Tools for implementors
A good way to get an understanding of standards and specifications in eLearning is to try using them - and for that you need some tools to work with. Thankfully, there are other universities and colleges doing exactly the same thing, and have built their own toolkits you can use to get you started.
Nothing puts you off specifications like creating XML files by hand. Surely the whole point of standards is to reduce workload and increase automation? Well, this depends largely on the maturity of the tools you can work with that implement the standard.
We're still in the early days of IMS and SCORM adoption, but there are a few simple tools available to make life a little easier. Many of them are even free!
Below are some tools for working with IMS and other specifications, such as packaging content, building QTI assessments, and other tasks you may want to accomplish.
I've concentrated here on tools useful to implementers and developers; I haven't included any "end user" applications such as Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) and content creation packages that support the specifications; but you can find those in the directory.
If you know of anything else useful, scroll down to the bottom of this article and tell us about it!
SCORMSCORM Compliance Self-Test Suite
IMS Content Packaging and MetadataMicrosoft LRN Toolkit 3.0
AssessmentIMS Assesst Designer