The Educational Communities • The AVC leveraged a number of existing educational communities. • Eastern Illinois University (EIU) has a Masters of Science in Natural Science (MSNS) program. The K-12 teachers in the MSNS program became involved in: • creating educational material, • rubric development, • classroom testing / educational reviews, • workshop testing, and • thesis use of the AVC.
The Educational Communities • Graduates at University of Utah became involved with developing visualization and analysis tools, which also resulted in thesis use of the AVC. • EIU physics classes tested using data with AVC visualization tools at an undergraduate level.
Partnerships Effecting AVC User and Developer Communities • The NSDL Communication Portal offers tools for collaborative development efforts. • The DLESE Community Review System offers a good tool for collecting recruited reviews.
The Research Community • The AVC involved a Department of Energy research community. Including such this community resulted in numerous benefits: • data sets, • visualization tools, • analysis tools, and • scientific reviews.
Conference Workshops • AVC workshops played multiple roles: • introducing users to the AVC content, • demonstrating how to contribute content, • formation of teams for collaborative development, • training users to review educational material, and • supplying basic usability information. • Initial workshops at local and national conferences were aimed at various educational levels. Later workshops focused on the most active community, the middle school teachers.
Outreach with CDs • Teachers requested CDs as an offline means of accessing AVC lesson plans when the internet was unavailable. • These CDs became useful for rapid demonstrations at conferences. • CDs are also a great take home object to remind users to visit the AVC.
Reaching International Users • Puerto Rican teachers were translating the AVC Lesson Plans into Spanish, which made it clear translation was a community need. • Unfortunately quality translations are a prohibitive expense. • To encourage international use the AVC used AltaVista's Babelfish, a free automated translation services. This increased AVC use from 10 to 75 countries. • Now the NSDL has international users from over 90 countries.
For the Future… • Museum kiosks based on NSDL Collections could offer another means of gaining interest through public outreach. • Collaborating with international research and educational communities to further expand this collection.