Monday, December 04, 2006

New Learning Record version!

After exhaustive (and exhausting) efforts to provide the Learning Record in a standalone database format, we have returned to the simplicity and ease of use of a basic text document created in Microsoft Word. The new version takes advantage of some useful features in Word, including data fields and hyperlinks. I think you may be surprised at just how lean and easy this version will be. There were a number of contributing factors to this decision, including the fact that the database could not be held down to a size that is portable via email, we had questions about accessibility for students and instructors with disabilities, and the complexity of the application was overwhelming the very simple structure of the Learning Record model. The database version was 9.8 MB, the .doc version is 120 k. The database had 69 layouts, the .doc version has 1. The database version had 81 scripts and countless buttons, the .doc version has none. What it does have is some nifty features that may make it much easier and more fun to use.

You may download the new version in either .doc or .rtf format. There are tips there for how to use it and how to maintain an organized process for transmitting things back and forth between the teacher and the student. There is also a reference guide and a Teacher's Manual. Here is the link to the files:

Please let me know if you have any questions about this transition or the new version of the LR.


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