7 responses

    October 21, 2010

    I passed this on to my network. Best of luck!

  2. Richard N. Landers
    October 21, 2010

    That’s great – thanks George. We’ve got about 5 departments interested so far, but I am hoping to grow that number much larger.

  3. Shawn
    November 4, 2010

    Instead of building from scratch, what about app development for something like Facebook or Elgg? Might be quicker, reach more students, etc? Anyway, I’m at a Canadian university, and so probably not elgible for inclusion in an NSF, so I wish you the best of luck and look forward to hearing more about your experiments in the future!

  4. Richard N. Landers
    November 4, 2010

    Your department/institution can certainly participate! As far as I know, NSF only has restrictions on where the funds go – your institution can reap the benefits of the project regardless. If you’re interested, please contact me – rnlanders@odu.edu

    We definitely do NOT want to use Facebook. Part of the resistance to this system that I hear from administration is that they do not want student data floating freely out on the Internet, outside of institutional control. So that is not an option if we want adoption at even a moderate rate.

    Elgg, however, is an option that we have considered – we may be able to use elgg as a base and create custom functionality to move from there. That will depend somewhat on our programming team, however (which is still not quite nailed down yet). If we decide that’s a realistic option, I will probably also reach out to the elgg developer base… not sure if they’d be receptive to such a plan or not.

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