Scholar—Creator is a multimodal web authoring space. Leaving word processor technologies of the 1980s behind, Creator is a next-generation ‘semantic web processor’.
For once and for all, Creator departs from the world of typographic markup invented by Johannes Gutenberg and his successors in the second half of the fifteenth century. Information architecture must be explicitly designed for a heading or subheading. With Creator’s revolutionary ‘structure’ tool, you can rapidly plan texts, and drag and drop different elements of the text as your ideas evolve.
Creator also ends the ghettoization of different communication modes. With its brilliantly simple semantic toolbar, you can just as easily add videos, sound, images or any other file as you can type text—all at once, and all together in the same space. Creator is like a blog, a word processor, a video site, an image site and a file upload site. But because it is all of these things, it also something different: it is a genuinely multimodal knowledge representation space.
Perhaps the most powerful of all its features are the parallel ‘work’ and ‘about the work’ spaces. These are divided by a curtain which can be pulled backwards and forwards depending on your focus for the moment—the work is on the left, and on the right are the social and feedback dialogues about the work (reviews, annotations, checker, and survey … with more tools to come).
Imagine students writing a science report in which they can include a video of the experiment that they have captured on a phone. Imagine being able to see a student’s work with the click of a link, and to be able to offer instant feedback on their work in progress. Imagine the power of peer learning as students give each other structured feedback using the review, annotations, and survey tools. Imagine a new era of anytime-anywhere, or ubiquitous, learning. Students will be able to learn just as powerfully when they are not physically sitting in the classroom. This is the end of learning time (the neat cells in the timetable) and learning space (the walled off classroom) as we have known them.
At the Frontiers of Innovation:
Researchers and authors are able to use Scholar's collaborative web environment to create everything from short works to works as long and complex as reports and books. They are able to seek systematic, private feedback. They are able to include videos, images, sounds, datasets, and any other file in their multimodal knowledge representations. Finally, they are able to share their finished works with the world in printable PDF or HTML web page formats.