Standard Options Apply

MakingBetter

This post is for vendors, developers and implementers of the Experience API and for anyone who may one day create something with xAPI. I’m going to lay out options for how we can approach standardization and the reasoning behind them. I’m going to ask you as vendors, entrepreneurs, developers, designers from all around the world to provide me with your counsel as I ultimately must direct the effort. Consider Breaking Up the Spec Into Separate Standards Efforts.

Responding to recent ADL funding news

Experience API

I’ve spent a lot of time over the last couple of weeks learning about some things that are happening with ADL (the governing body for SCORM and closest thing we currently have to a single steward for xAPI right now). Some funding things happened at ADL, but ADL will continue to do work on xAPI and with the xAPI community. ADL’s funding has been reduced substantially in the short-term. In the end, standards and specifications are a documented form of consensus.

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The ongoing work of learning standards

Litmos

At the dawn of the video recording age, a battle raged about the best standard to use: VHS or Betamax. In it, Sony came out with a better standard, but kept it to themselves. Meanwhile, JVC’s VHS standard wasn’t quite as good, but they openly licensed it. As Stephen Johnson tells us, in his book Where Good Ideas Come From , the openness of standards fosters innovation. . Standards provide several benefits. Learning Standards.

ADL xAPI Conformance Test Launches, SCORM Cloud and SCORM Engine are Conformant LRSs

Experience API

Recently, ADL (the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative) launched the xAPI Adopter Registry , which lists xAPI Adopters and Conformant LRSs. Personally, we have been involved in the learning standards community since 2002 and in that time have come to understand the true value eLearning specifications provide in ensuring interoperability. The post ADL xAPI Conformance Test Launches, SCORM Cloud and SCORM Engine are Conformant LRSs appeared first on Experience API.

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eLearning Standards—What They Are and Why They Matter

Trivantis

To accomplish this, the industry has come up with several eLearning standards that allow courses created by any vendor to “talk” with an LMS created by any other vendor. In this article we’re going to look at the history of those standards, and where we are today. The major aircraft manufacturers of the time, Boeing, Airbus, and McDonnell Douglas, got together and formed the AICC to come up with a standard way for courses to communicate results to an LMS.

SCORM – Set of Standards that make Courses and LMS Compatible

Paradiso

SCORM is nothing but a set of standards that make the two i.e. the courses and the course-carrier LMS compatible with each other. It is more or less the same way the bulb and a socket are compatible, i.e. they fit the same standards. So, normally it is ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning – a research group) that handles all the aspects related to SCORM. However, it is not mandatory to go through the process via the ADL route only.

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MIKE RUSTICI – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

ABOUT MIKE RUSTICI (President, Rustici Software): In 2002, Mike Rustici founded Rustici Software to help Learning Management Systems and e-learning content creators work well with each other using the SCORM standard. How do you think this learning standard will disrupt the traditional thinking of ‘learning’? Mike: Early adopters are broken into two categories, traditional e-learning vendors and new market entrants.

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An explanation of cmi5 in (mostly) plain English

Rustici Software

But why should someone use this new fangled standard? Source: ADL cmi5 Specification. There haven’t been tools and guidance for the specification to help drive adoption by vendors. cmi5 SCORM Standards Evolution xAPI

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Q&A - eLearning Standards Especially SCORM

Tony Karrer

You want to implement your courseware to the SCORM standard if you plan to have it launched and/or tracked under an LMS. SCORM is a fairly easy standard to deal with especially since most people are fine with a single SCO that does only single score/completion reporting. What about other Standards? There are a bunch of other standards by ADL (who is responsible for SCORM ), IMS , IEEE LTSC including CORDRAâ„¢ , LOM , Meta-data , etc.

With Gratitude…

MakingBetter

Our business boomed and so did that of many software vendors who create solutions that are tailored to meet some of the many things people use xAPI for. xAPI is so successful that it’s actually becoming a challenge for ADL to support it to the scale it now demands. The Design Cohort program that began in 2013 became so well attended and populated that it couldn’t be supported by ADL anymore — they just don’t have the resources to do it on their own.

