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What's a worksite? What's a page? What's a tool?


A worksite is what you get when you click one of the tabs across the top of your browser window. It's an electronic toolkit for any common-interest group. It's a place where people can get together and share resources, collaborate, learn, reflect, and more. The particular 'tools' that are available depend on how each worksite is set up.

Note that there's a new-style and an old-style concerning the worksite tabs: the new version gives you categories and the old version gives you all your worksites (if there's more than a handful you get the rest in a popup menu). Here are three examples of worksite tabs, using different "skins"...

Old style (each worksite gets its own tab):

New style (categories take you to the appropriate list to choose from):

You might have a worksite for engineering students, for the chess club, for photography enthusiasts, or for a specific dormitory project. One worksite might include a chat room, discussion area, a glossary, a calendar/schedule, assignments and more. Each worksite will have its own combination of these, depending on what its needs are.


Once you're in a worksite, you have several page-links to click on, along the left edge of your browser window. Each page will have one or more tools available -- often each page will just have a single tool, but a page with no tools won't be useful to anyone. Each such page will have a name that should indicate what that page can be used for, meaning, what tools it has availble.

Here are examples of page links from different worksites (using different skins):

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As you can see, each worksite has its own particular collection of pages, depending on the needs of the collaborators in the group. And each worksite has a "skin" -- perhaps to identify it with a particular department or degree program.


A tool is what drives one of those rectangular areas you see in your browser. Calendar schedule? That's a tool. Repository? Another tool. Chat room, there's a tool.

When you a part of a common-interest-group that's thinking of using OSP for collaborating or learning reflection, check out some of the other sites available and see if they've got some tools that you could make use of. Before you request your own OSP worksite, be sure to consider what features you'll need in order to make the most out of your use of OSP.

Here's a look at some sample tools:

This is typical of a worksite's HOME page -- two (or more) tools on one page. Your administrator can add LOTS of tools to your home page if you need it.

Here's a sample RESOURCE tool in action:

And finally, a look at the SCHEDULE tool:

Anything you interact with in the main content area of your worksite, is a tool.

So the short version is: a worksite has one or more pages, and a page has one or more tools.

Last update: 2007-04-26 13:56
Author: will trillich
Revision: 1.1

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