Colab: An Open Source Solution to Collaboration Across Distances

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  • Colab: An Open Source Solution to Collaboration Across Distances

    1. 1. An Open Source Solution to Collaboration Across Distances
    2. 2. Texas Collaborative for Teaching Excellence <ul><li>Funded by the Texas Higher Ed Coordinating Board (THECB) </li></ul><ul><li>Seven college partners </li></ul><ul><li>Five centers for teaching and learning, technical and professional development </li></ul><ul><li>CORD–A non-profit educational clearinghouse </li></ul>
    3. 3. Center for Discipline-Specific Professional Development <ul><li>Houston Community College-Northwest </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on building knowledge and skills for faculty within a technical specialty or integrated academic discipline. </li></ul><ul><li>Coordinates instructional module development among the partner colleges of the collaborative. Each college creates discipline-specific teaching modules based on a standard pedagogical template proposed by the center. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Teaching Modules <ul><li>Full-featured discipline-specific teaching modules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Intended as teaching guides for faculty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faculty use in part or whole </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote effective instruction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Various delivery methods </li></ul></ul>
    5. 5. Disciplines Currently Represented <ul><li>Audio Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Automotive Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Biotechnology </li></ul><ul><li>Clinical Biology </li></ul><ul><li>Cosmetology </li></ul><ul><li>Early Childhood Development </li></ul><ul><li>Management Information Systems </li></ul><ul><li>Medical Ethics </li></ul><ul><li>Nursing </li></ul><ul><li>Particle Counting Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Persuasive Speaking </li></ul>
    6. 6. Module Distribution <ul><li>Modules are published on the Texas Collaborative web site </li></ul>
    7. 7. Various Ways to Utilize Modules Workshops Hands-On Labs Classroom Technology Industrial Technology Online Courses
    8. 8. Module Development Before CoLab Reviewer Template Clearinghouse Developer Developer Developer Developer Developer Developer
    9. 9. Module Development With CoLab Private Web Working Space
    10. 10. So What is CoLab? <ul><li>CoLab is an online workspace for module developers and producers running on the open source Plone content management system. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Private Site </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Common Platform </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Standard Format </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peer Review </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Workflow </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shared Resources </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Plone Content Management System <ul><li>Plone is an out-of-the-box ready content management system (CMS) that is built on the powerful and free Zope application server. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Easy to Install and Use </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>International </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Standards-based </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Well Supported </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Extensible </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology Neutral </li></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. CoLab Technical Specifications <ul><ul><li>Hardware Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Dual 1 GHz G4 Processors </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1.5 GB RAM </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>65 GB Hard Drive </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software Environment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mac OS 10.2 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Zope 2.6.1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Python 2.1 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plone 1.0.5 </li></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 13. Features of the CoLab Interface Calendar Who’s Online Personal Bar Messages Site Tabs Breadcrumbs Site Search
    14. 14. Developer Workspace Developer Portrait Dynamic Navigation Module Content
    15. 15. Developer Workspace: Content Manager File/Folder Management Add New Content Content Tabs
    16. 16. Developer Workspace: Document View Module Navigation Module Content Editor/Peer Comments
    17. 17. Developer Workspace: Document Editor Full-featured HTML Editor Description (Metadata) Page Title File Name
    18. 18. Developer Workspace: Metadata Metadata: -Keywords, -Format, -Language, -Rights, -Contributors Add New Keywords
    19. 19. Developer Workspace: Workflow Publishing History Current Status Workflow Transitions
    20. 20. Export module using WebDAV… Module Content
    21. 21. … to separate content from CoLab…
    22. 22. … and publish to the public web site Different Template Same Content
    23. 23. … then submit to MERLOT
    24. 24. Looking Back & Moving Ahead <ul><ul><li>So Far… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CoLab was initiated in Fall 2003 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>23 faculty have participated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30 modules have been developed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>On the Horizon… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Plone Upgrade to 2.1 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Metadata Taxonomy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS (Really Simple Syndication) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Thanks for your time today! </li></ul></ul>
    25. 25. <ul><li>Texas Collaborative: </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.texascollaborative.org </li></ul><ul><li>CoLab: </li></ul><ul><li>http://colab.nwc.hccs.edu </li></ul><ul><li>Guest Account: </li></ul><ul><li>user - guest </li></ul><ul><li>password - colab </li></ul>

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