Exploring and Building Open [Source] Software for Learning Ecosystems


I recently tweeted some examples of how the Grav Course Hub can help change your teaching (as it has certainly changed mine!), and I thought I would share them here:

Grav Course Hub is an open source project intended to help tech-savvy instructors enhance the learning experience for their students by providing multi-device delivery and a collaborative workflow not present in their current Learning Management System (LMS). As an open platform under the full con...

Although I’ve been in ‘heads-down’ mode with my SFU CMPT 363 User Interface Design course for the past two months, I recently tweeted some additional facts about the Grav Course Hub Project, and I thought I would share them here:

I recently tweeted some details of my progress with redesigning CMPT 363 for the Fall term, and I thought I would share them here:

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.

This post was inspired by the very informative July 14th BCcampus Canvas LMS session with Stan Wendt and moderated by Clint Lalonde.

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:

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...

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.