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Introduction

OpenSyllabus (shorthand: OSYL) is a Model-based Syllabus Editor. Course Outlines or syllabi are universal gateways to effective teaching and learning in universities. OpenSyllabus allows easy syllabus creation, edition and navigation through a fast and intuitive user interface.
The tasks of building and using an OSYL course outline are also greatly facilitated by the integration other Sakai tools. It therefore provides a centralized access to all online syllabus resources for both instructors and students.

Learn more about OpenSyllabus

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2011-05-30:

OpenSyllabus

is

getting

* *{_}SakaiFriendly{_}* Our current sprint at HEC Montreal is nicknamed _SakaiFriendly_\! Why is that? Well OpenSyllabus has not exactly earned a reputation to be easy to install, nor to be a standard Sakai tool. As our business school is now in [full production with Sakai

SakaiFriendly
Our current sprint at HEC Montreal is nicknamed SakaiFriendly! Why is that? Well OpenSyllabus has not exactly earned a reputation to be easy to install, nor to be a standard Sakai tool. As our business school is now in full production with Sakai 2.7.1+OpenSyllabus

|https://jira.sakaiproject.org/browse/PROD-209]

we

could

finally

focus

on

giving

back

to

the

community.

You

can

test

OpenSyllabus

on

a

standard

Sakai

instance

at

[

http://osyltest.hec.ca

]

and

we'll

provide

more

information

in

the

following

weeks

about

how

to

get

the

code.

Thanks

for

your

patience

\

!

*

2009-10-23:

OpenSyllabus

V9.10

now

available

*


This

release

features

a

completely

*

reformatted

XML

representation

*

(more

on

this

later).

We

also

upgraded

the

project

to

GWT

1.7

which

means

shorter

compilation

times

among

other

improvements.

Our

SVN

repository

is

open

to

anyone

kind

enough

[

to

ask

|mailto:opensyllabus@hec.ca]\!:-) We are getting prepared for a pilot project (starting january 2010 at HEC Montreal) including Sakai

!(smile)

We are getting prepared for a pilot project (starting january 2010 at HEC Montreal) including Sakai 2.6.1

and

OpenSyllabus

as

a

replacement

for

our

current

Course

Outline

system

(ZoneCours).

We

are

actively

testing

OpenSyllabus

as

well

as

the

other

tools

involved

in

this

pilot

(assignment,

resources

and

citations)

with

the

help

of

3

new

team

members

(and

more

to

come).

Load

tests

with

The

Grinder

are

also

being

conducted

as

well

as

automated

functional

tests

with

Selenium.

This

is

getting

serious

\

!

*

2009-10-07:

Our

Public

Test

Server

now

runs

OpenSyllabus

V9.09

*


Our

public

test

server

at

[

http://osyltest.hec.ca

]

is

now

running

OpenSyllabus

Version

9.09.

This

version

features

a

greatly

*

enhanced

User

Interface

*

inspired

from

the

forthcoming

Sakai

3

\

!

*

2009-05-19:

Public

Test

Server:

Version

Updated

and

Address

Changed

\

!

*


Our

public

test

server

can

now

be

reached

at

[

http://osyltest.hec.ca

]

.

It

has

been

updated

to

the

version

9.05

which

is

not

yet

available

otherwise.

The

main

enhancements

are

the

addition

of

a

direct

Z39.50

connection

to

our

library

(this

is

configurable)

as

well

as

a

Citation

Browser

as

showcased

at

the

Stockholm

Conference.

Several

bugs

were

corrected

too.

*

2009-04-14:

New

release

of

OpenSyllabus

(version

9.04)

*


OpenSyllabus

is

about

to

enter

its

first

Beta

phase.

Usability

has

been

highly

improved.

In

the

following

weeks,

teachers

and

other

users

from

the

user

advisory

committee

at

HEC

Montréal

will

start

testing

the

component

we

call

OSYLEditor.

Other

parts

of

the

project

are

in

a

work-in-progress

state

at

an

alpha-level

(OSYLAdmin,

OSYLManager,

etc.) \\ {table:cellspacing=10|align=center|width=640px} {tr} {td}[!new.gif!|OSYL:ReleaseNotes-v9.04] {td} {td}[!Try.gif!|http://osyltest.hec.ca/portal/] {td} {td}[!Download.gif!|Get the source code] {td} {td}[!versionScheme.gif!|OSYL:OSYL Versions] {td} {tr} {tr:valign=top} {td} {center}[See what's new in the current release|ReleaseNotes-v9.04] {center} {td} {td} {center}[Test it on our public server|http://osyltest.hec.ca/portal/] {center} {td} {td} {center}[Get the source code] {center} {td} {td} {center}[Learn more about our version scheme|OSYL Versions] {center} {td} {tr} {table} *

etc.)

2008-11-25:

Release

Alpha

3

*


The

latest

version

of

OpenSyllabus

is

deployed

on

our

demo

server.

[

Contact

us

|mailto:opensyllabus@hec.ca]

if

you

want

to

give

it

a

try

\! \\ \\ *

!

2008-11-17:

Usability

Improvements

*


We

are

currently

working

with

usability

experts

from

[

YuCentrik

|http://www.yucentrik.ca/en/]

to

improve

our

user

interface.

*

2008-10-06:

Open

CourseWare

Conference

*


OCWC

Conference

-

September

22-25,

2008

-

Logan,

Utah

(U.S.A.)

[

Jacques

Raynauld

on

OpenSyllabus|http://ocwblog.org/2008/10/06/jacques-raynauld-on-opensyllabus/] *2008-

OpenSyllabus

2008-09-16:

Alpha

Version

Released

*


The

first

release

of

OpenSyllabus

(Alpha)

is

now

available.

You can [download the source code|OSYL:OpenSyllabus Quick Start] or a [preconfigured bundle|OSYL:OSYL Tomcat Bundle] for testing purposes.

This

is

a

slighlty

improved

version

of

what

has

been

presented

in

July

2008

at

the

9th

SAKAI

Conference

in

Paris,

France.

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The project organization

HEC Montréal, Université de Montréal and Sakai Québec (Québec-Canada) gather their resources and bring their expertise to the OpenSyllabus project.
The project management is based on Scrum methodology, an iterative method used in agile software development.

Contacts
  • For technical help, please send a detailed message on the sakai-dev mailing list
  • For general information you can contact us at opensyllabus@hec.ca
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