The Missing Metric: Why the Learning Industry Doesn’t Track ROI


Why is ROI not a commonly used metric for success in learning? When the LMS first hit the market, it was built to support SCORM (Shareable Content Object Reference Model, or a set of technical standards for e-learning software products) as a measurement tool. But the train didn’t stop there as the industry recognized the shortcomings of SCORM and the need to generate rich data experiences. If so, what should their performance metrics be?

Think xAPI is Next-Generation SCORM? Think Again

Talented Learning

But are you still fuzzy about where SCORM ends and xAPI begins? But that does not mean xAPI is a next-generation version of SCORM (aka Sharable Content Object Reference Model ). How Did the SCORM/xAPI Confusion Begin? The Trouble With SCORM. Another Problem With SCORM.

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SCORM: 3 Reasons why mobile-focused microlearning is better

Ed App

SCORM is to eLearning what coal is to industry. Why is SCORM still so popular? Not using SCORM shrinks the market size so the primary concern is the authoring company’s bottom line – not better learning. SCORM: 3 Reasons why mobile-focused microlearning is better.


Podcast Episode 8: The Business Benefits of xAPI – With Mike Rustici

Talented Learning

And what kind of real-world business benefits come from using xAPI? He’s best known as the founder of Rustici Software , where he advanced SCORM market adoption and developed its next-generation standard, the xAPI. KEY TAKEAWAYS: For extended enterprise professionals, measuring the business impact of learning programs is essential. Starting small is a legitimate way to discover how xAPI can help you improve learning programs and related business results. .

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How Tin Can Compliant LMS Can Help Your Business


With an LRS, you can track all such minute interactions, which was not possible earlier with just a SCORM-compliant LMS. Corporate instructors and training professionals are often asked about how their training programs are benefiting the business.

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Measuring Training Return on Investment


Our thought was simple – every other unit of the business focuses on performance – what would it take to let L&D join the fray? Introducing Performance Metrics for Learning. Yes, today we can now accept SCORM & xAPI data so you no longer need that LRS.

L&D Pros have a new BFF in AI-powered Learning Technology


Achieving a company’s vision or objectives requires complete Learning and Development (L&D) alignment – making the connection is key to “ closing the learning loop ” by tying expected learning outcomes to business objectives. Embrace a partnership with Artificial Intelligence.

Podcast Episode 6: Franchise Training Adoption – With Trista Kimber

Talented Learning

Our franchise business directors work directly with individual franchisees in a consulting capacity to help them establish and maintain brand standards and manage their business. How can training innovation elevate franchise business performance?

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Let Go Through BPO for eLearning

Web Courseworks

However, many associations are starting to recognize that while members are central to their functions, the deployment of professional development is not an association’s core business. Bringing a BPO vendor in does present a certain degree of risk, like any other business decision.

The 5 Tech Developments Changing The LMS


Ten years ago, a cutting-edge L&D department looking to train its people would buy or develop a learning management system (LMS), author some first-class SCORM content, and watch the feedback metrics limp in. Workplace learning is evolving quickly.

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Product Review – Percipio by Skillsoft

eLearning 24-7

Analytics including “Program Value” – shows the ROI in terms of metrics that you can show. Except for the ROI metrics. Plus, on the metrics side there is way too many metrics for assignments. Percipio though can accept AICC, SCORM, xAPI and CMI-5 (win!).

eLearning: Is it Time to Jump on the xAPI Bandwagon?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Many people say that xAPI is the next version of SCORM. While xAPI will replace SCORM, to say it's the "next version of SCORM" is like saying my smartphone is the next version of the rotary dial phone. SCORM is the technology standard that means any eLearning course can work in any learning management system. Clients can change vendors without fear because as long as we're all using SCORM the course should work. 

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7 Mobile Learning Facts L&D Managers Should Know

Obsidian Learning

The statistics from CLO Magazine may seem surprising, as many learning managers kicked off mobile learning deployment with soft skills, leadership, and business skills training. Having good metrics makes it that much easier to defend mobile learning choices.

3 xAPI learnings from LSCon: start small, iterate, build an ecosystem

Experience API

The key is to align your L&D goals with your company’s overall business goals. Connecting the dots between the tools using xAPI can allow you to correlate learning experiences to meaningful metrics in your organization.

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How Do You Find an LMS That Nails Extended Enterprise Learning?

Talented Learning

In fact, many organizations are proving that a “big tent” learning strategy is actually a profitable business move. Imagine this: Your Business Profile. Several challenges are prompting you to find an LMS that will serve your growing business: Customer Training Challenges.

2017 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

LTI packages vary from SCORM packages in that the typical content model follows higher education’s synchronous, weekly, semester-long format rather than the asynchronous, one-time, hour-long format of much corporate and military training.

Best LMS Features and LMS Tools for Mid-Sized Enterprises

Hurix Digital

Ensure that the LMS tools you choose can function as an extended enterprise, performing diverse operations such as tracking and information distribution, allowing you to calculate and monitor all metrics for success and return on investment. Related: LMS for Business – Does One Size Fit All?

Learning Management Systems Best Practices to Follow and Mistakes to Avoid

Training Industry

You want an LMS that accepts and works with courses in standardized SCORM or xAPI formats. Another plus is that SCORM and xAPI courses will be tracked more accurately by your LMS. Your system should also let you specify and track key performance metrics against course completions and certifications. Why not track those metrics within your LMS, too?

