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Pete Miller

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Definition of a sucessful powwow session
Posted: Jul 11, 2004 2:09 PM
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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?

Student Perspective

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
4) can use experience for future learning
5) able to easily and quickly communicate in a variety of ways

Moderator Perspective

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

Research Perspective

1) able to track responses by student for analysis
2) able to link all forms of communications with a single key
3) able to transform data for more detailed analysis

System Perspective

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

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