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End of July update on Dokeos development

July 29, 2008 1 comment

I thought I’ll write a short update on what we are doing at Dokeos at the moment, so you don’t think we’re just sleeping through the summer holidays…

Eric and Julian, of the French team, are currently working on a project for a specific hospital management school in France, and on a large and long-time review project before the migration of portals to version 1.8.5 for an important Belgian client. They have a few weeks of holiday here and there, so they’re pretty much busy full-time on these ones when they’re not gone.

The team of university developers (of whom Sven is half working for Dokeos now) is working on the development of Dokeos 2.0. They are expected to provide a first usable product for the Dokeos User’s Day in December, so I they seem to be putting a lot of efforts into this.

Thomas is busy providing course-building training to a few important medical and pharmaceutical clients.

Arnaud, our system administrator and occasionally developer of the videoconference tool, is pretty busy with new installations and the migration of portals from 1.8.4 to 1.8.5.

As for Daniel and Julio, they work under my supervision on several important projects, including a the development of a few new features for the quiz tool for a local (peruvian) client and the development of a new survey type for a belgian client.

I’ve been giving training for Dokeos administrators and teachers over the last three days of last week, and preparing a long development of new extensions to the quiz and learning path tools (with possible little steps towards SCORM 2004 implementation), and the review and finish of the new survey type development. I’ve also been studying web services quite deeply, and on my spare time I reviewed the possibilities of an integration with Drupal 5 or 6 as well as a few ideas for the SCORM 2.0 white papers call.

As you can see, we’re quite busy. We hope you enjoy your holidays though, if any!

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Call for White Papers for SCORM 2.0

LETSI, Learning Education Training Systems Interoperability, is entering a phase of study for the next version of SCORM, version 2.0.

Of course, given the little level of adoption of SCORM 2004 (or 1.3), this might seem a little premature for some, but the making of such a large norm takes time, so it’s probably better to get started early.

The 2.0 version is said (in the announcement of the Call for White Papers ) “to support the use of open software standards in learning technology”, which is a nice turn of event as, although SCORM 1.x was never against open standards, it never actually pretended to focus or support them. It just used “JavaScript” (which is not really standard in this appellation) and supposedly HTML or anything that would allow the use of JavaScript.

Dokeos hasn’t got any White Paper to submit though, mostly because we didn’t implement SCORM 2004 yet, so it’s pretty difficult to know what’s missing in the latest version… The White Papers submission deadline is August, 15 so we won’t be able to first support SCORM 2004 and then start thinking about things we would like to see there, but it would have been a pleasure for me to participate in the making of SCORM 2.0.

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