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11 Jan, 2006
GroupLog - group blogging tool for collaborative group work.
A summary of the GroupLog project funded by the distributed e-learning strand. This description of the GroupLog Tool takes the form of a questionnaire.

Please describe the tool you are building

GroupLog is a web based tool for facilitating group work with large student cohorts. GroupLog is influenced by weblog principles; it enables tutors to set groups of students activities, collate their responses and provide meaningful feedback to the entire cohort.

What problem do you see the development of this tool helping to address? (ie the rationale for your project)

We see GroupLog as a pragmatic solution to an increasing challenge for tutors namely how to allow some group work with large cohorts and give those cohorts some timely, meaningful feedback on the work they’ve done.

Who do you see the being the primary user(s) of this tool?

We see it of being of use to many tutors. We already have a prototype in use at the University of Bath and it has been received well by both tutors and students.

How do you see your tool being used?

Because GroupLog is designed for a particular problem we expect it to be mainly used for group work. However, there’s no reason why it couldn’t be used on an individual basis.

To use your tool, what infrastructure etc (if any) will be needed? (ie - could it be used stand-alone? Would it need a VLE/other system to be in place?)

GroupLog is dependent on some web applications being installed at a tutor’s institution, i.e PHP/MySQL but other than that it’s standalone. We are anticipating allowing users to utilise their institution’s LDAP facilities, and are testing the feasibility of a web services interface as part of this project.


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