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“Moodle as the Central Hub ofLearning with Tools Plugged in ” Learning Tool Interoperability Presented at Moodlemoot Madrid 2012 Gavin Henrick – Juan Leyva
Where does the LMS sit?• Larger Learning Ecosystem than before• Learning can happen everywhere• Many specialist applications and tools and activities and content• The LMS cannot be everything• Need to facilitate integration with all these other systems
The old challenge• Each application needs to create LMS specific integrations• Always updating/recoding that integration with each release of each LMS version• On-going debugging / patching• Multiple user interfaces to the same system• Complex support
A solution?• One integration methodology• All suitable LMS will work with it• Can update the application without interfering with or considering the LMS code• Can write the tool/activity in any language as long as it is compliant – language of LMS does not matter
Who are the IMS?The IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMSGLC) is a global, nonprofit, memberorganization that strives to enable thegrowth and impact of learning technologyin the education and corporate learningsectors worldwide.
The MissionYour mission if you choose to accept it is to• Develop a standard way of integrating learning applications with learning platforms• Enable a seamless user experience between the systems• Enabling real-time user account creation and authentication, and allow grades be transferred back to the LMS
Why IMS LTI?“Allow the seamless connection of web-based,externally hosted applications and content, orTools to platforms that present them to users”
So what does this mean?• Standard way of integrating learning applications with learning platforms• Applications – Tool Provider• Platforms(LMS) – Tool Consumers• Consumer & Provider exchange data to facilitate the seamless experience
And the Consumers?2012 - Approved Others• Pathbrite v1.0 • …• Learn 9.1 SP8• Canvas• SAFARI Montage 5.5• Learning.com v91• Toolwire LTI System v1.0
Example 1• Expanding the ecosystem of tools beyond the LMS for best of breed tools – Wordpress for bloggin – Mediawiki for co-creation of content – ELGG eportfolio – Joomla for website creation –…
Example 2• Cross department / institution/ organisation use of the 1 tool – Implementation of a centralised questionnaire for students in many institutions • No need to collate data from all locations • Manages authentication securely so known source of input • Can provide each “teacher” from other courses access to produce reports..
Example 3• Use of a Tool to deliver standardised features (content or activities) centrally to many clients – Development and provision of a course for consumption by many organisations • No need to distribute for many systems • Update once and available to all • Report on all centrally • No extra admin for managing enrolments
LTI Provider Background..• Author: Juan Leyva• Released Jan 2012• Supports Moodle 2.0, 2.1, 2.2• A local plugin• Provide access to full courses or single activities.• Send backs course or activity final grades
LTI Provider Features• Enrolment duration• Start/End date• Max enrolled users• Role mapping for instructor / learner• User default values• Hide header/footer/blocks• Custom CSS
Some articles• Video Demo of LTI in action http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/2012/04/11/ireland-and-uk- moodlemoot-2012-ims-lti-demo/• LTI Provider Plugin for Moodle 2 http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/2012/01/08/review-lti- provider-for-moodle-2-2/• External Tool in Moodle 2 (LTI Consumer) http://www.somerandomthoughts.com/blog/2011/11/28/moodle-2- supports-connecting-to-ims-lti-tools/
Some ProjectsSome projects pushing the development -> http://sourceforge.net/apps/mediawiki/learni ngapps/ http://www.celtic-project.org/