Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Web 2.0 Inside D2L - ProtoPage Widgets

This video shows the use of Protopage inside Desire2Learn. Protopage is an easy to manage widget-driven website. Near the end of this less-than-5-minute video I state that using ProtoPage inside a VLE (virtual learning environment) might be a little glimpse of the future. It seems to me that any VLE would be more flexible, more customizable, more personable (think PLE or personal learning environment) with a widget-driven structure. Of course I could be wrong.

You can load your own background graphic, which I have done on the Protopage used for this particular D2L embed. You can change the color scheme. You can make it private, semi-private, or public. Anyone can move the widgets around but only someone logged in with editing rights can make permanent changes.

Here is the link to the video in blip.tv (full-screen option available).

1 comment:

jeff said...

Barry, nice demo. I was familiar with, and use, netvibes but hadn't seen ProtoPages till now.

I agree with you in that our next gen of CMS/LMS/VLE will have to incorporate features similar to these widget-driven environments. Our users will be expecting their learning environment to match their other online tools.

Thanks for you time spent on these posts!

Jeff @ UW-Madison