CapstoneLearning.org is now online
After a bunch of reconfiguring my site5 account and a few upgrades, I’ve managed to set up the domain capstonelearning.org and set up a basic wordpress server at that site.
Here is my preliminary vision for how this site could work. I see it as an online journal of science projects. My thought is that students would work on capstones on their own sites (posterous blogs, wordpress.com blogs, or whatever), and then, when the student and teacher agree that their work has reached a certain point where the teacher and student agree that it’s “finished” the student writes up an abstract and posts it on the capstonelearning site.
Some other details and questions:
- Student sites: Students would still be getting feedback from outsiders on their individual projects on websites they own/administer. I’m wondering if it might be a good idea to have an authors page with links to capstones in progress so that visitors to the site can go and give feedback to authors?An even bigger question might be to turn the WordPress site into a network, and give all students accounts—if this gets really busy (many hundreds of users adding lots of content), it might overload my webhost, and we’d have to migrate to a VPN.
- Subdomains: Obviously, since capstones are the coolest thing ever, and taking the physics community by storm, it’s only a matter of time until they spread to other disciplines. It makes sense to have subdomains, like chemistry.capstonelearning.org, and mathematics.capstonelearning.org. How should we handle registration for these sites?
- Design/Format: I was thinking a magazine style with each article consisting of an image, abstract and link to the finished capstone would work best, but am open to suggestions…
- Administration: I was thinking of giving accounts to faculty who have students doing these projects to allow them to post abstracts to the site.
- Bells and Whistles: LaTeX support is a must. What other things does our site need? A mobile version (plugins can do this easily).
- Funding: I had to pay a small amount to register a domain ($10/yr) and a bit more to upgrade my hosting account ($5/mo). These costs aren’t that big of a deal now, but if we need to upgrade to a VPS to allow for hundreds of very active user, costs could jump to $50/mo or so. I’m all for ideas as to how to fund this endeavor.
That’s my basic vision. I’m sure it needs lots of work and you’ve got many ideas to make it better. Share your ideas in the comments!