The plan: Initial DTA content on the web here.
Can be used from here
or copied for use elsewhere.
Preliminary plan for Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) content pages to support development. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
- 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.
- 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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