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Content Management


Content management is a critical aspect of elearning (or of the information era). Most organizations take a casual approach to the management of digital resources. Imagine going to a library, with stacks and stacks of books with no organization...it would be impossible to find a particular book when it was needed. This is the concern of content management - an organization "knows what it has, and knows how to get it quickly". As digital content for education grows, it is critical that a structure for archiving and accessing resources is in place.

Content management is used heavily by news organizations and large web sites. Different regions or users will receive information based on their needs. For example, a newspaper publisher with papers in Los Angeles and New York may carry 70% similar content. A content management system allows editors of both papers to contribute and select content based on their readership.

What does this have to do with elearning? Elearning development is much like web site development. Various developers contribute resources to a database which can be accessed for reuse. A system of creating, storing, and managing elearning resources holds the promise of reduced costs and faster course development. For more information of content management, see LCMS.

Management of content should begin at the first stage of content creation. As new content is authored in an organized, structured system, future use of resources will be simplified. Managing content is much more than just simply giving structure to the digital assets of a corporation - it is a means to achieve greater goals of capturing knowledge, increasing productivity and efficiency, and saving costs of duplicate content development.


Content Management: Our Organized Future
Content management holds the promise of better organization, increased access to resources, greater organizational effectiveness...for those who dare slog through the process of setting up a content management system - a task often more onerous than dealing with unorganized content.

Content Publishing - Put the Experts in Charge
"Effective Web content management takes a cue from this age-old proverb by taking publishing tasks out of the hands of a few Web experts and simplifying and placing content creation, editing and approval in the hands of the real experts. This freedom not only eliminates webmaster bottleneck, but it also improves collaboration and the flow of information throughout the enterprise."

From Chaos to Control
PCMag article...quite thorough.

Content Management Tools
Excellent (and very thorough listing of content management tools). Bookmark it!

Demystifying Document Management
Great article on CM issues...links to major CM providers and lists open source options.

Approaching Academic Digital Content Management
"Content management systems can be used not only to publish and maintain course content electronically, but perhaps more significantly, to help coordinate the use of learning objects across disciplines or levels and to tailor content to meet individual student needs."

Basics of CMS Implementation
"A Content Management System (CMS) can resolve a number of e-learning design, development, and deployment problems."

XML Database Products: Content Management Systems
"Content management systems differ from native XML databases in that they offer more document management functionality, such as version control. The line between content management systems and XML application servers is blurry. Those systems I have categorized as content management systems tend to emphasize content management functions such as versioning and workflow, while those I have categorized as XML application servers tend to emphasize building Web-based applications."

CMS Watch: Content Management Products
Lists some of the major players in the CMS marketplace.

Tools - Content Management
Extensive listing of content management tools.

Open Source Content Management Systems
Great resource listing of open source options for managing content.

The Evolution of Content Management
"The adage “Content is the currency of e-business,” is absolutely true. Content, or information, has always been the currency of business, “e” or otherwise, because all business transactions start with an exchange of information.
The evolution of content management has paralleled the growing size and complexity of businesses. If you own a small business, and can remember everything about the way it runs, then you are the content management system. But as companies grow, it’s more difficult to keep track of everything. It becomes more efficient to recreate something than to find it. Institutional memory disappears on a daily basis, with dire competitive consequences."

CMS & The Single Web Designer
"CONTENT MANAGEMENT IS THE NEXT STEP in separating structure from design. What began with Cascading Style Sheets and was furthered by XML, is exploding with the CM environment, where billions were spent last year and more billions are expected to be spent in the years ahead."

Content Management Network
"The Content Management Network is designed as a vehicle for knowledge sharing among a crucial group of players in the fast-changing new economy: managers of web content."

Line56 - Content Management
News and features relating to content management.

Content Management System
"All over the Web, marketing and sales managers are realising that manual systems for managing their online offering could leave them vulnerable. And this isn't just adland spin - last year one online retailer received 6,000 orders for the $544 monitor it accidentally advertised for $164"

"Zope is a leading open source application server, specializing in content management, portals, and custom applications. Zope enables teams to collaborate in the creation and management of dynamic web-based business applications such as intranets and portals."

Best Practices in Content Management
Links to white papers on content management.

Context Media
"Making your content strategy work often means tying together disparate elements from across the entire extended enterprise. It's called the Distributed Content Infrastructure, and it can be a challenge for even the savviest organization to manage. Our technology lets your distributed content resources operate in the way that's right for your organization's needs and objectives without requiring costly replication or centralized storage of managed assets."

Adaptive Tutoring
Good example of taking content management to the next level - personalized instruction.

"Avaltus' solutions allow for the capture, deployment and reuse of proprietary information—giving your people the tools they need to achieve a higher level of performance."

Elearning Design Platform


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