Instructions to import the OpenMed course into an existing LMS

It is strongly recommended to use the services of an experienced ICT staff on successful  interoperability process between Learning Management Sistema (LMSs) and with Learning Objects and-or information packages, in order to help installing and importing, along the process, towards a successful result.

It is also strongly recommended that Sakai 11 or above is used to replicate the OpenMed course. Since the course was implemented in this LMS and version, the compatibility is granted.

The OpenMed project partners will not provide any ICT support to the export import process. They have no responsibility and cannot be claimed for any liability in the case of any sudden mistake or error, unexpected situation, fault installation or broken importation process.

The inter-operable learning packages are built in IMS Common Cartridge. If the OpenMed course needs to be installed in other LMSs, the table below show the compatible packages to be imported to Moodle, Blackboard or Canvas (for instance, this is not an exclusive list, since many other LMSs import/export from/to IMS Common Cartridge).

IMS Common Cartridge export package

IMS CC 1.1, intended for Sakai, Moodle and Blackboard

IMS CC 1.3, intended for Sakai and Canvas

Additional information about how to manage the import service from the most popular LMSs is provided as follows. The following links are solely responsibility by their owners: Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas.

A general guide for the import service follows below for Canvas and Moodle, as an example. Please, be advised that this guide is generic and must be updated and double checked at the target LMS site before the implementation.

Import an IMS Common Cartridge package into Canvas
  1. In Canvas, go to your course and click “Settings”
  2. Click “Import Content into this course” (in the right-hand column of options)
  3. For “Content Type”, choose “Common Cartridge 1.x Package”
  4. Choose the file that you exported from the Sakai lessons tool, it should have a name similar to “Sakai-export.imscc”
  5. Click “Select Question Bank” and either create a new question bank, or choose an existing one (this is where Canvas will store quiz questions from Sakai “Pools”)
  6. Click either “All Content” or “Select specific content” depending on whether you want to import everything, or pick and choose
  7. You may click the option to “Adjust Events and due dates” if you like. This attempts to automatically shift dates, but it may not work satisfactorily
  8. Click “Import”
  9. Wait. This may take a long time depending on the size of your course and how
    many files
  10. Under “Current Jobs” canvas will either indicate “Completed” or “Waiting for Select” (depending on whether you chose to import all content, or select specific content)
  11. If you see “Waiting for Select” click “Select Content”, then place check
    marks next to the items you want to import
  12. If you see “Completed” Canvas may also show an “Issues” link. You can
    click “Issues” to see what problems Canvas ran into.
  13. Once Canvas indicates the “Common Cartridge” job is “Completed” you can now go to the individual areas of Canvas to make final adjustments and changes
  14. Be sure to review the list of potential problems and things to check. You may want to continue with the instructions in the next section to make sure you include all your Resources.
Import an IMS Common Cartridge package into Moodle

IMS Common Cartridge packages can be imported into Moodle by uploading the zip file to Administration > Course administration > Restore then clicking the restore button (the same process as restoring a course backup).

Occasionally, there might be some issues between IMS CC and LMSs. In these cases, we suggest to run the package through the IMS CC validator to check it for errors. The validator can also fix some of those errors.