CGPublisher for Schools

CGPublisher is a web environment for knowledge-producing schools.

New Content
teachers create ‘Learning Elements’ or a knowledge bank of learning resources which students and other teachers can access, and ‘Learning Frameworks’ or course guides.
Learning Sources
teachers create a portal through which supplementary learning materials are made available, such as textbooks (an order is generated which goes to an online book distributor), digital learning objects and sections of copied works.
Learning Spaces
digital portfolios for teachers and learners-private workspaces and collaboration spaces, self-maintained workspaces and a ‘bookstore’ of published works.

Main features of CGPublisher include:

The Personal Website
  • A private digital workspace for version control of drafts of works, and providing work-by-work access to co-creators, contributors and publishers.
  • Maintains an audit trail of collaborator contributions, comments-messaging area mirrored by emails.
  • Manages relationships with publishers working within and beyond the CGPublisher environment (the creator can assign access rights to outside publishers).
  • A bookstore for the free distribution or sale of the creator’s published works, created within and beyond CGPublisher.
  • A digital portfolio in which the creator can also make their ‘unpublished works’ available to the public.
  • A self-maintainable website expressing public or professional identity, including biographical information and CV, a diary and schedule, news, links, gallery and contact information.
The Publisher Site
  • A community-building space which manages workflow, determines quality standards and publishes works.
  • Manages copyright, either by default assumptions about the relationships between the parties, or negotiated online publishing agreements.
  • An online bookstore of community works, publishing simultaneously to each creator’s personal bookstore.
  • A publisher-maintainable website including community notices, discussions and work copied for educational purposes within the 10% rule.

Use Cases

  1. The teacher as leader in a publishing community
    • Students have self-maintained personal websites.
    • Students each have private workspaces for drafts of work.
    • Student websites include online ‘bookstores’ into which completed ‘works’ are published, evolving as a digital portfolio.
    • Students can invite collaborators to share the same work in the case of joint work, supported by a messaging system and audit trail.
    • The teacher can access and comment upon works-in-progress.
    • Students can invite other students and outside experts to referee works in progress.
    • The teacher publishes student works to the class (publishing) site and the student author sites.
    • The teacher can post copied works to the course site, thus creating a course repository; downloads are recorded for statutory licence purposes.
    • Students can access teacher works (Learning Elements, Learning Frameworks) from their author site: published and unpublished works.
  2. The department as a publishing community
    • Teachers have self-maintained personal websites, which may appear as pages on the school website.
    • Teachers have private workspaces for drafts of work, and managing collaborations across the school and between schools.
    • Each teacher has a bookstore of works published within and beyond the CGPublisher environment.
    • Teachers also have a place where they can post unpublished works (such as works-in-progress or course notes).
    • Systematic management of IP generated within the school through negotiated rights agreements; digital rights data generated for all electronic files.
  3. The whole school
    • A cascading approach to centres of publishing activity across the school.
    • Supported by a professional development program and publishing templates: the Learning by Design Project.
University Publishing Imprint Scenario

Take-Up Strategies

Bottom-Up
provide learners and teachers with personal websites and private collaboration spaces, and they will make the connections which will build organically into publishing communities.
Top-Down
a content-management approach which aims to systematise knowledge and learning flows and provide good stewardship of the school’s IP.

The Technology

  • As simple as a web browser plus Word, and can manage any digital content and file formats.
  • Open source, standards based.
  • Built on the ‘semantic web’ foundation, Common Ground Markup Language (CGML), a world-leading technology in publishing standards and interoperability.

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