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Creating Template-Based Course Websites Using Readily Available Tools PROCEEDINGS

, The University of the West Indies, Barbados

World Conference on Educational Media and Technology, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Abstract

Course management systems (CMS), such as eCollege, Blackboard and Moodle, give course instructors the ability to publish their course materials online; communicate with students, assess students and publish student’s grades. Despite being useful however, these systems can be very costly. Alternatives such as open source CMS although free require technical support staff to maintain them. In this paper an HTML template-based approach to creating course websites is described. These websites are used to publish course materials, contact information, assessments, students’ grades and announcements. This approach utilises a free template and readily available tools, therefore it does not have an associated cost. An example of a course website based on this approach is presented and the advantages and disadvantages discussed. This approach is especially useful for universities in developing countries who have economic constraints.

Citation

Walcott, P. (2008). Creating Template-Based Course Websites Using Readily Available Tools. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Media and Technology 2008 (pp. 6087-6092). Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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