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00) Mindtouch core concepts

CA Connect is designed to hold and share persistent and valuable information. It is a knowledge base tool, and many companies use it instead of, or in addition to, a file server. It is like a shared Evernote Account for the entire school.

Deployment

We are making CA Connect the default landing page for our internal tools at CA. We are leveraging it and our Single Sign On tool (OneLogin) to offer access to all tools and documents needed by our community. To put it simply, it is for information that is valuable to many individuals over time.  Basically, it is a safe web-publishing platform, and allows our community members the opportunity to curate and create content. 

  • The CA Connect pages are a place for hosting items of lasting value, with a focus on sharing. Mindtouch runs on a wiki engine, with fantastic searchability and hierarchical navigation. 
  •  Evernote notes are a place for hosting items of lasting value, with a focus on personal fantastic searchability and hierarchical navigation. context. Evernote runs on a wiki engine, with fantastic searchability and hierarchical navigation. 
  •  Google Drive is a place for hosting items of immediate value, with a focus on both sharing and and searchability. Google Docs runs on a wiki engine, with fantastic searchability and hierarchical navigation.

Why is it empty?

Well, we haven't filled it in yet. This is going to be a live and ongoing process, filled with multiple edits and revisions. The entire CA Community will construct the content available here, and the tool is designed to grow with us.

Parrallels to behaviours at CA:

Below are some examples of Clubs and Organizations "posting" resources and information to the community at large in CA. These are good examples of the kind of resources that groups could post under their sections of CA Connect. Each of those pages posted to a bulletin board could correspond to a page in CA Connect. These are examples of a group of individuals curating content.

 

Club Bulletin Board.

Organization Bulletin Board.

 

Government-mandated Human Resources documents, posted in Faculty-Staff room Bulletin Board.

 

What about an individual curating content for themselves?

The Evernote service is the mechanism we have invested in at CA to help individuals curate content for themselves. Imagine walking through the halls of CA, gathering content from bulletin boards all across the campus. Evernote helps you gather those documents, add to them, and arrange them somewhere contextually, in whatever manner makes sense to you.

Here is an example of a CA Community member who has collected content from all across the campus, and arranged it in a manner that makes sense, and is available at a glance.

 

If CA Connect pages are for Publishing content, and Evernote is for Collecting content, what are we using for Creating Content?

That is an excellent question. Our Google Tools, like Google Drive, Spreadsheets, etc are the best tools for collaborating and creating (with other people). They are just pretty terrible for dealing with content in the long run, or with publishing. 

 

What about email?

The first email was sent by the man credited with inventing it, engineer Ray Tomlinson, on Wednesday 8th June 1971. Though In the past 43 years email has helped us communicate, the limitations of email are sorely felt today. Certainly email doesn't seem to be the answer in higher education. At the very least, our adoption of tools in this technology platform is predicated on removing excess emails.

What about Schoology?

CA Courses, or "Schoology," is a mechanism for communicating about assignments and resources for our Academic Classes. It is one-stop shopping, focused on schoolwork. Consider Schoology Courses as a "Chapter of Contents" for schoolwork. Teachers can communicate to their students about assignments, and link to resources on the internet. If a particular resource is not available on the internet, a teacher can build the content inside a CA Connect Page, and link to that page using Schoology.