(5%) Term Project Proposal

At this point, you must define your team and the problem you will be working on.

Submit at Term Projects the following information:
  • Project title
  • List of team members (3-4 people per team, with email addresses and links to your wiki self-intro pages)
  • One or two paragraphs describing what problem you will attempt to solve. If you are working with a client, then describe that client (you should meet with them and discuss the project BEFORE submitting this proposal).
  • One paragraph describing your target users.

Here are some possible term projects, but feel free to come up with your own. The only two requirements of the project are that:
  • It is web-based (mobile is fine)
  • It has a social element, that is the essence of the system should involve some kind of interaction among users. It is not sufficient that multiple people look at some dataset. Instead, the users should either interact with each other directly, there be some form of user generated content, voting, or reputation, etc.

From post-doc Tom Yeh

Your team is given the task to design and develop a social sharing site for Sikuli Guide. Sikuli Guide is an innovative tool for creating guided-tours or tutorials for GUIs based on screenshots. It is currently an active research project jointly conducted by the University of Maryland and MIT. Your clients will be the researchers on the Sikuli Guide project. You will help them identify user needs, create design sketches, build and test prototypes, and evaluate usability as you go through the user-centered interaction design process taught in the course.

(Based on Sikuli)

Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pMEVsW3Gb0
Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1kvqiAsQ0O8
(links updated)

From Education & Math prof. Dan Chazan

Our image of a social network of NCTM members is vague at this time. Unlike Facebook, this would not be a public site that anyone can browse. It would be browsable just by members of NCTM. There would be some aspects of a members’ space that would be public to other NCTM members, other aspects of the space that would be shareable with others listed as friends, and some private workspace. Teachers could friend each other, share lessons and records of practice (student work, audio, video, etc.), and talk about their teaching. NCTM would need to learn a lot about how to seed such conversation and encourage participation by members. There are also important issues to consider about the legality of posts to this site (e.g., what sort of agreement would need to exist to indicate that people are posting video images that they have a right to post and to ensure that NCTM would not have any liability about these images), as well as how one removes posts that are offensive, irrelevant, or which do not have a right to the content that they post (in the vein of YouTube’s processes for removing pirated video).

Furthermore, this online conversation might be supported with tools that allow the sharing of records, as well as the annotation of the records (with, for example, the video annotation tools to be found at viddler.com). The conversation might also be supported by creating an interface for each user that is customized for teachers of different kinds and reflects different modes of organizing their materials and ideas about their teaching, as well as different ways to search the library (e.g., by courses, by reasoning habits, by big ideas, by the Common Core State Standards, etc.).

In terms of the long-term plans for an NCTM library of video records of practice that grows over time, the potentially exciting possibility is that participants in this social network would then have the opportunity to take materials that they have shared with their “friends” and submit them to more formal publication on NCTM’s public site. Something akin to an editorial panel could be created for Video Library submissions, for example, out of which editorial panels would shape new “clusters”—i.e. video with supporting material. Such editorial panels could put out calls for certain types of clusters, could set standards for review and selection of submitted clusters, and could set policies (e.g., a process of reviewing clusters already in the library for currency, relevance, and datedness).

Crowdsource accessibility of PDF documents

Collaborative study group site (see Koofers.com)