleshing out the details

A couple of learning-paths have been drafted to help bootstrap the creation of more learning-paths:

How to Write a Learning Path Script

You should know enough restructured text (reST) to be able to write a learning-path script.

The Anatomy of a Learning-path

To understand the structure of learning-paths and the result of processing a text-script into HTML/CSS/Javascripted elements.

The RST-script for this Learning-path

The script below was used to generate the learning-path page above.

===========================================================
Announcing Showmedo's Learning-paths
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.. contents::

start
=====
What are these learning paths anyway, you're saying?

goals
=====
To persuade that Learning-paths are, literally and metaphorically the way to go.


Learning-paths in a nutshell
============================
Learning-paths are a new way to give structure to Showmedo's content and improve the site's appeal and usability considerably. 

The main advantages are:

* Improving the educational experience of users and adding vital continuity to their learning.

* Re-use of content. Showmedo has a lot of content with implicit connections. We aim to make those connections explicit and encourage authors to use and reference the work of others. 

* Organization of Showmedo's content. The lumped collections are a poor way to organize our video-tutorials and bad for directing users to stuff they may like.

* Improving the experience of authors and making the integration of text and video based material much easier and more convenient. 

* Making the creation of educational material more fun and appealing by encouraging synergistic collaboration among authors. 


A more flexible way of doing things
-----------------------------------

Each learning-path consists of a single editable text-file rather than the present cumbersome system of serialized videos. Of course you can create a series of videos easily:

::

    [... some descriptive html ...]

    .. video:: [id 1]

    [... a bit more text/images etc. ...]

    .. video:: [id 2]

    [... etc.]


But you can also do quite a bit more, such as connecting your learning paths together, reusing your own and others videos and series, requesting 'steps' to complete the path or make it more gentle etc.. Follow some of the paths in the next section to find out more.


Fleshing out the details
========================

A couple of learning-paths have been drafted to help bootstrap the creation of more learning-paths:

.. path:: 2

.. path:: 3







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Although as important as the software it supports, education and documentation are relatively neglected in the Open-source world. Coders love to code, and explaining how best to use or improve the software tends to be deferred or even sidelined.

At Showmedo we believe the community can play a vital role here and also say thanks for the tools and software that make our lives easier. If you have a piece of software you love or a programming langugage you are enthusiastic about, why not make a screencast showing others how to use it? All the stuff you wish you'd been told, the tips, tricks, insights that would have saved you time and frustration.

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