Segue is an open source content management system designed for e-learning that combines the ease of use of course management systems with the flexibility of weblogs for creating various types of sites including course, news, journal, peer review and e-portfolio. When integrated into an institution's administrative systems, it can become a portal providing access to an individual user's course and personal websites.
This overview introduces many of the features of Segue. Within feature descriptions are step by step instructions for how to use features. Segue also has contextual help with its user interface.
New Sites and Users
By default, every Segue user is given a "slot" that they can use to create a personal site. In addition, Segue administrators can create any number of additional "slots" which can be assigned to any Segue user and used for any purpose. Screenshot I shows the user interface (UI) for accessing personal site, other sites, as well as "slot" from which a site can be created.
Access & Activation
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.
The current version of Segue supports a three level navigational structure. This means that a given site can be organized into sections each of which can contain any number of pages. Pages in turn can contain any number of independent timestamped content blocks (text, images, file downloads) or can be content themselves. The content blocks of any given page 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 (see: Features > Weblogs).
Segue sections and pages are mapped to a navigational layout to provide a clear and consistent context. All sections of a site can be displayed horizontally across the top and bottom of a site or vertically in the left sidebar. Segue pages can be displayed in either the left or right sidebar of the site and can be content themselves or RSS feeds or dynamic lists of site categories or participants or containers for other content blocks. If the site's sections are displayed in the left sidebar, then the pages of any given section appear directly below the section to which they belong.
In addition to hierarchical organization of content, Segue also allows creators (and editors) to organize content into multiple categories which can then be aggregated. This allows creators to make associations between content across hierarchically organized sections and pages.
All content in Segue can be moved or copied to different nodes in the site hierarchy or to nodes in any other site. Authorization to do so is determined by any given user's roles and permission.
Segue supports both publishing its own content via RSS (really simple syndication) as well as reading RSS feeds from itself and other sites.
Segue allows creators to put any given content block into multiple categories via a user interface that is modelled on del.icio.us.
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.