New Sakai GWT Working Group created by Thomas Amsler
Sakai Solo and OpenSyllabus
SAKAI community warmly welcomes GWT in Paris...
The OpenSyllabus source-code (alpha version) with documentation will be available from the Sakai Repository in September.
This version has been presented in July 2008 at the 9th SAKAI Conference in Paris, France.
The OpenSyllabus project seeks to adapt to Sakai an easy to use tool to create and publish model-based syllabi that is currently used at HEC Montreal (http://zonecours.hec.ca/index.txp?lang=en). OpenSyllabus differs from the actual syllabus tool found in Sakai release 2.4 in three dimensions.
1. For the instructor : contrary to Syllabus which offers no guidance to the instructor, OpenSyllabus is a template that organizes the material and resources usually found in a course outline in predefined sections (introduction, contact information, learning material, assignments, weekly themes or lectures, etc.). Instructors can thus deposit their electronic resources (ppt, pdf, url, etc.) directly to the right syllabus section and qualify their use (reading, exercise. general resource, etc.).
2. For the students: OpenSyllabus offers a unified interface with a standardized vocabulary for easy navigation through the syllabus for all the course material.
3. For the administrative staff and the general public: OpenSyllabus offers a centralized location were all the university syllabi can be found (current and archived ones). OpenSyllabus seamlessly present public or private versions of the syllabi (depending on the viewing rights) and merge information intended for all registered students of a course or for the students attending a specific section. OpenSyllabus shares the openness objectives found in the MIT OpenCourseWare project.
OpenSyllabus presentation at Sakai Newport Conference
Video (RealPlayer) - OpenSyllabus presentation at Sakai Paris Conference : A Prototype Tool to Create Structured Syllabi in Sakai
Update on the prototype :
The OpenSyllabus prototype...
OpenSyllabus Roadmap is a big-picture view of functionality, ideas and hopes we expect OpenSyllabus to include in mid-term and long-term future. This roadmap is based on feedback from current OpenSyllabus developers and Sakai community members. The following items are listed in the order of our actual priorities: