Renaming things in a piece of software with users with habits

One of the terrible things that happen for users, from time to time, is that their usual actions are suddendly made completely unusual by a change of version, because the name (nothing else) of their favourite feature has been changed. We understand that, and we do everything we can to avoid it, but the truth is that some of our naming conventions don’t really make sense.

For example, a “learning path” is something only a guy with a degree in e-learning understands. For everybody else, a learning path is a good old “course”, while our notion of course in Dokeos is actually some kind of a “course zone” or “activity zone”. Renaming these, when we find a really good name that doesn’t let anyone misunderstand it anymore, is one of the objectives we want to reach for versions 1.8.6 and 1.8.7. We want to make Dokeos even easier to use by renaming the non-obvious to some obvious name.

This is why you may realize, in the coming months, that some things change names. But don’t worry, the icons will remain the same, at least for the time being, until everybody gets used to the new names. Then only we might want to change the icons to refresh the look a little…

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  1. “Learning path” is one of more difficult terms to translate.
    In italian I used “Pacchetti” “Percorsi didattici” and – now – “Moduli didattici, i.e. “Packages” “Didactical paths” and -now – “Didactical modules”.
    The “ProgettoTio” Tuscany Region ( uses:
    Course as a set of Modules (The uploadable unit), composed by Lessons (the left menu first level) and pages (second level).
    Buth there is not a standard name for the tool.
    Not easy indeed…

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