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. The choices made soon will ultimately impact what you will be able to do with xAPI 3, 5 and 20 years from now. I’m going to lay out options for how we can approach standardization and the reasoning behind them. In August, 2014 I participated in one of the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC) monthly meetings.

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.

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LTDX Q&As: Fitting standards in a learning ecosystem

Rustici Software

In a flexible learning ecosystem, what is the relationship between xAPI and SSO? xAPI is the standard used to track and capture activity from the systems users are accessing. xAPI includes the concept of Agent Profiles to help solve for this.

Choosing Mobile Learning Solutions Using Standards

JCA Solutions

Using Standards Separately or Together for Effective Mobile Learning. Now, thanks to new learning standards, and new ways of using older ones, that promise may be here. New Standards May Provide the Answer. Then came Experience API (xAPI) and CMI5. Let’s look at how we can use our standards for learning in the mobile world. Standards to Advance Mobile Learning. Using xAPI for mobile learning gives you some options. SCORM and xAPI.

eLearning: xAPI is Geek Free and Ready to Go

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

by Megan Torrance      In my  previous xAPI article  I pointed to the emergence of "geek-free tools and platforms" as the hallmark that xAPI is beginning to achieve main-stream status.   In the 1960s, Dr. Bruce Tuckman proposed a team development model that lends some structure to the conversation about xAPI.   In the early Forming and Storming days of xAPI, there were no off-the-shelf tools that supported it.

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xAPI’s Tipping Point for Both Community & Industry

MakingBetter

Since last year, I worked with IEEE to standardize the Experience API (xAPI) specification. Most of my work is with the IEEE-LTSC but recently a few other IEEE standards groups expressed interest in using xAPI. They’re looking at xAPI because it provides a way to share data across devices, related to people, in a way other systems can understand. This is exciting stuff for everyone with a hand in making xAPI what it is.

Flash Player will no longer be supported after December 2020.

Ideaon

Open standards such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly have continually matured over the years and serve as viable alternatives for Flash content. Also, major browser vendors are integrating these open standards into their browsers and deprecating most other plug-ins (like Flash Player).

Course Standards: Where R We Heading?

eLearning 24-7

There has been a lot of information out there , okay, I’m kidding there hasn’t been much of anything when it comes to course standards. I’ll readily admit that regardless of the course standard you use, if you create click-click-click courses, than no course standard will make it engaging. Yet here we are wondering where the course standard industry is heading or at least presumed to be heading. “They are not Compliance Standards.”

Course Standards: Where R We Heading?

eLearning 24-7

There has been a lot of information out there , okay, I’m kidding there hasn’t been much of anything when it comes to course standards. I’ll readily admit that regardless of the course standard you use, if you create click-click-click courses, than no course standard will make it engaging. Yet here we are wondering where the course standard industry is heading or at least presumed to be heading. “They are not Compliance Standards.”

“How do I add xAPI support to my LMS?”

Rustici Software

Now we need to answer the question, how do we add xAPI support? Thanks, xAPI-Less LMS. Hey xAPI-Less LMS, Thank you for reaching out! When it comes to adding xAPI support to your LMS, you have a couple of options. Implement the xAPI specification yourself. Leverage a third-party software, like Rustici Engine or SCORM Cloud , which implement xAPI on your system’s behalf. Implement the xAPI specification yourself. Ask Andy cmi5 xAPI

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Can I add a SCORM player to my SaaS platform?

Rustici Software

Can you recommend a SCORM player I can embed into my platform to support our clients? When it comes to adding a SCORM player to your platform, I’d recommend one of the two following products: Rustici Engine. Rustici Engine is a tightly integrated SCORM player that becomes part of your application. When a user uploads an eLearning-standard based course into your platform, Engine offloads all of the importing, launching and tracking of a learner’s progress through that course.

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Webinar Q&A: Empowering Continuous Learning with the Experience API (xAPI)

Experience API

Questions: What is the common identifier that allows the xAPI to connect the data provided by the ‘activity provider’ to a specific user in the LRS? Answer: xAPI allows for learners to be identified by email address, Open ID or an account on some system, such as an LMS. How do you best see xAPI interfacing with an LMS? Which LMS platforms out there today best interface with xAPI? That’s one of the big advantages of xAPI, *anything* can make a statement.

