Course publishing is a funny business. There is a dearth of tools available for disseminating educational material. Occasionally when seeking materials for a lesson or unit one might come across someone using Wordpress or Google Docs to altruistically publish their work, but on a whole, well-formatted material is rare.
Since teaching is a field moving at the speed of darkness away from overflowing three-ring binders of acetate overheads, the need seemed apparent for an online publishing tool specifically for courses in the format used at North American schools and universities.
This website is the genesis of what author Evan Sharp hopes will become a course-specific CMS. The project does not yet have a name.
The website is written in PHP atop the Flight micro-framework by Mike Cao. Content is written in raw HTML (something Evan has never minded reading or writing) but loaded a little more dynamically than it sounds. The design is a tweaked version of Yahoo's Pure css framework; a fact that Evan is surprised, delighted, and annoyed by.
If there ever is a formal release, some things it could include are:
- Database-driven content storage, obviously.
- WYSIWYG content editing, also obviously.
- Content templates to cut down lesson plan formatting time.
- Internal media storage and management tools, maybe; hotlinking is pretty allowed these days.
- External link and embedded content management; we're all using YouTube in class, let's make it easy folks.
Eventually it will probably end up on Github, but if you have any questions in the meantime, get in touch.