What tools are available in ISites?

  • Announcements Tool – This tool generates announcements that get displayed based on start and end dates. You can also configure this tool to display iCommons course website announcements, if applicable.
  • Catalog Tool – The Catalog Tool is a simple database that displays content in a table-like format and can be searched by site participants. You can create column attributes to display almost any type of information including hyperlinks or files.
  • Collaborative File Area – Much like the File Distribution Tool, the Collaborative File Area tool creates a file database. However, this tool allows files to be shared amongst site participants and owners, that is both groups can upload and download files. The Collaborative File Area supports hyperlinks and files.
  • Directory Tool – This tool lists the members — both participants and owners — of your site. While certain data fields are driven by Harvard’s LDAP system, like name, picture and phone number, you can configure this tool to display different attributes, such as cell phone numbers or alternate emails.
  • Discussion Tool – Adding this tool to a page instantly activates an asynchronous discussion area for community members.
  • File Distribution Tool – This tool creates a storage area for files that are to be shared. The site owners add content (hyperlinks or files) that participants and viewers can download. The owners can create directories of nested folders, files and links if applicable. (Note: If you want site participants to be able to upload files as well, read about the Collaborative File Area tool.)
  • iFrame Tool – The iFrame tool displays a website or file in a topic window.
  • Image Tool – The Image Tool displays a single image within a topic that may be hyperlinked.
  • Simple Text Tool – The purpose of this tool is to display plain text or html, which makes it ideal for most types of content. Within a Simple Text Tool topic, you can create multiple pages that link together and exist as one complete document. Also, if you are uncomfortable dressing up text with HTML, you can develop your content within a WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get).
  • Wiki — is a collaborative authoring tool that allows users to easily add, remove and edit content. This Wiki tool uses a simple markup language to facilitate basic structural and visual formatting.
  • Administrative features including the ability to add users and administrators, change the layout, change the design or “skin”, and view ISite statistics.
  • More thorough descriptions of each tool and general information on getting started with ISite is contained in the user manual (see: ISite Help Pages)