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(formerly known as iSyllabus)

 

The Electronic Course Layout and Presentation System (eCLPS) is a model for constructing student portals to class content and activities within Sakai course sites. Using the eCLPS model, instructors may embed active links to class activities (e.g., assignments, discussions, resources, etc.) and media (e.g., from the Kaltura Media Gallery) directly into portal documents they create for their students.

For example, the section of the syllabus document that would typically show the course schedule may also include links to specific activities in the site that students may access directly from the syllabus itself.

Similarly, documents created using the Lessons tool may contain instructional material along with links to resources, multimedia, and activities to engage students on page(s) created by the instructor.

In effect, the eCLPS model facilitates a student portal to most, if not all, of the course’s information and activities.


2014: Contributed for Sakai 10 Release

Contributed CodeRelease CandidateQA Status
SAK-22283 iSyllabus linking and link migrationSakai 10 releaseComplete

SAK-23041 Link Migration Improvements

Sakai 10 releaseComplete
SAK-23040 iSyllabus Editor Entity Link UISakai 10 releaseComplete
SAK-23174 Unable to add images through rich text editorSakai 10 releaseComplete
SAK-23474 Syllabus File Picker doesn't work in IE9+Sakai 10 releaseComplete

Outstanding Issues

JIRA TicketDescriptionStatusRelease
SAK-25943

missing key error in link to /direct assessment

Awaiting ReviewTBD
SAK-25946Assessment Submission Warning screen appears twice when attempting to submit a quiz via /direct URLOpenTBD
SAK-25954Missing Close and Exit buttons on /direct Assignment submission and submission confirmation screensAwaiting ReviewTBD
SAK-25971Forums links to content do not migrate when using Import from Site > Merge/Replace Awaiting ReviewTBD

2013: Electronic Course Layout and Presentation System (eCLPS)

The University of Virginia has continued to evolve the Interactive Syllabus into what is now the  Electronic Course Layout & Presentaon (eCLPS). We have developed pre-configured site templates to streamline instructor options for structuring and delivering course content. Site templates utilize the Lessons tool as the primary locus for delivery of site content and activities to students. Tools in which actual activities are created are hidden from students in order to direct their access to content and activities from a central source in the site. The site templates and CKeditor enhancements support this model of course content presentation and delivery. 

The introduction of the Activities course templates evolved from the iSyllabus functionality: to drive student access to content and activities from one central page in a site.

Unlike the iSyllabus template that used the Syllabus tool as this central point of reference for driving class activities for students, instructors who use the Activities course templates will use the Lessons tool (re-labeled as Activities in the Activities course template tool menus) to organize and drive activities in the course.

Key advantages of the Lessons tool over the Syllabus* tool include the ability to:

  • Add multiple Lessons tools to the tool menu in your site (see the Activities Menu template);
  • Create sub-pages off of the main page;
  • Hide access to pages until a specified date.

The Activities course templates utilize hidden tools in order to eliminate unnecessary and distracting access to these features by students who will instead access content and activities via links within the Activities page(s) to specific items when appropriate. Hidden tools appear in italics to instructors.

These capabilities offer instructors maximum control over the design of their courses in order to enhance the learning experience for students.

* The Syllabus tool should still be used to post a syllabus item that appears in SIS as well as a more detailed syllabus for enrolled students in the site.

2011-12: Link Migration

Following the introduction of the Interactive Syllabus functionality, we soon determined that we needed to solve the problem of migrating the embedded links to activities and resources from one site to another.

We created a matrix to help us identify the items that are currently available for linking via the Server Browser accessed from the editor, all of the tools that use the editor, and the cases when link migration needed to (and would or would not) occur.

Click the image at right to visit the Google doc with the complete set of link migration capabilities (or lack thereof) by tool >>>>>>

 

2010-11: Interactive Syllabus is developed at UVa and introduced to the Sakai community

The Interactive Syllabus was developed at the University of Virginia (UVa) to allow instructors to embed links to class activities (e.g., assignments, discussion topics, tests, and resources content, etc.).

In effect, the Interactive Syllabus was designed to function as a single portal for students to access most, if not all, of a course's information and activities from within a Sakai course sites

Development of the Interactive Syllabus involved use of, changes to, and/or development of the following:

  •    entityBroker
  •    fckeditor templates, toolbar changes, and resources browser enhancements
  •    creating/using a site template
  •    enabling site template email
  •    sharing documentation, video, and workshop materials
  •    sharing communications to instructors

The image at right depicts the javascript that was added to the Resources Server Browser (aka Server Browser or Resources Browser) to add a display of embeddable links to items created in JForum (aka Discussion & Private Messages), Assignments, Forums, and Tests & Quizzes tools.

Using the FCKeditor (and later CKeditor), instructors can embed links to activities directly into their syllabus documents. The workflow starts by editing a syllabus item in the Editor, selecting (or typing and selecting) some appropriate text and clicking the Linking icon to Browse Server, then selecting/clicking the item from the Server Browser display.

Refer to the printable iSyllabus User Guide and watch the iSyllabus Video Tutorial for an overview of how an end user can create an interactive syllabus.

  • We use a site template to pre-configure sites for use of the interactive syllabus, named iSyllabus Template.
  • The iSyllabus Template is configured for course site types only.

 

Resources Browser Enhancements

 

Using the FCKeditor (and later CKeditor), instructors can embed links to activities directly into their syllabus documents. The workflow starts by editing a syllabus item in the Editor, selecting (or typing and selecting) some appropriate text and clicking the Linking icon to Browse Server, then selecting/clicking the item from the Server Browser display.

Refer to the printable iSyllabus User Guide and watch the iSyllabus Video Tutorial for an overview of how an end user can create an interactive syllabus.

  • We use a site template to pre-configure sites for use of the interactive syllabus, named iSyllabus Template.
  • The iSyllabus Template is configured for course site types only

Activities Linking Workflow