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Started by Regan Scarfe 02 Mar 2012 5:33pm () Replies (15)

Hi

Does anyone know an "easy" way to link to a specific DigiStore learning object from an LMS? It used to be easy to link to an object, the kids were prompted for a username and password and they were away. Now with learning pathways and multiple login methods it is more combersum and I want to simplfy it for my six year olds.

Thanks

Regan

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  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 02 Mar 2012 7:46pm ()

    Hi there - I'm one of the two Digi Advisors that maintain the wiki and help schools out with Digistore. When you have made a learning path and are editing that learning path, there is a link at the top of the page next to URL (not the link in the browser address bar) that you can use to send students to everything in that list. There is also a URL listed under each individual item within the learning path when in edit mode and that can be used to send students to a specific activity within the learning path rather than the entire list.  On the wiki, we have a page showing how to make learning paths:

    http://digistore.wikispaces.com/Learning+Paths

    We also run free professional development for anyone that wants more support with Digistore in the form of a virtual workshop. Get in touch via email at suzie.vesper@core-ed.org or by phone on 021567135 if you are interested.

  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 02 Mar 2012 8:27pm ()

    Hi again Regan,

    You are correct! That is a change that I had not picked up on until now so I am glad you have alerted me to this one. I will try chasing some information down for you and will get back to you in this forum.

  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 06 Mar 2012 3:09pm ()

    I've talked to the programmers and they think it was a 'happy accident' that we were able to use that link to start with. They don't want teachers to basically by-pass the logging in process through using the links in learning paths (even though that is what learning paths can do!). They have pointed out to me that schools can write away by email to get a student login which you can give any student in the school to use. They would need to login to follow the links or you could have them logged in to the student PIN before they start.

  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 06 Mar 2012 3:46pm ()

    Hi again. Just to confirm that the learning path URLs will still work to jump students into a learning path without needing a login. This issue is just for individual objects in a learning path.

  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 07 Mar 2012 10:26pm ()

    Hi there - I brought that up with the programmers but they said that learning paths were introduced as a way to design a learning sequence in order to add value to the learning objects and that not needing to log in was not the main emphasis but just made the management of this easier.  They are going to discuss the individual URL issue at their next meeting as a result of my call but I dont' think it is likely that this will be changed unfortunately.

    However, they did point out that there is a student login set up for every school that schools can write to Digistore to get the details for. If you login at the beginning of an internet session using the student pin, then the URL links for individual objects in a learning path do work. I just tested it out with the student login details I have for a school and, once I logged in, the link you posted earlier jumped me straight into the activity. If you log in every morning before the kids start on the computer, you will get the same effect as before.

  • Suzie Vesper (View all users posts) 07 Mar 2012 11:15pm ()

    I understand it is really frustrating but the content within Digistore has to be under a login because some of the content was only released for use by schools from the contributing organisations under the priviso that it was only available within a closed space. The learning paths have been a handy workaround. Still, I think that the student login option could be pretty doable as well. 

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