Thursday Jan 31, 2013

UPK at Alliance 2013

The Alliance 2013 conference is just around the corner – Sunday, March 17th through Wednesday, March 20th in Indianapolis, IN.  If you’re planning to attend, be sure to stop by the Oracle booth (#306) to say “hello”, ask questions, or see a UPK demo.

Hear how other customers are making the most of UPK by attending these UPK sessions:

Monday, March 18th

Wait -- I need to capture your knowledge! (31186)
Cindy Kozumplik - Northern Illinois University

Developing Training Materials for Users in the Fast Lane (31395)
Liz Medvetz, Training Team Lead - University at Albany

Is Your UPK Content Bland? Enhance It! (31622)
Rebecca Padia, Training Specialist - University of North Texas

Tuesday, March 19th

Ready – Set – Test: Using UPK at NIU to Accelerate Testing (31534)
Cindy Kozumplik - Northern Illinois University

Build it! – UPK enable all of your applications using IAS SDK! (31037)
Robin Riley, Training & Documentation Specialist - Ryerson University

UPK Can Rock Your World - How One PeopleSoft 9.0 Implementation Achieved Success (31140)
Jan Crosbie-Taylor, Change Management and User Support Team Lead - City & County of San Francisco

We’re looking forward to seeing you at Alliance 2013!

Wednesday Jan 16, 2013

UPK Websites - A Compilation

Emily Chorba
Principle Product Manager, Oracle User Productivity Kit

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Wednesday Jan 09, 2013

Oracle UPK and Accessibility

Oracle User Productivity Kit offers many features that allow authors to create content that is usable and useful to Assistive Technology (AT) users. While the Oracle User Productivity Kit HTML Web Site 11 VPAT (http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/accessibility/templates/t2-2584.html) provides a good representation of how UPK addresses Accessibility requirements for end users, it's only part of the story. In this post I will describe a few practical examples of how specific UPK features or outputs have been used to effectively meet the needs of AT users. This is certainly not meant to be an exhaustive list of capabilities, nor is it meant to describe the limits of UPK, but rather the starting point to a broader discussion about UPK and Accessibility.

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Wednesday Jan 02, 2013

Knowledge Center Support of SCORM 2004 3rd-Party Content

You can now import a title that was created using any tool that builds SCORM 2004 3rd Edition content. For use in Knowledge Center the content should be exported and zipped, with the imsmanifest.xml file at the root of the zip file. Once imported, this content can only be played through a knowledge path; it is not available through the Player link in Knowledge Center.

While Knowledge Center does support the SCORM 2004 API as well as the Run-Time Environment Data Model it does not support the Sequencing and Navigation functionality of SCORM 2004. For external content to operate correctly when hosted in Knowledge Center, it must be written to function correctly in the absence of this functionality. In particular, if completion and scoring information is to be properly recorded, the Sharable Content Object (SCO) must send this information to Knowledge Center directly rather than relying on setting the completion and scoring information of its primary objective.

Below is a list of the SCORM 2004 level of support in the Knowledge Center:

  • Knowledge Center includes a more versatile mentoring and feedback facility that allows for two-way conversations. Therefore it makes no use of comments submitted through the cmi.comments_from_learner data model element. However, any user comments written by a SCO will be saved and be available for retrieval by the SCO throughout the current attempt.
  • Knowledge Center does not support cmi.comments_from_lms functionality outside of its mentoring and feedback facility. Therefore, the cmi.comments_from_lms array will always be empty, and a get on cmi.comments_from_lms._count will return 0.
  • Knowledge Center does not support this functionality outside of its mentoring and feedback facility. Therefore, the cmi.comments_from_lms array will always be empty, and a get on cmi.comments_from_lms._count will return 0.
  • cmi.completion_status May be set either directly through setting the value of cmi.completion_status or indirectly through setting cmi.progress_measure
  •  cmi.completion_threshold Set in manifest file. Allows the Knowledge Center to set cmi.completion_status based on setting of cmi.progress_measure.
  • cmi.credit Always returns "credit"
  • cmi.entry Returns "resume" if resuming a suspended attempt. Otherwise returns "ab-initio".
  • cmi.completion_status May be set either directly through setting the value of cmi.completion_status or indirectly through setting cmi.progress_measure.
  • cmi.completion_threshold Set in manifest file. Allows the Knowledge Center to set cmi.completion_status based on setting of cmi.progress_measure.
  • cmi.credit Always returns "credit".
  • cmi.entry Returns "resume" if resuming a suspended attempt. Otherwise returns "ab-initio".
  • cmi.exit Accepts all vocabulary tokens, but all values other than "suspend" are handled as normal session end. Logging out is handled through the Knowledge Center user interface and there is no special support for timeout.
  • cmi.interactions Supported. However, since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, interaction objective id's will not map to anything. The SCO is still free to use interaction objectives for its own internal use.
  • cmi.launch_data Supported.
  • cmi.learner_id Supported.
  • cmi.learner_name Supported.
  • Knowledge Center does not use user preferences and has no mechanism to set these preferences outside of the RTE. Therefore, user preferences will initially return their default values. These may be set by the SCO and will be maintained for the duration of the attempt, but when the attempt ends they will revert to their defaults.
  • cmi.location Supported.
  • cmi.max_time_allowed Set in manifest file. Knowledge Center does not support any special time-out condition, so if the SCO supports time-out and sets cmi.exit to "time-out", this will be no different from setting cmi.exit to "normal".
  • cmi.mode Always returns "normal".
  • cmi.objectives Available for use by the SCO. However, since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, objective id's will not map to anything and the array will initially be empty. Setting the success status or score of an objective will have no external effect. The SCO is still free to use the objectives array for its own internal use.
  • cmi.progress_measure If set, in combination with a specified value of cmi.completion_threshold, the Knowledge Center will override any explicit setting of cmi.completion_status and evaluate completion status on its own.
  • cmi.scaled_passing_score Part of Sequencing and Navigation and not supported.
  • cmi.score Supported.
  • cmi.session_time Supported.
  • Since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, cmi.success_status must be set explicitly, rather than through objectives or cmi.scaled_passing_score.
  • cmi.suspend_data Supported.
  • Knowledge Center does not support any special time-out condition, so if the SCO supports time-out and sets cmi.exit to "time-out", this will be no different from setting cmi.exit to "normal".
  • cmi.total_time Supported.
  • cmi.objectives Available for use by the SCO. However, since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, objective id's will not map to anything and the array will initially be empty. Setting the success status or score of an objective will have no external effect. The SCO is still free to use the objectives array for its own internal use.
  • cmi.progress_measure If set, in combination with a specified value of cmi.completion_threshold, the Knowledge Center will override any explicit setting of cmi.completion_status and evaluate completion status on its own.
  • cmi.scaled_passing_score Part of Sequencing and Navigation and not supported.
  • cmi.score Supported.
  • cmi.session_time Supported.
  • cmi.success_status Supported. Since Sequencing and Navigation is not supported, cmi.success_status must be set explicitly, rather than through objectives or cmi.scaled_passing_score.
  • cmi.suspend_data Supported.
  • Knowledge Center does not support any special time-out condition, so if the SCO supports time-out and sets cmi.exit to "time-out", this will be no different from setting cmi.exit to "normal".
  • cmi.total_time Supported.
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