At a glance
- Each post must be assigned to a single category. Choose the best fit for your post.
- No more than five tags per post, including two compulsory tags.
- Apply a post type tag to all posts.
- Apply a product or tool tag to all posts.
- Apply a method or approach tag (if relevant) to posts.
- Apply two or three other content coverage tags to all posts.
- Check if a tag exists before creating a one.
- When creating a tag, use correct spelling (Australian English) and avoid abbreviations and acronyms.
- Only capitalise proper nouns. Don’t capitalise the first letter of the tag.
The DSC digital learning team website has been re-designed to help our users more easily find, discover, gather and use our resources. As part of the re-design, we have reduced the number of categories posts can belong to. This should not only aid navigation but will improve the information architecture of the site, making our resources easy to find and browse. We have also reduced the amount of tags (and removed duplicate or erroneous tags) and established some conventions and standards to help manage and maintain the discoverability of our resources and the user’s ability to gather resources (either by format or content coverage). Those conventions are found on this post.
How to use categories
Categories are broad topics and will allow users to browse and discover resources and navigate the site (that is, they also act as fundamental information architecture). Our categories are:
- Assessment Design
- Educational Technology
- Learning Experience Design
- Pedagogy, Andragogy and Heutagogy
- Research and Innovation
Each post must be assigned to a single category. You cannot assign a post to multiple categories. Choose the best fit for your post, thinking about where you users are most likely to look for it.
How to use tags
Tags help users find resources but also help users gather all resources on a particular topic. Because of this latter function, we have developed sets of compulsory tags so users can gather all resources for:
- a given format (for example, all our ‘how to’ posts or all our case study posts)
- a given product, tool or project (for example, all posts covering Arc or 21CC).
We also have a recommended tag for posts that use a certain method or learning design approach (for example, UX, rapid-prototyping, user-centred design). Other tags, at the writer’s discretion, can be applied to improve discoverability by content coverage.
General rules for applying tags
- No more that five tags per post, including the compulsory tags.
- Check if a tag exists before creating one.
- When creating a tag, use correct spelling (Australian English) and avoid abbreviations, acronyms and buzzwords.
- Only capitalise proper nouns.
Compulsory tag #1 – Post type or format
Assign one of the following to each post, which will identify to the user the type or format of the post.
- how to
- case study
- literature review
You can create new post type tags if you need to. Just check it doesn’t already exists or that your post couldn’t be tagged with an already existing post type tag.
Compulsory tag #2 – Product or tool
Assign one product or tool tag to each post which will identify to the user the product or tool being discussed. Choose the single, best fit. Always check if a tag already exists before creating a new one.
Recommended tag #1 – Approach or method
Assign one approach or method tag to each post, which will identify the methodology used (if relevant). Always check if a tag exists before creating a new one.
Other tags – Content coverage, keywords or subject access
Other tags should be used to help users identify the content of the post or the subject it covers. Always check whether a tag exists before creating a new one and consider synonymous and variant spellings.