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Learning by developing a book, but then (lack of export)

 
Picture of steve miley
Learning by developing a book, but then (lack of export)
 

Hi - 

does anyone have a suggestion on a best practice for the following situation? 

we have a math instructor who has her students develop a math book during the course to help with the learning process.  Her hope is that the students would be able to take this "book" with them.    She has been using the Wiki (we are considering using the OU wiki),  but I believe there is no export functionality in either of the activities.  

What moodle module can an instructor use to help the learning process by students authoring content as part of the course? 

As they put in LaTeX math equations in the HTML, its even trickier to get out. 

Any suggestions on alternate strategies?

** I did see the note about the "search *" then print to PDF as a mechanism, which can work, but then all the links are lost. 





 
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Picture of Visvanath Ratnaweera
Re: Learning by developing a book, but then (lack of export)
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Hi Steve

I make two assumptions:
- the "book" which your instructur is talking about will look like any higher mathematics book which you buy in an academic bookshop, once printed on paper
- she teaches at tertiary level

In trying to do that in Moodle wiki, she'll face a series of obstacles:
- as you already mentioned, Moodle wiki has no proper export facility to make PDF
- there are wikis which have "book making" features, I think MediaWiki has one
- even then, they lack proper type setting of a LaTeX style

In short, the web is screen, not paper! Or, HTML is not PostScript. (Well, that may be outdated. I am open for corrections.)

I would first decide the mark-up: LaTeX, AsciiDoc, etc. Then setup a version control system for collaboration: Git, subversion, Trac, .. The first step won't be a big hurdle, since the students already know mark-up. AsciiDoc has the added advantage that it can be exported to all kinds of fromats including EPUB. The second step, version control, will be something new for those who know only "WYSIWYG" wikis
 
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Picture of Visvanath Ratnaweera
Re: Learning by developing a book, but then (lack of export)
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Update: CSS3 could be a solution. See "Looking for a book in any demo course in Moodle.org" https://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=264756#p1148702.
 
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