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Common Cartridge

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.

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Resource Types

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 Types
Resource Type in CC Resource Type within Blackboard Open Content Properties Notes
Folder Collection
  • Title
All content types except Folder can have 0 or more roles specified (Instructor, Learner, Mentor).
Web Content Page or File
  • Title
  • IntendedUse (lessonplan, syllabus, unspecified)
If the content is in HTML format, it is imported as a Page. Otherwise, content is imported as a File.
Weblink Link
  • Title
  • URL
  • Target
  • Window Features
 
Discussion Topic Forum
  • Topic
  • Title
  • Text
  • Attachment(s)
 
Assessment Quiz
  • Title
 
Question Bank Question Bank
  • Title
  • Feedback permitted
  • Hints permitted
  • Solutions permitted
  • Time limit (minutes)
  • Allow late submission
  • Max attempts (1-5 or unlimited)
 

Question Types

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.

Question Types
Question Type Properties Notes
All Question Types
  • Label/Title
  • Text (may include HTML, Intra-package references, URLs, formatting)
  • General Feedback (optional)
  • Correct Feedback (optional)
  • Incorrect Feedback (optional)
  • Hints (optional)
  • Solutions (optional)
  • Weight (0-99)
 
Multiple Choice - single response
  • Choice-level feedback (optional)
  • Question answer choices
  • Correct answer (no partial credit)

Answer choices may include HTML, Intra-package references, URLs, formatting, images, video, audio.

Multiple Choice - multiple responses
  • Choice-level feedback (optional)
  • Question answer choices
  • Correct answer (no partial credit)
Answer choices may include HTML, Intra-package references, URLs, formatting, images, video, audio.
True/False

 

 
Simple Fill-in-the-Blanks
  • Answer choices
  • Choice-level feedback (optional)

Answer choices can be set as case-sensitive or not.

Pattern Match (optional)
  • Answer choices
  • Choice-level feedback (optional)

Answer choices can be set as case-sensitive and substring matching, or not.

Essay  

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.