Reasons Why

Less is More

No mention of assessments

In the proposal there is no mention of assessment or feedback on progress which I consider essential for learning (rather than just informing). One technique I use in my online tutorials is to have assessments attached to each concept (single page). The results of these assessments are used to provide guidance through the tutorials using a fairly simple but affective probabilistic network. This could I think be integrated into what you propose. Even better have different prople write the assessments than the provide the information - then a measure of how effective a particular tutorial is can be measured by the average students performance on the assessment. You could perhaps even use the extreme programming idiom - write the tests first and then have people write the tutorials to enable students to meet the measured perfromance criteria.

A second point I would take issue with is the use of a strictly heirarchical approach - not all information can be represented in this way. Additionally you may wish to refer to the same concept/page in several different tutorials. Again I have solved this by treating the tutorials as simply a collection but allowing concepts to specify n - the same concept can then be used in differing heriarchies.

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