Collaborative Content Creation

LiberCloud - Collaborative Content Creation

LiberCloud’s goal is to improve the learning experience of all students by helping instructors and teachers become more effective. We achieve this with a new kind of content management and collaboration platform that allows teachers to create, share, re-use, and adapt each other’s materials while also allowing students to contribute and participate online.

LiberCloud gives teachers and instructors more control over their course, more specifically how to organize their content and assets in lessons and lesson plans, re-use content and assets across lesson plans instead of duplicating them, and more flexibility to leverage the latest technology to make them interactive and engaging. LiberCloud’s unique and modular content management approach gives teachers or instructors the flexibility to design structured coursework as well as impromptu material, such as material created in LiberCloud Canvas in a virtual whiteboard session.

Collaborating on content in LiberCloud manifests itself in different forms to help teachers and instructors as well as students and learners. Teachers save time by sharing and re-using each other's material and also benefit from each other's experience in co-creating lessons or lesson plans, in real-time and non real-time. Likewise, students' learning improves because they can help each other and can collaborate on projects. Learners and teachers can collaborate as well, for instance by sharing annotations on lessons or assignments. Private annotations on lessons also improve students' retention and comprehension of material.

LiberCloud ensures that all of the LiberCloud functionality is available to anyone, anywhere with access to a network or Wi-Fi.  The LiberCloud architecture means that students in any location have access to the same material, the same content and the same interactivity as those in the classroom.

 

LiberPage

At the heart of the LiberCloud content platform are LiberPages.  Content authors or teachers create LiberPages for specific topics and then aggregate them to create entire lesson plans. LiberPages can re-use or incorporate existing training material in a number of formats, or authors can create new content using the LiberPage Editor.  The Editor supports multiple asset types including rich text, images, uploaded videos, embedded videos from YouTube® or similar sites, web captures, slideshows, and LiberCloud's unique canvas asset type. Authors can also create and embed rapid assessments in LiberPages to ensure students have understood the material completely. An assessment can be embedded in the LiberPage or assigned separately.

The assets created in each LiberPage become re-usable and shareable as separate content objects so that they can be re-used in other LiberPages or assessments, or they can be shared individually with other users. Sharing a LiberPage with other users automatically gives the other users access to its individual assets. Furthermore, content owners and users with whom a LiberPage is shared have the ability to adapt a LiberPage for different contexts, classrooms, or individual students.

 

LiberBook

LiberBooks are compilations of LiberPages.  One LiberPage may describe a specific topic, while a LiberBook compiles several LiberPages into an entire lesson or lesson plan. Multiple authors and teachers / instructors can contribute their own LiberPages to a LiberBook, enhancing reuse. Sharing a LiberBook with other users automatically gives the other users access to its individual LiberPages and to the assets in each LiberPage.

LiberPages are easily inserted into LiberBooks via the LiberBook Organizer. Also, LiberBooks can be exported as ebooks to be read offline.

 

Ubiquitous availability, on any platform

Because the LiberCloud application is fully web-enabled, trainers and educators can use it in any setting where there is access to the internet, either through a wired network or through Wi-Fi.  Furthermore, LiberCloud is available on a range of different platforms, from desktops and laptops to tablets and even mobile devices such as cellphones.  This ensures each learner can access the material in any location, on the platform of their choice.