September 27, 2004

Issue No. 66

Table of Contents

Highlights and Features

Grokker at Stanford
CourseWork-Fall 2004
File-Sharing Myths
File-Sharing Resources
IT Open House October 28
Tech Help for Faculty
Essential SU Software
Desktop Computer Security
Security Self-Help Tool
Wireless Access-SU Visitors
SULAIR Home Page Update
SU Course Support Web Site copy

Library Resources

SULAIR Image Collections
SKIL Tutorial Enhanced
Scholars Workshops for Fall
Social Science Data
Literary Studies Database
New Lane Library Web Site
Firing Line TV Program
ArcGIS 9 Available
SSRC Past Events Online
BIOSIS Changes
HighWire Press-New Journals
EuroNews Web Site

Computing News

Accessible Web Pages
AFS Disk Quota Increased
Online Lecture Assessment
Teaching with Technology
Resources for SU Webmasters
ATS Program-New Projects
ATL Project Showcase
Spam Deletion Tool
ITSS Training Services
Training Registration
HelpSU Streamlined
New Webmail Is Here
Printing in Sweet Hall
Sweet Hall Consulting
Mac OS X Migration
PeopleSoft System Upgraded
Bookstore Computer Store
Courselets for SU Community
Sundial Calendar Changes
TeamSpace in Meyer Library
Meyer Classrooms
Meyer Tech Desk Update
Technology Help on Web

CourseWork: Fall 2004 and Beyond

CourseWork, Stanford's course management system, includes some enhancements this quarter, and work on a new version of CourseWork is in progress.

Fall Quarter Enhancements
This quarter , it will be easier to set up a CourseWork web site for the course (or courses) you're teaching and you may want to try CourseForum, CourseWork's new discussion tool.

New Course Request Form: The improved request form, which will be available later this quarter, will generate a CourseWork web site as soon as you submit the form. This will allow you to work on your site without having to wait for a CourseWork administrator to set it up. Previously, during peak times, the turnaround time between requesting and receiving a site could take up to three business days. The new request form will reduce the amount of data entry, expediting the completion of the form and decreasing the number of potential errors that can occur when manually inputting the data.

New Web Discussion Tool: CourseWork now supports a new Web discussion tool called CourseForum. It replaces panFora as the default Web discussion tool for CourseWork. CourseForum is powered by phpBB, an open-source bulletin board package. Highlights of features and functionalities include a search feature, a polling mechanism, an internal email and private message system, as well as the ability to:

• Move messages across topics,

• Split messages and promote them to topics,

• Control which groups can post to a topic,

• Print all messages at once,

• Display the number of posts (and sort by top 10 posters),

• Use non-alphanumeric characters in forum/topic subject lines,

• Allow students to create topics,

• Support multiple languages, and

• Support different types of attachments via Netscape and Internet Explorer. (Mac/Netscape file uploads were not supported in panFora.)

One-on-one consultations on the use of CourseForum can be arranged via the Academic Technology Lab. Please send an email to acomp- with potential appointment dates and times. The CourseWork support team will also make online documentation available this quarter.

CourseWork is on the web at:

New Version of CourseWork
In addition to improvements to the current version, work on a new version of CourseWork has begun. Currently referred to as CourseWork Next Generation, this new version will be available for general use in Fall 2005. CourseWork Next Generation is undergoing a complete rewrite of the underlying infrastructure. The rewrite is necessary to support the heavy use of CourseWork that is now being experienced and is expected to grow.

The software development effort is part of the Sakai Project, a collaborative effort in which four universities, Stanford, MIT, Indiana University and the University of Michigan, are combining their efforts and best-of-breed software components into a new course management system.

Several new features will be included in the new version: the ability for any user to create Project Web Sites for course project teams, dorm groups, and faculty research projects; a Drop Box for students to leave files for their instructor; a Chat Tool for course-related messaging; and integrated mailing lists for each site. Pilot projects will begin early in 2005. More information will be available later this quarter.