What you get
When you download CyberCourse, you get software that's ready to install on a Web server. It will run on a $10/month shared hosting account. If you don't know how to install it, you could read tutorials, or ask someone in the CyberCourse community for help.
The wiki is a key resource. It has (or will have):
- Shared resources, like graphics, and templates
- Special interest groups, like a SIG on writing Cycourses about business writing
- Other stuff that people want. Whatever that turns out to be.
Setting up your Cycourse
Once CyberCourse is installed, you set it up. Give it a name, add some chapter titles. Set your CyberCourse's colors, fonts, etc. Start designing your course, using the wiki as a guide.
You'd use your Web browser for this work. Set up would be point-and-click-and-type. No geek stuff, unless you're into that.
Like the venerable CoreDogs, CyberCourse is built using Drupal. Drupal has thousands of modules that add special features. All of the modules are free. You can have:
- A comment system
- Social media links
- Student clubs
- Interactive maps
- News feeds
- Special areas for teachers
- Student videos
- Student blogs
- Lists of useful links
- Image editors
- Mind maps
- Data sets
- Slide shows
- Data graphing tools
- Tag clouds
- Ratings (e.g., 1 to 5 stars)
- Picture galleries
- Instant messaging
- Stores (e.g., sell t-shirts)
- Notifications (e.g., get an email when there's a new comment on a page)
- Let students friend each other
- Data export (e.g., to spreadsheets)
- Contact forms
- Free downloads
- Paid downloads
- To-do lists
- User points
- File uploads
...and more. Some things, like comments and forums, are part of the CyberCourse package. The rest you download separately from Drupal.Org.
Look and feel
Cyco comes with about 20 look-and-feel variants. Each one is a coordinated set of colors, fonts, etc.
But wait, there's more! Drupal has a bazillion free themes. Well, not quite a bazillion, but a lot. Many paid themes are available, too.
You can customize themes. The theme used on this site has over 100 settings that can be changed through the browser. If you have geek skills, you can customize your CyberCourse's HTML and CSS.
CyberCourses work on smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, and TVs.
This is a big deal! Mobile is important now. It will be critical in the future.
Another big deal: you don't need to make separate CyberCourses for mobile devices. You write content once, and let CyberCourse worry about showing it on different screens.