The fewer places a user needs to go to get what they need, the more likely the user will feel at home in the space and continue to use the application. That's why Peeristics creatively gets users doing all the things they need in fewer places than our competitors, but with a more powerful feature set.
Peeristics is divided into multiple spaces: Personal, Group and Class, but unlike other platforms, they share the same functions. This allows a user to write or build something once, but share it in multiple spaces.
The cycle of content creation is often build, revise, and revise again. We use content blocks to encourage users to build once and re-use everywhere. The Learning Content Block is the foundation for lessons and activities. A Learning Block details not only what the resource is, but why it is being used and how, providing context to tag materials, align with objectives, and create rich data sets. The Learning Block is meant to be dynamic and easily integrated. It can be moved or copied into most of the features of the system. This allows users to truly build from foundational content to meet the needs of new audiences and goals, rather than engage in endless versions and revisions. The user then works with Content Blocks in one of three different but not distance environments, Personal, Group and Class Space.
The user’s home within the system is their personal space. The personal space is network agnostic and is accessible to the user no matter which network (a concept to be explained later) they are in. The personal space stores their uploaded resources and archives of any materials they choose. It allows users to send and receive messages and share content to and from others. For a student, it provides at a glance calendars that span all classes, and it will be different for a teacher or ministry personnel. A user’s personal space provides a dashboard that can reach outside of Peeristics and keep the user in touch in relation to events, blogs, tweets, posts.
Groups are central to user involvement in Peeristics and most commonly revolve around topics or themes. They can be resource and material distribution centers (Learning Object Repositories and Courses) or “e-community” collaboration spaces. A group can have varying modalities. It can be private, invite only, request to join, and public.
Public groups can even be shared online with people without logins to the main environment and support external URLs – essentially turning a Group into a public blog or repository. Networks can restrict the number of groups that can be created, the features that are permitted in each group, restrict their creation and moderation to specific user roles, or completely shut off groups altogether.
Classes are the core distribution of material between teachers and students and contains a daybook, threaded forums, assignments and assessments, meeting and collaboration space. Each class is agenda focused and driven by the teacher who can populate the Class agenda with items from personal binders or binder content that is supplied from the master course.
Below is an example of a Course Development: