White paper updates: ‘Scenarios’ & ‘Identity and reputation’

Work continues on the Project MoodleNet white paper. The latest updates are around the ‘Scenarios’ or the introductory user personas section, and the ‘Identity and reputation’ section. You can add your comments and feedback directly on the Google Doc at the following link or discuss via the forum link underneath each update, respectively.

Access and comment on the white paper: https://goo.gl/vwWRVD


Scenarios

The white paper introduces five scenarios in the way of user personas. These give a brief overview of the lives of different kinds of Moodlers, from learners and educators to developers and system administrators.

Scenario 1

The idea is for the discussion of Project MoodleNet in the white paper to address the issues felt by users in each of the five scenarios. For this to happen, the personas need to be as believable as possible, so please do help them ‘leap off the page’ for readers!

Discuss the Scenarios in this comment thread: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=361923

 

Section 1: Identity and reputation

This section is now ready in first draft form. It begins to outline how Project MoodleNet will differ from the major social networks, particularly around use of personal data, identity management, and decentralisation.

As part of this, there are five recommendations, listed below:

  • Recommendation #1: Project MoodleNet should at the very least allow users to create and manage multiple accounts. Serious thought should be given as to the possibility of allowing some interactions to be anonymous, or pseudo-anonymous. This will enable users to reflect different facets of their identity, allowing them to not only conform to how they currently are (and others see them) but grow, both professionally and personally.
  • Recommendation #2: Although easy to join and use, Project MoodleNet should be a robust, decentralised, federated system that does not have on a single point of failure.
  • Recommendation #3: Project MoodleNet should put the user in control of all of her data. All data held about a user should be compliant with the terms of the GDPR and be removable from the system. Users should be given fine-grained controls over who can see personal data and information they have added.
  • Recommendation #4: Project MoodleNet should allow for digital credentials to be created, exchanged, and displayed. These should reflect the diverse and wide-ranging interests of users, and contribute to Moodle’s mission of empowering educators.
  • Recommendation #5: The aim should be for Project MoodleNet portfolios to become the default place for educators to tell the story of their professional lives.

Additional recommendations will feature at the bottom of upcoming sections. We’re particularly interested in whether this feels like the right approach and, if so, if there’s a better way of explaining it? Please do help us pitch the language and tone correctly.

Discuss the the Identity and reputation section in this comment thread: https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=362850

 

2 thoughts on “White paper updates: ‘Scenarios’ & ‘Identity and reputation’

  1. Exciting sounding project, Doug. Best wishes to you with it.

    Digital credentials and portfolio? Do I smell a badging aspect? 🙂

    1. Thanks Wayne! Yes, Recommendation #4 is likely to lead to an Open Badges 2.0-compatible solution. It’s unlikely to be one of the things we work on in the first stage, but I’d like to get there relatively quickly!

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