Over the past few years I have experimented with a variety of ways to reuse content stored in WikiEducator, often with an eye toward changing the presentation format. This separation of content and presentation facilitates reuse.
In 2012 I built a(now a WikiEducator gadget) that relegates wiki navigation to a slide out tab. This recovers a lot of precious screen real estate on mobile devices while also removing a lot of wiki-specific distractions for a read-mostly experience.
Also in 2012, I created an iDevice Template to allow Otago Polytechnic to add a custom style to the pedagogical templates that form a strong, consistent theme throughout WikiEducator content. It adds another layer of indirection that allows anyone to change the "theme" of their templates.
I've built a simple tag extension WEtheme that allows the author to specify HTML header fields from a selection of choices. This has better performance than using a Widget because it can happen at initial page load time.
Example pages with the same content with two different WEthemes specified.
Theme from URI
As an even simpler alternative, I demonstrated how a page might be rendered differently based on the URI used to reference it. Different OERu partner institutions could be given a distinctive URL that would style resources in their preferred layout.
Building on the experience I gained from my WikiEducator->IMS Package application (2008), I've demonstrated a script that pulls a snapshot of WikiEducator pages and makes a static copy. This scheme has some potential advantages:
- building from an outline of pages nicely separates not only content and presentation, but also flow through content, facilitating reuse of individual pages in different contexts
- modifications to wiki pages after the snapshot is taken will not be reflected in the "course" pages
- the script that pulls the content from WikiEducator is free to modify the HTML: deleting, wrapping, modifying, or rearranging sections as desired to simplify layout concerns
- OCL4Ed (based on Bootstrap)
- built from an outline
- OCL (demonstrates different outline of course pages, and a different CSS framework, this time based on Foundation)
- from from this outline
Snapshot in Wordpress
And building on the same basic scheme, the script can be modified to use the Wordpress API instead of writing the pages to the filesystem.
- OCL4Ed using the Wordpress Twenty Fourteen theme