Contrib: OpenSyllabus

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

*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.)
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*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\!
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*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/]

*2008-09-16: 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.


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
Leads

General information

How to try OpenSyllabus

Technical documentation

Contact: opensyllabus@hec.ca