Tuesday, February 23, 2016

2016 February 21~23 | 2016 MoodleMoot Japan | Connecting Moodle and Blackboard using LTI

I gave a short talk in Japanese about the use of Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) as a connector between Moodle LMS and Blackboard LMS. These two systems were connected and students from two institutions were able to collaborate online in a virtual classroom environment. The talk focused on the possibilities of connecting more LMSs together.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

2016 February 21~23 | 2016 MoodleMoot Japan | Pre-Conference Workshop | LTI and Connectivity

Delivering a Moodle LTI Workshop
I had the chance to deliver a 90-minute workshop at the 2016 MoodleMoot Japan on the subject of Moodle Connectivity using LTI Workshop. The focus of the workshop was to give the participants a chance to learn about how to use both consumer and provider aspects of LTI. In the workshop, I planned for getting some hands-on experience configuring LTI objects as well as seeing the grades being passed back from an activity.

The goals for the workshop were as follows:
  • Learn the basic concepts of LTI
  • Configure LTI consumer objects
  • Link several Moodle sites together by consuming the same provided object
  • Witness grades being passed back to a local Moodle site
  • Troubleshoot issues as they crop up
  • If time allows, have some discussion on LTI use cases or related items
The overall result of the workshop was a big success. Our group of about 20 participants broke up into 9 teams and configured 9 separate Moodle sites as consumers of one LTI object on a central provider site. Some of the teams configured individual Moodle activities as consumed objects and other teams configured the entire course as a consumed object. Issues such as browser compatibility cropped up during the workshop and were moved successfully around using group collaboration and troubleshooting techniques.

The remaining parts of this document detail the workshop activities and some of the results.