Forum .LRN Q&A: DotLRN enhancements
o use listbuilder, navigation and bulk-actions (the way file-storage does it). (*)
o homework-folders and subfolders can all have dates for when they are open or closed for submissions. Default it inherits this information from the parent folder or the top community's Admin-page (homework admin portlet). Each folder has the option to turn of this inheritance. Shows remaing time before closing or opening of folders. (*)
o Admins can upload submissions for a student after a folder is closed for submissions. (*)
o When students submits an assigment they get an email-reciept for the submission. (*)
o Each folder has the option to anonymize the content. When submissions are uploaded students are asked for a candidate number that will be shown instead of their names.
o Homework portlet for My Space showing all homework folders for all current memberships.
o Admins can see who has not submitted an assignment to a folder and optionally send an email to them.
o Admins can download a whole folder as a zip-file.
o Admins can in addition to submit correction information also submit information about if a student have passed the test or not. Stores this information in the existing comment-field. Admins have the option to get a printer-friendly listing with this information.
o Integration with Ephorus - an webservice that checks students submissions for plagiarism.
o Admins can choose to send an email or create a news item on many communities at once.
o Admins have the option to delete/edit emails that are scheduled for sending in the future.
o export of a whole calender in iCalendar-format (ie: Outlook), not just seperate calendar items.
(*) implemented (based on DotLRN ver 2.1.3)
If there are others that are working on similar features and like to cooperate, please contact us. And if appropriate later on things can be submitted to CVS.
I think its worth the effort to extend dotLRN in a way that applets and packages can be unistalled again. We have started to look at this but haven't succeeded yet.
it this new homework package in CVS? (whats the package name?)
Are anybody working now in any antiplagiarism solution for
In Valencia we are thinking in this topic.
Our implementation takes documents from students or profs, submits it over SOAP to the plagiarism finder of ephorus via https, obtains the result from there as well via SOAP and provides the results (scores, annotated paper, etc.). The workflow controls the state of the submissions. While such a workflow instance runs, one can watch the state, etc. Performing the submission in a rpc-style (sent the document, wait for the result) is not feasible, since plagiarism checking can take a while, maybe hours.
We have the plagiarism finder app on production since Oct.
What is your experience with ephorus?
Is it a good product?
Can we see any example?
Is your code avalaible?
- What is your experience with ephorus?
The experience is positive (from the technical side and from the user point of view); previously, we had a usb-stick based version plagiarism finder; the user feedback is highly positive about our new solution.
- Is it a good product?
i would call none of plagiarism finders good, but ephorus is among the best (see e.g. http://plagiat.htw-berlin.de/software-en/2010-2/).
- Can we see any example?
Here you see a screen shot:
- Is your code avalaible?
It is free code, but we do not have it in a public repository. If you are interested, get in touch with mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, who did the implementation.