How do I import Common Cartridge (IMS and SCORM) content?

Ryan Richins
  • Agilix team member
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Content packages contain simple learning content and metadata created in accordance with international standards. Buzz allows you to import IMS packages (including common cartridges and QTI questions) or SCORM packages into your courses.

Buzz supports:

  • IMS Common Cartridge up to v1.1.
  • IMS Thin Common Cartridge version 1.3.
  • SCORM 2004 & 1.2.

To add content packages:

  1. Open the Editor from the Main Menu.
  2. Select the folder you want to add the activity to and click + Add to...
Add an activity
  1. Select IMS Package.
  1. Click Choose File and select to the package you want to import.
  2. Click OK.

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Dennis Killmer

Is it possible to import an entire course into Buzz or do we still need to use BrainHoney?


Scott Taylor

Hello Dennis,

An entire course can be imported using the tool in this article, it just requires a course shell to be created first. Once an empty course has been created it would just be a matter of importing the cartridge in the new course.

Tami Warnick


I tried to import a course from a BrainHoney Package provided to me by Middlebury Interactive following the instructions on this article.  I received an error (Could not locate imsmanifest.xml) - will these old BrainHoney packages not work with the new Buzz UI?  

Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Hi Tami!

Currently Buzz does not support importing BrainHoney packages through Buzz. Users will encounter errors such as you described.

Instead, Buzz supports the following import standards expressed in this article:

Buzz supports:

IMS Common Cartridge up to v1.1.
IMS Thin Common Cartridge version 1.3.
SCORM 2004 & 1.2.

The export process by Middlebury needs to use those Buzz compatible standards for packages to import into Buzz.

While you may import a BrainHoney package through BrainHoney and use the uploaded course package in Buzz, it is recommended to use the Buzz standards to export the package for importing through the Buzz UI.

Sara Mungall

Hello! I was directed to this article in regards to the new functionality in Buzz to import/export courses. I see the ability to import  (and have used this) but am looking for the ability to export a course. Has this functionality been made in Buzz? Thanks in advance for assistance!

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hey Sara! Currently, Buzz does not have any means to export a course. While you can download gradebook information and course resources, they are not exported into a single package. If this is a growing need for your organization, I would recommend discussing it with your account manager so that a viable and scalable solution is addressed for you.

Sara Mungall

Thank you! Is the option to download in brain honey still viable?

Lewis Huskey

Hi Brad.  Since access to Brainhoney has been ended, how do I export a course from Buzz?



Brian Williams
  • Agilix team member

Hello Lewis:

Buzz currently doesn't have a method to export courses. I recommend discussing this with your account manager for possible solutions that may address this for you. 

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

Hello everyone that has commented on this article! I wanted to make sure that each of you are aware that we today announced Publish Anywhere, a solution built on Buzz to deliver your content to other LMSs. To learn more, check out our announcement. If you would like to discuss or begin using or Publish Anywhere, reach out to your account manager.

Jen Southall

Hi, I'm trying to import an IMS package and it gets stuck on " Initializing...". Eventually it ends up erroring out.


Also experiencing Jen Southall's issue

Brad Marshall
  • Agilix team member

@Jen and @cakekindel, sorry for this inconvenience. We have discovered an issue that was causing the import process to take a long time to get initialized. We have since addressed it and should be importing normally.

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