ELMSLN: State of the screencast (repost)

Note: This is a repost that originally appeared on the elms blog.

This is one of the first ramble-laden screencasts I’ve done in awhile demonstrating the state of the ELMS Learning network.  I talk and blog about ELMS Learning Network a lot, but I’m often bogged down in supporting legacy architecture as well as ramping up for new functionality in ELMS LN to really stop and have a day of investment in communicating about the platform.  Today’s our lucky day!

This video shows the state of some of the following pieces in the network and how they all play together.

  • LTI replication to spider the ELMS learning network based on a single call
  • How the CIS and MOOC distributions have a conversation based on needs
  • CIS as logistics engine for managing the setup and long term life of courses over time
  • How this is (so) different from ELMS in Drupal 6 and infinitely more powerful / flexible an approach
  • Talking a bit about the structure and plans for the network
  • Showing basic usability and experience design elements across the platform
  • The basic functionality of the MOOC distribution after it’s been automatically setup via LTI launch
  • Some other stuff I probably forget now

I apologize for now showing more, I had some technical difficulties with firewalls just before recording so once I get those resolved I’ll be posting another video stepping through the launch, to the backend implications, to the site creation, which should have all come prior to this video.  It takes me a long time to show and talk through how this all works; please realize it is years of work in the making and basically what I think about and do all the time.  This has consumed much of my 20s and I’m very happy with what my 20s are making possible.



  1. JJonas · October 14, 2013

    Would love to test out a thin (MVP – Minimal Viable Product) using your MOOC platform for an online class I’m taking @ Stanford ( https://novoed.com/venture17/home )
    Team: https://novoed.com/venture17/teams/67375

    • btopro · October 14, 2013

      feel free to download a copy and ask lots of questions at http://drupal.org/project/mooc . We are currently using it to power 3 online courses and are transitioning our 40+ course portfolio onto this environment, using it as a base.

  2. JJonas · October 15, 2013

    Tried out using http://simplytest.me/. Will send feedback to project/mooc.
    – need to add joyride module (may with need to add to distro)
    – ‘Educational service registry call missing, connection unavailable. Please see README.txt for details on setup.’
    – following installation joyride library needs to be downloaded (may add to distro)

    Many Thanks,

    • btopro · October 15, 2013

      due to limitations of drupal.org joyride needs to be added manually.

      Also it works without the educational service registry so the README is simply showing how to author one; it’s not required and the pages that do require it can be disabled in the menu system.

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