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Tom Kuhlmann – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

How will the tools evolve further to capitalize the real power of this standard? What made Flash so valuable is that a single player controlled the playback. ABOUT TOM KUHLMANN (Vice President, Articulate Community): Tom Kuhlmann is the Vice President of the Articulate Community, which he has been running for the past six years, with a focus on building a committed group of rapid e-learning developers.

TOM KUHLMANN – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

How will the tools evolve further to capitalize the real power of this standard? What made Flash so valuable is that a single player controlled the playback. ABOUT TOM KUHLMANN (Vice President, Articulate Community): Tom Kuhlmann is the Vice President of the Articulate Community, which he has been running for the past six years, with a focus on building a committed group of rapid e-learning developers.

Karl Kapp – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators (Part 2)

Learnnovators

Game design is action oriented—what do we want the player to do. ABOUT KARL KAPP (Professor of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University): Karl M. Kapp, Ed.D., CFPIM, CIRM, is a scholar, writer and expert on the convergence of learning, technology and business operations. He is a full professor of instructional technology at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, PA, and serves as the Assistant Director of Bloomsburg’s Institute for Interactive Technologies.

KARL KAPP – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS (PART 1)

Learnnovators

In ‘The Sims’ a player has to weigh certain variables and make tradeoffs to keep his or her character healthy and happy. In those games, the players are running a company or entering a new market and they must understand how to make the proper tradeoffs among various decisions with which they are confronted. ABOUT KARL KAPP (Professor of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University): Karl M. Kapp, Ed.D.,

Karl Kapp – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators (Part 1)

Learnnovators

In ‘The Sims’ a player has to weigh certain variables and make tradeoffs to keep his or her character healthy and happy. In those games, the players are running a company or entering a new market and they must understand how to make the proper tradeoffs among various decisions with which they are confronted. ABOUT KARL KAPP (Professor of Instructional Technology, Bloomsburg University): Karl M. Kapp, Ed.D.,

Gamification in ACTION

Learnnovators

The challenge was to have players find and assemble the book online before its release date. Here are some the key players in this field: Bunchball. THE QUOTE: “ By no means are the concepts of game and gamification universally accepted as valid learning strategies, so we have some work to do in terms of educating more learning and development professionals of the value of these tools.”- Karl Kapp.

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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The LMS Meets 2017: Top 15 Learning Tech Predictions

Talented Learning

The problem with the global employee learning solutions market is that the big, boring talent management LMSs we just mentioned are the standard for managing enterprise-wide learning complexity. With content authored or assembled within the LMS, there is the advantage of better interoperability, ease of authoring, one-tool to learn, no awareness nor concern of SCORM or xAPI, tighter tie-in with ecommerce, and social learning extensions to and from content.

Finding the Reality in Virtual Reality for Learning

JCA Solutions

Even some NFL teams use VR for training players, particularly with quarterbacks on seeing the field and decision making under pressure. In addition, using standards like xAPI, permanent records of specific events are possible. Blog learning simulation training virtual reality VR xAPIDoes Virtual Reality Fit Into Your Training Plan? Articles about learning trends all mention Virtual Reality (VR) as one of the top technologies to watch going forward.

SCORM vs AICC: how do they compare?

Elucidat

Another set of standards that has the same aim is AICC. SCORM is a set of packaging standards that means once your elearning is set up with the right file structure, uploading a course to the LMS is just a matter of uploading a.zip file. What about xAPI?

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Think out of the box: 3 ways to support video-based training

Rustici Software

Engine supports the direct import of MP4 files using the same API calls used to upload any standards based content. Rustici Engine’s powerful video player functionality supports playing and tracking learner data no matter where your customers’ videos originate.

“We’re moving from instructor-led training to eLearning. Where do we start?”

Rustici Software

It’s a relatively straightforward process to convert your existing assets (presenter’s PowerPoint files or recorded lecture videos), import them into an authoring tool and export a standardized course package such as SCORM. SCORM 2004 (2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions), xAPI, cmi5 and AICC.

The Biggest Flaw with Articulate Rise

LearnDash

Rise was released without Tin Can API (xAPI) support – an industry standard for reporting. When one of the largest industry players neglects Tin Can API for their newest offering it does the elearning industry a huge disservice. Last year Articulate unveiled a new offering (or several new offerings to be more accurate) under the umbrella of “Articulate360” The entire presentation is quite impressive.

