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Using VUE for mapping an entire course (bye bye PPT)  XML
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Marshall Feldman


Joined: 08/08/2008 11:36:13
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Hello,

I'm inexperienced with VUE but adept with IT. I'm considering using VUE as the main tool for organizing one of my courses this fall. Ideally, it would start with an interactive syllabus, part of which would be a schedule of topics for the semester. For each date, these topics would themselves open up into a map of the topic for that class session. These topic-specific maps would replace my current lecture materials (a mixture of PowerPoint, Impress, Prezi, and S6 presentations).Students would also have access to the maps, for studying and going over points they might have missed, and the maps would have links to assignments and the like.

Being a VUE novice, I have been looking at and looking for instructional materials on the web. Here are a few questions that I need answered to decide if I want to use VUE this way and to help me get started.

  • Can you recommend a sample site similar to what I envision, or at least a sample syllabus that can be used as a model?

  • Does VUE have the capability to seemlessly link from a node into a separate VUE map, so that something like this could be developed in modules? If so, is there a tutorial on how to do this?

  • Does VUE play nice with online learning systems like Sakai? Again, pointers to any tutorials would be appreciated.

  • How does one deal with navigational issues in VUE? For example, if a student had drilled down to the fourth week's lecture and decided to review the second week's lecture, is there an easy way to include a navigational structure to bring them directly to Week 2 and then back to where they were in Week 4?

  • Is it possible to publish a map as html and include a search capability? Ideally, the search would have options: (a) current page, (b) current page + subpages (via nodes), and (c) entire structure of nodes. How?

  • In terms of using VUE during a live presentation, do navigation tools like these logitech pointers work? How?

  • What's the situation with mobile devices, tablets & phones, IOS & Android?


  • I'm sure I'll have more questions, but this is a good start. Thanks.

    BTW, here is an excellent list of current html-based presentation technologies. I'm trying to use VUE to do something very different.

    This message was edited 2 times. Last update was at 08/09/2013 15:59:53

    Apollia Pirandello


    Joined: 01/06/2013 08:44:34
    Messages: 10
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    Hi. I don't know most of the answers to your questions, but, hopefully others will be able to help.

    Does VUE have the capability to seemlessly link from a node into a separate VUE map, so that something like this could be developed in modules? If so, is there a tutorial on how to do this?


    I don't know if there's a way to link to a specific section of a separate VUE map.

    But, it's definitely possible to create a node that will link to a separate VUE map.

    The easiest way to do it is to go to your desktop, and drag-and-drop a VUE file into VUE. That should create a node with a small grey button at the left which says "vue", and you can click that button to go to the VUE file you dragged+dropped.

    A different way to accomplish the same thing is to create a new node, then right-click on the node and choose "Add URL..." from the menu that appears, and put in a local path to the VUE map you want that node to link to.

    How does one deal with navigational issues in VUE? For example, if a student had drilled down to the fourth week's lecture and decided to review the second week's lecture, is there an easy way to include a navigational structure to bring them directly to Week 2 and then back to where they were in Week 4?


    I sometimes create a VUE map for navigation, consisting of only nodes which link to other maps (which I described above how to create) - and then in the other maps, the only navigation I put is a link back to navigational map.

    Again, though, I don't know of a way to link directly to a particular section of a map.

    Is it possible to publish a map as html and include a search capability? Ideally, the search would have options: (a) current page, (b) current page + subpages (via nodes), and (c) entire structure of nodes. How?


    I was hoping that choosing "Save As..." from the File menu and saving a map in "Interactive Web Graphic - HTML" format was the answer to this question - but, that results in an image of a map rather than a textual, searchable map - though at least it contains clickable links.

    My next best idea would be to code up some XSLT to transform the VUE file (which is in XML format) to an HTML file.

    http://www.tizag.com/xmlTutorial/xslttutorial.php

    What's the situation with mobile devices, tablets & phones, IOS & Android?


    I don't know, but, it's possible to run VUE in a web browser as a Java applet. https://vue.tufts.edu/VUEApplet/info.cfm

    Perhaps that might enable some mobile devices to use VUE?

    Best wishes,
    Apollia

    This message was edited 1 time. Last update was at 08/13/2015 12:36:43

     
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