Feature Spotlight: Access Zoom recordings in your Learning Management System

With Zoom being increasingly used for online live learning and recording lectures, instructors will often want to record Zoom video conferencing sessions, allowing students to review, catch up on a missed class or even to produce lecture capture material.

CirQlive MEETS now includes the ability to easily access and view Zoom recordings within the Learning Management System’s course page, bringing Zoom directly into the online learning environment. Further, Zoom recordings are efficiently organized, displaying the recordings in their appropriate course within the LMS.

Zoom recordings in Moodle
Access and view Zoom recordings in the LMS

CirQlive MEETS’s recording management capabilities alleviate the need manually share Zoom recording links with students, and enables users to fully utilize Zoom within the learning environment. This feature is included in our MEETS integration platform for LTI-enabled Learning Management Systems, including Moodle, Blackboard Learn, Canvas and Brightspace by D2L.

Visit CirQlive at Cisco Live 2016 in Vegas

Cisco Live 2016 is just a week away, and we’re excited to join the EDU team at Cisco and showcase how Cisco WebEx is propelling online education forward.

With CirQlive MEETS providing a comprehensive WebEx integration into Learning Management Systems, WebEx has already become an integral part of leading online learning programs in Higher Ed and K-12.

CirQlive MEETS is a complete solution, which allows you to effectively manage all your WebEx activities, right from your LMS. Whether you would like to schedule WebEx classes, SSO to WebEx events, watch WebEx recordings as a streaming video or view attendance records - all this is now available right from your LMS course page.
MEETS now includes a conversion engine that automatically converts your WebEx recordings from ARF to MP4 format as well. This allows students to easily review WebEx class recordings on portable devices.

We’re continuously working with our friends and partners at Cisco on adding new features and capabilities, with the aim to enhance online learning experiences worldwide.

If you plan on being in Las Vegas on July 10-14, come visit the Cisco Campus within the World of Solutions (#109). The Cisco EDU and CirQlive teams are looking forward to welcoming you at the EDU booth and Cisco EDU sessions!

The Battle Of Multiple Learning Management Systems: A Learning Application Developer’s View On LTI

This article will address the issue of multiple Learning Management Systems discussing some of the history, effects, challenges, and current usages of the LTI Protocol by IMS Global.

CirQlive MEETS integrates web conferencing services with LMSs

Winning The Battle Of Multiple Learning Management Systems


Here is how to win the battle of multiple Learning Management Systems (LMSs). Let us start with part one, the pre-LTI era.

Part One - The Pre-LTI Era: Background And Challenges 


The Learning Management System for EDU space is very crowded and there are literally hundreds of other Learning Management Systems which trickle the EDU space worldwide.  However  90% of the market space is controlled by some of the major players such as BlackBoard, Canvas by Instructure, Moodle, Pearson Learning Studio, Sakai, and Desire2Learn. There has also been some consolidation recently with companies like BlackBoard buying Learning Management Systems such as Angel as well as several major Moodle Hosting Companies Worldwide.
  • Challenge #1: Uniqueness of each  set of APIs.
    Each one of these Learning Management Systems has their own set of APIs. Each one has a unique interface and course structure.  Integrating with all these Learning Management Systems poses a major challenge for learning application developers such as ourselves. Each one of these Learning Management Systems has their own set of APIs. Each one has a unique interface and course structure. Not only would this require companies like ourselves to create an application from scratch for every Learning Management System, users would expect us to maintain and support our application every time a Learning Management System provider releases a new version. Companies that would want to integrate their product and solution into the Learning Management System would have to spend tremendous time and resources to develop their application uniquely to each Learning Management System.
  • Challenge #2: Application deployment.
    Learning applications often are required to be installed on the Learning Management System hosting server. In addition to the sometimes cumbersome installation process, this would create additional considerations such as security threats, and  potential financial resources to the hosting companies for the approval process. With many organizations hosting their Learning Management System by using a Learning Management System hosting company, this would bring another party to the table, posing an additional hurdle for the learning application developer when attempting to bring their platform and solution to the education community.

Part Two - Solution: Multiple Learning Management Systems Welcome LTI


LTI stands for Learning Tools Interoperability. It is a specification developed by IMS Global Learning Consortium and has since been adopted by almost all EDU Learning Management System including Blackboard Learn, Moodle, Canvas, D2L and Sakai (check IMS Certified Product Directory for a comprehensive list).
The concept behind LTI is to establish a standard to easily integrate learning applications with the Learning Management System.
All of the major Learning Management Systems support LTI. This means that we can now invest all of our resources in developing a quality solution, and using LTI make it available to almost all of the education and corporate training community in one go. No need to start from scratch for every Learning Management System, no need to maintain multiple applications, no need to watch applications break over and over again with each new Learning Management System release.
While this may not appear like headline news, this completely changed the approach when integrating learning applications within Learning Management Systems.  Rather than having to install the learning application on premise, the application could now be hosted in the cloud. A few short minutes of entering a URL, key, and secret (specific LTI terminology) into the Learning Management System administration panel and you can link to the learning application anywhere in the Learning Management System. This dramatically simplified the installation process. Delivering the application as a SaaS service allows the ability to push updates automatically to the user without a need to ever bother the Learning Management System hosting company in the process.
To the user, LTI links appear like any other link in the Learning Management System course page. The magic starts when the LTI link is clicked. The LTI link seamlessly connects the user to the learning application, without ever leaving the Learning Management System. Further, LTI will send the user’s information, including name and Learning Management System role to the learning application. Thus, the learning application can identify whether it has been launched by a student or teacher and can therefore handle further requests accordingly.

