This is a guide on how to setup your Grav Course Hub for a single course using the Admin Panel (accessed by adding ‘/admin’ to the Browser URL of your Grav site) or directly working with files. This guide assumes you have the Grav Course Hub up and running and that you are familiar with the basics of Grav.
If my reading of the tea leaves is correct, there could be a big uptake of the use of the Canvas LMS in Canada with news of a possible hosted in Canada cloud offering. As a sessional faculty member of the Computing Science Department at Simon Fraser University I’ve been using Canvas for the past several years and I thought it might be helpful for other potential users of Canvas to share my experiences so far.
I recently created a list of educator needs that the Grav Course Hub was designed to provide for, and I thought I would share them here:
(1/10) So, just who is the open source Grav Course Hub designed for anyway?#GravEdu— Hibbitts Design (@hibbittsdesign) July 11, 2016
(3/10) For educators who have unmet pedagogical goals due to the constraints of their LMS.#GravEdu— Hibbitts Design (@hibbittsdesign) July 11, 2016
(4/10) For educators who want to provide their course and materials in the open but still keep sensitive student data in the LMS.#GravEdu— Hibbitts Design (@hibbittsdesign) July 11, 2016
(5/10) For educators who want to provide access to their course and materials beyond the scope of term start and end dates.#GravEdu— Hibbitts Design (@hibbittsdesign) July 11, 2016
(6/10) For educators who want to have more control of the online environment for their students and themselves.#GravEdu— Hibbitts Design (@hibbittsdesign) July 11, 2016
(7/10) For educators who want students to actively shape their shared online environment.#GravEdu— Hibbitts Design (@hibbittsdesign) July 11, 2016
(8/10) For educators who want to reuse content in different contexts of the same course, and also between multiple related courses.#GravEdu— Hibbitts Design (@hibbittsdesign) July 11, 2016
(9/10) For educators who want a better multi-device user experience for their students and themselves.#GravEdu— Hibbitts Design (@hibbittsdesign) July 11, 2016
To summarize, the Course Hub enables tech-savvy educators to use the open source Grav Web platform along with their LMS to reach unmet pedagogical and user experience goals.
I’ve been feverishly working in the open on the Fall 2016 Course Hub (built with my Grav Course Hub and using a flipped-LMS approach, naturally!) for SFU CMPT 363 so that potential students can better self-assess course fit before online registration starts on July 4th.
A significant change to the course this year is that students will research and design potential user experience improvements for an open source project of their choice. Also, the entire course outline is a structured as a series of questions, which will be examined, discussed and experienced as the course proceeds.
You can check out the under construction Course Hub at paulhibbitts.net/cmpt-363-163/.
Based on some discussions with my fellow educators at the inspirational Festival of Learning in Burnaby, BC last week I’ve added experimental support for multiple courses (i.e. blogs) within one course hub. Don’t worry, the code behind the scenes is fully-tested - I am using the term ‘experimental’ to indicate I am still refining this approach and testing various use cases as I hear of them from other instructors.
With a single hub containing multiple courses you can now selectively not only share content/elements between different pages of one course, but also between one or more courses. And just like a single course hub, all course materials can be shared on GitHub/GitLab for collaborative editing.
The upcoming Festival of Learning (June 6 – 9, 2016) is shaping up to be quite the event, with nearly 400 registrants at last count. I am really looking forward to attending, and will also be sharing lots of open source Grav goodness at both the Maker Faire and my Studio session ‘Moving Beyond the LMS with Grav’.