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Switch between Authoring Tool and Framework
by Markus Huneke - Saturday, 19 October 2019, 7:57 AM

Hello, everyone,
as a new user of adapt I am currently figuring out, how the authoring tool and the framework work. Great project! We would like to use adapt for our professional training.
Is it possible - and a good way - to switch between Framework and AT when developing a course? I have already found some threads here, but my question has not yet been answered. Some things seem to be easier to create in AT (creating pages and content), others - as far as I can see - have to be done in the framework (adjusting the widths, etc.).
For export from AT to Framework I found an instruction (https://github.com/adaptlearning/adapt_authoring/wiki/Exporting-Course-Source-Code). Guess, that does, what I´m looking for.

But how can I re-import from Framework into AT?

I would be very grateful for help.
I am using AT version 0.10.0 and Framework 4.4.0.

Markus Huneke,


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Re: Switch between Authoring Tool and Framework
by Matt Leathes - Sunday, 20 October 2019, 5:34 PM


And yes any plugin development/theme adjustment is best done in the framework first as the 'round trip' to test-adjust-test is much quicker when using the framework. And, in theory, there's no reason you couldn't do the bulk of your course setup in the framework (getting the overall structure set up, for example) then import in the authoring tool and continue content development there if that's what your course authors feel more comfortable using.

You might like to take a look at https://github.com/tomgreenfield/CSVeat which allows you to set up your structure in a .csv file then generate the .json from it.

Similarly there's https://github.com/tomgreenfield/adapt-inspector which gives you a nice overlay showing you what's what in the course (including showing you the correct answers for questions) - also https://github.com/cgkineo/adapt-devtools which contains myriad useful features to aid you during development - such as the ability to ctrl-click Submit to auto-answer a question correct (ctrl-shift Submit) to answer incorrectly, turn off step-locking and many others.

Hope this helps

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Re: Switch between Authoring Tool and Framework
by Markus Huneke - Monday, 21 October 2019, 10:35 AM

Hi Matt,

thank you! These are useful links. Now it's about getting an overview of the course structure and finding workarounds. The links help a lot.
Many greetings, Markus