Wednesday, October 26, 2005

An idea for my learning objects project

I've been following some of my classmates blogs, and it looks like most INST 7150 folks are starting to get serious about final project ideas. Here is some background on my project and the quickie version of what I want to do: I used to enjoy helping friends and family with various computer questions and issues. This included everything from saving a file to starting a new website. It didn't take long before I started getting the same questions over and over again, kind of like Groudhog Day. So I want to put together a collection of resources to answer some common computer questions that I keep getting. I am not sure anyone will ever look at them, but it will make me feel better to have something to refer people to when I am too busy to help. Here are some examples of the questions I want to include in my collection (I realize that many are specific to the PC):
  • What is System Restore and how do I use it?
  • What is spyware and how do I get rid of it and then prevent it from coming back?
  • What is the difference between XP Home and XP Professional?
  • What are cookies?
  • What are Windows updates?
Would you consider answers to these types of questions reuseable learning objects (RLOs)? Is this too generic an idea? I know sites similar to what I am describing already exist (www.pchell.com, www.computerhope.com), so is there something I can do to improve on what has already been done? OK, enough for now; it's bedtime.

1 comment:

David said...

This seems like a really practical application - something you'll actually be able to use effectively once class is over. How you differnetiate it from the other sites is an interesting question, though.