About Common Cartridge
Common Cartridge is a set of standards developed by the IMS Global Learning Consortium to enable easier transfer of content between learning software systems. Common Cartridge includes standards for metadata associated with content, question and test interoperability, launching and exchanging data with external applications, schemas for online discussion forums and weblinks, and an authorization standard for components within a Common Cartridge. More at http://www.imsglobal.org/cc/index.html.
The importance of Common Cartridge implementation is that Blackboard Open Content only supports the import of resource types that are outlined in the Common Cartridge specification. These resource types are detailed in the following table.
|Resource Type in CC||Resource Type within Blackboard Open Content||Properties||Notes|
|Folder||Collection|| ||All content types except Folder can have 0 or more roles specified (Instructor, Learner, Mentor).|
|Web Content||Page or File|| ||If the content is in HTML format, it is imported as a Page. Otherwise, content is imported as a File.|
|Discussion Topic||Forum|| |
|Question Bank||Question Bank|| |
Blackboard Open Content will accept only the question types defined within the Common Cartridge specification, and the question types retain their format upon import. These types are detailed in the following table.
|All Question Types|| |
|Multiple Choice - single response|| || |
Answer choices may include HTML, Intra-package references, URLs, formatting, images, video, audio.
|Multiple Choice - multiple responses|| ||Answer choices may include HTML, Intra-package references, URLs, formatting, images, video, audio.|
|Simple Fill-in-the-Blanks|| || |
Answer choices can be set as case-sensitive or not.
|Pattern Match (optional)|| || |
Answer choices can be set as case-sensitive and substring matching, or not.
No auto-grading allowed for essay questions.
Important to Note
Blackboard Open Content only accepts imports in Common Cartridge format.
Common Cartridge is not a perfect standard. Different systems export into Common Cartridge format in different manifestations. If you see variances between content organization or display between Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Open Content, check the validity of the Common Cartridge file.
Currently, users can export from Blackboard Open Content in “light” Common Cartridge format. This means that users can export LTI (or External Tool) links to content stored within Blackboard Open Content. Users cannot directly export the content out of the system.