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By: BC “Learning Content Strategies” meeting at EdTechPost

Fri, 31 Oct 2008 16:19:29 +0000

[...] I’ve always held that a top-down “standards” approach isn’t the answer; not only is my project not big enough to compell that kind of change, I am thoroughly sceptical of any of the current standards-based approaches to actually work across all of these LMS. Plus for any “solution” to be adopted, it needs to reflect local realities and priorities at institutions, and be seen to solve local problems before it (or at least, as it) solves the ones of sharing outside the institution. [...]

By: EDin08

Wed, 30 Apr 2008 21:54:17 +0000

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By: Carnet de liens sur le e-Learning » Blog Archive » Course Management System Content Conversion Tools wikipage

Mon, 28 Apr 2008 20:33:54 +0000

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By: Kevin Brady

Wed, 23 Apr 2008 17:04:44 +0000

Hi Scott -- Have you seen the Epsilen announcementm and their partnership with the NYT? (I'll bet the Times has been watching the Washington Post and Kaplan pretty closely.) Anyhow, take a look at the Educase article describing the Epsilen design. I think this may well be the next generation of eLearning system. Kevin

By: Random Syntax » Blog Archive » Get OUT of LMS (um - jail) free - LMS Content Migration

Fri, 18 Apr 2008 11:48:29 +0000

[...] Scott Leslie has consolidated a list of ‘get out of LMS (um - jail) free’ content migration tools. Its a good sign that more tools are becoming available and hopefully this will put an end to proprietary lock-in. It was not so long ago that I had to build a tool to export content and activities from an in-house built LMS to the IMS-CP Blackboard format. Seeing the list Scott has put together gives me hope that I will never again be forced to build such a tool. To say it was a nightmare is an understatement! [...]

By: Scott

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 01:26:09 +0000

Sorry Kerry, for sure. IMS CP stands for "IMS Content Packages" ( This was one of the earliest specifications proposed for a packaging format that could contain course content along with an XML "manifest" file that described the structure and relationship of the content independantly from the specific course management systems. It served as part of the basis of what became SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model), a widely adopted standard for packaging and tracking single-learner focused training content between learning management systems that came out of the American miltary. IMS CP is the most commonly implemented content interoperability specification in the higher-education course management system world. But unfortunately, as I mention, support is a bit "uneven" for a lot of reasons. Some have to do with how vendors have chosen to extend the spec to accommodate their own needs (often in ways that technically comply with the spec but cause other systems to choke on the packages). Other times it is the inadequeacy of the specification itself, for instance, it really does only deal with the most basic of sequencing and single learner models, and also tends to focus specifically on "content". Clearly when we start talking about "courses" (which is the particular issue I need to deal with) there is much more than just straight content involved in a course, and many ways in which content and tools, and content and learners, can be organized. Hence more recent efforts towards "learning design" and "common cartridge" to work at higher levels of aggregation and more complex models. However, right now these aren't implemented widely at all, and I'd be happy to get whatever limited interoperability promised by IMS content packaging actually working. Hope this helps. IMS Content Packaging is one of those things you hope educators (let alone students) never have to actually hear about. As I like to argue, Content Packaging (as well as "repositories") are an answer begged by the question the existence of Course Management Systems poses; now that we've gone down that road, we seem stuck trying to make them work, yet time and time again we are seeing elsewhere content moving easily between systems through the use of lightweight methods like RSS and general web-based standards.

By: KerryJ

Wed, 16 Apr 2008 00:16:34 +0000

Hi Scott On the Wiki, you say that the Moodle Book module will export IMS CPs Could you please explain for the uninitiated what IMS CPs are? Thanks for that! KerryJ