[LON-CAPA-users] The Power of CAPA
Thu, 1 Sep 2005 07:05:24 -0400
On Aug 31, 2005, at 9:42 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> I know this is not entirely uncommon, and Michigan people probably
> have these tales to tell by the bundleful, but it's a fun reminder
> how the system can spread through many different means.
Thanks for sharing this story. Unfortunately, "different means" boils
down almost only to scenarios like you describe - LON-CAPA spreads by
word-of-mouth and coincidence.
We do not have an advertising budget. Lacking that:
* we give talks, which, given the number of talks we did (http://
www.lon-capa.org/presentations.html), does very little. People are
always vastly interested at the conference, come up, have all kinds
of questions, but then there is hardly ever a follow-up (even after I
have now taken to sending them an email)
* the (very expensive!) booth at the AAPT conference got one new
hosted user, whom Ray graciously took under his wings
* we write the occasional paper or two (http://www.lon-capa.org/
publications.html) - but who reads those? We recently had a The
Physics Teacher paper about exam retakes accepted, which some people
might read after it gets printed ...
* our new consortium is painfully making its way through MSU legal
review, but did clear most of the stages - maybe we have something
there, not sure. We lack the big names and ivy-league BS-power, but
maybe if there are enough of us in an organized way, we might get
something like Chronicle coverage.
It also takes a while to appreciate the value of our system and it
can seem overwhelming at first.
On the other hand, slow-but-steady does work: we have a more
supportive user community than many bigger projects, and at least at
MSU, enjoy better institutional support every year.