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While I’ve been in ‘heads-down’ mode with my SFU CMPT 363 User Interface Design course for the start of the Fall term, I thought I would share here news of my most recent Grav open education project!

Grav Open Publishing Space Space with Git Sync is designed to publish, share and collaboratively edit Markdown-based content using the modern flat-file Grav CMS.

Open Publishing Space Figure 1. Open Publishing Space


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I’ve been once again feverishly working in the open on the Fall 2017 Course Hub (built with my Grav Open Course Hub and using a flipped-LMS approach, naturally!) for SFU CMPT 363 so that potential students can better self-assess course fit before our first class meets in-person on Sept 6th.

Th...

I recently tweeted the key highlights of the new Grav Open Publishing Space, and I thought I would share them here:

  1. Leverages a modern flat-file (no database) CMS for the creation, presentation, and maintenance of open content
  2. Supports collaboration and version control of open content (e.g. Gi...

It’s a launch: here is the (mostly open) learning ecosystem I’ve assembled for this Fall’s Simon Fraser University CMPT-363 User Interface Design course.

Learning Ecosystem for CMPT-363 @ SFU 2017
Figure 1. Learning Ecosystem for CMPT-363 @ SFU 2017.

It was created to support the pedagogical goals for the course while also delivering a...

I recently tweeted the key problems Grav Open Course Hub was created to solve for tech-savvy educators, and I thought I would share them here:

  1. Pedagogical goals are unmet by the current Learning Platform (e.g. LMS or CMS) alone
  2. Student and facilitator experiences, especially multi-device, ar...

Here is a brief video demonstrating how Grav with Git Sync can be configured to use GitBook for collaboratively editing Markdown content.

Look of interest? For step-by-step instructions visit learn.hibbittsdesign.org/grav-with-gitsync-and-gitbook.

A collection of videos demonstrating how Grav with Git Sync can bring an efficient and flexible Markdown content workflow into Canvas LMS (or any other system supporting embeddable Web pages).

I recently tweeted some key aspects of when to use the Grav CMS in the field of education, and I thought I would share them here:


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It was a pleasure to be a part of the BCNET Higher Education IT Conference in Vancouver last week. In particular, various discussions with my fellow attendees helped me to further clarify the positioning of the Grav CMS for use in the field of education.


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I am really looking forward to being part of the BCNET 2017 conference in Vancouver next week.

Here is the description of my session:

Leveraging A Modern Flat-File CMS As An Open And Collaborative Partner For Your LMS
(3:15pm on April 25th)

Want to provide instructors with the flexibility of a personal open platform that is database free while still keeping sensitive student data on university servers? Looking to enable course participants to contribute to their own online open environment? Want to help instructors meet unmet pedagogical goals due to current LMS constraints? The modern flat-file CMS Grav (getgrav.org) might be your answer!


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