The announcement about new features in the upcoming MT3.1 release has gotten me excited about revising my courseware for this fall. In particular, the multi-blog option (“A plugin which allows you to include template content from one weblog in any other weblog in your Movable Type install”), the post scheduling, and the improved php/dynamic capability will all make it much easier to create a more robust courseware implementation that doesn’t require nearly so much by-hand duplication of content when creating multiple sections of a course, or new course instances from one quarter/semester to another.
Sounds somewhat like the modules that Bryan Bell has created for Manila in terms of including universal content across a lot of blogs. (Actually, I just had a bit of a lightbulb go off…I can use modules to push information to any sites that have them included in the template. Universal updates…cool! Now why didn’t I think of that before?)
Anyway, any movement toward making blogware easier for teachers is a good thing, and Liz is probably ahead of the pack in terms of her use of MT.