So you're a student taking an online class and you need to keep track of all your assignments, when they are due, which have been graded and returned, etc. Wouldn't it be nice if you had the information always in front of you and up to date so you were never late with an assignment again?
I've had the pleasure of working with a student consulting group (OTCR) at the University of Illinois to build a Vista Sidebar gadget for SLK or the SharePoint Learning Kit. SLK adds functionality to standard WSS doc libraries to support assigning/grading/reviewing SCORM content. In this way you can use SharePoint to host an online class with assignment submission and reporting fully built in. SLK is available as shared source from http://www.codeplex.com/slk. I am going to work on getting the gadget posted to codeplex under the same site. In the mean time if you are interested and would like to expirement with the gadget let me know through my blog contact page and I'll send it to you. Keep in mind this is a project to show what could be done with the gadget that has really become highly functional but it is not a Microsoft supported solution.
This gadget attaches to a doc library and exposes the assignment information. Here is a screenshot of the gadget docked when you are logged in as a student. Man, if only I had this when I was in school...
And here it is undocked.