Why is Laulima not used with Adagio?
The easiest and the quickest answer to this question is "That's because I developed my own course management system." But please read on.
The development of my online Japanese course started in 1998. This was when you have started to see online courses here and there. But University of Hawaii didn't have any course management system (such as Laulima). That's why I needed to develop my own course management system, Adagio.
I develop everything from scratch with Prof. Yokoyama at Akita University in Japan. After my own system has been completed, Univ. of Hawaii started to use WebCT, and then Sakai system (Laulima). I actually used WebCT and Laulima but I found it extremely slow and cumbersome. What I can do with my Adagio server in 5 minutes could take up to 20-30 minutes with Laulima. I don't see any reason I need to switch to Laulima.
Maybe a guidebook to Adagio can be sold at a bookstore?
Selling a guidebook at a bookstore might be good, but there are some drawbacks. Since I change something about Adagio almost every semester, it would need to be changed every semester. This means everything must be sold out when each semester is over. The bookstore requires the department to buy back the leftover books which will not be used the next semester. A few years ago, the department spent close to $5000 to buy back the leftover books, consequently each faculty is strongly encouraged to order only the minimum number of books. Now, I could order only the minimum, maybe 15, but this might cause some shortage. Requesting them to make a few extra copies right after the semester starts could take up to one month. Since the purpose of the guidebook is to provide a general guide to the course and to help you understand Japanese typing, etc., waiting for a month defeats the purpose of such a guidebook. This is why everything is on the web.
I cannot display PDF files correctly. What's wrong?
Apple computer uses shouldn't have this problem. It's because the build-in software "Preview" can display the PDF file.
For Window uses, however, Adobe Acrobat Reader may not have been installed by default. If that's the case, you need to downlaod Adobe Acrobat Reader to display PDF files. Click here for free download. If you still have problems, it's highly possible that you have several versions of Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. Check your computer and delete old versions of Acrobat Reader.
"I joined the class late and missed all of the e-mails in the first week." or "I accidentally deleted e-mails with the test URL." What can I do?
This is exactly why we use the mailing list is used. The mailig list is not just a mailing list. It stores all of the e-mails exchanged so you can go to the bulletin board and look at what you missed. So, click here to go to the bulletin board section and login. You have to make an account with the UH listserv in order to log in. This is for archive purpose. Don't use this website to send out your e-mails.