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Rizwan Ansary

Assignment # 18

1. what did you find

1.1. interesting about the article?

The article makes an interesting reading because it discusses and

mentions many themes that have come up in our course; EDC, DODEs,

knowledgement and SER model to name a few. The examples that related

to CU (e.g. TAM program) also provide a familiar context rather than

an abstract context that unrelated examples are sometimes guilty of


1.2. not interesting about the article?


2. what do you consider the main message of the article?

The current perspective on knowledgement needs improvement. It

involves too few actors. Through collaboration we can engage more

people to contribute and also to suggest new and efficient ways of

disseminating knowledge.

3. there is a section in the article ?courses-as-seeds? analyzing

an earlier course from a KM perspective. Please analyze briefly our

course in a similar fashion against the framework and claims made in

the article.

I think our course is very similar to the example discussed in the

section. However, in the TAM course, Dynasites developers eventually

sat down with course participants to carry out the reseeding process

and improve on the organization of "nuggets" in the information

space. That activity has not happened and I believe it can strongly

improve the information space in our course's swiki.

4. analyze the

4.1. strength and

The biggest strength in my opinion is the collaborative nature of

swiki. The ease with which people can post their contributins and

also look at those of the others makes learning through

collaboration convenient.

4.2. weakness

of the Swiki as a computational environment to support KM.

In te beginning, I always had difficulty finding stuff in swiki.

Also, there are still times when I feel that the location of some

things is not intuitive. This is best demonstrated when everyone's

intuition leads them to post material at different places. The file

uploads also gave a problem.
However, one inherent weakness of swiki during this course (even if

someone can organize all the stuff with perfect intuition and solve

the upload problem) has been that the discussion forum was hardly

ever used. This might have to do with the fact that the course was

designed to encourage participation in class and students rarely

felt the need to start a discussion outside class.

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