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WPCampus - Sheridan CCIT Case Study

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This presentation was prepared for the inaugural WPCampus in Sarasota Florida on July 16, 2016. It was designed to show not only out of the box solutions, such as WordPress and BuddyPress/bbPress, but also what we have designed ourselves

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WPCampus - Sheridan CCIT Case Study

  1. 1. CCIT @ SHERIDAN A Case Study By Kiera Howe & Shanta R. Nathwani Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1
  2. 2. Agenda • About Us • About our students • What we teach them • The tools we give them (aka. What they know) • The tools we use (aka. What they don’t know…yet) Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 2
  3. 3. Find Us Kiera Tweet Me: @XXowe My Web Site: http://kierahowe.com Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 3 Shanta Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa My Web Site: http://shanta.ca
  4. 4. #HiRoy Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 4
  5. 5. About Shanta • Instructor, Sheridan College & Mohawk College • Web Design and Capstone Project • WordPress 1 & 2 • Bachelor of Commerce in Info Tech Mgmt., Ryerson University • Serial WordCamper. Went to 7 in 2014 & 2015, 5 in 2016, including Mumbai. Including Co-organizer, WordCamp Hamilton, 2015-6 • Lead Dudette – Thanks @modmatt owe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 5
  6. 6. About Kiera • Instructor, developer, business owner, serial tinkerer, and Chief Geek • Instructor, Sheridan College teaching Web Design • Custom software development for a variety of clients owe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 6
  7. 7. 7 Our Students • Joint program with University of Toronto at Mississauga: Institute of Culture, Communication, Information and Technology and Sheridan College • Training them to be translators, not necessarily the developers Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  8. 8. What we teach them At Sheridan: • Principles of Design • Web Design • Graphic Design • Game Design • Photography and Video At UTM: • Business • Technical Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 8
  9. 9. The Web Stream Intro Course (CCT260) : • HTML & CSS. Assumes no prior knowledge of coding Intermediate (CCT360): • Intro to WordPress and PHP • Content Architecture • Web Design (Child Themes, Responsive Web Design, Standards) Advanced (CCT460): • Creating Widgets, themes and plugins in WordPress • Custom Post Types • Building a theme from scratch using _s (aka Underscores) Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 9
  10. 10. 1 0 Now for the really cool stuff! Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa
  11. 11. Our Students’Tools • The forum using BBPress and BuddyPress • The allocation of accounts • The tester Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1 1
  12. 12. BBPress and Buddy Press Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1 2
  13. 13. Our student process We have a web server, administered by our IT department at Sheridan. Standard setup with CPanel/Apache/MySQL/PHP 1. We get a list of web users created by our IT department. These are created, either, with or without WordPress on them. They are added to the Interface via a custom plugin. 2. A student signs up for a forum user using BuddyPress specifying what class they are in. Once confirmed, they are assigned a user from the pool 3. The student retrieves the temporary password from the “forums” WordPress site and uses it to sign onto Cpanel. 4. Student updates their password and contact email on CPanel and proceeds to do standard web functionality via CPanel. Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1 3
  14. 14. Account Allocation Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1 4
  15. 15. Lab Tester Problem: • Students needed an easier way to get feedback about their HTML/CSS without always having to ask the instructor The Solution: • Build an interface onto WordPress to allow the student to test their code as well as requirements for the assignment/lab • Everything should be tested for HTML/CSS as well as the requirements The Process: • Take in a url from the web interface. • Test the HTML and CSS to confirm the rules of the languages were followed. • Test the that the requirements for the assignment were completed Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1 5
  16. 16. Our (The Instructors) Tools • Administration of classes and user accounts • Lab tester and marking • Wayback machine All of this is done from a student account. No admin privileges are required/used Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1 6
  17. 17. Account Allocation Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1 7 We are given a accounts by our IT Department. They look like: ccit2100 Corresponds to a web space which looks like this: http://phoenix.sheridanc.on.ca/~ccit2100
  18. 18. Grading/Testing Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1 8 Problem: • The instructors need a way to mass test our students assignments/labs to speed up the process of marking The Solution: • Give the instructors an easy interface that integrates with the LMS (D2L – Slate) • Use the export and import functions on the LMS to bring submissions over to the custom interface and return the feedback to the LMS The Process: • Submissions are exported from the LMS into a zip file • All submissions are tested using custom testing code, reusing much of the tester code • All the submissions are listed with an interface that the instructor can view the tester feedback and enter feeback, including grades of their own. • All information is then zipped up and reimported into the LMS
  19. 19. The Wayback Machine Problem: • Students cheat on their assignments and we need a history of changes for more evedence The Solution: • Changes to files on student directories should be recorded so that there is a way to trace most of the versions of the student files The Process: • A scheduled task runs twice a day using the WordPress cron system. • When It runs, it iterates through a list of users registered and checks their file system for files that are newer then the last time it ran. • Stores the files elsewhere on the file system with an interface for accessing them. Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 1 9
  20. 20. Future Expansion We are building a SAAS model for schools who want a similar solution. Preparing to test in August. With this new server comes a full administrator access, which means we can add: • We don’t need to get a list of user accounts from the IT Department. We will allocate new users as required. • Integrate our own LMS • Allow students to submit straight from the tester. • Automated testing on the due date, without instructor interaction • Automated updates to student WordPress installs • Make it available to THE WORLD! Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 2 0
  21. 21. Questions? Kiera Howe - @Xxowe Shanta R. Nathwani - @ShantaDotCa 2 1 Kiera Tweet Me: @XXowe My Web Site: http://kierahowe.com Shanta Tweet Me: @ShantaDotCa My Web Site: http://shanta.ca

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