On 21st May 2003, a dozen OU staff plus a few external guests spent an afternoon being trained in the Compendium approach to visual problem analysis and meeting support. Compendium provides a suite of techniques and a hypertext software tool for managing different kinds of connections between ideas.
The training was conducted by Simon Buckingham Shum (KMi Senior Lecturer) and his collaborating partner from New York, Albert Selvin (Verizon, USA), who co-founded the Compendium approach. KMi is funded by the EPSRC for 2 years to develop the Compendium semantic concept mapping tool which is freely available for download (see below).
This was a heavily oversubscribed event leaving another dozen or so staff who could not make this date, or who applied too late, eagerly awaiting the next session. Several trainees have already started to experiment with Compendium to support their work.
The tutorial materials have been published for anyone else who wishes to get up to speed quickly with the tool.