Open Source SharePoint Solutions for Education


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Microsoft is often depicted as being against open source, but they actually sponsor some very exciting open source solutions for schools, like the Microsoft Learning Gateway and SharePoint Learning Kit.

View C/D/H's slide deck, presentated at the 2010 MAEDs conference, to learn more about SharePoint's open source solutions and why your district should take advantage.

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Open Source SharePoint Solutions for Education

  1. 1. CDHCDH Open Source for Schools MAEDs 2010 Mark Becker
  2. 2. CDH Quick FactsAbout Us Approach Partnerships• 20th Year • Vendor Agnostic • Microsoft Gold • Central Region Client• Grand Rapids & • Non-reseller Experience Award Winner Royal Oak • Professional • VMware Enterprise• 25 Staff Services Only • Cisco Premier • Novell Platinum • Citrix Silver
  3. 3. CDH Expertise Project Management Infrastructure P I C A Collaboration Access & Identity Management
  4. 4. CDH About Me • Mark Becker PMP, MCSE, MCNE
  5. 5. CDH Agenda • Synopsis • Introductions • What is SharePoint? – What is WSS? – What is Included in WSS 3.0? – Top Ten Benefits • How Does WSS Enable Collaboration in the Classroom? • Feature Demonstration • Questions & Answer Session
  6. 6. CDH Goal • To provide guidance and resources to support enabling collaboration in the classroom with freely available Microsoft tools.
  7. 7. CDH Microsoft Vision for Education “We see the world as an enriched learning environment in which pupils, teachers, and education institutions can fully realize their potential”
  8. 8. CDH What is SharePoint?• Microsoft’s browser-based, document management and collaboration platform• Functionality is surfaced through web parts• Web parts added to web pages hosted via IIS• SQL Server database on “back end”• Comes in three (3) editions: – WSS 3.0 – MOSS Standard 2007 – MOSS Enterprise 2007
  9. 9. CDH What Do I Get with WSS 3.0? • Stands for Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 • Free add-on available for Windows Server 2003 & 2008 • Wraps “two-sides” of WSS with search and basic workflow functionality Libraries Content Version Templates Publishing Types Control Team Discussion Workspaces Wiki Blogs RSS Boards
  10. 10. CDH Top Ten Benefits of WSS 3.0 1. Improve team productivity with easy-to-use collaborative tools 2. Easily manage documents and help ensure integrity of content 3. Get users up to speed quickly 4. Deploy solutions tailored to your business processes 5. Build a collaboration environment quickly and easily 6. Reduce the complexity of securing business information 7. Provide sophisticated controls for securing company resources 8. Take file sharing to a new level with robust storage capabilities 9. Easily scale your collaboration solution to meet business needs 10. Provide a cost-effective foundation for building Web-based applications
  11. 11. CDH Hardware Requirements • Single 2.5 GHz CPU – Recommended: Dual 3 GHz CPU • 1 GB RAM – Recommended: 2 GB RAM • 3 GB HDD Space (NTFS) • DVD Drive • 1024 x 768 resolution • 56 Kbps connection to clients
  12. 12. CDH Software Requirements • Requires Windows Server 2003 w/ SP1 • Internet Information Services (IIS) • Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0 • Enable ASP .NET 2.0 • SMTP Server Internet Information .Net Framework 3.0 ASP .NET 2.0 SMTP Server Services
  13. 13. CDH Feature Demonstration • OK, we’ve talked about it long enough…let’s see what we actually get with WSS 3.0!
  14. 14. CDH Out of the Box Features • Announcements: Create announcements and use alerts to “broadcast” to your users. • Calendar: Contains holidays, test days and other important event information. • Contacts: Centralized location for public address book. • Tasks: Action items and people assigned to them. • Wiki: Yes, you can create your own wiki with SharePoint. • Blog: Yes, you can also create public and private blogs with SharePoint. • Discussion Board: These are your typical “BBS style” message boards. • Image Library: Control all authorized images and logos. • Forms Library: Maintain all official forms and templates in the forms library. • Document Library: Create centralized repositories for documents, while letting SharePoint control versions, updates and permissions. • Search: Make it even easier to find your content with Search Server 2008 Express! • Surveys: Ask your audience what they really think, what they want to see, need from your site, etc. • RSS Feeds: Just about everything can have its own RSS feeds and email alerts! • Security Trimming: Control who see what, down to the item level.
  15. 15. CDH Microsoft Learning Gateway • Framework for designing and provisioning a school or district-wide learning portal • Personalized sites for students, teachers and parents • Guidance for integrating SharePoint, Exchange and OCS • “My Planner”, s calendaring application for students and parents – A single, consolidated view of classes, assignments, the school calendar and extracurricular events
  16. 16. CDH SharePoint Learning Kit • SharePoint Learning Kit – SharePoint Learning Kit is a SCORM 2004 certified e-learning delivery and tracking application built as a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 solution. It works with either Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 or Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007, and has the following core features: • Supports SCORM 1.2, SCORM 2004, and Class Server content, allowing users to store and manage this content in SharePoint document libraries. • Supports learner-centric and instructor-led (assigned) workflows. • Allows assignment, tracking and grading of both e-learning and non-e-learning content.
  17. 17. CDH Other Free Add-ons of Interest • SharePoint Community Kit – The Community Kit for SharePoint is a set of best practices, templates, Web Parts, tools, and source code that enables practically anyone to create a community website based on SharePoint technology for practically any group of people with a common interest. • Enhanced Blog Edition • Enhanced Wiki Edition • Internet/Extranet Edition • User Group Edition • SharePoint Podcasting Kit – Listen and watch audio/video podcasts, anywhere on your PC or mobile device (Zune, SmartPhone, or any podcasting device) – Share content by producing your own audio/video podcasts and publish them on PKS on your own. – Find the most relevant content using the five star rating system, tag cloud, search engine and provide your feedback via comments. • Search Server 2008 Express – “Bolt On” addition available for WSS 3.0 which will provide enterprise search functionality in free edition of SharePoint!
  18. 18. CDH References • To review details of the hardware and software requirements for WSS, click here • To simply download WSS 3.0, click here • To download any of the solutions that we incorporated in our demo environment (and more) visit CodePlex where you can download: – SharePoint Learning Kit – SharePoint Community Kit – SharePoint Podcasting Kit • To read C/D/H’s Learning Gateway article, click here • Also, you can enhance your search functionality with Search Server 2008 Express by downloading it here. • To download any of the Fab 40 site templates, click here
  19. 19. CDH Thank You! • If you have any questions, you can reach me at • You can also visit our blog at to pick up tips from our consultants or learn more about our firm at
  20. 20. CDH Royal Oak Grand Rapids 306 S. Washington Ave. 15 Ionia SW Suite 212 Suite 270 Royal Oak, MI 48067 Grand Rapids, MI 49503 p: (248) 546-1800 p: (616) 776-1600 (c) C/D/H 2007. All rights reserved