I’m lost. I’m pretty sure I can get un-lost in time to present, but a proper sales pitch requires a certain degree of expertise that exceeds the parameters of this assignment.
I find myself craving 37Signal‘s mantra of Do Less Better. Check the beautiful minimalism of their front page and then check the clutter on Moodle‘s. Then again, 37Signals isn’t open source or built for outside development, so: apples and oranges. Still, I kinda prefer apples.
SCRIBBLED NOTE: Joomla is very pretty, at least the way Eric has done it up. Drupal has a front page that instills confidence.
Elgg seems eager for some sort of Nerdly MySpace cachet, which is fair, but why, then, does every example page they link to look exactly the same, every page asphyxiated by that same spartan header and log-in box?
Picking nits? I can’t help it. I’m gonna get up in front of a faculty and get creamed if I’m not seeing this situation from their eyes, which are also, to some degree, my eyes.
Therefore, the solution has to be pretty and inviting. It has to be easy. Again, after the initial config, WordPress just requires a log-in and then it’s go time. I’ll put any amount of administrative work in on the front end if means Skeptical McStubbornpants can walk to a workstation, type in her username and password, set up a class, and start posting assignments.
SCRIBBLED NOTE: I can’t sell wikis. I have no idea how to sell wikis. Stop by Vicki Davis’ place sometime.
How do I deflect Ms. McStubbornpants’ concerns that this will all devolve into a school-sanctioned MySpace, with forums and student profiles just as debauched as they are at home? How do I deal with that concern?
SCRIBBLED NOTE: It seems like what’s necessary is a garden, pretty and inviting, but one with walls around it to protect our students. A “walled garden,” maybe, if you’ll allow me to coin a phrase
And that was just the first hour.