Scholar—Creator is a multimodal web authoring space. Leaving word processor technologies of the 1980s behind, Creator is a next-generation "semantic web processor."
For once and for all, Creator departs from the world of typographic markup invented by Johannes Gutenberg and his successors in the second half of the fifteenth century. Information architecture must be explicitly designed, using the Creator’s revolutionary “structure” tool to create sections, headings and subheadings. using the tool, you can rapidly plan texts, and drag and drop different elements of the text as your ideas evolve.
Creator also ends the ghettoization of different communication modes. With its brilliantly simple semantic toolbar, you can easily add videos, sound, images, datasets, mathematical notation, external media (such as YouTube or Sound Cloud) or any uploaded file, all inline in your text. Creator is like a blog, a word processor, a video site, an image site, and a file upload site. But because it is all of these things in the one Creator screen, it also something different: it is a genuinely multimodal knowledge representation space.
Imagine students writing a science report in which they can include a video of the experiment that they have captured on a phone. Imagine being able to see a student’s work with the click of a link and being able to offer instant feedback on their work in progress. Imagine the power of peer learning as students give each other structured feedback using the review, annotations, and survey tools. Imagine a new era of anytime-anywhere, or ubiquitous, learning. Students will be able to learn just as powerfully when they are not physically sitting in the classroom. This is the end of learning time (the neat cells in the timetable) and learning space (the walled off classroom) as we have known them.
Researchers and authors are able to use Scholar's collaborative web environment to create everything from short works to works as long and complex as reports and books. They are able to seek systematic, private feedback. They are able to include videos, images, sounds, datasets, and any other file in their multimodal knowledge representations. Finally, they are able to share their finished works with the world in printable PDF or HTML web page formats.
Scholar—Publisher is a space for organizing projects, where coordinators of knowledge producing communities can interact closely with community members they help to develop works through drafting, feedback, revision and publication phases.
Publisher allows you to design and manage publishing projects. As a publisher, you can decide who will be involved and invite them to join in. You can plan who does what, in what order, and by what deadline. You can ask people to review, annotate, and make publication recommendations on the work, either anonymously or with the creator and the person giving the feedback knowing each other’s identity. You can also customize your knowledge evaluation tools, by creating a review format or designing a survey. You can save these to use again in a later project, or share with others to use in their projects.
Teachers can simply and conveniently manage projects involving the whole class, or different students or groups of students doing different projects. They can create review formats, suggest annotation criteria, and design surveys—all of which will provide both the teacher and the student with valuable formative and summative assessment data. They can view summative assessment data via the Dashboard analytics tool.
Publisher is the most comprehensive, easy-to-use, and systematic knowledge evaluation and project management infrastructure available today. It is ideally suited for knowledge, design, and cultural communities—professional or amateur—supporting powerful of modes of community evaluation.