Ahh, now I get it. XP stands for “Cross Platform”. Anyways, here’s the full Blackboard keynote from the recent BBWorld event down in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the keynote Project XP (xpLOR) was announced and explained. You can catch up on it here (starts at about 13 minutes in): http://youtu.be/GeHQnNHUN8M?hd=1&t=13m3s.
xpLor started as a project at Moodlerooms, built to be cross platform already its no surprise that Blackboard is embracing it as a bridge between it’s multiple LMS solutions (Angel, Learn, Joule, etc.).
The goal of any content repository, which Michael Chasen, Corporate Keynoter articulated:
We started working on incredible technology to address what we believe to be one of the core and most fundamental issues and challenges institutions face today: the search, creation and management of content at your institution making sure that that content is available across the different platforms that may be implemented not only at your institution; but as well as enabling you, our partner institutions, to better share content among each other.
xpLor gets after that by providing a platform for Learning Objects and Assets that can be tagged, categorized and aligned to any core standard so that its easily searchable and manageable. All the data is captured and becomes richer as it’s used, reused, shared and consumed. xpLor supports LTI and Common Cartridge so there are tons of possibilities to be had in moving content from one LMS to another. It also provides great meta data for the objects (CC license, reports of usage elsewhere, etc.) and allows for rapid deployment not just to one course, but many if your permissions fit.
One of the coolest parts of the demo in the video is the rollout of the same assessment to Angel, Joule and Sakai. Since all play nicely with LTI and xpLor is LMS neutral the exam can be used in each with very little look and feel lost. The grade information is captured as you’d expect (in each LMS) but data is also reported back to xpLor so that if you were the publisher of that assessment you are getting feedback on the questions in your assessment. A psychometrician’s dream!
If it hits critical mass then this could be a major disruption to how institutions view their Learning Management System as it both represents a rapid course building tool but also a neutral territory for the storage and organization of learning objects in the cloud.
Check out the BBWorld Corporate Keynote in full here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeHQnNHUN8M