Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - CSCR Alternative Tools (UW-Madison)

Pressbooks is an innovative, open-source tool and is still emerging as an enterprise-level platform with predictable performance. As a result, the vendor and other contributors to the platform may not be able to immediately respond to performance issues that arise. Please take this into account when deciding to use Pressbooks for the creation of course and assignment materials. There may be times when Pressbooks may be unavailable and that could mean students will not be able to access materials. Learn@UW-Madison continues to track and document known issues with Pressbooks.

This document outlines alternative tools to the Case Scenario Critical Reader (CSCR) tool at UW-Madison.

    Campus leadership and subject matter experts have conducted an extensive review of the CSCR replacement recommendation. After careful consideration of pedagogical and support needs, functionality, sustainability and affordability, we have decided to provide the following options, which we believe best meet the needs of campus, faculty and instructors, at this time.

    Basic CSCR Activities

    For basic use of CSCR activities, faculty and instructors are able to create or recreate modules with the following tools: Canvas, Pressbooks, Adobe Captivate, and Articulate Storyline. For general course content authoring we recommend instructors use Canvas.

    CSCR Activities with Advanced Reporting

    For CSCR activities with advanced reporting capabilities, faculty and instructors will be able to use Canvas with Storyline (for Case Scenarios) and Pressbooks (for Critical Readers). Both of these tools require integrations to be set up for learner activity data to be recorded and accessed. While Adobe Captivate was also initially tested, the pilot found concerns with the tool around accessibility and learning analytic data, and therefore did not recommend as a replacement for advance reporting capabilities.

    1. Case Scenarios

    For faculty and instructors who wish to create or recreate Case Scenario modules using Storyline:

    • There are currently limited licenses available for Storyline, which is accessible via the Articulate 360 Teams licenses. Learn how to request a license. Campus leadership is discussing the possibility of expanding license availability, but licenses will likely need to be purchased by departments after May 2019.
    • General support and administration of the tool will be provided directly by the vendor (Articulate). The tool will not be supported as a central service by campus.
    • To record and access learner activity data from the modules (e.g., student interaction with content, answers to questions, and scores), certain integrations will need to be set up.
      • DoIT Academic Technology (DoIT AT) will provide documentation and online training to assist faculty and staff in setting up the integrations. School, college and department instructional technologists will be responsible for providing any additional end-user support beyond the documentation and online training.
      • Due to FERPA policies around student data, faculty and instructors will need to request the data through a specific request process, which DoIT AT is currently developing.

    2. Critical Readers

    For faculty and instructors who wish to create or recreate Critical Reader modules using Pressbooks:

    • DoIT Academic Technology (DoIT AT) will support Pressbooks as a central service and will provide support and administration of the tool.
    • To record and access learner activity data from the modules (e.g., student interaction with content, answers to questions, and scores), certain integrations need to be set up.
      • DoIT AT will provide full, end-to-end-support to assist faculty and staff in setting up and using the integrations. This will include providing documentation and online training.
      • Due to FERPA policies around student data, faculty and instructors will need to request the data through a specific request process, which DoIT AT is currently developing.

    We recognize these options are complex and will require a collaborative effort from campus, schools/colleges, and departments to support our faculty and instructors. We also recognize that these solutions may evolve over time with further refinement and the potential for new, emerging tools in a rapidly evolving space. We are committed to providing the best possible options to meet the needs of our campus. Please refer to the table below for more information regarding each tool:

    CSCR Alternative Tools Chart

    Recommended Tools Considerations

    Canvas

    • May be a good option; however, it would require restructuring your content
    • Supported by campus
    • No additional cost

    Pressbooks

    Articulate Storyline 

    • An option for recreating critical readers, but is better suited for recreating case scenarios
    • Support for Storyline is provided directly from the vendor, Articulate and is covered as part of the license. School, college and department instructional technologists will be responsible for providing any additional end-user support beyond the documentation and online training provided by DoIT AT. If you are a school, college, or departmental instructional technologist and have questions on the advanced integrations involving Storyline you can contact Learn@UW by emailing learnuwsupport@doit.wisc.edu.
    • Local options for departmental support should be identified if you want to use Storyline with advanced reporting.
    • 50 Articulate 360 Teams licenses have been purchased with Canvas project funding until May 10, 2019. Licenses can be requested via the Articulate 360 Teams Licenses form. Storyline licenses will likely need to be purchased by departments after May 10, 2019.
    • To get started with Storyline see Advanced Content Authoring and Reporting - Using interactive Storyline modules with WordPress/GrassBlade, Learning Locker, and Canvas

    Adobe Captivate

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    Keywords:cscr, alternative, alternatives, options, adobe, captivate, articulate, storyline, pressbooks, critical, reader, case, scenario, pilot ACAR   Doc ID:73860
    Owner:Learn@UW Madison .Group:Learn@UW Madison
    Created:2017-06-07 08:58 CSTUpdated:2019-01-08 13:47 CST
    Sites:Academic Technology Pilots, DoIT Help Desk, Learn@UW Madison
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