Design-In-Use: a PALETTE tool used for a real history course, Paris, October 17, 2007

The PALETTE scenario for the ePrep CoP describes, in its section 4.2.6, the use of LimSee3 for one of the CoP activities: "International cooperation between CPGEs and similar establishments". The elaboration of this scenario, involving PALETTE researchers and ePrep CoP members, constitutes the first phase of the Participatory Design Methodology at the core of the development of PALETTE tools and services: the Design-For-Use.

The second phase of the Participatory Design Methodology, the Design-In-Use, consists in the experimentation of PALETTE tools and services in the framework of real activities developed by a CoP. The present document describes such a Design-In-Use approach for the scenario introduced above, on the occasion of a History course, at Lycée Henri IV in Paris, on October 17, 2007.

This Design-In-Use event had been jointly prepared by two PALETTE researchers (Cécile ROISIN and Jan MIKAC - LimSee3 developer, from INRIA Rhône-Alpes, WAM project-team), an ePrep CoP member (Jean-Marc WOLFF, History teacher in CPGE at Lycée Henri IV) and the mediator/coordinator of the CoP (Nathalie VAN DE WIELE). A decision was made to record a real History course of Jean-Marc Wolff at Lycée Henri IV in order to build, with LimSee3, a teaching module to be presented and discussed at the Second ePrep Thematic Seminar (Lyon, November 5 &6).


From left to right: J. Mikac, N. Van de Wiele,
J.-M. Wolff, C. Roisin

J.-M. Wolff's students listening
to the presentation made by C. Roisin

This document presents the different steps performed and the further steps envisioned to date:

  • Recording the course
  • Participatory Design meeting after the course
  • Further steps
  Recording a History course at Lycée Henri IV

The title of the course was "The first World War and the painters".

The pedagogical material provided by Jean-Marc WOLFF gathered two PowerPoint slide shows including pictures (painters' masterpieces), audio records (Stravinski, Bartok...), Web links to virtual museums:

  • the first slide show was an exercice proposing the 46 students attending the course to recognise the different painting periods from 1870 to 1914: impressionism, fauvism, cubism...,
  • the second slide show was the course itself.

Recording material

The course

The technical recording material was:

  • a digital movie camera and a camera stand,
  • a digital audio recorder with a tie microphone.
  Participatory Design meeting after the course

A Participatory Design informal meeting took place after the course involving the two PALETTE researchers Cécile and Jan and the ePrep CoP member Jean-Marc.

Cécile and Jan proposed to Jean-Marc, in response of his need to include textual extracts in the final teaching module, to add on LimSee3 a new window for text, completing the three windows offered at the moment (one for the slide show, one for the video-audio recording, one for the plan of the course).

Jan explained to Jean-Marc that in the future, he will be able to directly build his presentation with LimSee3, without using PowerPoint or any other software, and this very easily thanks to the "library" functionalities offered by LimSee3 (the picture files are stored in this library and chosen one by one when building the slides).

When Jean-Marc evoked the way he intends to use the final teaching module after his course, in a post production way, Cécile suggested to replace the picture files stored in the library by Web links, as all pictures were found on the Web by Jean-Marc, in order to have a very light final LimSee3 file (Jean-Marc added that this way would also provide a very convenient solution regarding authors' rights).

  Further steps

Cécile and Jan came back to INRIA with the two slide shows (ppt files), the audio record (mp3 files), the video record (mov file). The further steps are the following.

  • Jan will modify some functionalities of the software, then he will prepare the first part of the teaching module (keeping in touch with Jean-Marc for the pedagogical validation aspects).
  • This first part of the teaching module will be presented at the Second ePrep thematic Workshop, by Jean-Marc on a pedagogical point of view, and by Jan on a technological point of view.
  • A training will be organised in early 2008 by PALETTE researchers for all ePrep CoP members, to learn them how to build a course using LimSee3 in order to realise the slide show and to synchronise the different medias (slide show, audio record, video record, textual extracts). This training will be recorded as a tutorial.
  • On this occasion, the Design-In-Use approach will be further developed.

In conclusion, we will mention that, as already stated in the scenario presented in the introduction, LimSee3 not only offers an improved tool for the development of teaching modules by ePrep CoP members. Since it is based on XML/SMIL technologies, LimSee3 is particularly well suited for sharing and reusing pedagogical content in the framework of the CoP activity: "International cooperation between CPGEs and similar establishments".

Minutes by Nathalie Van de Wiele