Out of a great meeting today arranged by Michelle Harrison with a group of TRU Instructional Designers, came a new idea for our SPLOT collection. Blame/credit Brian Lamb. But it would facilitate a space where someone could seed the beginning of a ? story? discussion ? brainstorm? and anyone could click to clone a copy and modify it, eventually creating a possible branching line of information.

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It’s purely out of respect for Mike Caulfield that we teasingly started it Smallest Federated WordPress but it’s really not federated nor the same thing Mike has been tirelessly advocating with Smallest Federate Wiki (I do have an idea, Mike! I really do! I really really do!).

Since I have started SPLOTs named “The Comparator” and another one called “The Writer”, I am thinking this is the “Brancher”. Here’s a quick sketch that explains very little


So it all starts with someone, let’s say for hypothetical purpose her name is “Michelle” creating a seed or a “root” let’s internally call it “ID 12”. It’s a short thing, no more than a paragraph. She shares it and her also hypothetical colleague “Brian” clicks the branch button, and it creates a copy as a new node, maybe know internally as “ID 16”.

Brian makes some changes to it, adding, deleting, etc, and saves. This node then records in it, that it’s root is “ID 12” and it’s parent is also “ID 12”; e.g. each node reports back to its root that it is descendent.

And so it goes. New branches could happen from every node (multiple paths) but all report back to the root.

I think the data could be stored in a way to trace out the different paths.

Anyhow, this is just a root of an idea; I need to jump back in and polish off some of the other things started (I have great progress on a WordPress Theme for something like the ds106 Daily Create).

The post "Another SPLOTability: The Brancher" was originally cracked open and scrambled from a rotten egg at CogDogBlog (https://cogdogblog.com/2014/11/splot-brancher/) on November 26, 2014.


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