Recently, I published an article in which I outlined the process of importing The CIA World Factbook into PerfectLearn. Together with the article I also uploaded a screencast to YouTube showing the result of the import. What I didn’t expect was the nature of the feedback that the article, and more specifically the screencast, would generate.
Several people have contacted me asking if PerfectLearn, together with a pre-loaded version of the CIA World Factbook data, could be made available for teaching purposes. That is, people saw that a tool like PerfectLearn in combination with a compelling dataset can be be used as an effective teaching tool. In some respects, this surprised me.
Since I started building PerfectLearn I have consistently focused on a very specific type of user: the individual learner.
Since I started building PerfectLearn I have consistently focused on a very specific type of user: the individual learner. I always imagined PerfectLearn to be used like how I use it; that is, as a tool to help an individual manage their personal knowledge. I definitely did not picture PerfectLearn being used within a group setting as a tool for a teacher to complement and enhance the teaching process.
At this stage in PerfectLearn’s development, I still think that it is of vital importance to maintain the focus on the individual learner. Nevertheless, this insight into using PerfectLearn as a teaching tool has provided me with several ideas on how to adapt PerfectLearn to make it a useful companion for teachers to help them enable even better learning experiences. In that respect, your feedback in the form of suggestions, comments, and ideas are more than welcome.
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