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 [1/2] from: rishioswal::yahoo::com at: 6-Apr-2002 12:56

Hi all. I just sent an email to carl regarding a project I would like to work on this quarter at ucsd. I am posting the message here in case he misses it in his inbox. Hopefully someone at rebol will see it. In addition, I am would appreciate any feedback from the rebol community. - rishi Message: Dear Carl, I am an undergraduate student at UCSD studying Cognitive Science. I am interested in using IOS technology in an upper division course based upon a principal called Contextual Design. In this course, applications of cognitive science are explored, emphasizing principles for designing effective systems to support individuals, groups, and organizations. Students work in project teams to design and evaluate a prototype application or redesign an existing system. I would like to examine how communication and interactivity can be improved in a classroom setting. How can we improve student/teacher, student/student, student/group, student/class and student/technology relationships? In general, how can distributed computing unify collaboration and communication in the classroom and thus improve the quality of education in a practical way? My proposal is to customize IOS to work specifically for our course in order to test the effectiveness of the lightweight distributed computing that IOS provides. We will have a team of approximately 7 people working on this project. Our test subjects will be our entire class (approximately 80 people). By customizing IOS, I mean to strip it of unnecessary applications, modify existing applications, and create simple reblets in areas where IOS is incomplete for our purposes. In order for this project to be feasible, we would need a free copy of IOS (Express I believe) for use till the end of the month of June (when the quarter ends). We do have our own server to host IOS. In addition, we would also like access to the developer server where we can communicate with other IOS developers for any potential questions we might ask. I would like to make it clear that we will do our best to be as invisible as possible to Rebol Technologies as we do not wish to burden the company with our little research project. In return for providing us with this technology, we will provide free research into a potential market for IOS. It is also possible that Rebol may gain another customer for their distributed technology ;) Further information on our course can be found at the website: A quick response is necessary for this project to succeed as all our team groups will be formed by the end of next week. Thanks for your time and I hope to be in touch, Rishi Oswal

 [2/2] from: steve:shireman:semaxwireless at: 7-Apr-2002 14:10

Rishi Oswal wrote
>I am an undergraduate student at UCSD studying >Cognitive Science. I am interested in using IOS
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>a prototype application or redesign an existing >system
Rishi, I read your email with interest. I am in the process of getting funding for my next teching phase in a little over a month where I intend to use Rebol/IOS for the teacher-student administration and content/courseware. Of course, your goals sound noble, and I wish you the best with your efforts, and I think you are right on target to gather data in this area. May I suggest getting some grant monies from your university (professor) or a local private sponser to just do an outright purchase? In the startup mode that I am in, I cannot fund you for your class which is coming soon, but maybe sometime in the future this would be possible. Anyway, compared to college tuition, Rebol/IOS is cheap. Good luck and it sounds like you have a great idea for a project. I would love to take that course! Steve Shireman

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