Harper: Lesson Discovery and Aggregation

After feedback from several people, I have updated the proposal for a lesson discovery and aggregation system (now called “Harper”) and put it in its own page. The key differences between this version and earlier ones are:

  1. This version is much shorter.
  2. It describes a workflow people can use to ask authors and instructors to register their lessons.
  3. It focuses on what instructors would need to re-interpret and remix lessons rather than deliver them as-is.
  4. Some of the background thinking has been stripped out; if you want the whole story, please see these three posts.

If you can spare 15 minutes, please have a look at the sample lesson.md file and let me know what you think:

  • Would you write one?
  • Would you know how to write one?
  • Would the people you teach with be willing and able to write one? (This is probably the most important question.)
  • Is there anything you absolutely, positively need as an instructor that isn’t included in this proposal?
  • Is there anything you believe is unworkable (such as inferring prerequisites from terms that are used but not defined)?

I’m grateful to everyone who has given feedback, and to Peter Quill for show us that you only need twelve percent of a plan to save the galaxy. Comments on the proposal page (not here) or email to me would be greatly appreciated.

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