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Tin Can API & the Future of E-Learning

Learnnovators

Most discussions revolve around the technical aspects related to the definition and implementation of the standard, which is crucial at this stage of its evolution. However, in addition to the technical aspects, it is also important to have constructive discussions on the potential applications of this new standard in the learning and performance management landscapes. However, ‘Experience API’ is ADL’s official name for this standard.

TIN CAN API & THE FUTURE OF E-LEARNING

Learnnovators

Most discussions revolve around the technical aspects related to the definition and implementation of the standard, which is crucial at this stage of its evolution. However, in addition to the technical aspects, it is also important to have constructive discussions on the potential applications of this new standard in the learning and performance management landscapes. However, ‘Experience API’ is ADL’s official name for this standard.

SCORM and the Whole 2.0 Thing Again.

Mark Oehlert

ve ever met anyone, outside the DOD / ADL who doesn???t And the LMS / LCMS products and vendors engender pure hate at every contact point whether purchaser, content develoeprs, admins or end users. Make no mistake, I still think there is a role to be filled here but it is a role that focuses on pedagogy, design, design, design, and to a small degree any unique, technical requirements that are not being met by existing and emerging market standards.

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Taking cmi5 adoption further by developing a Conformance Test Suite

Rustici Software

For the last 18 years, some of the most important work we’ve done at Rustici Software has been the standards-based efforts we’ve worked on with the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL). Over the years, our folks have participated in the working groups for, and the development of, standards as ubiquitous as SCORM, as forgotten as RTWS, and more recently xAPI.

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#ASTDTK14 Review

eLearning 24-7

ASTDTK14 zoomed into Vegas last week with about 60 vendors (est.) On the expo side, and I know ASTD Events are going to disagree with me (err, they already have via Linkedin), I wasn’t overly impressed on the number of vendors’ booths. Authoring tools vendors – pickings were slim, Adobe was present, so was Allen Interactions (Zebra Zapps), but no Articulate? Conferencing vendors – Were there any? Wi-Fi for booth vendors was horrible.

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Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. If a RCAT vendor tells you they have been in business for over 10 years, they are somewhat misleading, since WBT courses really didn’t start to hit the mark until 2000 and then you have limited choices on how to build. Sure there are over 100 vendors in this industry and probably 95% you have never heard of and whom have great products that can meet or beat the big players.

#DevLearn retrospective: Start dreaming about the future of eLearning

Challenge to Learn

Thanks to the TinCan API (now renamed into ‘experience API’) the technique is ahead of us (learning developers and vendors). It will be a mutual challenge for the people who are developing this standard, for vendors and for eLearning developers. The guy sitting on the left is Aron Silvers from ADL. They changed the standard from a tracking and tracing system (Scorm) into a learning experience facilitator. The vendors.

A Glance Back at xAPI; A Look Ahead at Data Ownership

MakingBetter

None of us standards nerds are used to the market so quickly adopting what we create. So… good job team: we standards nerds knocked out something that industry is super excited about and, in some respects, ready for. I was, shall we say, “ eloquent ” in my post from September highlighting the way forward for IEEE to standardize the Experience API. There’s a group hosted by ADL that is working towards this. Other LRS vendors are following suit.

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Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

eLearning 24-7

ADL SCORM 2004 CERTIFIED. Sure, other vendors will say you can do that too, but you have to open each object file to get it. Many vendors hyping PowerPoint to Flash angle as key feature. Courses appearing in the market in a linear fashion, a result of people entering the space from a ILT background, it fits under this category, because vendors are not explaining the non-linear nor the true essence of WBT of courses.

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)

LearnUpon

The rise of mLearning has also driven adoption of the Tin Can xAPI eLearning content standard which can track far more learning activities than older standards like SCORM. Companies should be wary of the value a “free” learning platform can deliver and alert to the costs quickly accrued in maintaining, updating and supporting an LMS without a vendor. RFP (request for proposal ): Document prepared by organizations to help assess LMS vendors during a selection process.

