SharePoint and SharePoint Learning Kit on IPod Touch

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For christmas I got a brand new IPod – something I wanted as I had filled my old 4GB one.  I got the new IPod Touch with a capacity of 16GB.  I can now fit all my podcasts on there and listen to the music I want instead of having to select before going out.

For those of you who dont know the IPod Touch looks the same as an IPhone but without the phone features.  It does come with a wifi connection which I connected fine to my home network with WEP encryption.  You can then connect to youtube and watch videos that are streamed to your ipod.

IPod Touch and the IPhone both come with Safari as their web browser.  I put in my MOSS address – got the log on screen which is form based from ISA 2006 and it took me to my home page for MOSS.  The layout was the same – no slowness to load the page.  If you turn your IPod from vertical to horizontal it also changes the screen that way as well.

VerticalMOSS  on IPodTouchHoriMOSS on IPodTouch

One of the features with the safari web browsing is the you can double tap on the screen and it will zoom into that part of the screen.  You also get a full standard onscreen keyboard and if you are typing away the screen will move to where you are typing in.

 ISA-FBA on IPodTouch

ISAZoom in  on IPodTouch

Zoom in on MOSS on IPodTouch

I could add annoucements, view the calendar and update my internal blog.  I also got onto my mysite but encounted my first problem.  I have a inbox, calendar and contact (Exchange/OWA 2007) web part within my first page and these didn’t load – got the error message – "Access to Calendar folder from Outlook Web Access Web Part is supported only for Internet Explorer 6 and later".  Within one of my SharePoint Site I have a page viewer web part which loads OWA with in it.  This loaded fine as the light version and if I go straight to OWA it works as well.

OWA in Sharepoint on IPodTouch

SharePoint Learning Kit didnt work – I first tried to assign a SCORM learning resource to myself but when I did elearning access it errored.  The webpart loaded fine – no issue with that.  I saw a learning resource was assigned to me and it tried to open the IMS file but then sat at Please Wait.  Nothing happened.  It now on my wish list to get sorted – the IPod Touch and IPhone could be a really asset to education.

A list of things that did work

  • Search
  • All default master pages
  • Adding Annoucements
  • Adding calendar event – but you have to type any dates in manually – eg 07/04/2008
  • load images an image in document library
  • load txt file
  • Update blog
  • add links.

Things that didnt work

  • OWA web parts
  • SharePoint Learning Kit
  • View word, powerpoint documents – error message says – safari could not download this file

SharePoint Learning Kit: Default Alternate Access Mapping

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SharePoint Learning Kit and MLG will only work with the public mapping address set in Central Admin.  If you are using a different address other than the default that was set up as part of your install you need to edit it.  Link below on how to do it.

http://technet2.microsoft.com/Office/en-us/library/be9d31d2-b9cb-4442-bfc6-2adcdbff8fae1033.mspx?mfr=true

If you are configuring your MLG for ISA here is how to do it with your ISA and Central Admin

http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/WSS/en/library/c8ccffce-5162-46af-a3ef-1d7914e8efee1033.mspx?mfr=true

If you try and use a different access mapping address SLK will try and connect to the default address

SharePoint Learning Kit: Different Versions!

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Some of you may be aware of this – some of you may not!

If you have MLG you need to have the SLK web part that is provided with download from www.codeplex.com/mlg.  If you have this installed already and then install the update from www.codeplex.com/SLK it will remove the option of SLK Observer which you require for some of the MLG components to work.

I hope you will find this informaiton useful.
Alex

SharePoint Learning Kit: Learning Resource Products

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SharePoint Learning Kit: Part 3 – rewriten and shorter.

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I have decided to rewrite my last post – not happy with it  going to shorten it.

I thought for part 3 I would give a bit of a work through of SLK and assigning a document to a pupil.

  1. Install SLK
  2. Create a new Team Site
  3. Give your learners view access to your site
  4. Give your instructor for that class members access
  5. Enable SharePoint Learning Kit for that site
    • Go to Site Actions
    • Go to Site Settings
    • Under Site Administration go to Site Features
    • Make sure SharePoint Learning Kit is Activated
  6. You now need to tell SLK which users are learners and instructors.
    • Go to Site Actions
    • Go to Site Settings
    •  Under Users and Permissions go to Advanced Permissions
    • Click on Visitors and check SLK Learners
    • Click on Members and check SLK Instructors
  7. As part of the download of SLK, Microsoft has provided a SCORM learning resource called solitaire.zip.  Upload this to your documents library within this site.
  8. When the documents has uploaded click on the downwards arrow next to the document name and click on E-Learning Actions.
  9. You will now see your site name in the middle of the screen.  Click on your site name.
  10. You can now give a date and time for the assign to go to learners.  A due date, if you want students to see the answers after you have returned it to them.   You can also select which learners to assign it to.

I’ve added screen shots to my photo album of this.  Have a look.