Publishing objects and assets from your PC

Learning Repository allows you to publish learning objects formatted in SCORM 1.2 format and to publish quizzes and assessments formatted as QTI packages.

You can also publish individual files and links that are not part of a content package. These files become assets once you publish them. SCORM compliance is not required for publishing assets.

Note  Learning Repository does not support publishing SCORM 2004 content directly from your PC.

Formatting metadata for publishing packages

An object’s metadata can be located under any applicable element in the manifest file, depending on the type of object and whether the object is a sub-element in the file. Manifest- and organization-level metadata is applied to the highest level object in the package. Metadata for modules can also appear at the item level, and metadata for topics or assets can appear at the item- or resource-level. A package is identified as a module if there is only one child <item> tag underneath the <organization> tag, and that <item> tag has at least one child <item> tag of its own.

Where object metadata can appear


Object is package type

Object is package sub-element


manifest, organization



manifest, organization, item



manifest, organization, item, resource

item, resource


manifest, organization, item, resource, link

item, resource

If metadata for a single object is found under multiple elements, the LOR uses the following order of precedence: <manifest>, <organization>, <item>, <resource>.

For example, if you are uploading a content package consisting of a module with three topics, and there is metadata under the <manifest> element and under the highest <item> element, both are applicable to the module. The upload utility takes the metadata from the <manifest> element and discards the metadata from the <item> element. Say that one of the topics in the package has metadata under its <item> element and also under the associated <resource> element. In this case the LOR uses the metadata for the <item> element, while the metadata for the <resource> element is discarded.

Publishing learning objects with thumbnails

You can select thumbnail images to display next to learning objects in your search or browse results. Select your thumbnails when publishing learning objects from the desktop or from the Content tool.

Note  The system only supports image files (JPG, GIF, PNG, BMP) as thumbnails.

You can select the image you want to correspond with the appropriate learning object using the Thumbnail Picker Control which displays all of the available images from the learning object. You can also choose to display the system default icon.

Publish directly to the LOR

  1. Do one of the following:
    • Click LOR in the navbar, then Publish in the top tool menu.
    • Click Publish to LOR in My Admin Tools on My Home.
    • Click Publish in the LOR widget.
  2. Choose the file, package or URL you want to publish to the repository.
  3. Choose the destination repository and whether you'll overwrite an existing object or create a new one. You can publish large files or packages in the background, which enables you to leave the page while the system publishes. You can check the publishing job's status later.
  4. Choose options for whether the object will be visible and/or publicly available.
    • Only you and users with sufficient permission can view hidden learning objects and assets.
    • You can change this option once the object/asset is published to the LOR.
    • Publicly available objects are available to users without an ID and password to Learning Environment
  5. Select the Creative Commons rights you want to associate with the learning object/asset. Creative Commons licensing enables you to retain copyright on your work while allowing different degrees of reuse to other users. For more information go to
  6. To add, edit, or delete metadata, click the Edit Metadata icon for the file. For information on editing metadata, see Adding metadata to a resource manually.

    Note  Associating a creative commons license automatically  populates the metadata rights fields with this information.

  7. Click Next.
  8. Enter metadata, if adding metadata has been enforced by your organization.
  9. Select a thumbnail image of the learning object if the learning object is an image file or contains an image file.
  10. Click Publish.

See also


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