Digital Commons

November 14th, 2010 |

A team at Wright State University has been looking at launching a campus Digital Commons with individual and project websites, blogs, wikis and social networking tools. I have been following work at the University of Mary Washington and CUNY as well as other models. These discussions began some time ago but the process has been slow as a result of other commitments including a shift from WebCT to Desire2Learn and the selection of a CMS for the university website. Our eventual goal is a resource open to faculty, staff, and student users. We have been trying out WordPress MU for several months but we are also testing out Drupal Commons, OpenScholar, and Drupal Gardens (the latter runs on Drupal 7 only) in order to see if we can marry the functionality of the Drupal Commons with solutions for individual and project websites as well as web exhibit type productions that are possible in WordPress MU and BuddyPress. The team includes faculty from the College of Liberal Arts and staff from the Office of Computing and Telecommunications Services, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Marketing and Communications. I would like to share some of my thoughts on the process and the solutions and I look forward to hearing from others involved in similar projects.

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