Extend LMS With LTI Tools #USGRockEagle13

David Robinson, Georgia Gwinnett College Mash up nifty tools with an Learning Management System. It is a standard, so a defined protocol achieves application portability. The tool can work with any LMS the same. Terms: Tool Provider : the tool with its packaging. Tool Consumer : the system using the tool, like D2L. Context :… Continue reading Extend LMS With LTI Tools #USGRockEagle13

Import Errors

A couple issues I encountered yesterday loading XML files on Blackboard Vista 8. siapi output says: error invoking method in adapter, message is: cvc-complex-type.2.3: Element ‘extension’ cannot have character [children], because the type’s content type is element-only. Means the wrong type between luminis and ims was used. I created a files.properties file which sets the… Continue reading Import Errors

Stalking Students

On the BLKBRD-L email list is a discussion about proving students are cheating. Any time the topic comes up, someone says a human in a room is the only way to be sure. Naturally, someone else responds with the latest and greatest technology to detect cheating. In this case, Acxiom offers identity verification: By matching… Continue reading Stalking Students

TED Talk: Liz Coleman’s call to reinvent liberal arts education

About this talk from the TED site: Bennington president Liz Coleman delivers a call-to-arms for radical reform in higher education. Bucking the trend to push students toward increasingly narrow areas of study, she proposes a truly cross-disciplinary education — one that dynamically combines all areas of study to address the great problems of our day.… Continue reading TED Talk: Liz Coleman’s call to reinvent liberal arts education

The LMS is So Web 1.5

The claims Blackboard’s Learn 9 provides a Web 2.0 experience has bothered me for a while now. First, it was the drag-n-drop. While cool, that isn’t Web 2.0 in my opinion. A little more on track is the claim: The all-new Web 2.0 experience in Release 9 makes it easy to meaningfully combine information from… Continue reading The LMS is So Web 1.5

LC Oddities

IMS XML for Blackboard Vista 8: Say Division1 exists. We want to create Group1 inside Division1. Ignore that Division1 already exists and write XML to create it again. Create Group1 with relationship tag info for Division1. Starting with Group1 doesn’t work unless command-line overrides starting learning context to be Division instead of Group. Luminis XML for Blackboard Vista… Continue reading LC Oddities

The Digital Switch

The Long Tail claims consumers, given more options, will reflect their widely varied interests. Physical stores cannot fill all of the demand, so bytes stored on disk are the fastest, cheapest method for getting stuff to consumers. We see a mostly example of this shift in the shift to digital music. Vinyl records were the… Continue reading The Digital Switch

More IMS Import Headaches

I got this error while trying to run an XML IMS import using the WebCT / Blackboard CE/Vista siapi.sh script… A unit of type Institution cannot have a unit of type Campus as a child. Guess being on vacation last week spaced my neurons. Normally, I ignore Blackboard errors as meaningless. This time I listened… Continue reading More IMS Import Headaches

Please verify the admin user and password

So, I got this error… Unknown WebCT username or invalid password. Please verify the admin user and password in the IMS Settings. I assumed the username and password were probably right. I had to find my error somewhere else. The error turned out to be one missing character out of the 57 character long glcid.… Continue reading Please verify the admin user and password

Enrolling Administrators

One of the challenges of having 42 institutions is managing the administrators. (Actually we created some 12 spare institutions but why is another  post.) So my challenge was how to not drive myself insane trying to enroll the 6 same admin users to each institution. The best way in my opinion is to create the… Continue reading Enrolling Administrators