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A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

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Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

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    This collection is included inLens: Connexions Documentation
    By: Connexions

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    "The canonical how-to guide to using Connexions."

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    This collection is included inLens: OER/LOR Connexions Training
    By: Connexions

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    "This collection has the basic training for authoring modules (chapters/sections) and collections (textbooks/courses etc)."

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MyCNX Dashboard

Module by: Connexions, Mark Husband, Adan Galvan. E-mail the authors

Summary: An overview of the MyCNX dashboard.

You can begin managing and creating new content from the editing interface component of Connexions, known as MyCNX. It is also called your dashboard because it offers quick and easy access to various parts of the editing interface. You can access it by clicking on the MyCNX tab located at the top of every Connexions page.

The MyCNX Home page is a gateway to all of Connexions' authoring areas, such as your Personal Workspace and your Workgroups. It is also a quick way to manage and edit your Lenses, including your My Favorites list. You can access the MyCNX home page by clicking on the MyCNX tab at the top of any Connexions page. You must obtain a Connexions account and log in to the site in order to access MyCNX.

Create and Edit Content

The Create and edit content section of the MyCNX Home page is the quickest way to start authoring in Connexions. Clicking the Create a new module link allows you immediately begin creating a new module and choose later which Work Area to keep it in (likewise for the Create a new collection link). Underneath these links is the "Last modified" area, which provides an easy way to resume working on content that you have already created.

Figure 1: Create and Edit Content
Create and Edit content.

Access lenses

To start creating and editing lenses from the MyCNX home page you can follow the links under the Access lenses section. This area provides users with a list of their lenses. Click the lens name to view the contents of the lens as if you were a normal viewer; click Edit to change the lens properties.

Note:

If you wish to add new content to a lens, navigate to the content in the repository and choose Add to a lens... in the Content Actions bar at the top of the content.
If you have several lenses, you can see them all by clicking the More link at the bottom of the section. You can also create a new lens by clicking on the Create a new lens link.

Figure 2: Access lenses
Access lenses.

Guides and Tutorials

The MyCNX Home page provides several links to guides and tutorials that can help you begin authoring content in Connexions.

Figure 3: Links to guides and tutorials
Guides and tutorials.

Recently Viewed

Finally, the Recently Viewed portlet located on the MyCNX Home page lists the collections, modules, and lenses that you've most recently visited.

Figure 4: Links to recently viewed modules
Recently Viewed portlet.

Navigating to Work Areas

The left side of the McCNX homepage is filled by the blue navigation sidebar. This sidebar remains on the left side of the page as long as you are within the editing interface portion of Connexions, and allows you to switch among your Work Areas and content easily and quickly.

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My Favorites (?)

'My Favorites' is a special kind of lens which you can use to bookmark modules and collections. 'My Favorites' can only be seen by you, and collections saved in 'My Favorites' can remember the last module you were on. You need an account to use 'My Favorites'.

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Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

| External bookmarks

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My Favorites (?)

'My Favorites' is a special kind of lens which you can use to bookmark modules and collections. 'My Favorites' can only be seen by you, and collections saved in 'My Favorites' can remember the last module you were on. You need an account to use 'My Favorites'.

| A lens I own (?)

Definition of a lens

Lenses

A lens is a custom view of the content in the repository. You can think of it as a fancy kind of list that will let you see content through the eyes of organizations and people you trust.

What is in a lens?

Lens makers point to materials (modules and collections), creating a guide that includes their own comments and descriptive tags about the content.

Who can create a lens?

Any individual member, a community, or a respected organization.

What are tags? tag icon

Tags are descriptors added by lens makers to help label content, attaching a vocabulary that is meaningful in the context of the lens.

| External bookmarks