[wp-edu] Wordpress (Buddypress optional) for teaching

Stas Sușcov stas at nerd.ro
Sun Apr 18 14:35:32 UTC 2010

În data de Du, 18-04-2010 la 09:14 -0500, Christopher a scris:
> Just a quick update on my project (since we have the difference in 
> opinion regarding requirements)
> I've been without internet at home for the last week. I have a bad ISP 
> and I've been trying to switch to another for months so  I haven't made 
> much progress on it.  I do all my testing on my webhosting account since 
> we only have one working computer here.  Before that I had just finished 
> getting weekly e-mail updates for students based on syllabus info and 
> the student's start date.  For example if the syllabus says that on day 
> 5 the student should read a page and take a quiz, the (text) email for 
> that week will tell them to do that.
> At this time, I'm thinking about how to set up a point/motivational 
> system separate from grades for example a point for every activity 
> completed.
> I'm also focused on learning how to add other activities to the 
> gradebook (not just quizzes and tests) so I guess I need to start 
> learning AJAX so this might take forever. I know how to send scores from 
> PHP scripts, but most games are in javascript so this is where I'm 
> stuck. There isn't much point in getting bug testers and feedback until 
> I have more activity types integrated.
> Specifically I've been thinking about the HotPotatoes activities which 
> are javascript. HotPotatoes is now free to use. Of course if any of you 
> know of any PHP based games that are scored and free to use, please let 
> me know. :-)

A bit offtopic maybe,
but I would suggest taking a look at jQuery and it's .ajax() method.
It's not that rocket science like it seems, and jQuery makes it even
easier to use.

Btw, good to hear news from your project :)
Keep it up!

> On 4/15/2010 4:09 PM, Stas Sușcov wrote:
> > Hello,
> > because WordPress vs. BuddyPress raised some discussions about
> > performance issues and resource usage, I asked about that and received
> > some positive replies.
> >
> > Most interesting is this webpage where a couple of options are
> > described. Some of them are included or pluggable.
> >
> > http://codex.buddypress.org/getting-started/improving-performance/
> >
> >
> >    
> If you look at the info provided, those ideas are for Wordpress. They 
> don't specifically make Buddypress less intensive or make fewer queries 
> so I'm not yet convinced that requiring Buddypress is good since not 
> everyone can afford a dedicated server (I know I can't!).  :-)

You might be right, unfortunately I didn't get a chance to benchmark a
heavy WordPress vs BuddyPress install, but hey, I trust the guys behind
the project and I'm sure they do their best :)

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