Introduction to Connexionshttp://cnx.org/contenthttp://cnx.org/content/m10884/latest/m10884Introduction to Connexions2.282002/10/072011/07/26 16:00:17.912 GMT-5KyleBarnhartKyle Barnhartbarnhart@rice.eduAdanGalvanAdan Galvanagalvan@gmail.comMarkHusbandMark Husbandmshusband@comcast.netConnexionsConnexionscnx@cnx.orgmhusbandmhusband jago barnhart cnxorgmhusband cnxorgauthorbugconnexions projectgeneral informationhome pageinstructorlog inreportstudentScience and TechnologyAn overview of Connexions, the Connexions home page, and navigation tools.enOverviewConnexions is a web-based document creation and management system
for educational and research materials. There are two parts to
Connexions: a content repository that contains these materials, and
the software tools necessary to create, manage, and access these
materials. The software underlying Connexions is called Rhaptos and was initially developed by the Connexions project specifically for Connexions.
From its inception, Connexions was designed to allow the
collaborative development and free availability of material.
Instructors and authors can modify this material for any
educational purpose. Connexions offers free and open source software
tools to help students, instructors, and authors manage these
information assets for sharing and advancing knowledge to
benefit the global educational community. All of this is
accomplished through the use of the
Commons Attribution license.
There are several general categories of Connexions users:
Students - who use Connexions to access information on-line,
to prepare for their classes.Authors - who enter content into Connexions in document
files called modules.Instructors - who build collections, which are documents created
by linking related modules together in a specific order.Organizations - who endorse quality content, or highlight content affiliated with their organization, in a post-publication vetting system called lenses.
An individual or organization may, of course, fall into more than one of these categories.The Connexions Home PageThe Connexions home page is
the starting point for your use of Connexions. It contains the
Home, Content, Lenses, About Us, Help, and MyCNX tabs
Breadcrumb Navigation Bar
Search Box and Quick Links
My Account and Login Sidebar
Connexions News Sidebar
Some of these items also appear on the other Connexions web pages.
Home, Content, Lenses, About Us, Help, and MyCNX TabsOn the upper left of the Connexions home page are tabs
labeled Home, Content, Lenses, About Us, Help, and MyCNX. Clicking on
these tabs display the following Connexions pages:
returns to the Connexions home page.
takes you to the Content landing page, where you can search
for modules and collections of interest or browse the repository
by subject, author, popularity and more.
is a portal to all user and organization-created lenses.
displays the "About Us" page that contains a general description
of Connexions and links to more detailed information about
Connexions, how it works, ways to get involved, the people behind it, and a list
displays the "Help" page that contains links to installation,
reference, and other information to answer your questions
displays your member dashboard if you are signed in. This
page includes links to your Work Areas,
your lenses, and content you've recently visited. Breadcrumb Navigation BarThe You are here breadcrumb navigation bar
is located just below the main site
tabs. This navigation tool is a breadcrumb trail of the Connexions
pages you have displayed as you have drilled into Connexions to get
to the current page. By clicking on any point within the breadcrumb
trail you can return to that page.
Search and Quick LinksYou can search the repository for a specific module or a
collection using the Search button and text box in the
upper right of the Connexions home page. Type in a name, keyword,
collection title, module title, text string, or object ID in the Search
text box and click Search. Connexions will display a
list of all the content that matches your entry. To view a
module or collection, click on its title.
Above the search box is a toolbar with some quick links for your convenience.
These links vary, depending on whether you are logged into the system or not.
If you have a Connexions account and are logged into
the system, you can perform the following actions by
clicking on the links in this
Log in/out of the systemContact ConnexionsReport a bugSupport Connexions through a tax-deductible donationMy Account and Login SidebarOn the right side of the Connexions homepage is
the My Account sidebar. Its display depends on whether you are logged in
The image on the left is displayed if you are not
logged into Connexions or do not yet have an account. If you have a
Connexions account, you can log into the system using this sidebar. In
addition, there is a link to the page for requesting a new Connexions account, and a link to reset your password (if you forgot it).
image on the right is displayed if you are logged into Connexions. It
features links to your MyCNX
dashboard, a link to change your account settings, and a link to
modules that you have marked as your favorites. If you have any pending
role requests or suggested edits, these will also be displayed in the My
Featured ContentThe Featured Content portal is located on the left side of the home page. It is used to showcase Connexions' most popular and outstanding content, ranging from math and science collections to academic lenses.Find ContentYou can start browsing Connexions' modules and collections from the home page by using the Find Content portal. The Search Content box is used to search for keywords related to the content you would like to find.There are also several links in the Find Content portal that will point you toward interesting Connexions content. First, place your mouse over the way you wish to browse the repository -- either by Subject, Language, Popularity, or Title, etc. This will change the list of links on the right. Click on a link to begin browsing that particular selection of Connexions content.Create ContentIt's easy to get started creating content on Connexions. The Create Content portal, located just below the Find Content portal, contains links to help you begin authoring your own modules and collections.Spotlight SidebarThe Spotlight sidebar features authors and their content,
feedback from Connexions users, and events related to Connexions.
News SidebarThis sidebar contains links to news items about the latest
developments with Connexions. This includes updates to the site and
outside publications that feature Connexions.