[kde-edu]: KEduca Replacement

Trenton Carr trentoncarr at telkomsa.net
Thu Nov 16 18:26:56 CET 2006

On Sun, 12 Nov 2006 20:17:34 +0200, Henrique Pinto  
<henrique.pinto at kdemail.net> wrote:

What about teaching modules also, flash, smils or wiki text? I can lend a  
hand maybe if someone will mentor me.



> Hi all,
> Some time ago, I removed KEduca from trunk, because the code was in bad
> state and it would be easier to rewrite it from scratch. Unfortunately,  
> at
> that time, kdelibs was pretty broken for me. All apps would crash on
> startup, so it was difficult for me to work on anything.
> I talked with some KEduca users about what features they would like to  
> have
> in the software, and received some suggestions. Unfortunately, I don't  
> know
> many KEduca users. The suggestions I received were:
>  * New kinds of questions: In addition to the single/multiple choice
>    questions, there should be:
>    - a "regex" question (where the user enters free-text in an input box,
>      and the answer is considered valid if it matches a configured  
> regular
>      expression.
>    - a "cloze" question, where the user must fill in the blanks in a
>      sentence, i.e., something like:
>      "___ doesn't play dice -- Albert Einstein".
>  * A locked-down mode, where the "player" program would run in  
> full-screen
>    and the user could not do things like changing to other apps.
> My current plans are:
> 1) Initially, develop a widget that can display tests and create a  
> library
> for it. It would consist of a View, which would be the widget itself,  
> and a
> model describing the quiz. This way it would be easy to do things like
> auto-generating a test (you'd just have to subclass the model and add  
> code
> for generating the questions).
> 2) Then, we'd need a editor for creating tests (i.e., a replacement for
> KEduca Editor). I could not find a stardard file format for tests, so  
> I'll
> probably create a XML format.
> 3) Then, a Player. It should replace the program keduca, and it would be
> nice if it could, in addition to load tests from files saved by the  
> editor,
> get tests from a server.
> What do you think?

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