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These technical details walk through potential CBOX setups, both on private hosting and on a provider that offers CBOX-tailored hosting for a fee.
Commons in a Box Intro (repeated from homepage)
With its latest version CBOX OpenLab, Commons In A Box has created a dynamic open-source platform for educational publishing.
Ideal Use: Larger-scale, more complicated OERs that may require community/collaboration features, multiple sites, and individual user accounts.
Offers two main themes, one of which requires configuration of Wordpress to multisite ability and may be cumbersome for some users and web hosts.
Social networking, various content types, and plugin packages offer great versatility for larger courses and projects
Requires separate hosting/installation to a Wordpress site that can download the CBOX plugin.
Plethora of features may be confusing or intimidating to some users, though thorough web documentation and initial setup steps help cut down overkill or unneeded complexity.
Screenshots / Examples
CBOX offers a multi-faceted and customizable homepage interface, with the ability to feature everything from multiple courses to a social network of members, depending on the density of the site.
Users create individual accounts that hold all of their interactions on the site, allowing them to connect with other users, associate themselves with classes, and develop their own projects and subsites.
Full OER Course Pages
After the initial homepage layers, CBOX allows teachers to set up many OER courses within the same installation, which can in turn be associated with projects and students also on the site.
Students can use CBOX to host and create their own portfolios of course work and other material.