New Blog Creation and Access
You must have a Middlebury netid to have a MovableType blog. To create a blog, go to the login page. Underneath the text boxes you will see a link to "Create a new blog."
A small browser window opens up, asking for information that is necessary to create your blog:
- Username - this is your MIDD netid (the first part of your email address)
- Password - DO NOT USE YOUR MIDD PASSWORD!! Use something else.
- Re-enter Password - see above
- Nickname - Comments from you will have this as part of your signature.
- Blog Name - Only use letters, numbers and underscores, NO SPECIAL CHARACTERS OR SPACES!! This can be edited later.
- E-Mail Address - this is your Middlebury College email address.
- Blog Description - Keep it short. This can also be edited later.
Click on the CREATE BLOG button, and you will get a message saying that your blog has been created, and that an email has been sent to you. Close the small browser window. Log in with the Username and Password you just created.
After you log in, you will see the name of your blog on the left-hand side. Click on the name of the blog, and you will be brought to the administrative side of your blog. From here, you can add entries, see comments that have been posted to your blog, and change how your blog looks to viewers.
Access to Blogs
Users can specify who can view a given site and when it is available for viewing. In addition they can chose hide their site at any time. Site owners can refine access to further through Segue's granular roles and permissions.
Entries in MovableType may be assigned a category, or sub-category, for organizational purposes.
All entries in MovableType may be moved to different categories. Once this is done, you will need to rebuild your site.
MovableType supports both publishing its own content via RSS (really simple syndication) as well as accessing RSS feeds with widgets.
All entries can be assigned one or more tags for use in a guided search.
Any page of any site in Segue can be set up to function as a weblog. A given Segue site can have dozens of separate weblogs since a Segue page can consist of any number of independent, timestamped content blocks (text, images, file downloads), each of which can be made the subject of a discussion or assessment. These content blocks can be sorted by recent first or recent last, or can be sorted by user's who added or edited them, sorted alphabetically or sorted by some custom ordering. As well these content blocks can be copied or moved to any other location in the site or any other site a user has permission to add to.
Segue supports RSS 2.0 with enclosures. Podcasts can be created simply by uploading media files into File for Download content blocks. Whatever text is attached to the content block becomes the RSS item description.
Segue can be distinguished from many other course management systems in the degree to which its appearance and organization can be customized and the extent to which students can contribute to the course site itself.
When a site is created, users can customize its appearance by chosing themes and theme settings and adding custom headers and footers. In addition, users can chose from various templates that suggest organizational schema for various types of content. Once created, the organization of the site can be further customized. Faculty can give students in their classes permission to discuss, add, edit or delete from the entire class site or any content block, page, section of the site.
Faculty will see a list of all the classes they are teaching with the option to create a site for any class. If classes have more than one section, a single site can be made which groups all of these sections together into one site. Faculty can copy a course site from a previous semester into a "slot" for current semester.
Students will see a list of all the classes they are enrolled in with links to sites created in Segue. As well Segue will list all the course sites for which a given student has editor permissions.
Discussion & Assessment
Discussions/comments can be attached to any/all content blocks of Segue. The site owner can specify precisely who can participant in these discussions. In discussion mode, all participants can read and respond to each other's posts. In assessment mode, participants will not be able to read each other's posts, they will see only their own posts and replies to their post by the site owner. Site owners can rate any/all posts to a discussion/assessment. Discussion posts can be sorted by recent first, recent last, rating or author.
Site owners have an interface available to them that summarizes all the posts by all participants in a given discussion on a site or all the discussions of a given site. From this interface, site owners can email as a group any subset of discussion/assessment participants.
Roles & Permissions
Segue has a granular, hierarchical permissions structure (that matches a site's organization structure) that allows site owners to precisely define who can discuss, view, add, edit and/or delete any content block, page or section of their site(s).
Themes & Templates
The appearance of any Segue site can be customized by means of themes and theme settings. Each theme can have its own theme settings or variations. When a user creates a Segue site, they also chose from any number of templates. Templates are Segue sites with various organizational schema to help new users get started. Once a site is created with a certain template, the sections, pages and content blocks of the template can be modified and adapted to the user's preference.
- MovableType, http://www.sixapart.com/movabletype/