Commons vs. Unizin Course Development Suite

Commons is a learning object repository that enables educators to find, import, and share resources. As members of Unizin, we will also eventually have access to the Unizin Course Development Suite to develop course materials.

The Unizin Course Development Suite is a collection of collaborative tools that brings content curation, discovery, selection and accessibility together.

See below for a quick comparison between the Commons functions and the forthcoming Course Development Suite.

If you have further questions, you can contact the ITS Help Desk at 319-384-HELP (4357) or by e-mail at its-helpdesk@uiowa.edu

 

General Comparison

Commons

 Canvas Commons Logo

Unizin CDS

Can I share content with anyone at the University of Iowa? Yes Yes
Can I share content with anyone who uses the Canvas LMS? Yes Yes
Can I store content and keep it only accessible to myself? Yes Yes
Can I share content with a specific group of people at the University of Iowa? Yes Yes
Can I share files?

Yes

Click here for supported file-types

Yes

All media types

Is there a file size limit? No No
Can I share assignments? Yes Yes
Can I share discussion forums? Yes No
Can I share quizzes? Yes Yes
Can I share modules? Yes Yes
Can I share entire courses?

Yes

500MB Size Limit

Yes
Can I search for content from other instructors at the University of Iowa? Yes Yes
Can I search for content from other instructors at different institutions? Yes

Yes

Not in v1

Can I preview the content?

Yes

Preview content files only, not quizzes, courses or modules.

Yes
Can I pull content into my course? Yes Yes
Can I update the content I share? Yes Yes
Can I remove the content I share?

Yes

Content downloaded by others will persist

Yes

Content downloaded by others will persist

Will I be alerted when the content I have pulled into my course has been updated?

Yes

Only within Canvas Commons Interface

Yes
Will I be able to control applying any updates of content that I have pulled into my course? Yes Yes
Can my content have more than one author? No Yes
Do I see statistics on how many times my content has been downloaded? No Yes

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Standards, data and interoperability 

Commons

 Canvas Commons Logo

Unizin CDS

Can content records be harvested via a standard protocol? No Yes
Can content files be harvested via a standard protocol? No Yes
What authentication and authorization protocols does the toolset support? No LTI & SSO/SAML
Can other tools or systems populate content into institutional, organization or user repositories? No Yes
Can other tools discover content in the repository-aspects of the tool? No Yes
Can the toolset be decoupled from the Canvas LMS (i.e., be LMS-agnostic and LMS-independent)? No Yes
Does the toolset support data and analytics standards to capture user behavior? No Yes

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Document workflows & practices

 Commons

 Canvas Commons Logo

Unizin CDSUnizin Logo

Does the toolset support catalog curation at institutional, departmental / organizational, and user levels? Yes Yes
Does the toolset support workflows beyond sharing and updating? E.g., does it support content remediation, revision, etc.? Yes Yes
Are the tools designed for integration with course development and design practices? Yes Yes
Are the tools designed for content discovery during instruction? Yes Yes
Do the tools support team-based discovery and content-organization? No Yes

 

Content diversity & sources

Commons

 Canvas Commons Logo

Unizin CDS

Can the content of OER providers be integrated, discoverable, and used by faculty and users? No Yes
Can publisher content (textbooks, etc) be integrated, discoverable, ordered, and used by faculty and users? No Yes
Can library-licensed content (articles, books, etc) be integrated, discoverable, and used. No Yes

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Metadata

Commons

 Canvas Commons Logo

Unizin CDS

Does the toolset support standard metadata schemas like DublinCore? No Yes
Does the toolset support metadata schemas relevant to higher education (like LRMI or Access for All)? No Yes
Can the tool enable custom schemas based on institutional needs? No Yes

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Entitlement management & e-commerce

Commons

 Canvas Commons Logo

Unizin CDSUnizin Logo

Can users manage how their content is shared to specific others (e.g., public, inter-institutional, intra-institutional, local organizations, individuals)? Yes Yes
Can users manage how their content is offered to specific others? E.g., faculty offering content for a price? No Yes
Can users apply different licensing and copyright constraints in the entitlement management? No Yes
Can users manage the publication of their content on a marketplace, if they wish? No Yes

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January 23, 2017
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