SharePoint Learning Kit Scenario Guide–Whitepaper

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SharePoint Learning Kit is currently used in many industries but it has mainly been developed to be used in education sector. This E-Learning Tool can bring a different element of learning to pupils giving them access to their marks on work automatically having submitted it to the server.

In this scenario whitepaper we will look at 4 different ways SharePoint Learning Kit can be used ranging from a single site to a whole school to multiple schools.

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Download: SharePoint Learning Kit Scenario Guide whitepaper here

SharePoint Learning Kit for SharePoint 2010

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SharePoint Learning Kit is currently used in many industries but it has mainly been developed to be used in education sector. This E-Learning Tool can bring a different element of learning to pupils giving them access to their marks on work automatically having submitted it to the server.

In this scenario whitepaper we will look at 4 different ways SharePoint Learning Kit can be used ranging from a single site to a whole school to multiple schools.

What is SharePoint Learning Kit?

SharePoint Learning Kit also known as SLK is an E-Learning delivery application that is built to run on top of SharePoint 2007 and 2010. The certified SCORM 2004 product allows content from a SharePoint document library to be assigned, tracked and then marked to a group of learners.

Supporting SCORM 2004, SCORM 1.2 and Class Server content the learning resource can be assigned by the individual to themselves and to a group.image

This SharePoint feature can be used in all version of SharePoint including the Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and SharePoint Foundation 2010.

SharePoint Learning Kit is currently at version 1.5 and available in 29 international languages. To download SharePoint Learning Kit navigate to http://slk.codeplex.com and click on the download button.

Assignment List Web Part

With SharePoint Learning Kit there is one web part that is called the Assignment List Web Part which has 2 functions. For the instructor it allows the member of staff to see the number of students that have submitted work. For the Learner it lists all the assignments they have to complete in that SharePoint site.

SLK Learner

When a student logs into the site and has the Assignment List Web Part of their page they are given a list of all the assignments they have to complete with the score they can achieve.

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To start the assignment the learner will select the name of the assignment which will take them to a holding page that will list information such as the description, date of completion and the final score they could achieve. To start the assignment they select Begin Assignment.

SLK Instructor

If a SharePoint User is assigned as a SLK Instructor they have the permission to assign files from a document library to any assigned SLK Learners accounts. Once an assignment has been set, the Assignment List Web Part will list the assignment name and the number of students that have submitted their assignment.

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An instructor can select the assignment name from the Assignment List Web Part and then view the score the student received from the assignment. As this assignment was a SCORM file with questions set out in the assignment the server has automatically given a score to the student. This score can be changed by the instructor and then any comments that have been added are sent back to the learner for them to review.

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E-Learning Actions

Both the instructor and the learner can use the E-Learning Actions button. This feature turns the document in a document library into an assignment allowing you to assign the file to yourself as an individual or a group of learners.

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On the following page the user is asked if they would like to assign the document to themselves. If the user is an SLK instructor they will also see the name of the site that they can assign the resource to.

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Having selected a group you can then select the date the assignment should appear in the student Assignment List, when they have to have the assignment completed by and any other instruction you may want to give them. Towards the bottom of the page you can then select either to assign to the whole group or different individuals. You may want to use this feature to assign different levels of work to students with different abilities in the group.

Configure SharePoint 2010 Search to crawl internet sites

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SharePoint Search can be used to search multiple different locations and one of these is internet sites. Before deciding whether to crawl an single internet site there are a few things to consider:

  • How much content you want to crawler on that website?
  • Do you want to crawl the whole website?
  • The larger the website your crawler the larger the database will grow in your SharePoint/SQL Farm.
  • When will you crawl the site?  Does crawling it a secpefic times course a lag on other reaching the site.
  • Know how many pages deep you need to go into the site.

For this example I decide to crawl my blog site http://www.bfcnetworks.com.  I have a few web analytic plugins installed which help me to understand which are my frequently hit pages and also for me to see the number of people who are visiting my site.

When starting a crawl there are 2 main areas I see the SharePoint 2010 crawler on the site.  The first is in the Who’s Online.  When turning on bots I see 4.01.  This is the SharePoint crawler

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I can also see which page the bot is crawling as well.  Using StatPress it allows me to see the pages that were last hit.

