Front End Analysis: Community of Practice
I was invited to analyze and provide redesign recommendations to support a professional development community for high school science teachers. For my analysis framework, I chose Activity Theory, and mapped a system including websites, professional development choices, an evolving community, and relationships. The potential of new initiatives would be constrained or enabled by these elements and their relationships. Analyzing these relationships would reveal points of leverage in the current system.
My design recommendations included a website redesign, a staged series of courses mapped along spheres of engagement with the community, and more embracing approaches towards social media, particularly Twitter.