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  • News and Updates: Summer 2010
    comments on ePortfolios and Wikis However we ll almost certainly drop the existing commenting tools on the Writing Activities and Writing Tools and replace them with a system similar to what we use for ePortfolios and Wikis You would have access to these tools if you were working on a shared folder The result will be a less cluttered set of pages We expect that this will affect a small number of account holders fewer than 2 percent of our visitors actually view or make comments on our tools and activities instead the majority of comments are made in the context of a course If you have any thoughts on this please contact Mike Palmquist at Mike Palmquist ColoState edu Another major change primarily for instructors is the manner in which we ll create new class pages We ll be setting up a new process that will allow you to enter basic information choose what to display on your pages and choose appearance options We ll also make it possible for instructors at Colorado State University to add students to the class roster automatically Once a class is created instructors will be able to update their rosters automatically or manually depending on their preferences You ll also notice a new set of help pages The videos are on hiatus for the moment but you ll find help pages with and without screen captures that provide step by step guidance on using the tools on this site Thanks to Jill Salahub for editing and updating these new pages Finally there s a great deal going on behind the scenes in preparation for a version of the Studio that other schools can install on their own servers We hope to get to the point where we can share our code with others

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/about/news/summer10.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • News and Updates: January 2010
    the ePortfolios are simpler but allow more flexibility in design for writers The Blog has a completely new look and a wide range of new customization options including new headers and new page layout templates Our wiki tools also benefit from similar improvements A New Wiki We ve created a new tool that allows any group of writers to create a full featured Wiki The Wikis include file sharing spaces calendars discussion forums email tools chat and the ability to share blogs and ePortfolios with other members of the group The wikis replace our Co ops tool You can still use your old Co ops but you won t be able to create new ones Improved Class Pages The Writing Studio s class tools are clearer and easier to use In addition to improved management of the tools in the class pages you can also take advantage of new email tools improved handling of shared blogs and ePortfolios better wikis for the class as a whole and for groups and improved customization options For instance you can easily upload your school s logo and display it on your page and any logos you upload will be available to other instructors Open Access Initiatives With the completion of the bulk of this major redesign we re looking at ways to make the materials and tools on this site easier to access We are launching a project to create a stand alone version of the Writing Studio that can be installed on servers at other educational institutions We are also launching development of what we are modestly calling The World s Largest Open Access Textbook In our writing guides and activities alone this site has more than 14 000 pages of instructional content Many teachers in fact use the materials on this

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/about/news/jan10.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • News and Updates: Summer 2009
    the number of source with notes evaluations and or annotations Users can view this information for their own Bibliograpies and Instructors can view these statistics for any of their student s bibliographies Instructor s Class Roster View The Class Roster has been updated so instructors can view their class s co instructors pending invitations and student roster all on the main Class Roster page Groups Instructor View Previously when an instructor visited the Groups main page in their class site the page provided a link to Manage Your Class Groups along with the message We re sorry You do not appear to belong to any groups in this class The instructor then had to go to the management page to view class groups and their work A recent update allows an instructor to view group information and access their work from the main Groups page Quick Start Guides There are now Quick Start Guides for both new users and instructors These guides give a quick overview of how to use Writing CSU and what features are available Coming Soon Function and design updates to the Bibliography Tool The ability to create email lists using the class Email Tool Updated site

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/about/news/summer09.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • News and Updates: Spring 2009
    but couldn t view the files they d loaded there We ve updated this page so that now a student viewing the assignment dropbox will see an area to the right of the page that lists the files they ve loaded and when they were loaded Students are cautioned that Once you have uploaded a file to the dropbox your instructor can rename or delete the file so the following list may not include all the files you ve ever uploaded Add or copy Assignments and Materials to multiple Writing Studio class sites When you open the page to create a new assignment or add a new item to the materials section you will see a list at the bottom of the page that includes all of your currently shown classes Simply check the boxes for the classes where you d like the item to be posted before pushing the Add Assignment Item button To copy an item that already exists simply select the Copy option from the right side options menu for that item Keep in mind however that when you want to update or delete an assignment or item you ll need to do so for each individual

