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Guide on the Side

Project Description

BCcampus ran a short term sandbox project evaluating the application Guide on the Side. The project has concluded and the final reports from the participants are available here for reference.

What is Guide on the Side?

Guide on the Side is an open source application developed by the University of Arizona. The purpose of the application is to create web based tutorials that guide users through a website.

Here is an example of Guide on the Side being used as a Wikipedia tutorial.

Project Dates

October 1, 2016 – April 30, 2017

  • Phase 1: Initiation (September 2016)
    • Participating institutions are found.
    • Initial meeting to determine scope of sandbox project.
  • Phase 2: Setup (Oct 1-31, 2016)
    • BCcampus setups shared technology platform.
    • Communication channels are established.
    • Institutions identify internal participants to test.
    • User accounts are created.
  • Phase 3: Play (Nov 1, 2016 – April 1, 2017)
    • Institutions test application.
  • Phase 4: Closure (by April 30 2017)
    • Final report on testing is completed & submitted to BCcampus.
    • BCcampus publishes final reports from institutions.
    • Assets are removed from application and application is shut down.
    • Next steps are determined.


Name Institution Final Report
Allison Sullivan Langara Langara (PDF)
Joy Rowe & Hope Power SFU SFU (PDF)
Debra Flewelling (initiator) Douglas Douglas (PDF_
Celia Brinkerhoff KPU KPU (PDF)
Barbara Towell & Jo-Anne Naslund UBC n/a

Related Resources

Presentation by Graham Sherrif at the University of Vermont comparing Guide on the Side to LibWizard.