Integrating and Connectors – playing nicely with other systems
Posted By Doug Peterson
You’ve just finished putting together the world’s greatest assessment in Questionmark. You also have the world’s greatest Learning Management System (LMS) installed on your company’s network. How do you get the two systems to play nicely together so that your learners can launch the world’s greatest assessment from the world’s greatest LMS?
At first glance, Questionmark appears to be a stand-alone Assessment Management System (AMS), and while it can certainly be used in that fashion, the truth is that Questionmark integrates very nicely with other systems such as SharePoint, an LMS, and even social networking and blogging sites such as Facebook and Ning.
One way that Questionmark integrates with other systems is through the use of connectors. Questionmark has a connector for Blackboard as well as an LTI Connector that can be used with systems like Moodle. We also have a SharePoint Connector – a web part that you can install in your SharePoint system that allows a learner to log into SharePoint and see and launch Questionmark assessments for which they have been scheduled. I encourage you to visit the Questionmark web site, roll your mouse over Learning in the navigation bar and select Learning Café. Under the Featured Videos, click on see all videos… and scroll down to the Integration section. There you’ll find videos on integrating with Moodle, SuccessFactors and Cornerstone OnDemand, with more videos on integrating with other systems such as SharePoint, Ning, and Wikispaces coming very soon.
The great thing about integrating with Questionmark is that you don’t need to have a system for which we have provided a specialized connector. Questionmark allows you to publish your assessment into an AICC or SCORM content package, which you can then import into an LMS that uses the SCORM or AICC protocol (which is just about every LMS out there). The assessment is then a content object in the LMS that can be added to a course and launched by student – from the LMS! Be sure to check out these resources for more information on AICC and SCORM:
- Learning Café video on Understanding Common eLearning Standards – this video provides some great information on the background behind standards as well as a quick look at the main standards (including AICC and SCORM).
- Learning Café video on Understanding eLearning Standards – AICC HACP – this video goes into more depth on the AICC standard.
- Blog article on Assessment Standards 101: SCORM by Questionmark’s founder and Chairman, John Kleeman.
- Blog article on Assessment Standards 101: AICC, also by John Kleeman.
- Two web sites that compare the AICC and SCORM standards – one by Robert Lowe and another by Tim Symons. Please note that these web sites are not associated in any way with Questionmark and any opinions expressed are those of the authors.