Oooh!  For once I might make a contribution!

I had the same issue in a healthcare context.  These IT systems vary 
tremendously between services, are complex and often hard to connect with - 
either by design, or by lack of interest in supporting other software.

I found the best way to get a combo education and training/clinical app to be 
accepted was to create it with no dependencies (local or online), no attempt to 
connect with management systems, no writing of data anywhere, just the ability 
to copy and paste charts and data that nurses can incorporate into other 
reports.  Although clinical information systems are hostile to most actions, 
they have to allow pictures (like x rays and other scans) and spread sheet data 
to be pasted into the record.  Ironically, they almost all allow Word documents 
to be incorporated into the clinical record too.  Nurses don’t need to be shown 
how to do these things, because they wrestle with ugly, poorly designed 
clinical information systems on a daily basis.

In other words, you’re on the money, I think.


David G

> On 16 Nov 2020, at 11:28 pm, William Prothero via use-livecode 
> <> wrote:
> Folks,
> I’m refining an application I used to teach Plate Tectonics when I was a 
> working prof. The application’s core is access to Earth data (that scientists 
> used to develop the theory of plate tectonics) and capturing and annotating 
> plots that can be incorporated into student writing.
> I am adding features that give the student (and teacher) more direction about 
> how to use the material. The final student product would be some kind of 
> short writeup with figures, that presents student results of their 
> exploration using the data in the application. The major goal is to have 
> students learn about the process of doing science and writing about their 
> results.
> However, I am thinking hard about how to proceed. It seems the effort to make 
> this app work with learning management systems would be huge, something I’m 
> definitely not up for. Yet, an assignment with text and figures needs to be 
> packaged in some way that is easy for students to use, but can be transmitted 
> to the teacher (who will make comments, assign a grade, and return it to the 
> student) in some efficient way. What I’m thinking, at the simplest level, is 
> to export the text and figures of the student’s work and let the student 
> create a final product using word, Pages, google classroom, or some other 
> application I haven’t thought about  but which they would normally have 
> access to.
> I’d love to have any of you teachers’ ideas and/or experience with great ways 
> to proceed.
> Thanks,
> Bill
> William A. Prothero
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