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Configure SharePoint 2010 Search to Crawl Internet Site

Log into your Central Admin and go to your Search Administration page.

Down the left hand navigation select Content Sources

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Select New Content Source

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Give a name to the content source and select Website as a Content Source Type.

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Enter the name of the website you want to crawl.

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From evaluating which website and the pages you want to crawl enter number of pages deep you which to crawl.

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Select up any crawl schedules you want.

Select OK to save this new Content Source.

When you have started a full crawl you will see your results in your search centre

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Upload PowerPoint slides into SharePoint 2010 Slide Library

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With SharePoint 2007 and 2010 we can upload slides from our PowerPoint and upload and share them in a SharePoint Slide Library.  Here’s how to do it.

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Create Slide Library

Go to Site Actions and select More Options.

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From the list select Slide Library and click create.

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Give you slide library a name and click Create at the bottom of the page.

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Take note of the URL of the document library.

Upload slides from PowerPoint

Open the presentation you want to share slides from.  Click on File, Save and Send and then click on Publish Slides

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Now select Publish Slides.  You will now be asked which slides you would like to upload.  Either check the individual slides you want to upload to click on Select All.

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Enter the URL of the Slide Library we created earlier and click Publish.

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When you click publish you will see at the bottom of the PowerPoint a status bar letting you know when it the upload process is going.

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When it has completed it you will see the slides you uploaded in the SharePoint Slide Library.

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Configure SharePoint 2010 Search to crawl file servers

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SharePoint Search can do so much more than just search your SharePoint sites and one of the features with in SharePoint 2007 and 2010 is the ability to search a file share.

Here is how to configure SharePoint to crawl a file server.

In my environment I have 2 servers.  A domain controller that is a file server and also a single SharePoint 2010 server farm.

Configure SharePoint Search

Log into your Central Admin and go to your Search Administration page.

Down the left hand navigation select Content Sources

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Select New Content Source

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Give a name to the content source and select File Shares as a Content Source Type.

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Add the UNC path for the shared documents.

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If you want just that folder to be searched select ‘Only crawl the folder of each start address’.

Select up any crawl schedules you want.

Select OK to save this new Content Source

Configure File and Folder Permissions

The SharePoint Search Crawler will run under a user and this user requires permission to the shared folder.  To ensure you know which user is crawling you can do this on your file server by opening the File Services Snap In and selecting Manage Session from the Action panel.

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You will see which user is connecting to that share.

Add the user to have Read Only permission to that share and folder.

Add a banner to SharePoint 2010

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One of my most popular blogs is Adding a Banner to your SharePoint but is for SharePoint 2007.  Here is how to do it for SharePoint 2010.

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Banner Image

You need to create a banner at the top of the page.  The image by default is replicated so I have created a large wide image which is 2500px by 100px you won’t see the replication.

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Building the CSS

We need to create our own CSS file which will be uploaded with the banner image into the same folder.

On your desktop create a new file and call it newcss.css.  Open the file in notepad and add the below code.  When your site is loaded, SharePoint will also look at this CSSfile but first we must tell SharePoint to look at this file.

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.s4-title {

 

    background:#F9F9F9 url('/SiteAssets/banner.jpg') repeat-x 0px 0px;

 

    margin:0;

 

    min-height:121px;

 

    overflow-x:hidden;

 

    padding:30px 0 0 310px;

 

    word-wrap:break-word;

 

}

 

Reference CSS in V4 Master Page

As mentioned above we need to tell SharePoint to load the new CSS file.

Go to Site Actions and Site Settings.  Under Galleries you will see Master pages.  You will now see a list of different files and search for v4.master.  Open this file in SharePoint Designer

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We are going to add a line of code that will load the new CSS file.  Add the code to line 36 on its own line.

<link rel="stylesheet" href="/siteassets/NewCSS.css" type="text/css" media="screen" />

 

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All we need to do now is upload the CSS file and the banner image.

Down the left hand side of your SharePoint page click on ‘All Site Content’ and open the Site Assets library.

Upload the CSS and banner image into this library.

