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Example site emphasizing student collaboration and annotation
Scalar Intro (copied from homepage)
Hosted by USC, this platform offers accounts to academic users to take advantage of its hybrid ebook-publishing / media repository functionality.
Ideal Use: Linear, book- or narrative-style materials that also make use of images and video in an integrated way.
Features include robust in-house annotation for both images and video, as well as integration with the Hypothesis annotation service.
Sites can be structured in a more linear fashion using a Table of Contents and sequential links, or presented as a looser collection of materials.
Content can be locked down or opened up for viewing, copying/licensing, and collaborative editing.
Visualization and other features help track contributions.
Account creation can require a bit of back-and-forth with the USC gatekeepers that manage the site. May
Can be more challenging to indicate "new" vs. "old" material and organize course content in a familiar navigation given the linear emphasis.
Occasional performance issues when using USC-hosted version. Can be hosted externally, opening up more flexibility.
Sequence for uploading and managing media can be counterintuitive at first.
Examples / Screenshots
Scalar offers high-impact options for the cover page of a site, including large-format photos and animated gifs at full-screen sizes.
Table of Contents
True to its linear, storytelling primary mission, Scalar features a prominent Table of Contents drop-down in its navigation over every page of content, with further options at the end of each page to link to succeeding pages.
Media Embeds and Insets
There are a variety of ways to integrate media in the text of a Scalar page, from videos of many sizes floated throughout the text, to full-width and inset photos with custom captions and credits.
Scalar offers a unique panel to view content, users, and contributions in a variety of visualizations that are updated on-the-fly as the site is changed.
While not the flashiest design (though an update is in the works), Scalar offers a thorough slate of options in its admin panel for managing collaborators, permissions, and presentation of content.