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From Ross Gardler <>
Subject Re: [VOTE] Accept donation of IMSManifest plugin
Date Fri, 29 Oct 2004 13:19:04 GMT
Dave Brondsema wrote:
> David Crossley wrote:
>> Ross Gardler wrote:
>>> Dave Brondsema wrote:
>>>> Ross Gardler wrote:
>>>>> As I have mentioned numerous times before, I have a plugin that 
>>>>> replaces  site.xml and tabs.xml with an IMSManifest file. This is a 
>>>>> standard format file for Learning Objects, but is also very useful 
>>>>> for more general content objects.
>>>> My only concern is that it would end up unmaintained.  I am not 
>>>> familiar with IMSManifests or Learning Objects, and it seems that it 
>>>> is not a very common tool (yet).  I don't know of anybody here 
>>>> besides you, Ross, that could support it.
>>> It may not be a common tool in your environment, but trust me it is a 
>>> *very* common tool in the world of Learning Objects (or Content 
>>> Packages as many prefer to call them since any kind of training 
>>> material such as documentation can be stored within them). Take a 
>>> look at any commercial Virtual Learning Environment and it will 
>>> support the IMS standards, of course the Open Source ones support it 
>>> to0 (see, 
>>> for three of the most commonly found 
>>> products).
> Okay :-)  We use BlackBoard here at Calvin College.  It isn't the 
> greatest software, but I'll have to look in to this Learning Object 
> stuff some more.

Yes, blackboard and all the other LCMS are rubbish (in my opinion) with 
respect to creating content. That's why we started the Burrokeet 
project. It is a tool for creating content that can be delivered through 
these apps (we use Forrest to generate the static pages). During the 
build I realised parts could be extracted and would be useful here.


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