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How can we best use the repositories and mechanisms to show demo courses?

In other words, here is a talk that presented seven different variations of a Sakai course:

Each course title, e.g. COSC 2010-02, should be linked to... what?

  • The hosted rSmart instance, with anonymous (read-only) access? I have made that request, to rSmart. (For comparison, the rSmart sandbox, or some other temporary service, could carry these, but the idle faculty browser does not want to set up an account and log in.)

This is now available: See the Faculty Presentation Notes. Thanks to rSmart and Kara Stiles, who helped create the ".anon" role on their server. Issues: Some tools crash, some tools not exposed. See Making a Worksite Public (Detailed Instructions).

  • Screen shots? The home pages of these course sites are quite dull, showing the same welcome message, and a list of tools, and, for some variations, announcements and other matter.

The interesting parts are the contents of the tools inside the course. Faculty must be able to get there.

More questions and notes:

  1. Should these demo courses be listed at Yes!
    1. As a Course Profile? Comprises a narrative description, assessment, and other remarks. Yes, should be done. But that doesn't show the course.
    2. As a Resource? If so, what type--assessment, assignment, portfolio, reading, rubric, syllabus? Should there be another choice?
  2. What other hosts are available? The McGraw-Hill servers (see the Pedagogy Collab message from Gary Shoulders, Oct. 2, and previous discussion)?
  3. How can we capture the workflow for instructors (and students)? Would it be appropriate to use tools such as BrainFlick (see the Sakai-User Collab message from Ed Cowsar, Sept. 30) or (see message and sample from Sean Keesler)?
  4. The seven (actually, six) COSC 2010 courses each have 23 fictional students enrolled. Would this group help to submit their fictional work and other contributions?
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