[Sugar-devel] personalisation and collaboration
David Van Assche
dvanassche at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 07:00:52 EDT 2009
Something has been in the back of my head for a while now, ever since I've
seen the impressive capabilities of being able to share an activity with
your neighbourhood. Being able to cooperatively use applications brings a
new level of playability to it all, and it reminds me of when I first saw
the ability for a computer game to be 'multi-player.'This gave it an extra
dimension, and with it came the idea of awards for completing certain
things, which would be displayed in your dashoard somewhere.The award system
seems even more relevant for education than it did for games. We'v aleady
mentioned the benefits of an award sysem so I'm not going to regugitate
that, but what hasnt''t really been spoken about is, how and what kind of
personal details should the journal store and share. I see this as a
customisable option, something that can be as simple as only sharing first
names, or sharing the name of your pet, your favorite colors and foods, the
languages you speak.
This detailed information about a person is extremely valuable to the
underlying system, as it can potentially match people against each other.
This would allow for some interesting possibilities when it comes to
collaboration, such as the system suggesting users to challenge/collaborate
with based on personal information. I thought about having a robot that
lives on an irc channel capable of helping with the collaboration procedure,
as well as listing achievements, giving data on which users want to
collaborate, giving help on how collaboration works with particular
activities, listing which servers have open collaboration, showing the most
used/highest rated collaborating activities, etc.
I havent thought about this too much in depth, but I know coding a bot is
not too hard. I see it as an extension to the speak AI, and encouragement to
join irc. We can even get the bot to accept uploads of raw learning
materials categorised by subject, which can then be used by content
creators. it itself could give out quizzes based on particular subjects, or
interesting pieces of information/knowledge. It could be taught new
information, by feeding it localised knowledge. It would be important to
know where we set the limits to what it can do.
Just some food for thought...
David (nubae) Van Assche
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