Collections are all about experimentation in finding the right mix of materials and instruction to enable high levels of learning.
Simply put, Collections is how educators group and sequence resources. They can select and arrange publicly available materials, external references and original contributions on concept pages. The arrangement of those pages with their contributed text, instructions and links form a multimedia textbook, syllabus or lesson.
Benefits to creating or adopting a Collection:
- All resources in a Collection can be related through keywords to materials in the Library. Students (and faculty!) can investigate resources in the Collection and continue learning through related Library finds.
- Modifications are simple for both authors and instructors. Both have the convenience of archiving old versions for reference and modifying a new version by rearranging materials, adding their own favored resources, hiding a less favored piece of media, and even adding more concept pages if they so choose. (Only authors may delete or edit the resources marked as original text.)
- Authors and instructors can choose the level of feedback they want. For instance, with instructors’ permission, Authors can view their Collection's permutations and reports on student performance.
There are three types or stages of development of Collections: Sandbox, Course Launch and Distribution. Each stage of development looks and feels the same to the originator. The stage of a Collection is defined by its potential reach and breadth of feedback available to the originator. We suggest starting your first collection with your own Sandbox.
Launch capabilities offers student registration and online student learning experience. One purpose is to improve the Collection based on instructor observation and student feedback.
Pushing Collections to student registrants happens through a marketplace allowing Sagent Publishing to defray the cost of student users and to allocate royalties for original content. Current pricing ranges from $5 - $35 per student depending on the complexity of the distribution.
For an in depth look at the Collections Tool, please see:
Getting Started Using the Collections Tool