Forum OpenACS Q&A: Announcing the release assessment-20040924 of the assessment package for OACS.

I'm posting also here because someone told me this is also interesting for non .LRN users.

The specification of the assessment package is here. This initial version has been developed under the ELANE project and therefore covers only some basic subset of the spec.

There is an on-going effort to cover as much as possible of the spec.

You may download the assessment package from OpenACS CVS HEAD. The code is in HEAD because there's still much development going on. You'll need acs-content-repository from HEAD (because assessment uses the new CR TCL API)

Right now the package is capable of importing assessments in QTI format. It has only been tested importing QTI files generated with Canvas Learning although the goal is to support any QTI authoring tool (any feedback on this front would be deeply appreciated).

Right now, once imported, users may take a simple assessment (with a single section), submit the answers and view the results.

Development is right know focussed on supporting multiple choice and multiple response items.

Another restriction is that it's only available for Postgres (volunteers for Oracle migration are welcome).

Any comments on usability are also appreciated, since this will be deployed for users with low level computing skills.

Immediate improvements are:
- support more item types
- increase support for more complicated QTI files (a subset is supported right now)
- tweak the UI to be consistent and easy to use
- portlet for .LRN
- dotlrn integration
- internationalization

If you want to try it out, go to:
password: elane

The content is in Spanish.

Feel free to play around with it and post any comments.


Eduardo Pérez