One of the considerations in the software project for the Math Forum is agreement around what constitutes a successful Powwow session. A consensus on this point is fundamental to the software development process. This document states a few key characteristics of a successful Powwow session. This document should be a high-level framework for measuring all future software development for Powwows. It is not intended to provide a detailed list of requirements but rather, it is intended to define in simple terms from several perspectives what a successful session will look like.
What is a successful Powwow session?
1) safe environment 2) useful interaction with both other students and moderator 3) developed an answer either on his/her own or in collaboration with others 4) can use experience for future learning 5) able to easily and quickly communicate in a variety of ways
1) safe environment 2) able to distinguish responses from a variety of students 3) useful interaction with students 4) able to use a variety of communication means within a session to aid learning
1) able to track responses by student for analysis 2) able to link all forms of communications with a single key mechanism 3) able to transform data for more detailed analysis
1) system provided a safe environment for all 2) system requirements did not hinder participation 3) system capabilities enhanced learning 4) system met reasonable expectations of students, moderators and researchers