[LON-CAPA-users] DOCS - pros and cons?

Felicia Berryman lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Fri, 24 Jan 2003 13:31:37 -0500

Gerd Kortemeyer wrote:
> Hi,
> Here are the current plans:
> * if a course coordinator also is or becomes an author in the system,
> there will be an "archive" functionality for their DOCS. The function
> will dump all of the current course docs into the author's construction
> space. The reason that this is not in place yet is the extra-challenge
> for us that the course's home server might be different from the
> author's home server.

I think this sounds fine except we'd have to put some sort of control 
the directory (for example /DOCS inside of the author space).  If 
someone already has /DOCS, we'd have to come up with a new scheme, or 
more likely, prevent people from creating a directory /DOCS so /DOCS 
would be reserved for just the docs back-ups.

> * when the domain coordinator starts a new course, there will be an
> option to "clone" a course which the course coordinator or somebody else
> previously taught. Challenge is same as above: new and old course might
> be housed on different servers.
> In summary, I need to figure out a way to safely copy DOCS from one
> server to another, the rest is easy.
> - Gerd.
> Travis Souza wrote:
>> Mark, I agree with your assesment.  The docs feature will be a
>>lifesaver if the cons you listed can be addressed.  It would
>>definitely be nice to export the sequence file(s) generated by the
>>docs tool.  With a Course Coord that is also an author it could dump
>>the sequence to the construction space.  For non-authors it could
>>export the xml file to save on disk and then later upload to a
>>construction space. I would guess the big problem would be
>>non-published internal documents uploaded or generated through the
>>docs tool.  Published and external resources should be okay if the
>>sequence can be exported..correct? Would it be possible to export non
>>published resources as their respective file types? Travis  Travis
>>Souza, Coordinator
>>Instructional Center for Innovation
>>Truckee Meadows Community College
>>>>>lucas@lucas.phy.ohiou.edu 01/23/03 06:34AM >>>
>>Gerd (and anyone else),
>>    We too are looking into the DOCS shortly as the easiest way to get
>>someone going on the system. What are the pros and cons of using DOCS?
>>What are the limitations that we may not have considered yet?
>>Are the following statements accurate?
>>pro: upload course-only documents simply without going through a
>>publication process.
>>pro: simple templates are provided for some standard documents
>>con: cannot reuse items that have not been published.
>>con: sequences put together under DOCs cannot be re-used elsewhere.
>>you can't paste together an assignment in a 'dry-run' course under
>>and then move it into a 'running' course.
>>con: you cannot 'duplicate' your course later for another course.
>>Mark Lucas                    email: lucasm@ohiou.edu
>>252D Clippinger Lab                  phone: (740)597-2984
>>Department of Physics and Astronomy             fax:   (740)593-0433
>>Ohio University
>>Athens, OH 45701
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Felicia Berryman
LON-CAPA Coordinator
Michigan State University
   Email:  felicia@lon-capa.org
   Phone:  (517)432-9866