Is Wearable Tech a 2014 eLearning Trend to Watch?

Bottom-Line Performance

Organizations still mostly use SCORM, but they’re asking about Experience API and looking to see that any solutions they add in 2014 will work with the new standard. In the business world, wearable tech has started to peek into retail sales environments.

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3 xAPI learnings from LSCon: start small, iterate, build an ecosystem

Experience API

The key is to align your L&D goals with your company’s overall business goals. Connecting the dots between the tools using xAPI can allow you to correlate learning experiences to meaningful metrics in your organization. Each of the standards (SCORM, xAPI, cmi5 and AICC) has specific strengths, so it’s important to begin by identifying why you need xAPI and what you want to achieve using the standard.

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Andy Whitaker "Matching Learning Paths w/Performance Using Tin Can" #ATDTK

Learning Visions

Matching learning to performance with Tin Can Most "learning activity" is tracked in orgs in an LMS using SCORM. But if you try to understand how learning is impacting the business, you might be spinning your wheels. Are you able to understand a learning program''s impact on the business? Perhaps you were too busy gambling!] So now we''re looking at metrics beyond completions in Excel. So for awhile, you''ll see LMSs supporting data from both SCORM and Tin Can.

2017 eLearning Predictions: Updated Hype Curve

Web Courseworks

LTI packages vary from SCORM packages in that the typical content model follows higher education’s synchronous, weekly, semester-long format rather than the asynchronous, one-time, hour-long format of much corporate and military training.

How to measure a successful LMS launch


Using SCORM (or xAPI) can be a little more challenging if your LMS does not confidently support the format. The main metric to understand functional success is to track how many support issues you experienced from your users as part of your launch. Does our business like it?

Building a learning ecosystem that works with xAPI


When it comes to showing how learning gets translated into business results it seems almost impossible to come up with more or less exact measurements. There is, of course, SCORM (which has been used for almost 20 year already) but digital learning has come a long way since then.

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Why evolving corporate learning isn’t an option


A variety of factors, such as technological advances and the characteristics of the 21st century workforce, have coalesced to motivate businesses to modernize corporate learning. Here are the results from a recent Axonify survey: Business leaders want…. Help achieving their business objectives. Your employees are not as knowledgeable as the business needs them to be. Common concerns facing businesses today. Identify measurable business outcomes first.

mLevel’s Top 3 Learning and Development Lessons Of 2017


As a team, we’ve all expanded our knowledge over the last year, from how to make business more efficient, to learning new technologies, to hosting company-wide brainstorming sessions, to expanding our internship programs. We used to look at our analytics and point at engagement as the key metric. At mLevel we started addressing this issue by building a data-driven microlearning platform instead of adopting industry standards like SCORM.

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What Is E-Learning Today?


We’ve also evolved our understanding of the language we use when it comes to e-learning and how unhelpful it is for organisations to think of it in terms of features and formats and whether or not it is SCORM compliant or enables xAPI.

RIP Old LMS… Say Hello to the Next-Gen LMS


Many of these experiences arise because the market is crowde d with LMS vendors who are incapable of meeting the dynamic business needs of an organization. SCORM / AICC / Tin Can Compatible LMS. Is your current LMS giving you nightmares? You say east and your LMS goes west?

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What Are the Benefits of Adopting Enterprise LMS for Corporate Training


This post presents a roundup of opinions from 10 experts consisting of business owners, trainers, instructional designers, and learning & development specialists on how an enterprise LMS can help you achieve your business goals.

The importance of Reports in online training


As a business, you don’t just want to have a training program. everybody’s failing a course), there’s no single obvious metric that will tell you that your courses need some rethinking or that your employees are not trying hard enough.

10 Common mistakes when developing and delivering an eLearning course: Part 2


Conventional LMSs that rely on SCORM can only really track success or failure on assessments, the number of screens viewed and the time spent on a course. Are the relevant business metrics moving in the right direction?

ATD2015 Conference Post – Review

eLearning 24-7

The goal of any trade show is to be seen – if you generate legitimate business and deals forthwith – great, but the usual close time is 9 months, and it is very common to have ZERO deals come out of it; but again – I need to know who you are. Exhibitor Confusion of Catalog – Under “Metrics” in the catalog was CVENT, Softbox, Watershed LRS and an actual metrics vendor. SCORM support – mmmm. SCORM. Well hello there!

How to Deliver Channel Partner Training with an LMS


Channel partner training (or reseller training) is an essential action to grow your business. Using an LMS, businesses create dedicated learning portals. A training reseller program or partner program influences your business in lots of ways. Develops your business.

Free L&D webinars for June 2018

Limestone Learning

Unconnected employees hurt your business when they fail to see the big picture, don’t know how to uncork bureaucratic bottlenecks, and don’t contribute to enterprise-wide results. Four ways unconnected employees hurt your business. Diversity metrics that support recruiting efforts.

Making the Case for Adaptive Learning

CLO Magazine

For more than 25 years, statistical data used to prove a program’s value has come from reporting standards based on AICC or SCORM outputs. Language will not be consistent, nor will it provide enough detail to generate the credible insights business strategies require.

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