I’m pleased to say that the supported edition of Questionmark’s Moodle Connector is now available to download from the Questionmark Web site . Connector integrates Questionmark Perception with the Moodle 1.9 open source course management system so that users can link Moodle courses to Perception course evaluations, quizzes, tests and exams.
The supported edition of the connector represents a milestone in the development of the Moodle Connector, which was the first of our integration products to be made available as an open source community edition during development. I’d like to thank everyone who has tested the community edition of the connector. With your feedback we’ve been able to get the features of the connector right for this first supported edition.
Of course, development does not stop with the first release! We’ll continue to develop the Community Edition as part of our Open Assessment Platform initiative.
You can find out more from the Moodle Connector pages on our developer site, and you can see the connector in action in this short video…
As readers of this blog will know, QMWISe is the name given to the set of web-services provided by Questionmark for integrating third-party applications with the Perception assessment management system. Used in conjunction with the Perception Integration Protocol (PIP), QMWISe is the starting point for developing connectors that integrate Perception with other applications like learning management systems.
Developers often work best by copying real examples of an interface in action. It makes perfect sense for us to release the code for the connectors we develop ourselves in source code form to help supplement the simpler code examples available in the reference guide.
So I’m pleased to announce that we now have a new connector to integrate Perception with Blackboard Learn 9 and that this connector is available as a Community Edition under an open source license. The connector is a Blackboard building block and uses QMWISe and PIP to allow Perception tests to be scheduled within Blackboard courses.
The motto of the open source community is “release early, release often” and we’re capturing that spirit with the concept of a Community Edition. A Community Edition is an important milestone on the way to developing full support for an integration product, however, it doesn’t represent supported software itself! The Community Editions are aimed at a more technical audience who want to test out the latest version of the software before it is available as a supported release from the Questionmark website. We’ll be making updated versions of Community Edition software available on a regular basis as the development projects that underpin them progress.
The new Blackboard connector is not just available free of charge under an open source license. We’re also opening up the development process itself by hosting the project at OSCELOT, a community of developers dedicated to creating and maintaining open source software in the e-Learning community. You can see how the project is progressing and download the latest version yourself from the Blackboard Connector page on our new developer support site.
And we’re not going to stop at Blackboard! Look out for Community Editions of other integration connectors coming soon….