“What Do I Do Here?”
We have to acknowledge that we have not done enough as open ed techs to ease people into open spaces. Handing someone a fresh WordPress install is intimidating. And can feel burdensome.
Smallest/Simplest ? Possible/Portable ? Open/Online ? Learning/Living ? Tool/Technology ?
Designed with two core principles in mind:
make it as easy as possible to post activity to the open web in an appealing and accessible way
allow users to do so without creating accounts, or providing any required personal information
Narrowly-scoped tools that lend themselves to mutations and varieties
The objective is less about the finished tools themselves, than trying a model of “open and easy”, and adapting to specific activities. We are mindful of Norman’s Law of eLearning Tool Convergence, that tools will tend to become more complex and LMS-like as they are more widely used. SPLOT tools are deliberately limited in scope. They try to meet a single need, and to do so as simply as possible.