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/about/news/spring09.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • News and Updates: Fall 2008
    work is listed in the Folders Blogs ePortfolios or Comments tabs Assignment Dropbox Students can use the dropbox to upload a file for an assignment but they can t see any of the files or the actual dropbox All they see when they go to the dropbox is an add file form This means that they can t remove their files from the dropbox once they ve been added From the Dropbox s instructor view files are stored in assignment folders and instructors can move files from one folder to another if students add an assignment to the wrong folder Instructors can also rename files to better identify and keep track of them as well as delete files and assignment folders when finished working with them You can now upload files to your Personal Work Folders found in the Folders tab of Your Personal Page with the option to view share update move or delete a file Updates to the Class File Folder In this section of your class you ll now find Class Files and File Folders with the option to add view remove move or delete a file As before both students and instructors are able to upload files to this area Files for Groups with the option to add or view a file but only if you are a member of that class group Personal Files for this Class with the option to add view share with a classmate add to assignment dropbox rename move or delete a file Students can add their own files for a class to this folder Instructors don t see this folder Students can also share these files with other writers in their class and add these files directly to the assignment dropbox If someone has shared files with them students will

    Original URL path: http://writing.colostate.edu/about/news/fall08.cfm (2015-10-15)
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  • News and Updates: Summer 2008
    ll find fewer options in the top menu but each of those options leads to a page where you ll find descriptions and links to site resources For example click on Writing Resources and you ll go to a page where you can link to and learn more about the site s Writing Collections Writing Guides Writing Activities Writing Links Getting Feedback on Your Writing Visiting the Campus Writing Center

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  • News and Updates: Spring 2008
    menu gives you access to all of your current class features from anywhere in your class site So for example if you are in the file folder you can use this menu to go directly to the discussion forums rather than having to return to the main page of the class to access the class feature links This should make navigating your class sites much easier We ve also added the Google Custom Search function to Your Personal Page as well as Your Class Page the main page of a class site Use it to search Writing CSU or the Web In response to the changes we made in the Class and Group Projects again to make use of tabs we ve updated that section of the Writing Studio Help System http writing colostate edu help The class management page that allows you to decide which elements to hide and show on a class page has been simplified It is now possible for students to add entries to the class calendar and for their Personal calendar entries to show up on their class calendars Basically it allows them to create personal entries that will show up on every class they re enrolled in and on their personal calendar available through your personal page Don t worryâ these entries are only visible to the student who makes the entry and they will know it s their entry because the title will include Personal The classmates page has been updated and now includes links to the shared and published ePortfolios and Blogs as well as any shared with the user commenting access given and granted between the classmate and the user viewing the page links to classes co ops and their rosters the classmate and user have in common and direct links

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  • News and Updates: Summer 2006
    can be created by any writer with a Studio account The idea to create the Co ops emerged from discussions in Mike Palmquist s spring 2006 graduate seminar on computers and writing We entered the summer with the intent to come up with ways to help writers collaborate more effectively and without necessarily needing to be part of a writing class The overall idea for the Co ops and a large number of the Co ops features were suggested by Aaron Leff who created a thoughtful and thorough plan for implementing them but several other members of the class also contributed to the idea including Mark Hussey and Chandra Brown The Co ops are something of an experiment in anarchy Anyone can create a Co op any member can add other members any member can manage the Co op and anyone can kick anyone else out We hope you ll check out this new tool If you do let us know what you think The Your Work pages have been expanded significantly to support collaboration and to simplify access to work you ve saved in the Studio From this page you can view and manage personal folders create and manage shared folders a new type of folder that allows writers to share their work with others the person who shares a folder maintains control over it so the sharing can be temporary view your blogs view your classes view your Co ops see who has asked you for feedback on their writing and see who you ve asked for feedback on your writing You can customize the look and feel of the site now You can choose a color scheme select fonts and decide how large or small you d like text to appear These settings will affect how the

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