In Summer 2017, Digication debuted an entirely new interface for its ePortfolio platform, which might be startling to users of its traditional interface, now called classic Digication. However, some features of the original platform remain in this new version. This video covers the major differences and similarities between new and classic Digication.
- [Narrator] The version of Digication covered throughout this course is sometimes referred to as New Digication which is distinct from the first major release of the platform which is now often referred to as Classic Digication. And the differences between these two versions are really substantial, so much so that if you're a veteran user of Classic Digication, you might find yourself a bit disoriented when first using New Digication. This video is therefore designed to help veteran users get oriented quickly. If you've never used Digication at all though, you can feel free to skip it.
So, what are the major differences between New and Classic Digication? Well, for starters, the main system of organizing portfolio content has been thoroughly revamped. Classic Digication had a series of sections at the top and then groupings of lefthand areas known as pages which could be nested into one another. This was a modified hierarchical organization, and each section could really have its own series of pages. Furthermore, the main appearance of Digication pages was determined by modules which told individual pages how to look, and there were three main types of modules: a rich text module which contained alphabetic text, media modules which included images and embedded videos, and gallery modules which could host multiple images.
This system of organization was functional, but over the years it had grown fairly limited. And the top-down nested hierarchy structure seemed out of touch with modern trends in web delivery and design. New Digication, on the other hand, is designed to correct these limitations and provide several new advantages. First, New Digication uses a slide-based system for organizing content as opposed to the nested drop-downs. Functionally, this means users can organize content and appearance with much more granular detail than was possible before.
In Classic Digication, there was little ability to resize or reshape modules, color their background, or adjust their size or relative positioning. In New Digication, these things can be accomplished easily. Additionally, this means that portfolios created in Digication can now adapt to smartphones and tablet readers without the annoying accompanying scrollbars. For that matter, the number of module types available in New Digication has increased dramatically. Classic Digication had a grand total of four main module types, but New Digication has upwards of 20 more which of course greatly increases the choices available to e-portfolio creators.
This customization extends beyond the module level since New Digication also introduces a graphic design user interface. In Classic Digication, adjusting the appearance of an e-portfolio involved adjusting the CSS code which was outside the skillset for many users. In New Digication however, reworking an e-portfolio's color scheme or design is in reach of almost anyone. Finally, New Digication has been designed to play nicely in the sandbox with other apps and websites, integrating smoothly with Facebook, Flicker, Google, Dropbox, Instagram, YouTube, and other Tier 1 content providers.
These are all the major things that New Digication was designed to achieve alongside more local adjustments to the behavior of certain features or functions. These smaller shifts are covered in much more detail elsewhere in the course. Overall though, you should be delighted to know that New Digication is a significant upgrade to the previous platform build.
- What are ePortfolios?
- Navigating the interface
- Adding and customizing slides
- Creating a Digication ePortfolio
- Adding text-based and multimedia content
- Adding new pages
- Making your ePortfolio available
- Digication for teachers
- Creating an assignment
- Presenting ePortfolios to students