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. I think ADL’s done a great job of this over time.

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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. With xAPI, we are excited about the possibilities for new ways of learning and are here to both encourage adoption and help add other companies and vendors to this growing list. The post ADL xAPI Conformance Test Launches, SCORM Cloud and SCORM Engine are Conformant LRSs appeared first on Experience API.

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Mike Rustici – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

Mike: Early adopters are broken into two categories, traditional e-learning vendors and new market entrants. Traditional vendors are largely adopting at the SCORM parity level and using Tin Can as a better way to track formal training programs. The ADL vision is actually looking this far out in the future. At the recent ADL Plugfest event, we identified creating “recipes” of best practices for statement structures as one the essential next steps for the community.

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MIKE RUSTICI – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

Mike: Early adopters are broken into two categories, traditional e-learning vendors and new market entrants. Traditional vendors are largely adopting at the SCORM parity level and using Tin Can as a better way to track formal training programs. The ADL vision is actually looking this far out in the future. At the recent ADL Plugfest event, we identified creating “recipes” of best practices for statement structures as one the essential next steps for the community.

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An explanation of cmi5 in (mostly) plain English

Rustici Software

Source: ADL cmi5 Specification. There haven’t been tools and guidance for the specification to help drive adoption by vendors. Seeing this need, the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative contracted Rustici Software to build conformance tools.

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The ongoing work of learning standards

Litmos

The problem with committee work is well known; in this case vendors who participated wanted the standard to make it easy for their content to be made compliant. 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. Vendors got on board, and SCORM became a more-or-less viable mechanism.

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. I recently posted about the SCORM 2.0 Call for Papers and how I feel this is a very important moment for SCORM and that I think it would be great if the papers came back with big,hairy audacious goals that really sought to move the industry forward and so forth.

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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). In 2010, we were awarded a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) from ADL to modernize SCORM Communication, an effort that became known as Project Tin Can, and ultimately xAPI.

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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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Experience (Tin Can) API: What to Expect from Your LMS Provider

Bottom-Line Performance

ADL, or Advanced Distributive Learning , is the government agency behind the spec. One example given by ADL is a “bookmarklet” that can be installed on a web browser and be used to track informal activities such as web pages visited. These are currently stand-alone products, but ADL predicts they will eventually be integrated right into LMS’s. Tin Can. Experience. TIN CAN! Experience! We’re all hearing about it… but what is it?

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.

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.

This Week in mLearning Podcast – Episode 7 – Project Tin Can

mLearning Revolution

9- ADL has recognized the need for a SCORM that matches today’s technological challenges. Have mLearning vendors recognized that too? 1- Highlights of the week. a- Google has closed its deal to acquire Motorola Mobility. b- Stats about Android activations per day. Relevant figures related to its competitors. c- President Obama issues a directive to urge major government agencies to focus on the “growing mobile revolution.” RJ Jacquez wrote about this here.

#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. The vendors. It is time for the vendors to step up to the challenge and develop solutions that will unleash the power of TinCan for you.

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

MakingBetter

What I can see now as an implementer, that I couldn’t see from inside of ADL, is that to realize data interoperability part of the work will be improvements to the spec; the more important work we’ll need to do, as an industry, is improve how we commonly implement xAPI as vendors and consultants, how we call out when that practice is or isn’t happening, and how we onboard new tools and toolmakers into the ecosystem we should be creating.

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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. The AICC was dissolved in 2014, and all of its efforts have been transferred to the Department of Defense’s (DOD) Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) group. In 1997, the DOD established the ADL Initiative to standardize and modernize training.

Clarifying how xAPI relates to platforms, monitoring and testing

Experience API

The Test Suite is managed and maintained by ADL , or the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative, a US government organization that conducts research and development on distributed learning or eLearning. As such, all major, recognizable LRS vendors use the testing tool to ensure their LRS conforms to xAPI. Recently, we received an inquiry from someone who was trying to make sense of xAPI.

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

LearnUpon

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. SaaS (software as a service): Software hosted in the cloud by an LMS vendor so that customers don’t need to install the system locally.

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. 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. You can easily browse through all the session, see the presentations and add them to your schedule with one click. I love it.

