Integrating SAIP with Moodle using LIS - HEUG EMEA 2013


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Slides from Phil Nicholl's presentation to the HEUG EMEA conference in London on 10th Oct 2013. Looking at how to integrate PeopleSoft Campus Solutions with Moodle using SAIP and Learning Information Services (LIS)

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Integrating SAIP with Moodle using LIS - HEUG EMEA 2013

  1. 1. Phil Nicholls HEUG EMEA London 2013 Integrating SAIP with Moodle using LIS
  2. 2. Introduction • Psydev have created middleware to integrate SAIP with Moodle, the ubiquitous Open Source Learning Management System • The integration was made possible using the open standard: LIS. • I will present some information on LIS • I will show the video demo of the integration
  3. 3. Introduction: Phil Nicholls • Software Developer since ’95 (mostly standards) • Psydev: consultants specialising in interoperability standards • “LIS Guy” / Tech Facilitator for IMS Global • Based in Sheffield, UK • • @psydevuk
  4. 4. What is LIS for? • Different systems take different views of the same data. • LIS is a specification that allows systems to exchange information about people, courses, groups, memberships and outcomes in a standard way • Commonly it is used to integrate Student Information Systems (SISs) with LMSs…
  5. 5. LIS Scenarios Student Information System Learning Management System Library Management System Learning Object Repository Timetabling and Scheduling Users, courses, enrollmentsUsers, enrollments Users Courses (+schedules) grades Users LIS APIs
  6. 6. Where did LIS come from • The specification has been built over several years by IMS Global, a not for profit member organisation. • LIS contributors include Oracle, Ellucian, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Psydev  •
  7. 7. Why use a standard like LIS? • Built by a wider community • Removes need for people to code to many individual APIs across lots of systems. • Conformance Test support • Avoids lots of “pairwise” integrations • Easier migration path • Opens opportunities with partners
  8. 8. Current State of Play • Oracle and Ellucian have passed conformance on the SIS end. • Psydev (Moodle / Ref), Desire2Learn and MoodleRooms have passed conformance on the LMS end. • Testing now for moving grade data to SIS • Work now going on to look at Timetabling and Scheduling
  9. 9. The Moodle Integration • Psdyev had already created Gateway, a “vanilla” database backed implementation for LIS. • We wanted to see if our approach would work with an actual LMS. • Moodle is well known to us, so it was a natural choice.
  10. 10. How • Use Psydev’s existing Gateway as the LIS “Listener”: – Java based / Tomcat / DB / VM, independent of SAIP and Moodle • Write a Moodle driver for Gateway • Write moodle plugins to extend API where required.
  11. 11. The Challenges • Data Mapping between SAIP / LIS and Moodle • Service Mapping between SAIP / LIS and Moodle • Limitations / Differences in Moodle’s API (at the time) • Testing (BIG thank you to Oracle staff in California, and NDUS)
  12. 12. What we learned • Approach does work • Bulk processing of SAIP extracts is strong • Need to handle custom work, but framework allows this • Need to handle deviations from the LIS model • Approach extensible to other systems (talking now to EPortfolio companies, but also applicable to home grown)
  13. 13. What’s Next • LIS Outcomes – Code is written and internally checked, need to get some testing time with Oracle • Software As A Service • Keep pace with Moodle (2.2, 2.3, 2.4 … now 2.5) • Other partner systems • LIS 2.1 (next year?)
  14. 14. The Video
  15. 15. Links, Q&A SAIP Moodle Video: Psydev’s white paper on LIS: Moodle Integration Factsheet: Spec: IMS Global:
  16. 16. Contact Details: @psydevuk