What is SharePoint Learning Kit?
SLK is a simple but powerful SharePoint tool that gives instructors the flexibility to deliver almost any computer document as an eLearning resource. In a nutshell it allows the assignment, tracking and grading of work.
SharePoint Learning Kit has 2 main types of resources which can be assigned:
This is a SCORM or Class Server package.
These are self-contained packages containing contents defined by the SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) standard or Class Server for web based e-learning. This can include sequencing and automatic marking of tests. SLK is a SCORM certified product.
SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a generic standard while Class Server is the Microsoft Virtual Learning Environment from the SharePoint 2003 era. It was not updated for SharePoint 2007 and SLK is it's successor. It was a key requirement for SLK to support Class Server content.
A teacher can assign any document within a SharePoint learning resource library to learners. The learners can then upload the completed assignment and any supporting files back to SharePoint when they have completed it.
SLK was originally developed in house at Microsoft for SharePoint 2007 as a replacement for some of the Class Server functionality. It is the upgrade path for organisations using Class Server when they upgrade to SharePoint 2007 and SharePoint 2010.
Once the first release was completed, Microsoft released it under on open source license on CodePlex, but initially Microsoft employees remained as the project coordinator.
In January 2009 I took over as project coordinator and it is now fully a community product. Microsoft have occasionally funded some work since then such as the initial work for version 1.4, but in general progress is down to time freely committed by myself and other potential contributors.
SLK requires SharePoint 2007 (WSS3 or MOSS 2007) or SharePoint 2010 to run. However, there is a sample distributed in the source code called Basic Web Player which allows the SCORM player to be used in a standard asp.net application.
All provisioning for assigning instructors and learners is implemented using standard SharePoint features
Managing Director / Founder
Richard started SalamanderSoft in 2007 after a successful career as a software developer. Wanting to start his own company and with experience in integrating school systems he set out to build the best integration system for schools and to exceed customer expectations. He starting out on his own, doing all the coding, support and sales until finally the growing number of customers meant he needed to start growing the team. He is still heavily involved in coding the core Integration Suite product in addition to running the company and being the first point of contact for prospective customers.