What You Missed at TRYxAPI – ATD ICE

MakingBetter

Our discussions featured Trish Uhl , Russell Duhon , Duncan Welder , Phil and Nick Stephenson , Lizelle van den Berg , Ian Gibson , Damon Regan of ADL with participation by many more. This customer-centric approach is evident in the case study examples shared to model how other vendors and other organizations can share their tools and their case studies. Riptide Software hosted a fantastic event on Saturday for the launch of TRYxAPI.com.

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. Trivantis , providers of Lectora, are the first Authoring Tool vendor to support xAPI Camps and we are very happy to have them join us. We aren’t freaking out — we are FREAKING EXCITED!!!

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

LearnUpon

While many eLearning vendors still support AICC, the standard is usually a legacy of older platforms and businesses. From the perspective of an LMS vendor, the original white paper was received as the definitive word from the xAPI crew and quickly became set in stone. Pitched as the “true next generation of SCORM”, ADL have taken over the cmi5 specification (which suggests it will evolve!). That’s one exciting aspect of CC for LMS vendors.

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Text-to-Speech Costs – Licensing and Pricing

Tony Karrer

The TTS vendors learned two things from the voice-talent pricing model: The price level – Because of their perceived lower voice quality, TTS voices need to be priced much lower than their real counterparts to be an attractive alternative The TTS voice price need to be fixed according to the value of its use to the customer. TTS Voice Licenses The TTS voice vendors enforce the intended usage of a voice by a voice license, which precisely describes the restrictions on the use of the voice.

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

learnWorlds

SCORM was first developed by the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative – ADL, a research group sponsored by the US Department of Defense. ADL recommends using SCORM 2004 3rd edition because it is more widespread compared to other SCORM versions.

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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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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. The 4 th edition of the Shareable Content Object Reference Model is packed with language that third-party vendors and software developers are familiar with.

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SCORM – Set of Standards that make Courses and LMS Compatible

Paradiso

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. This organization also gives a suite of self-tests, that when undergone, can certify the vendor for providing SCORM compliant LMS. This eventually helps the LMS vendors prove that their products are SCORM compliant.

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Tin Can API & the Future of E-Learning

Learnnovators

This standard is being developed by Rustici Software (with a world-wide active community participating and contributing) for Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) – the keepers of SCORM. However, ‘Experience API’ is ADL’s official name for this standard. More and more vendors (authoring tools, Learning Management Systems, social platforms, mobile games, and simulations) are adopting or testing this new standard.

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. 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. Nothing is perfect though as ADL admits [5]. “SCORM 2004 is dying (if not already dead!).”

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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. Q: I’m writing about my learning management system.

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

Challenge to Learn

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. If you leave that LMS you will leave all your courses behind, creating a real undesirable ‘vendor lock in’. Do you want to buy a LMS or an authoring tool and are you wondering what the best option is for tracking the results of your learners?

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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.” The Benefits of Making Your e-Learning AICC and SCORM Compliant .

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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. 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. I will blog from the Mlearncon in San Jose over the next three days. I have really enjoyed my first day.

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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TIN CAN API & THE FUTURE OF E-LEARNING

Learnnovators

This standard is being developed by Rustici Software (with a world-wide active community participating and contributing) for Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) – the keepers of SCORM. However, ‘Experience API’ is ADL’s official name for this standard. More and more vendors (authoring tools, Learning Management Systems, social platforms, mobile games, and simulations) are adopting or testing this new standard.

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

KZO Innovations

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. As more LMS and authoring tool vendors offer Tin Can API integration, there will likely be a greater emphasis placed on designing learning experiences and not just learning objects in the form of traditional e-Learning.

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Q&A - eLearning Standards Especially SCORM

Tony Karrer

There are a bunch of other standards by ADL (who is responsible for SCORM ), IMS , IEEE LTSC including CORDRAâ„¢ , LOM , Meta-data , etc. However, as Pierre pointed out in the comments (and I've edited the text here based on his comments - thanks Pierre) - ADL's SCORM really incorporates what we need from these other standards and thus we've not needed to spend effort going into these standards separately.

What is xAPI?

LearnUpon

The SCORM specification was introduced by ADL in 1999. Some of the main LRS vendors include: WaterShed. Over the past three years, xAPI has emerged as the hot new standard for delivering online training. xAPI is often described as the next evolution of SCORM. While the SCORM standard isn’t going anywhere soon, xAPI has redefined some of the fundamental practices of tracking learning experiences. But what is xAPI?

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