General Session at European Users Conference: E-assessment and Interoperability, Standards and Accessibility


Posted By Sarah Elkins

The European Users Conference is less than one month away, and I’m pleased to announce that Tom King, Questionmark’s Interoperability Evangelist, and David Sloan from the University of Dundee will be leading the Tuesday morning General Session, focusing on E-Assessment and Interoperability, Standards and Accessibility.

Tom King is actively involved with many e-learning technology specification groups, and a regular contributor to this blog. Tom will provide an overview of the current status of major standards and the specification organisations behind them, and highlight some of the emerging needs and promising developments.  David Sloan will give an overview of accessibility-related legislation, standards and best practice, and show how Questionmark can help support the creation of accessible assessments.

The conference is set to be an exciting two days for Perception Users with Best Practice sessions on the latest trends in assessment management, eight Case Study presentations, and some great Technical Training sessions. Make sure you check out the full conference agenda and if you haven’t already done so, register for the conference!

Understanding Common eLearning Standards


Posted by Tom King

I’ve prepared a video podcast which is your introduction to key interoperability standards for elearning. It also serves as my introduction to video podcasts. Your feedback on both the content and the style will be put to use as I continue the series—so please post comments or send email.

The video for Part 1 provides a quick overview of the need for interoperability standards, the names of the keys standards, and the types of interoperability they support. Part 1 addresses AICC, ADL SCORM, IEEE LTSC and IMS specifications at a high level. It introduces the concepts of run-time communication, content packaging, and meta-data.

I hope you find it a good refresher if you are already somewhat knowledgeable about these standards, and an excellent introduction if you are new to most of this.