AN OUTLINE OF MY PRESENTATION AT THE 2005 MACUL CONFERENCE IN DETROIT
In this space I want to answer questions, and deal with issues that I forgot to mention or could not answer during my session
The best "final word" answers are found at http://loncapa.org/. I have always
gotten responses to all my emails and have fond them to be genuinely
helpful. I apologize for inaccurate statements I [probably] made at my
presentation as well as on this web page, and I hope attendees got an idea of
what Lon-Capa is and maybe even a couple of you want to get it. I consider
myself a low-level user. I love the software, but realize I could be using
it much more competently than I am now.
SECOND: Can you get it for yourself? Solution #1 is to buy/build your own server and install it at your school. It can cost less than $500 to do this, and once you have it, you have it. You don't need a supercomputer to run it, so this initial outlay of money will last you a long time. For some time I had [mistakenly] thought that free hosting to anyone was eventually going to become a possibility, but I learned on 3/19/05 that while the software is free, if you want to use it, you'll need to have a computer (server) to run it on. Your ISD may have a machine they would put it on. This is certainly do-able, so I hope you read on... Solution #2 is to be hosted for a fee. I know very little about this and you should click on the "hosting" link at the main loncapa.org site.
About me: Rob Mock, physics teacher at Beaverton Rural Schools
In general what Lon-Capa is: It's an
"Open Source Freeware Distributed Learning Content Management and Assessment
System" (It's a free program)
How I got into using it: I took two undergrad physics classes using a predecessor of LONCAPA called Lecture OnLine. I wrote a masters thesis about using it to teach my own physics classes. Later I was given the opportunity to use the new software (now called Lon-Capa) and loved it.
How I use it with my seniors in physics: I use it as a course supplement. Students get computer time about once a week to work on problems.