ELLI Mentoring

This cloud is the place to discuss the practice of mentoring using the ELLI approach, specifically...

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Simon Buckingham Shum
11 March 2010

This cloud is the place to discuss the practice of mentoring using the ELLI approach, specifically the 7-dimensional spider diagram generated from learners' self-reports when completing the ELLI web survey.

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Geoff Cox
4:55pm 11 March 2010


I find it hard to get past my initial impression on seeing an ELLI spider diagram for the first time i.e. Brilliant content presented in a visually uninspiring way.

I'd be interested in hearing from those of you who have far more experience of ELLI than I have. Would a more exciting and appealing spider diagram add value? What would be the elements that would add this excitement and appeal? Colour? More visually dynamic?
Maybe, as a design professional, I'm being oversensitive?

Chris Edwards
12:26pm 12 March 2010


I know this has bugged you Geoff from the outset and I'm sure others will feel the same. The ELLI team have confirmed that it is possible to skin the portal (https://portal.vitalhub.org/) as needed for an organisational context and presumably this could include a restyled graphic. Perhaps Kevin could clarify?

Simon Buckingham Shum
3:27pm 12 March 2010


@Geoff - good point to raise.

  1. We could certainly make the spider diagram visually sexier, simply to engage a more visually literate audience who have grown used to very high quality graphics. I'm thinking tint, transluscence, shadow, etc
  2. A spider diagram is just one way to represent n-dimensional data, so we should explore others as well. The same profile could be rendered via a variety of visualizations, from which the user could pick the one they like, especially if we wanted to offer the option to embed it on one's homepage, or as a way to rate learning resources/events (either as static graphic, or interactive app).

Simon

Geoff Cox
3:50pm 12 March 2010


Thanks Chris and Simon, I knew that I could rely on you already having had some thoughts on this. I really like the idea of different audiences (or different individuals) being able to influence how they see their ELLI  profile. I think that having the representation of a profile that is as visually exciting as the data is informationally exciting would make it so much easier to build interest.

Geoff

Ruth Deakin Crick
2:30pm 14 March 2010


The only thing that is stopping us doing things like this now, is the capacity and infrastructure to do so..and hopefully that is changing

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