Friday, August 23, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: DTA content pages: The plan: Initial DTA content on the web here. Can be used from here or copied for use elsewhere.

The plan: Initial DTA content on the web here. 
Can be used from here 
or copied for use elsewhere.
Updated 10/25/2019
Preliminary plan for Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) content pages to support development.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
Learning online
  • Uses: By DTA and solo
  • Design:  template and style

What is a DTA content page?

  • DTA content pages are offered for instruction on using virtual worlds for education. 
  • The page is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
  • That means anyone can use it as is or modified with or without credit to the source.
  • Digicoach might send people to this page with specific search terms.
  • Educators might put this page on their own site and send students there.
  • Educators might use this text in their own version of Digicoach.
  • Viewer developers might use these pages in the Help system
  • These content pages will be revised as needed or as improvements are identified.
  • The pages are designed to maximize ease of search and minimize text.  
  • The user is expected have an active viewer screen while reading the instructions 
  • The user is expected to follow each step after reading the instructions.
  • Published DTA content pages are cited here:
  • The Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) for MUVES (virtual worlds): Summary

Why on the web?

  • Easily available to everyone.
  • Easily revised or copied
  • Directly usable as is
  • Easily given to students via web link
  • Uses hypertext to provide optional background links


DTA development and use

  • Easiest: DTA opens browser page and says: "Search for [THIS]."
  • THIS is replaced by an appropriate search term.
  • (Each page is headed by search terms and search-on-page instructions.
  • Fancier: Items are copied into DTA control and DTA delivers them directly.

Other uses 

  • Give newcomers links to the pages for them to use as needed.
  • Copy/paste relevant sections when newcomers ask questions 

Design (template and style) 

Organized for search (template)

  • Relevant search terms are given at the beginning of each page 
  • Short sections match the search term with titles including search term

Organized by user need 

  • To fit with JIT learning, each subsection is about something the user needs to do.
  • The text is as short as possible and sticks to the required actions.
  • Amplification may be added at the end of the instructions.
  • The text covers everything a prepared person needs to know to do the task.
  • A prepared person is one who has the prerequisites for the unit,
  • Subsections carry all the information needed for using them.

Style designed for quick reading

  • Use short, simple sentences. 
  • Use short words where possible.
  • Avoid saying anything not needed for how to instructions.


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