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KIP & CAF Projects

CAF at the End of 2010

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It’s hard to believe that the funds AU received through the Community Adjustment Fund (CAF) were announced only last year.

It’s hard to believe, because an enormous amount of work has been accomplished since this funding was announced in 2009. Most projects are nearing completion, finishing their task of revitalizing AU’s virtual campus. Furthermore, the CAF projects created more than 90 jobs.

“I am impressed and pleased with the considerable progress made by the teams involved in the various CAF projects,” says Dr. Cindy Ives, director of AU’s Centre for Learning Design and Development and CAF program director.

“We have successfully hired and trained people in multiple locations to do the groundwork that will help AU modernize its course development and production processes. We appreciate the dedication and enthusiasm of everyone involved.”

Below is a brief summary of the status of CAF projects at the end of 2010.

Course Materials Digitization

Purpose: Convert the content of at least 450 of AU’s courses into XML format for storage and management in the Alfresco content management system. This will help to streamline course development and delivery.

Status: As of December 17, 73% of 450 courses (321 courses) had been digitized by the teams in St. Paul, Grande Prairie and Athabasca, and 487 courses have been released to the project. All the courses for the following academic centres have been digitized:

  • Centre for Global and Social Analysis
  • Centre for State and Legal Studies
  • Centre for Work and Community Studies
  • Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research

The teams are on track to digitize 450 courses by the end of February 2011.

Copyright Materials Digitization

Purpose: Scan a minimum of 200,000 copyright document pages for storage and management in the Alfresco content management system. Digitizing AU’s copyright documents will greatly enhance the management of this huge collection of documents.
 
Status: As of December 17, 86% of the 430,000 pages that need to be digitized (370,828 pages) had been scanned by the team in Athabasca. The team has been scanning an average of over 15,000 copyright document pages a week and is on track to complete the last group of copyright documents by the end of January 2011.

Web Coordination

Background: This project consists of the three following subprojects:

  • Academic Centre Web Content Conversion
  • Calendar Web Content Conversion
  • Syllabi Web Content Conversion

Academic Centre Web Content Conversion

Subproject of: Web Coordination
 
Purpose: Convert faculty and academic centre websites to the new AU web template. This conversion improves AU’s visual cohesiveness on the web and enhances the usability of the websites.
 
Status: As of December 10, the project team had converted the following websites:

  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Centre for Global and Social Analysis
  • Centre for Integrated Studies
  • Centre for Language and Literature
  • Centre for State and Legal Studies
  • Centre for Work and Community Studies
  • Faculty of Science and Technology
  • Centre for Science

The following websites are in various stages of the conversion process: 

  • Centre for Nursing and Health Studies
  • Centre for World Indigenous Knowledge and Research
  • School of Computing and Information Systems

Expected completion is the end of February 2011.

Calendar Web Content Conversion

Subproject of: Web Coordination
 
Purposes: Convert about 500 calendar pages to the new AU web template. Streamline calendar-related workflows through the use of Alfresco and XML.
 
Status: As of December 13, this project was about 40% complete. Expected completion is March 2011.

Syllabi Web Content Conversion

Subproject of: Web Coordination

Purposes: Investigate how AU’s course syllabus production process can be improved. Convert syllabi to XML files that also plug into the new AU web template.
 
Status: This project was successfully completed in October 2010. It converted about 900 syllabi and launched them in the new template.
 
Connections to other KIP and CAF projects: This project laid the groundwork for the KIP Syllabus Request and Revision System project.

Showcase Courses

Purpose: Develop learning objects that enrich the learning environments of AU courses and demonstrate AU’s leadership in online pedagogy.
 
Background: Learning objects are interactive, online tools that help students achieve learning outcomes for courses. They may incorporate audio, video, animation and whatever else course development teams dream up to help students learn online.
 
The team for this project is developing learning objects for showcase courses in a variety of subject areas including:

  • Biology
  • Computers and Management Information Systems
  • Communications Studies
  • French
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Mathematics
  • Music
  • Nursing
  • Psychology
  • Women’s and Gender Studies

Status: As of December 17, the team had completed 14 learning objects for 10 separate courses and was planning their integration into the courses. Expected completion is the end of March 2011.