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Re: User roles and UI

My comments -- below.

Ilya A. Volynets-Evenbakh wrote:
> Anatoly Volynets wrote:
>> I'm not clear, what's that mean? We don't allow users to come over the
>> Repository to find a tasty problem and solve it?
> No, not directly.

All right, but we agreed that all UMOs can be browsed in the Repository.
Let us specify what this means. I would like a user with, say,
Repository subscription, to be able to read all texts of problems,
topics, explanations, etc. What kind of issues you foresee if we allow
also to  solve  the problems, play games, conduct exercises?

>> Or, say, some single specific topic?
> No, not directly.
>>  Moreover, there are such UMOs like
>> Through Problem and Dialogue of Texts. They should be accessible partly.
> This is different story. Once we have them implemented, they will be
> sign-uppable directly.
>> If we force a user to sign up for a course he does not need, we lose
>> many people who could come after a single problem, topic, exercise,
>> explanation... Why would we do that?
> I don't think it's going to happen that often.

And I predict, that as soon as the uu environment starts working,
shopping for a single UMO (not of course level) will become very
popular. Courses have one chance only to be more of interest when
administration gets implemented. That is, when grades, certificates,
licenses, diplomas can be provided by UU Teachers.
>  We provide courses, not
> problems. Also, management for proprietary server, as well as for
> some functions in open server will become a nightmare if we allow that.

As of today, I understand WE provide environment to create UMOs and
organize them in courses and other UMOs, while making all of these
available for people who want to learn. I understand there are
significant differences between Open and Closed (let's arrange what term
we use) servers. Usually I am talking about  Open  Server if not said
otherwise.  Is there real technical problems in making UMOs  separately
accessible  within  Repository?  Are there compromises possible?

>> Can we think about such thing like sign up for UU or Repository?
> What would it mean? How would proceeds from such sign-ups be
> distributed to authors?

What kind of difference this makes?  An UMO  has  its Author. You
suggest that an author can ask for payment for the access to his course.
What kind of access then is supposed here? What if somebody just like to
find and create interesting problems? Do we want this kind of authors?
Do we want to provide them with feedback and other incentives? I
realize, we have to look into Authorship-Teaching relationship. There
are many uncertainties here.


Anatoly Volynets, Co-Founder

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