[LON-CAPA-users] IMS package imports

Stuart Raeburn lon-capa-users@mail.lon-capa.org
Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:33:53 -0400

The IMS import options currently offered in LON-CAPA are tied to the  
specific CMSs used to create the IMS content package, as that provides  
a mechanism to support extensions and/or different implementations  
used by each CMS when generating content packages.  The goal in  
LON-CAPA had been to optimize outcomes when importing an entire course  
from a particular source CMS.

It is planned to support import of generic IMS content packages (which  
would not incorporate extensions used by specific CMS vendors), and  
offer that as an additional option when choosing a package source.   
This would support import of QTI 1.1 assessment items and testbanks.   
Given that the existing IMS import code in LON-CAPA already handles  
vendor variants/extensions to QTI 1.1 when importing courses which  
contain assessment items and/or testbanks, it is anticipated that  
implementation will be straightforward.

Stuart Raeburn

Quoting "Mills, Douglas G" <dmills@illinois.edu>:

> HI All,
> We’re looking at creating a testbank of old exam questions and are   
> trying to think through best case scenario for usability of these   
> questions going forward. One strong use case would be bringing them   
> into Lon Capa. I see that Lon Capa has the ability to “Import IMS   
> package” but in the dialogue that opens the options given are based   
> on CMS used to create the package. In  our case, we’d likely be   
> looking at generating these ourselves to conform to one of the IMS   
> QTI standards (1.1 can apparently be generated by Respondus, so that  
>  might be a possibility; 2.0 is the current final QTI version).  Has  
>  anyone done work along these lines or otherwise able to offer   
> recommendations/suggestions? It does occur to me that I could hope   
> that one of the four CMS Import options offered in Lon Capa   
> corresponds to an IMS standard but thought I’d ask for experiences   
> and recommendations here. Thank you,
> Doug
> Douglas Mills
> Director of Instructional Technologies
> Department of Chemistry
> University of Illinois
> dmills@illinois.edu
> (217) 244-5739
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