The Bracken Author Concept

You could think of making Bracken Modules or Wizards a bit like making PowerPoint presentations.

 

In Bracken Author you create a Module or a Wizard and then you add pages to it.  On each Page you will add content in moveable cells that you can arrange on the screen, again much like PowerPoint.

 

The Pages can contain Assets like  text, images, video, video analysis tools, Adobe Flash content and a wide range of auto-marking interactions.  At the end of a Module or a Wizard a report can be created automatically and submitted to a Zone facilitator (eg teacher, coach, expert) for review and comments.

 

Most educators make more than one lesson, similarly coaches will analyse more than one technique.  You can group your Modules or Wizards in Bracken Author by making a Module Pathway or a Wizard Pathway which is a series of Modules/Wizards placed on a virtual Pathway on the screen.

 

To edit a cell you double click on it and then the Cell Editor for that cell type will open as shown in the image below for a text cell.

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Bracken Author has a very visual editing mode but to check your content works properly for the user (mainly the interactions and auto-marking functions) you need to publish your content.

 

To publish your content you just save the Module or Wizard and it is ready to use by all the members of its Zone in which is was created  You can reopen and edit your Module or Wizard at anytime and make changes that are immediately available to users.  But because this has implications for Modules or Wizards that are already in use, content is usually created in a separate Content Creation Zone first before being moved into the Zone where users have access to it.

 

In summary, you create pages, pages make a Module or a Wizard.  If you put a group of Modules together you make a Pathway.

 

Note: Because the whole Module/Wizard is saved at once, it is not possible for multiple authors to edit the same content simultaneously.

 

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