The TDL software development team completed the second three-week development sprint on the Texas Learning Object Repository project (TxLOR) last week, concluding with a demonstration of their work on Friday.
The development team is providing technical development services to the UT TeleCampus (UTTC) on the creation of a statewide learning object repository that will allow institutions to submit and reuse multiple types of digital objects – audio and visual materials, quizzes, lesson plans, and the like – that are employed in teaching and learning. The team is using Scrum, an Agile methodology that emphasizes short development cycles (or sprints) that allow for flexible and rapid software creation.
While the first TxLOR sprint created basic functionality for the repository system, the second sprint focused on adding more complicated role and state change mechanisms for users and learning objects. For instance, developers added functionality that enables different types of users (e.g. learning object contributors or reviewers) to see different, customized menus when they log in.
TxLOR project manager, Junius Rowland of UTTC, as well as Rob Robinson, Michael Anderson, and Terry Barksdale of UTTC, were present for the Sprint 2 demo on Friday. The demo was held at TDL offices on the UT Austin campus and provided UTTC stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback on the progress of the project.
The following Monday, Rowland and TDL developers began work to plan Sprint 3, designating which user requirements to prioritize for the next three weeks.
For more detailed information about the technical development of the Texas Learning Object Repository, visit the TDL Wiki.