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1 Tridib Chatterji Faculty of Business Dubai Women’s College Higher Colleges of Technology United Arab Emirates

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3  Transparent curriculum  Clearly defined project outcomes  Visibility (teams, blogs, e-portfolios)  Promote constructivist pedagogy  Reduce carbon footprint and paper wastage  Foster collaboration and teamwork Why?

4  Self-directed learning  Blended (paper/online)  Project-based  Collaborative  Teams  Team and individual components  Outcomes – Presentations, peer teaching, papers, self-reflection E-Business Curriculum

5  Was WebCT Campus  Now Blackboard Vista Blended Learning Issues (Cons):  Log-in delays  Information not “open”  Development framework not flexible (PHP, MySQL, Javascript, etc)  Not entirely portable Pros:  Allows external sites to be encapsulated  Other obvious benefits

6 Blended Learning (2)  Course Portal encapsulated into Blackboard Vista

7 Portal Design Rationale  Simple  Minimal graphics  Text heavy  All pages at three clicks or less  Major pages linked from Index page  Calendar everywhere (time sensitive)  Student approved***  Borrow shamelessly (but credit everyone!)

8 Portal: Index  All pages available through tabs  SpryTabbedPanel widget in Dreamweaver CS3 Resource:

9 Portal: Project Pages (1)*  Same “look and feel” across projects  Left navbar allows easy access to all project areas Source: (Eric Meyer)http://meyerweb.com/eric/css/edge/popups/demo.html

10 Portal: Project Pages (2)*  Top menubar allows instant access to three important functions. (Student approved***)

11 Portal: Project Pages (3)*  Student teams easily accessible across sections (Student approved***)

12 Portal: Calendar (1)  Very important – contains assignment deadlines  Accessible everywhere through menubar

13 Portal: Calendar (2)*  Tabs on the left for Home Page, and weeks in 5-week increments

14 Portal: Calendar (3)  Original calendar: Source:

15 Portal: Print Stylesheet*  Automatic print formatting

16 Portal: Blogs  Student blogs linked across sections. Required for self-reflection

17 Portal: E-Portfolios  Student e-portfolios linked across sections.

18 Portal: About page  Contains details on technologies and techniques used in the portal

19 Portal: Popups (1)  Used in course syllabus for assessment weights and scores

20 Portal: Popups (2)*  Used in tutorials to highlight solutions

21 Portal: Slideshow (1)  Used to create lightweight slideshows that can be played in any browser

22 Portal: Slideshow (2)*  Can be used to embed video

23 Portal: Tutorials

24 Portal: Big 6  Recently adopted problem solving process

25 Portal Technology/Tools  Google analytics  Amazon S3  S5 Slideshow system, Flowplayer  PHP/MySQL (XAMPP)  Tooltip from (commercial)http://www.dyn-web.com/  CSS  Dreamweaver  Notepad++

26 Tech: Google Analytics  Visitor tracking throughout the site (May 25)

27 Tech: Amazon S3  Cloud computing. Storing and serving high- bandwidth data (audio, video, images) Source:

28 Tech: S5 Slideshow  Developed by Eric Meyer. Portable, lightweight slideshow system (for all browsers) Source:

29 Tech: Flowplayer *  Opensource video player. Embeds video streams in web pages and sites Source:

30 Tech: XAMPP  Opensource web server, MySQL database and PHP (and more) Source:

31 Tech: Tooltips  Commercial Javascript utility that displays images, text, hyperlinks on “mouseover” Source:

32 Tech: CSS  Cascading Style Sheets formats the layout of text and graphics on a site (web standard)

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