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When you next refresh your page you will be able to see your banner on the page.

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Submitted Banners

Big thanks and congratulations to Paul Martin who submitted his banner to me.

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Chat with SharePoint MVPs Today

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Every few months the Microsoft SharePoint team arrange a online chat for you to ask questions to SharePoint MVPs.  Well, today is no exception.  Come and ask any kind of question you have about SharePoint 2007 or 2010, a technical issue you have or if you want to know something about the product.

Join us today at 5pm UK time.  Here is the link

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/chats/default.aspx

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Awarded Microsoft SharePoint MVP again

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Its that time of year that I sit and wait to find out if I have been awarded for the last 12 months of activity in the SharePoint and education community. 

The time came and I was waiting for the email to come, and it didn’t, and it still didn’t arrive.  So I checked my junk mail and still nothing in there.

My fiancée and I went out to the cinema that evening and my phone went off 3 times, each of them emails but nothing to do with my MVP.  I checked junk mail again and then logged on to twitter to see that everyone else had heard.

I didn’t sleep well that night.  Where was my email, have I been awarded or not.

It was 29 hours after everyone else that I eventually got my email to say – congratulations you are SharePoint Server MVP for 2010.  Get in!!!!

Thanks to everyone who has helped and supported me in the last 12 months to get this award again.

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Integrating SharePoint and Moodle: Moodle Webparts for SharePoint 2007

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As a school we have decided to evaluate Moodle for a VLE for our school.  The main reasons we have done this is because of the course builder with built in quizs and SCORM builders.

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I have to say they are very well built.  They are not page viewers like some companies make for their SharePoint webparts but these are written to look at the Moodle database and give you the information presented in a proper ASP webpart.  I’m very pleased to see this happen.

What caught my eye straight away and credit to the writer of this is the office presence by the names of the course.  One of the web parts is the moodle courses which lists all the available course and as you can see it (screen shot below) has the teachers name and then the office presence.  I think it is a shame that in Moodle itself doesn’t show this – because if the pupil was accessing the course, doing some work and they had an issue they could see the teacher straight away and ask them any questions.

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In this post I’m going to mainly list the webparts with a screen shot – I’ve already started on another post to do with the install of them and I will also do a post on how to publish Moodle, SharePoint and the Moodle WebApps from the same URL through ISA.

Moodle: Welcome
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Moodle messages is the built in online chat available in moodle.  Here you can see the message someone has sent you while you were away – the text they sent is ‘testing’

Moodle: Courses
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In the Filter Option in this webpart you can select from My Course, Upcoming Courses and All Available Courses

Moodle: Online Users
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Again this is more powerful in SharePoint than in Moodle as you can see their Office Presence as well.

Moodle: My Assignment
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Moodle: Document Exchange
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I do like this web part.  On the left you have your Moodle course, on the right hand side you have your SharePoint Document library.  This web part will allow you to transfer documents between both products.

There are some other webparts but they are very similar, depending on the user.

Here is the full list of the X Moodle WebParts

  • Moodle: Courses
  • Moodle: Document Exchange
  • Moodle: Messages
  • Moodle: My Assignment
  • Moodle: My Courses
  • Moodle: My Supervisied Assignements
  • Moodle: My Teaching Courses
  • Moodle: News and Announcements
  • Moodle: Online Colleagues
  • Moodle: Online Students
  • Moodle: Online Users
  • Moodle: Welcome

In the next few weeks I’ll do a post on how to install moodle and the webparts on a Windows System with SQL Server and also another post which I have been asked to do on how to publish it all through ISA on a single URL.

Integrating Moodle and SharePoint: Using SharePoint as a File Store, Apache

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Microsoft have released a whitepaper this week on ‘Using Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (2007) as a File System for Moodle’ which shows you the steps to storing all the course material you upload via Moodle into a document library in SharePoint.

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The Microsoft Education Labs team who work out of the Seattle office are a great team and I’ve got to meet a few of them over the last few months.  They are a great innovative team always thinking ahead of the games.  They have produced several other add-ins that can complement both Moodle and Microsoft products.  Make sure to visit their site on a regular basis to see what they are working on and released.

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