Part Three - Development Of LTI Integrations: Technical Considerations


There are a few things in mind when developing your learning application for LTI.
First, while LTI is a standard in most Learning Management Systems today, there are some minor technical differences in the ways it has been implemented across Learning Management Systems (or Tool Consumers in LTI terms).
Some LTI parameters won’t be supported in all Learning Management Systems. Additionally, some LTI parameters are optional and might not be passed to the learning application at the discretion of the Learning Management System administrator or user. Some roles such as Administrator or Teaching Assistant are not supported in some Learning Management Systems. These need to be taken into consideration when designing the LTI wrapper for your learning application (Tool Provider in LTI terms), and we do recommend testing your LTI learning Tool with each Learning Management System.
Secondly, while delivering your learning application as a SaaS service has many advantages, you should note that this will require the maintenance of your cloud infrastructure. Among other things, this will require planning server capacity to take peak usage into consideration, IT maintenance, uptime guarantees, notifying users when server downtime is expected, regular backups, and planning server costs.
Lastly, we still need to remember that LTI has its limits. It will pass some basic information to your learning application, and it can optionally pass minimal grading data back into the gradebook, but that’s pretty much it for now. Anything more then that will require some creative design or will not be possible for now across all the Learning Management Systems.

Summary


LTI has completely changed the Learning Management System integration landscape. Rather than building a unique solution for each Learning Management System, learning applications can now be connected with almost all EDU Learning Management Systems using one standard. With LTI applications already an integral part of the Learning Management System experience in many leading online learning programs, these are exciting times for the community’s learning application developer.

This article was originally published on https://elearningindustry.com. You can view it here.

Welcome to the CirQlive Blog

We’re excited to announce our new CirQlive blog, which will give us the opportunity to share our newest developments, zoom in on specific product features, broadcast company activities, and much more...

CirQlive MEETS, has become the go-to platform for integrating the world’s leading web conferencing services with Learning Management Systems and is now at the core of leading online learning programs.

MEETS has been enhanced with many additional features, delivering a complete web conferencing management platform in leading LMSs such as Moodle, Blackboard Learn, Canvas and Brightspace by D2L. MEETS has also been extended to support additional platforms such as CMSs, and we have delivered additional standalone products to further improve and facilitate the rapid growth of live online learning with web conferencing.

We’re planning some exciting announcements shortly, so stay tuned, take a tour around our new blog, and check out our Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube channels to stay up to date on our news!

Sincerely yours,

The CirQlive Team

Visit CirQlive in the Cisco Booth @ ISTE 2016

With ISTE 2016 just around the corner, we’re happy to join our friends and partners at Cisco to share what’s new in store for online learning programs using Cisco WebEx.

With CirQlive MEETS providing a comprehensive WebEx integration into Learning Management Systems, WebEx has already become an integral part of leading online learning programs.

Our latest feature releases includes a conversion engine that automatically converts your WebEx recordings from ARF to MP4, and a web-based video player. This allows students to watch the recording as a streaming video directly within their LMS course page.

Continue your path of educational excellence by combining the power of WebEx and CirQlive's integration which enables efficiency and ease of use directly from within your Learning Management System.

CirQlive & Cisco at ISTE 2016
CirQlive and Cisco at ISTE 2016

We’re continuously working on adding exciting new features, so if you’re in Denver on June 27-29, come visit Cisco and CirQlive in Booth #2537 to find out what’s planned ahead!

Feature Spotlight: Stream your Cisco WebEx recordings in your Learning Management System

When using WebEx for online learning, instructors will often want to record WebEx classes for students to review, catch up on a missed class or even as lecture capture material.
CirQlive MEETS now offers a video player module, which can be included in your LMS integration platform. This web-based video player, allows students to watch the recording as a streaming video directly within their LMS course page in a fully automated process.

When the teacher records to the WebEx cloud, the CirQlive platform grabs the WebEx recording, converts it to MP4, stores it on the CirQlive storage platform and produces the link to the streaming recording in an automated manner - directly to the integration platform sitting in the course page.

 
WebEx recordings in LMS
Watch WebEx recordings directly in the LMS


CirQlive MEETS’s web-based video player is our newest feature, bringing Cisco WebEx into the online learning environment. This module can be included in our integration platform for Learning Management Systems using the LTI standard by IMS Global, including Moodle, Blackboard Learn, Canvas and Brightspace by D2L.

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