So here I am, jumping in to confirm that Jeremy created a great tool for my 
remote teaching by porting my TW5 (previously at tiddlyspot) over to 
xememex, where a "master" TW5 is available only to me, and a "target" TW5 
is available to students as a space where they can log in and add comments, 
but without risk of the source material getting messed up.

As Jeremy pointed out, my TW5 is already heavily populated (mostly with 
accumulated stuff carried over from TWC), and so this just new way of 
serving it up just enabled a "asynchronous" kind of interaction to help 
mitigate the loss of in-class opportunities to navigate the material 
together and use the tiddlers as springboards for discussion. Please do 
check it out, and feel free to contact me with questions. What students see 
is here:

One feature I am only beginning to dig into is that the "target" site can 
be modified directly, and if I modify a tiddler there (such as a stylesheet 
tiddler), it will from then on resist being overwritten by the master. 
Having some style differences between the two is actually useful, for quick 
visual recognition. But also, I can make it so that the interface at the 
target page is less cluttered with things that students don't need to see.

Students only "returned" (to virtual classes) on Monday, so I haven't got 
very much actual interaction to report. Stay tuned...


On Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 12:10:47 PM UTC-4, Jeremy Ruston wrote:
> There's a lot more I hope to discuss about our response as a community to 
> the Coronavirus, but today I wanted to start with one simple thing that I 
> can do right now that I hope might make a small impact.
> The offer is simple: to give educators who already use TiddlyWiki 5 in a 
> classroom setting the infrastructure they need to be able to use it with 
> remote students.
> It's based on Xememex, a cloud-based multi-user implementation of 
> TiddlyWiki that I initially built to host the Anna Freud Manuals project 
> (now at when it had to migrate from 
> TiddlySpace. Xememex uses an extended form of the bag/recipe model from 
> TiddlySpace to give flexible ways to combine content into wikis. It is now 
> fairly mature with several hundred users and several hundred wikis, with 
> intertwingled content between them.
> Elise Springer of Wesleyan University, Connecticut kindly agreed to trial 
> the system with her Ethics class. We exported the existing course material 
> from TiddlySpot and setup two new spaces:
>    - is the space used by the 34 students 
>    to review the course material and attach their comments. They have their 
>    own login credentials and once logged in can leave comments using the TW 
>    comment plugin
>    - is the teacher site that 
>    only Elise can edit. It contains the course material, which is also 
>    automatically transcluded into the student space
> Hopefully Elise will be able to jump in and explain more about how the 
> space will be used during teaching, but I believe it's for a combination of 
> synchronous presentations via Zoom and asynchronous coursework by the 
> students working alone.
> If we can keep to a small number of variations of this setup then I see no 
> reason why we can't support hundreds of educators. I may have to appeal for 
> help with funding this initiative if it's a wild success but I don't intend 
> to worry about that for the moment.
> I'm posting now to gauge interest, so please do reply here (or via email), 
> and give an outline of your needs. The next step is that I will post a 
> spreadsheet with the information I'll require to set things up. In the 
> meantime, please feel free to ask any questions.
> Best wishes
> Jeremy

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