At Ryerson, we have been working closely with Faculty and Students to develop an open learning environment built on Drupal. Currently named Spark, this environment allows instructors to create digital "textbooks" using a variety of media, including streaming video, audio, and media across the web.
Spark empowers instructors by enabling the creation of free-form, open-ended, and student-driven textbooks. Further, the site enables students to self-monitor their progression, leverage the content as additional learning material, and contribute tutorials and other learning material they have crafted.
I will be demostrating the Spark system by "taking a course" as a student and "building a course" as an instructor. I will also demostrate, time willing, the SparkPlug - a portable, personal video capture and streaming system developed as part of this project.