Bboogle: Updates and Experience. Patricia Goldweic, Sr. Software Engineer, Northwestern University Brian Nielsen, Project Manager, Faculty Initiatives, Northwestern University Jonathan Smith, Distributed Learning Architect, Northwestern University. Overview.
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Patricia Goldweic, Sr. Software Engineer, Northwestern University
Brian Nielsen, Project Manager, Faculty Initiatives, Northwestern University
Jonathan Smith, Distributed Learning Architect, Northwestern University
Patricia Goldweic (Sr. Software Developer)
Jonathan Smith (Software Architect)
James Altman (Manager, Faculty Support Services)
Brian Nielsen (Project Manager, Faculty Initiatives)
Technology Support Services
Ron Blitz (Sr. Tech Services Specialist)
Terry Jolley (Manager, Consulting Services)Bboogle Team Members
15,500 students, 60% undergraduate
Northwestern has been using Blackboard as its primary CMS since Spring 1999.
Northwestern became a Google Apps for Education campus in Spring 2007, for students only.
Faculty were provided with accounts in this domain after Bboogle was installed, though Gmail is not their official email provider.Introduction: Google Apps at NU
To leverage the collaboration features offered by Google Apps
To provide data sharing capabilities in Google Apps not implemented in Blackboard.
To allow students to see class activities integrated into their personal calendars.
To offer wiki features via Google Sites
To model an approach to sharing that is common in many scholarly communities
To offer instructors an easy means of providing information that integrates seamlessly into the students’ information environmentIntroduction: Motivation
Instructors can embed a Google Doc, Calendar or Site in a Blackboard course using Bboogle’s custom content types.
Or, they can use a convenient browser ‘bookmarklet’ to push a Google Doc/Calendar/Site to a Blackboard course site while within the Google Apps user interface.
The embedded content (Google docs, calendars or sites) is automatically shared with the Blackboard course.
Single Sign On to Google Apps domain
Supports automated creation of Google accounts when needed (configurable)Main Features
Bboogle automatically provisions Google Apps groups for all Blackboard courses that use the tool.
These groups are now available for instructors and students to share Google content with their class. They are also the collaboration unit that Bboogle uses internally to automate the sharing of content.
Bboogle-created groups now show up in a group member’s gmail contacts.
Bboogle’s bookmarklet can also be used to embed a Google Apps content folder into a Blackboard course.Main Features: Updates
Additional flexibility when embedding content (since 1.3)
new choice of collaborator role
Blackboard 9+ compatibility (since 1.2)
Single sign on tools are available also at the user level (since 1.3)
Google Apps Docs, Calendar, Sites and GMail are now available.Main Features: Updates
Also ensures/verifies that the user has a Google Apps account.Course Google Groups
Runs whenever a user clicks on any of the Bboogle bookmarks/links, including the SSO course/user tools.
Provides the front-end logic to the Google Apps SSO process.
Transfers control to Google ONLY after verifying that that the user is allowed to access the document.
When used by a student, ensures the student is a member of the Google Apps group
The ‘Linking Servlet’
Runs whenever an instructor chooses to embed Google Apps content.
Creates a course document to hold the bookmark/link.Building Block
Uses a small embedded database to store information:
Keeps track of Google content publication and access in Blackboard courses.
Efficiently manages building block requests to avoid unneeded communication with Google.
Provides usage information that could later be used by reporting tools.Google Integration Service (Gint)
Deployment began Fall 2009, now have Bboogle 1.3 in production
Bboogle has been used in Bb Academic Suite 8 and now in Bb Learn, 9.1Bboogle at Northwestern
Customize your current Google Apps SSO solution so that it can work well with BBoogle. OR
For testing purposes, you can use the provided sample SSO solution. You can also use it as a ‘reference’ implementation that helps you come up with your production-ready version. Alternatively, do limited testing without an SSO solution.
Install the Bboogle building block and the Google Integration Service (a web application) and configure application parameters.
Possibly customize the mapping between Blackboard user ids and Google user ids.What does it take to adopt Bboogle?
Provide instructor tools to facilitate the creation of Google Apps groups for class collaboration in addition to the Bboogle-created ones.
Integrate Blackboard groups and Google Apps groups
Explore the possibility of hosting the Google Apps Integration service in the Google Apps Engine.
Explore the possibility of adopting a relational database within Gint (Google Integration Service).Future Directions
The Subversion repository can be found at https://source.at.northwestern.edu/svn/os/bb-gint
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Bboogle: Updates and Experience