SCORM 101: The Definitive Guide to Choose a SCORM Compliant LMS

learnWorlds

SCORM, which stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model , is an eLearning standard for educational content. Reference Model: The reference model indicates that SCORM is a standard or a set of ‘rules’ that everyone working in the eLearning industry needs to understand and apply.

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Learning solutions conference day minus one #LSCON12

Challenge to Learn

This evening I will join a session for vendors on project TinCan. Project TinCan was a research by Rustici software (sponsored by ADL) into the next generation Scorm. It now looks like this project will be the next Scorm standard. Tomorrow is the start of the Learning Solution conference, but for me it started today. The Ipad/Iphone app is now available and that is a great way to start the conference.

xAPI, LRS – The Interview

eLearning 24-7

Aaron, can you tell me a little bit about your background and how you became involved with ADL? Two months after my layoff, a company called CTC recruited me to work for ADL. I worked with ADL from 2003-2006 and participated in the Technical Working Group afterwards. This work informed the conversations with several current and former ADL friends. Project Tin Can” was the name Rustici Software came up with to describe the work ADL contracted them to do.

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Why SCORM 2004 failed & what that means for Tin Can

eFront

Sign #3: ADL itself heavily supports Tin Can as the successor of SCORM.[4]. It was a lot of work for LMS vendors to implement and more importantly, it was too complex for many courseware developers to use. In other words, the added benefits from the standard were unbalanced by its complexity. The end result was low adoption from vendors and instructional designers. Even when vendors offered support for SCORM 2004 this was handicapped to great extent.

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xAPI Camp – DevLearn 2015 is ONE DAY AWAY

MakingBetter

Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) continues to be a huge supporter of the community as the current stewards of the spec itself. Not just anyone gets to sponsor — we accept sponsorship from vendors and organizations that are really the best-of-breed when it comes to xAPI. Skillaware leverages a few interesting specs and standards, like BPML, DITA and xAPI, in compelling ways. We aren’t freaking out — we are FREAKING EXCITED!!!

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A SCORM-Certified LMS Helps Companies Score

TOPYX LMS

It was during that year when President Clinton signed an executive order that led to the creation of Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), the initiative that SCORM comes under. From the very beginning, Advanced Distributed Learning’s goal was to create a common set of standards for training software that would guide government agencies as they transitioned from in-person training to online training.

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What’s next? Continued progress on products and upcoming events

Rustici Software

Later this month, we’ll be attending and presenting at ADL’s iFest conference. This annual event covers the ways the Department of Defense (DOD) uses eLearning—outlining the evolution of the DOD’s eLearning needs and offering guidance to vendors and practitioners on how to best solve problems inside the DOD’s unique environment.

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Track and trace Learners results. What do SCORM compliance, AICC, XAPI and CMI5 mean?

Challenge to Learn

SCORM is a standard in e-Learning that makes it possible to track and trace the results of your learners in a Learning Management system (LMS). A course is SCORM compliant when it meets the requirements of the standard set by the ADL. It is for Vendors like easygenerator or other authoring tools to come up with simple and useful applications of the XAPI. There is a new standard in development that will be the next generation of SCORM.

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

LearnUpon

As we approach the end of our SCORM series, in many ways it’s just the beginning for eLearning content standards. On day one of our series, we learned that AICC (Aviation Industry Computer-Based-Training Committee) can be considered the first eLearning standard, used to track how learners progress through course content. While many eLearning vendors still support AICC, the standard is usually a legacy of older platforms and businesses.

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Learning Record Store (LRS) Guide: Basics You Need to Know

KnowledgeAnywhere

An LRS is an integral element in the process flow for utilizing the Experience API (xAPI) standard by ADL (Advanced Distributed Learning). Different LRS vendors have different pricing models depending on a wide range of factors, and it may be difficult to compare prices between vendors.

