Friday, 20 November 2009

Common Cartridge Workshop

~ This page describes work by members of the European Union ASPECT Project to prepare 200 units of K-12 science and maths content in IMS Common Cartridge format ~

Content developers from partners in the European Union ASPECT Project gathered in Denmark this week for a first "plug-fest" - converting existing content to IMS Common Cartridge format.
A main benefit of moving content to this new format is that the educational material can then be used for "blended learning" scenarios: teachers can "pick and mix" exactly which educational resources they want to use, and easily add group activities such as discussions and assessments.
Two main tools were used to convert existing content to IMS Common Cartridge format:
Both of these tools are at a relatively early stage of development - however, most of content could either be converted or the issue that limited conversion was easily identified.
The Icodeon Common Cartridge Platform was used to show how teachers can "pick and mix" exactly which digital educational resources they want to use from a cartridge - in a similar way that teachers select non-digital resources (text books, worksheets etc) to support their students.
This "pick and mix" approach used the "Embed" feature of the Icodeon Common Cartridge Platform - which allows users to embed digital resources from a cartridge into web pages - in exactly the same way that YouTube videos are shared.

Using this "Embed" feature the workshop showed that a quiz (a QTI assessment) could be easily shared as a "Web 2.0 Resource" to the Its Learning platform - a widely used Learning Management System in Europe.

Workshop participants highly recommended that this "Embed" feature of the Icodeon Common Cartridge Platform be developed further - possibly along the lines of the Share This applet - that enables one-button-click integration of content into social networking sites such as Facebook.

In this way digital resources from the Icodeon Common Cartridge Platform can be easily made available by teachers for integration into web enviroments that are used by their groups of students.
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