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Day 5: xAPI and more – what next for SCORM?

LearnUpon

Funnily enough, Tin Can (xAPI) , which we’ll examine next, adopts a similar approach to AICC regarding the HACP and, as a result, can track data across domains, or indeed, almost anywhere. eLearning now: Tin Can (xAPI). I’ll begin with the Tin Can API, also known as xAPI, officially released as version 1.0 Pitched as a successor to SCORM, xAPI became widely adopted pretty quickly. Moving beyond those limitations, xAPI can track learning in almost any context.

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The ongoing work of learning standards

Litmos

And then the IMS (an initiative of Educause before being spun out as an independent effort) started creating standards, as did the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), the major body in the US responsible for computing standards. The Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative of the Department of Defense finally had enough. The ADL provided compliance testing, so that content and systems could be validated for interoperability.

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Semantic Interoperability

Experience API

Because without semantic interoperability, the Experience API (xAPI) has a limited future. For us, semantic interoperability in xAPI will be achieved when there is a generally accepted information model. There’s a strong possibility that collaborative work between ADL and IMS could help a great deal. xAPI, on the other hand, is fundamentally a communication protocol applied as a specification for elearning. We think ADL could assert an information model.

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Real (e)Learning Heroes

Clark Quinn

Several other initiatives include IEEE (which is pretty much the US based effort on electric and electronic technology standards to the international stage), and the IMS efforts from academia. The Department of Defense’s ADL initiative decided upon a version, to move things forward, and thus was born SCORM. And if not, there’s always the ADL to wield the ‘800 lb gorilla’ argument.

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Semantic Interoperability

Experience API

Because without semantic interoperability, the Experience API (xAPI) has a limited future. For us, semantic interoperability in xAPI will be achieved when there is a generally accepted information model. There’s a strong possibility that collaborative work between ADL and IMS could help a great deal. xAPI, on the other hand, is fundamentally a communication protocol applied as a specification for elearning. We think ADL could assert an information model.

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SCORM vs. LTI: what’s the difference?

Rustici Software

If you’ve been familiar with Rustici Software for a long time, you’ll know we’ve helped people for a long time with SCORM and xAPI. It stands for Learning Tools Interoperability and it is a standard created by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. SCORM stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model and it was developed, and is now managed, by Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL) to support the Department of Defense.

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The A to Z of eLearning Acronyms Part 2

LearnUpon

If you need to create materials from scratch (rather than the upload of pre-existing materials such as documents, video, audio, SCORM or xAPI), you should choose an LMS and an authoring tool or an LCMS. LETSI is a new organization with worldwide sponsorship to whom ADL will be handing over stewardship of SCORM. A Learning Record Store is a data storage system that serves as a repository for learning records necessary for using xAPI statements.