Abstract for 2019 ELI – Building a Cross-LMS Open Source Learning Tool Community

There are quite a few schools that are switching to new LMS systems.  Often, thinking about a “Next Generation LMS” becomes “What will be our Next LMS?”  If we are to find out way to the NGDLE, we will need a strategy that works with any LMS and can work even when a school is in transition from one LMS to another. The Tsugi Tool framework provides a way to build and integrate innovative tools into any of the LMS systems in the market.  We will report on active outreach efforts to bring Tsugi to the Canvas and Blackboard communities.

In the first part of the session, we will quickly present the Tsugi product, give a simple demonstration of its capabilities, and report on outreach activities to various LMS communities.  Then we will do a series of hands on demos with Google Classroom, Canvas, and Moodle.   After the demos, we will have a group discussion to react to and make suggestions as to whether this approach is has potential and what might be the barriers to success.

Attendees will be aware of how tools can be integrated seamlessly and easily into a wide range of Learning Management Systems using IMS Learning Tools Interoperability and Deep Linking.   Attendees will see a “Portable Educational App Store” integrated into multiple LMS’s in action.

We will have a number of audience participation activities including using Google Classroom, Moodle and other LMS systems.   We will have a coordinated discussion about the veracity of this approach.

Dr. Severance is a founder of the Sakai project and is the lead developer / architect for the Tsugi project.   He also was instrumental in the creation of the IMS LTI and Common Cartridge standards.  He has well over a decade of experience working on and integrating tools into LMS systems.

Tsugi strives to lower the barrier to entry for those who might build learning applications.