Collaborate on Content

LiberCloud - Collaborative Content Creation

Collaborating on content in LiberCloud manifests itself in different forms to help educators 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 both real-time and non-real-time.

Likewise, students' learning improves because they can help each other and collaborate on projects. Learners and teachers can share collaborative comments by sharing comments on lessons or assignments. This serves as a powerful tool to improve students' retention and comprehension of academic material.

You choose how to share the content objects you create. You determine if you want to share with individual students, groups or classrooms. When sharing a content object you have three permission options: Read, Copy, and Edit. For any given object, you can grant some users edit access and read only access to others. Alternatively, you can make your content public. Users with access to your content can rate and comment on it either privately or publicly, or add personal annotations.

The Library separates the content in different object containers, Assets, LiberPages, LiberBooks, Surveys and Tests.

Assets

Assets are at the heart of the LiberCloud content platform, e.g. images, videos, documents, and slideshows. Once an asset is in your library, you can use it in multiple web pages (LiberPages in our parlance), surveys, and assessments. Assets can be shared with read, copy, or edit permission with groups or individuals, and made public as well. Any Internet user can access a public asset with a simple URL

LiberPages

As a teacher or instructor, you create LiberPages for specific topics and then aggregate them to create entire lesson plans. In its simplest form a LiberPage is just a web page. You can attach documents, embed surveys or assessments, or embed external content like web captures or videos.

Sharing a LiberPage gives the other users access to its assets for reuse. Content owners and users who have access to a LiberPage have the ability to create a different version of the LiberPage to adapt it for different contexts, classrooms, or individual students. LiberCloud allows multiple versions of the same page to be ‘live’. For example, you can assign one version of a LiberPage to one group or class, and assign a different version of the LiberPage to another workgroup.

LiberBooks

LiberBooks are compilations of LiberPages. One LiberPage may describe a particular topic, while a LiberBook compiles several LiberPages into an entire lesson or lesson plan. Sharing a LiberBook with other users gives them access to its LiberPages and the assets in each LiberPage thereby enhancing reuse. Multiple users can contribute their LiberPages to a LiberBook.

The LiberBook Organizer is the authoring and organization tool for LiberBooks.

Survey and Test Templates

Sharing a Survey or Test Template with other users gives them the permission and access to use your template to assign tests to their students or classrooms as well as to reuse the template questions in their templates. As with sharing LiberPages and LiberBooks, you can share your template in Read, Copy, and Edit mode. When granting Edit access to a template, you will be allowing other teachers to add/edit questions and answers to your template.

Real-time collaboration and co-editing

LiberCloud supports real-time collaboration and co-editing for rich text and canvas object types, LiberPages and LiberBooks. If you use Office Online or Google Docs object types in your content, you can take advantage of their respective co-editing features. Co-editing rich-text assets works just like Google Doc or Word Online with multiple users able to add their paragraphs or edit existing ones concurrently.

Canvas co-editing works in a similar fashion, but instead of users typing in text in a rich text object they sketch, draw, and write on a free-form canvas. In the interactive whiteboard world, this is often referred as ‘multi-touch’ and typically supports a limited number of users, as they would have to stand and write in front of the whiteboard. In our shared canvas scenario, multi-touch becomes more interesting and productive because each user can access the shared canvas while sitting in front of his or her tablet. The instructor can initiate a canvas session on the interactive whiteboard while students participate from their tablets from wherever they are.

Co-editing a LiberPage allows multiple users to add new assets to the LiberPage at the same time or edit any existing text or canvas assets already in the LiberPage.

Co-editing of a LiberBook allows multiple users to add their LiberPages to the LiberBook at the same time.