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AICC and SCORM Compliance: The Benefits for Your e-Learning

Trivantis

In the late 1990s, each learning management system had its own proprietary content format, which encouraged vendor lock-in. You had to use that vendor’s tools to create e-Learning that worked with that LMS, or your content wouldn’t play. To solve this problem, in 1999 the government tasked a small research laboratory, ADL, to “develop common specifications and standards for e-learning.” Today, SCORM is the de facto standard for e-Learning interoperability.

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SCORM vs Tin Can API: The difference between compact discs and iTunes

ProProfs

Tin Can API and SCORM are both eLearning standards, which help companies to measure the impact of their training programs. At some point in the past, eLearning standards were built for facilitating interoperability between content and LMS; now with SCORM and especially Tin Can API, it’s about tracking learning experiences as much as it is about interoperability. Evolution of eLearning standards. 2012: Tin Can API – ADL and Rustici Software release version.9

What is xAPI?

LearnUpon

Over the past three years, xAPI has emerged as the hot new standard for delivering online training. While the SCORM standard isn’t going anywhere soon, xAPI has redefined some of the fundamental practices of tracking learning experiences. And why do so many experts believe it will soon become the default standard for eLearning content? The SCORM specification was introduced by ADL in 1999. Some of the main LRS vendors include: WaterShed.

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Tin Can vs. SCORM: What’s It All About?

KZO Innovations

SCORM is a set of technical standards for e-Learning software products. Both SCORM and the Tin Can API were developed by the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL), a research group sponsored by the DoD, with help from Rustici Software. However, while SCORM has served the e-Learning community well over the last 10 years, there are issues with the standard that the new Tin Can API can now address. Want to dive deeper into learning standards and systems?

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Ask a learning architect: Is it time to break up with your LMS?

CLO Magazine

In practice, that means a vendor-locked, monolithic, server-based application (like an old-school LMS) no longer passes muster. The data standard xAPI is the industry standard for capturing, storing and transporting learning, development and performance data.

Got SCORM?

ICS Learning

Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) has the complete specification (all 400+ pages of it) readily available on their site, but I was looking for a quick, “get your hands dirty” explanation that skipped all the mumbo-jumbo and would let me dive in and start trying things out. The SCORM specification, developed by Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL – [link] is a set of rules that learning management systems (LMS) and learning content follow in order to be compatible with each other.

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Mlearn conference Day 1

Challenge to Learn

I’m here as a participant, not as a vendor. Judy brings out a weekly newsletter (for the ADL) on mobile developments. I’m a fan of TinCan (the new SCORM standard that officially released today) but this wasn’t a successful presentation. The idea was to let vendors show pilot solutions they have built with TinCan to prove the added value of TinCan and show their commitment. And that is something we as vendors need to be reminded of every now and then.

What is Tin Can API?

LearnUpon

Over the past three years, the Tin Can API has emerged as the hot new standard for delivering online training. While the SCORM standard isn’t going anywhere soon, Tin Can has redefined some of the fundamental practices of tracking learning experiences. And why do so many experts believe it will soon become the default standard for eLearning content? The SCORM specification was introduced by ADL in 1999.

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The DevLearn eLearning Rockstar Stage Reveal

eLearning Brothers

About your presenter: Michael Hruska, the president and CEO of Problem Solutions, is a technologist with experience spanning across standards, emerging technologies, learning, and science. Michael’s team has been driving the efforts at the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative on the Experience API (xAPI); he researches, strategizes, designs, and makes xAPI solutions and products. The 7 Secrets to Being a Rockstar Vendor. What’s it take to be a Rockstar Vendor?

What is SCORM & Decoding Its Importance For eLearning

ProProfs

It is a set of technical standards that were mainly developed for supporting elearning tools. In a nutshell, SCORM is a standard that is responsible for ensuring that the instructional content will link with and appear appropriately within the LMS tool when both are SCORM compliant. Hence, if an LMS vendor claims its software as SCORM compliant, it means that the LMS you have selected supports integration with other SCORM compliant content authoring tools used for creating courses.