||Web Course in a Box
Features and Version History
Features in Version 2.0, September 1, 1997:
- A completely rewritten WCB, incorporating a more modular programming
design that makes WCB more efficient, and more easily customized for individual
- Drill and Practice/Testing - instructors can use new WCB templates
to create online drill and practice and testing components for their courses.
- Copy class feature - allows an instructor to copy an existing WCB course
and then customize it.
- Site customization of system features, such as semester information
and timezone. For example, if your institution uses quarters instead of
semesters, you can now customize how that information appears in the WCB
- Subsets in Forums - instructors can designate that their class forums
be open to subsets of students in their class
- New graphics - new graphics sets have been added to WCB, and instructors
have the ability to upload and use their own custom graphics sets with
- Course Listing on/off - this feature allows an instructor to choose
whether their course should appear in the main WCB list of courses.
- Homepage Graphic customization - for both student and faculty homepages,
you can now choose whether to display a graphic or not, and can customize
height and width settings.
Features in Version 1.0, February 1, 1997:
- Features listed for Betas 1 and 2
below along with bugfixes
and the following feature enhancements:
- Added a feature to allow you to change the initial course information
that is entered, including Rubric, Course Number, Section and Class Title
- When deleting a student from a course, WCB now check to see if the
student is enrolled in any other WCB courses. If not, WCB automatically
deletes the student from the WCB system. Previously, the student information
was left in the WCB databases and system.
Features in Beta 1.b2 release, August 1, 1996:
- Features listed for Beta 1 below along with bug fixes and the following
- File uploads and content management for "Learning Links"
- Forum management including archiving and message deleting by author,
- More flexible handling of "Class Info" page
Features in Beta 1.b1 release, June 1, 1996:
- User ids/passwords. This feature restricts access to Web pages and
includes the ability to create and change user ids/passwords. It also provides
a way to automate the access creation process by uploading student rosters
(e.g. from a registration system).
- Secure news/discussion groups. This Discussion Forum provides a means
for asynchronous class dialog and synchronous discussions.
- Document Sharing. Using the attachment feature of the Discussion Forum
(above), any file type can be shared with class members.
- Personal Home Pages. Web Forms allow faculty and students to create
and edit their personal home pages without having to know HTML.
- Schedule/Announcements. With this feature, faculty can create schedule
and announcements pages to post class assignments and other information.
- Content Links. A special page provides links to web content.
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