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.

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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.

Walk Through: Install SLK 1.5 on SharePoint 2010

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Install SharePoint Learning Kit to the Farm

Download SharePoint Learning Kit from the codeplex website hosted here http://slk.codeplex.com.  The current version for this blog post is SLK-SP2010-Beta2.zip.

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Extract all the files located in the downloaded zip to c:SLK.

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Open the SharePoint 2010 Management Shell

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In a later stage we will be running a pre-written PowerShell command script that is stored in the install files.  We have to enable scripts to be run.  Run the following command.


It will then ask you if you are sure.  Type ‘Y’ and press enter.

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Set the location of the folder we extracted earlier.


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This now allows us to run a pre-written PowerShell command that has been written to install the SLK feature into the SharePoint 2010 farm.

The script only has 2 lines of code but to run this command type the following into the same cmdlet.


When this script has been run you will be give a table view of the solution installed.  It will state that the deployment is not ‘Deployed’.  This is fine as we will deploy it in the next few steps.

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Now open the SharePoint Central Administration website and from the list down the left hand side select System Settings.

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Under Farm Management you will see Manage farm solutions – select this link.

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You will now see a list of all the solutions you have deployed in this farm.  In the list you will see sharepointlearningkit.wsp and that the status is ‘Not Deployed’.

Click ‘sharepointlearningkit.wsp’ which will take us to the deployment page.

This page gives us some information about the solutions we are deploying.  Click on ‘Deploy Solution’.

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It will now ask where you want to deploy the solution.  Click OK to deploy.

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SharePoint Learning Kit is now deployed to your farm.

Create the SLK Database

SLK will use its own database to store information such as grades.  It won’t be a large database but it still has to be created.

In Central Admin click on Application Management and at the bottom you will SharePoint Learning Kit Configuration.  Click on Configure SharePoint Learning Kit.

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On the configuration page you will be able to add the database server and a new database.  At the bottom click OK.

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If you are using SQL Server Express edition you will need to put in the SQL instance name a well.  Refer to this post if you are using this database.  http://www.bfcnetworks.com/sharepoint-learning-kit-installing-on-single-server-farm/

There are 2 steps left,  one is to add the web part and the other is to enable the site for SharePoint Learning Kit.

Deploy the SLK Assignment Web Part

Navigate in your browse to your SharePoint Site. 

Click on Site Actions and then Site Settings at the top

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Under Site Collection Administration you will see Site collection features.  Click this link.

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You are now given a list of all the features you can enable in your site collection.  In the list you will see ‘SharePoint Learning Kit – Assignment List Web Part’.  Click Activate to install the web part.

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The web part is now enabled on your site.

Enable a site for SLK

Navigate in your browse to the SharePoint site you want to enable for SLK. 

Click on Site Actions and then Site Settings at the top

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Under Site Action you will see Manage site features.  Click this link.

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In the list you will notice there are 3 features that a site can be Activated.

  • SharePoint Learning Kit
  • SharePoint Learning Kit – Assign Self
  • SharePoint Learning Kit – Assign to Site

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Active these are you will be able to use SLK in your site.

SharePoint Learning Kit: SLK for SharePoint 2010

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In the past few days the new version of SharePoint Learning Kit (SLK) has been released for SharePoint 2010.  In the past few years I have not been able to decide whether SLK is the right tool for education transformation and giving students the engagement they need for lesson and online learning.

Even though I have come to use Moodle more, SLK still has a place in my heart and its great to see that Richard Willis has now updated the current 1.4 to work in SharePoint 2010, now know as 1.5.

It’s currently in beta but download it, have a plan and let Richard know of any bugs so it can be ironed out.

Click to download SharePoint Learning Kit for SharePoint 2010

SharePoint Learning Kit: Installing on Single Server Farm

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I’ve seen a few requests recently for the SLK install documents to be updated to show how to install SharePoint Learning Kit onto a single server environment. This is something that I encounter a lot with my installs so thought it was time to do a post about it.

When you install MOSS or WSS3 onto a single server the install wizard automatically installs the embedded version SQL 2005 Express on the same box but when you go to create your SLK database you get the below error message!

 

An error has occurred while establishing a connection to the server. When connecting to SQL Server 2005, this failure may be caused by the fact that under the default settings SQL Server does not allow remote connections. (provider: Named Pipes Provider, error: 40 – Could not open a connection to SQL Server)


More information has been written to the server event log.

Install SLK onto a Single Server

Having installed MOSS or WSS on your single server download SharePoint Learning Kit from www.codeplex.com/slk

Extract the SLK zip file in a new folder.

Run AddSolution.cmd – This will add SharePoint Learning Kit to your farmSLKInstall1

 

To add it to your default site you need to run DeplySolution.cmd

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This has now deployed the MyAssignment WebPart to your default site and add the SharePoint Learning Kit Feature but now you need to create the SLK database.

Open Central Administrator and go to the Operations tab

Under Data Configuration click on Default Database Server

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You will see Default Database.  This is normal called {yourserver name} followed by OfficeServer.  Copy this information and click cancel

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Now click on Application Management at the top

At the bottom you will now see a new area called SharePoint Learning Kit Configuration.  Under that area click on Configure SharePoint Learning Kit.

In the Database Server box, paste the same information you copied from the default database.

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Now when you click ok you will be able to create the SLK database needed for SLK to work.

A quick tip – if you open Configure SharePoint Learning Kit with Create New Database unchecked – it has connected and created your database for you.

 

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SharePoint Service Pack 1 and SLK

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I've just updated my MOSS server to service pack 1.

I read up on upgrading my MOSS servers and looked into if anyone had any affects of upgrading with SharePoint Learning Kit installed and couldn't find anything.

Well my environment didn't have any problems after the upgarde and SLK works fine. 

Useful link of upgrading

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SharePoint Learning Kit: Where is the best place for the My Assignment Web Part?

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I’ve had a few people recently ask me where I would recommend putting the My Assignment Web Part?  With in the pupils My Site or somewhere else?

 SharePoint Learning Kit Where is the best place for the My Assignment Web Part

Well it depends on how you intend to use your site.

Personally – I have it within the pupils site where they can also see announcements, calendar, documents and other custom lists that are relevant to my pupils.  As for the staff – they are the same.  They can access all the information they need from the staff site including the My Assignment Web Part.  If your a pupil your IE home page takes you to the pupil site so they receive all the information straight away

I have been to schools recently that are using the My Site as their home page instead so pupils can access their My Documents and using RSS and Content Editor Filter to deliver the information from other areas with their SharePoint environment.

So where is best?  I don’t think there is a write or wrong answer – its all about your configuration, individual schools needs and training/awareness.  If you let your users know where its going to be – they will find it.

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