Effective Education for Disaster Risk Reduction - Learning Matters.
Thanks for your group email concerning what has been happening here on Edu4drr, and seeking more input.
There are certainly a lot of interesting things to discuss in this field (not the least being the woeful failure of many of my fellow NZers during the recent tsunami alert, who flocked to the beaches to watch).
I do wonder if one of the things that counteracts the more frequent use of this edu4drr site is the somewhat cluttered interface. For someone used to Ning and similar social networking sites, it probably all makes sense. But to a relative newbie to such sites, it is very confusing to sift through to what you want.
Never having used Ning myself, I'm not sure how customisable it is to remove some of the clutter and rearrange things to make the interactive bits more obvious (especially links to add comments, start new discussions and upload videos/resources).
Also, the light blue type on white on the main page is quite hard to read. Though I see we can change the look ourselves of our own page.
I hope you don't think I'm being too critical with this - my comments are made in full realisation of the hard work you've done putting together and running this site, and are merely suggestions that I hope might improve its use even more.
Eddy and Roly,
Thanks for your input! I appreciate it when other take the time to assist with promoting the site and its uses. However I also am aware that 'content is king' having come from a web design background. This was certainly in my mind when I designed and built the edu4hazards website with information that is accessible for children and youth. I have since built curriculum around the site as a springboard to further enquiry rather than as the only resource. Similarly I have attempted to place resources onto this site that are not didactic and engage the learner. When I first started tis network, this was what I had in mind and I thought I would be bombarded with educational materials or examples from the field of DRR. However there has been a paucity of these resources, despite what members have promised....
However I understand that members are busy with work, families etc and this does effect what they can realistically commit to, but without our members contributing regularly, the network will cease to work as a network! I think it would be useful to hold a virtual meeting where such issues are discussed and so that we can both raise the profile of the site while providing a real place to access resources and ask for advice!