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Aardvark Course Content Management System

Aardvark Screenshot showing new Knowledge Object creation
Aardvark Screenshot showing a new Knowledge Object being created.

Overview

Aardvark is our home-grown system for creating, managing and delivering mathematically rich course teaching materials. It was initially developed to support our flagship Physics 1A course and has since been rolled out across a number of other courses offered by the School.

Aardvark provides an easy to learn forms-based Graphical User Interface (GUI) that allows our academic staff to create and assemble mathematically rich online and printed teaching materials using simple textual (LaTeX-based) markup. Aardvark does the work of turning these raw "Knowledge Objects" into a number of output formats, including interactive web pages, lecturing/presentation materials and printed formats.

Aardvark also acts as a repository for storing, managing and sharing our Knowledge Objects, with support for metadata and reversion control features.

About Aardvark

  • Features: This page outlines the main features and design goals for Aardvark, as well as showing a number of screenshots of the system and the kind of outputs it produces.
  • Technical Details: This page summarises some of the technical details of Aardvark, including client requirements for accessing Aardvark remotely.

Current Status and Future Plans

Aardvark is currently used to manage the content for almost all of our first year undergraduate Physics courses, including Physics 1A, Discovering Astrononmy G and Astronomy 1S. It is also used in a scattering of other courses, ranging from second year to taught postgraduate level.

As well as continuing mainstream development of Aardvark, we are also looking at how we can improve the student experience of the web-based learning content that Aardvark produces. More details about these "Learning Content 2.0" plans can be found on our group Blog.

Project Contacts

Dr David McKain, School of Physics and Astronomy (Technical Architect & Lead)
Prof Simon Bates, School of Physics and Astronomy (Academic Lead)

Video Demos

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  • Aardvark Walkthrough Show this demo in a new window: David McKain, e-learning developer within the School of Physics and Astronomy, gives a guided tour of what is under the hood of the Aardvark content management system. [Length: 12m 36s, Size: ~3.6MB]

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