Recommended Practices: Planning for, Acquiring and Verifying Thin Common Cartridge (Thin CC)
The content below was last updated in 2018. For the most recent information regarding Common Cartridge, please see the specification's activity page.
Introduction to this Guide
- How the content aligns with applicable standards,
- How it should be organized, and
- How it should be searched and located by the content end-users, teachers and students.
Planning for Thin Common Cartridge Use
II. Project Information
- Facilitate transformational, digital-age instruction that will prepare students to succeed in the 21st century
- Facilitate teachers creating more effective, engaging instruction that can be tailored to the needs and interests of students
- Provide students with anytime-anywhere learning
- Provide students with the skills that complement technology
- Facilitate the development and implementation of rigorous, aligned standards-based curriculum
Use this section to describe the scope of use of the Thin CC. An example is provided below.
The district requires existing and future digital educational applications to be integrated with the learning platform and be 1EdTech conformance certified.
Use this section to list the stakeholders who will be involved in this project. (teachers, students, and administrators)
C. Assumptions and Constraints
Use this section to explain in any important information that may not be clear to a potential vendor. Include specific district requirements such as specific grade ranges to be used, thumbnails, no duplicated links to be provided, align to ___ (fill in) standards. An example is below.
Assumption: To import LTI-enabled content resources into the learning platform, content providers must supply the LTI definitions in a Common Cartridge (CC) v1.2 package. A single package should contain less than 5000 LTI definitions.
Constraint: The learning platform currently has the following technical limitations on metatags for an individual asset. These limitations are: description, keyword, and field
- The character limit for keywords is 200 characters*
- The character limit for URLs is 2,000 characters*
- Use of State Standards Academic Benchmarks GUIDS
- *Character limits are not cumulative
D. Delivery Dates
The Vendor should provide the approximate delivery date and then update with a target date/revised target date as needed. May need several delivery dates for evaluation, piloting/testing, and final delivery for production use.
Approximate Delivery Date:
It is recommended the cartridge should be delivered at least a month before the pilot OR start of school year to allow time for any issues that may arise during testing of the cartridge.
Acquiring Thin Common Cartridges
III. Requirements Information
A. High-Level Business Requirements
The publisher has to provide Asset Title that includes the source text name and a brief description of the asset.
The publisher has to provide the Grade Level for all non-high school courses and/or provide course name for all high school courses.
PHYSICS (High school course search result )
The following Types of Assets are recommended to be available in the library search.
The publisher has to tag the resource by explicitly mentioning whether the intended user is Teacher, Student or All.
Keywords associated with the asset should result in a relevant and sufficient list of materials in a search. It is appropriate to use keywords from the learning standards.
State standards should be correlated to the asset.
It is best practice to require the most recent adoption of state standards.
The Lexile® Framework for Reading is a scientific approach to reading and text measurement. The Lexile text measure represents a text’s difficulty level on the Lexile scale. This would measure the reading level for a student for a particular grade level. The school district recommends having a drop-down box with the below measures to retrieve the search result for each Lexile scale. It is advised to discuss with the school district and learning platform provider to come up with a standard entry format for this before this functionality is implemented.
Fountas and Pinnell Level
This is a teaching approach designed to help teachers for guided learning to support learners at each level from A to Z+. It is advised to discuss with the school district and learning platform provider to come up with a standard entry format for this before this functionality is implemented.
Reading Recovery level
Reading Recovery is a highly effective short-term intervention of one-to-one tutoring for low-achieving first graders. The intervention is most effective when it is available to all students who need it and is used as a supplement to good classroom teaching.
The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) is an individually administered assessment of a child’s reading capabilities. It is a tool to be used by instructors to identify a student's reading level, accuracy, fluency, and comprehension. Once levels are identified, an instructor can use this information for instructional planning purposes.
Verifying Thin Common Cartridges
IV. Verification Processes
|Common Cartridge (CC) is a standard developed by 1EdTech Consortium. Common Cartridge provides a way to package and exchange learning content and assessments. Common Cartridges can contain the actual content, or links to the content via Learning Tool Interoperability links, all with metadata, and curriculum standards metadata that describes the content. Cartridges can be developed once and loaded into multiple different learning environments. Thin Common Cartridge is a subset of the full Common Cartridge that contains only links and metadata about the content. Today’s digital content comes from a variety of resources making it difficult to integrate. Common Cartridge solves this problem by providing a standard way to package learning content so that it can be exported from one system and imported into another, providing educators and students with greater choice and flexibility to share and reuse content to personalize learning.
Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®)
Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a standard developed by 1EdTech Consortium. LTI establishes a standard way of integrating rich learning applications (often remotely hosted and provided through third-party services) with platforms like learning management systems, portals, or other educational environments. LTI enables districts to securely connect their learning platforms and tools while reducing the time and significant costs associated with developing separate product integrations. LTI has several additional services and messages that can be used to extend it, including Assignment and Grade Services, Deep Linking and Class Provisioning. With LTI, institutions can maximize the effectiveness and capabilities of the teaching and learning ecosystem while saving time and money through a scalable and seamless approach to securely integrate multiple sources of digital content, learning tools, and assessment products into the digital learning environment.
|Thin Common Cartridge® (Thin CC)
|Thin Common Cartridge (Thin CC) is a standard developed by 1EdTech Consortium. Thin CC is a standardized way to package and exchange Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) Links, Web Links, and metadata. It is a subset of Common Cartridge. The content within a Thin CC is remotely hosted so that all that is transmitted in the Thin CC is metadata and information about how to access the content that is remotely hosted.
Provides automatic access to the content, so teachers and students don’t have to sign to multiple platforms and remember different IDs and passwords.
Links provide a URL (Uniform Resource Locator) which identifies specific page(s) on the internet where a resource can be found.