Forum .LRN Q&A: dtLrn use-cases and personas would be useful

Is there any document being worked on that describes which use-cases and personas the dtLrn system will involve? Something along the lines of what Lars produced for ACS Java would be really useful I think. It could help drive your development and would serve as an excellent introduction and overview of what the dotLrn system does. I understand if the dtLrn team is very pressed for time and cannot produce such a document at the moment but at least consider putting it on your todo list.
Posted by Ben Adida on
This documentation is definitely part of the plan. We won't have
the pretty stock photography, but there will be documentation for
users and developers. Look for pieces of this to be released
progressively, with significant completion by mid July.
Actually, one of the interesting things about dotLRN (and about online learning applications in general) is that uses can vary enormously across the community. While I do think it is an excellent idea to have the use cases that MIT has in mind when they do their own development, I think it will be equally important for the future evolution of dotLRN to have community members develop and share their own use cases and personas. This is perhaps one of the best ways we can see collectively where dotLRN needs to evolve to meet the needs of its various consituencies.

Perhaps we could get started on this thread by simply having people chime in with quick sketches of how they envision dotLRN being used in their own organizations. What we come up with here could eventually form the starting point for various use cases and personas.

I'll start with several scenarios:

First, we may use dotLRN to host online classes for corporations. These users are not full-time students and will not have time or patience to learn a complex system. They will be interacting (usually) in single courses, not using the system every day for a variety of courses. In some cases, the courses will be entirely online, while in others they will support pre- and post-work for live classes. (This is called "blended learning" in the biz.) In this scenario, collaboration functionality (bboard, alerts, profiles, etc.) are particularly important.

Second, we may adapt dotLRN as a project portal, using class spaces as project spaces. In this scenario, some of the users (company employees) will be using the system regularly for a variety of projects while others (clients) will only be using it occasionally. In this scenario, content-sharing functionality (file-storage, FAQs, etc.) will be particularly important.

Note that there are different usability challenges to each of these scenarios.