This website uses cookies and similar technologies to understand visitors' experiences. By continuing to use this website, you accept our use of cookies and similar technologies,Terms of Use, and Privacy Policy.

Mar 20 2007 - 06:02 PM
Doc.Life
Hi Dan: I had a chance to review the docs you gave me. Alas, given where I stand pre AERA (and post Gary), I don't think I will be able to make it tomorrow. So, for what its worth, here are my comments. They range from the general to the specific.... 1) Fantastic idea. Much needed. Wish I had it. The only conceptual issue you may face is that a lot of what this needs to do is content management/work-flow type functionality that frankly is desperately needed at TC in other contexts. So the back end of Doc.Life feels like it can/should be used for other purposes (e.g. File content management ala Xythos). A good thing, except as it raises the risk of scope creep. 2) Of the capabilities you describe, the most compelling to me are: file posting and sharing (which helps students back-up and reduces email storage costs); tracking of deadlines and milestone; tagging of faculty expertise by methodology and research interests; doctoral student portfolio / personal Web presence for job search, working and conference papers, etc.; and collaborative /social networking space for doctoral seminar groups and cohorts. 3) Not listed (I think), but also valuable, are: linkages into the library systems for management of citations and annotated bibliographies; promotion of funding opportunities and deadlines; ability for dissertation committee members at CU to be equal citizens. 4) As you probably have discovered there are definitely programs/theories about doctoral success that could frame its functionality. I imagine Spencer has one, perhaps with Web tools. From my perspective, at the risk of being low-brow -- nailing the short list of top 5 pains of students and their advisors is much more impactful than nailing any particular model of student success. But I am a techie :-) 5) The feature creep issues arises when I think about how cool this would be in supporting doctoral research (survey design examples, available dataset links for exploration, IRB info, etc.); eventual job search; and the administrative elements of the process. Hope these comments. Matthew
Posted in: SeminarsFeedback|By: Matthew Pittinsky|29307 Reads