Proud of our Talented Learning Award customers

Rustici Software

We’ve enjoyed watching their LMS platform evolve and have helped their team offset the burden of managing the eLearning standards support within the eSSEntial LMS. Our Rustici Engine solution helps eLogic support SCORM, AICC, xAPI and PENS within the LMS and includes support for offline SCORM support in their mobile app. NetExam is a major player LMS in the channel partner space focusing on addressing the specific needs of the global sales channel.

SCORM Engine 2017.1 is released!

Rustici Software

Improved Player UI. We’ve continued to enhance the design and layout of the new SCORM Engine Player UI, which we released in Engine 2016.1. See the difference in Engine player’s functionality on Zendesk. xAPI Conformance. ADL officially released the xAPI Conformance Test Suite and (Good news!) Engine is xAPI conformant. In particular, we have made significant changes to the Engine player UI to more easily cooperate with screen readers.

Congrats to our Top Learning Systems customers

Rustici Software

They integrate with Rustici Engine to allow clients to import, launch and track standards based eLearning content. #18 They integrate with Rustici Engine to allow clients to import, launch and track SCORM and AICC content, as well as support xAPI. #14 Degreed has an integration with the SCORM Cloud API , which enables their customers to include SCORM and xAPI content right along side content from Lynda.com, YouTube, and many other third-party content services. #11

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Looking back and thinking ahead: Learnings from 2020

Rustici Software

Interest in learning standards, both old and new, are on the rise. While interest in SCORM skyrocketed, the appetite for more modern standards like cmi5 and xAPI continues to grow, particularly within the Department of Defense. Support for more content types and standards.

Back to basics: What is SCORM?

Elucidat

In the same way that DVDs are created in a standardized way so they can be read by any DVD player, SCORM sets out the standardized set-up that means elearning can be read by any LMS. A newer standard, xAPI (sometimes called Tin Can) has been developed.

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Rustici Engine and Rustici Dispatch are now IMS certified

Rustici Software

Conformance to standards and specifications have always mattered to us—handling all of the details and nuances of the various learning standards is what our software does best. Engine’s integrated content player has the ability to import LTI links and launch into various LTI tools.

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“I’ve built courses in Articulate, but how do I send them to an LMS via LTI?”

Rustici Software

Content Controller lets you centrally host your training modules, whether you publish as SCORM, xAPI, AICC or cmi5, and seamlessly delivers them to any LMS that supports LTI v1.1 With Content Controller, you can share content (regardless of the standard) with LTI platforms.

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Webinar Q&A recap: Troubleshooting SCORM content

Rustici Software

SCORM is a javascript specific standard whereas cmi5 uses a different communication strategy. How do we get them to adopt this new standard? Additionally, LMS vendors can use cmi5 player test suite to validate that a launching application conforms to the cmi5 specification.

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“How can I support eLearning in my HRMS or HRIS Platform?”

Rustici Software

Ideally, our customers would be able to import courses (SCORM, xAPI or other training), employees would access their training assignments directly from our HRMS and admins could run reports to track completions. The good news is that we help to add this type of SCORM, AICC, and xAPI support to many HRMS, HRIS and other HR platforms often. Rustici Engine is an integrated SCORM and xAPI player, a.Net or Java application that integrates with your application via a modern REST API.

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“Should I build or buy components for my learning platform?”

Rustici Software

We are still in the early stages of development and are currently deciding if we should build versus buy the individual components (SCORM player, LRS, etc.) When it comes to adding a SCORM player to your platform and integrating a learning record store (LRS), I’d recommend the following products. Rustici Engine is a tightly integrated content player that becomes part of your application. SCORM 2004 (2nd, 3rd and 4th Editions), xAPI, cmi5 and AICC.

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Cheering for clients named a Top Learning System by Craig Weiss

Rustici Software

is a great example a non-traditional learning platform that still benefits from eLearning standards support. #14 Degreed has an integration with SCORM Cloud , which enables their customers to include SCORM and xAPI content right along side content from Lynda.com, YouTube, and many other third-party content services. #13 SumTotal is a major player in the LMS space. The platform has an integration with SCORM Engine , which includes xAPI and Learning Record Store (LRS) support.

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Publishing A SCORM Course with Articulate Storyline 3

LearnUpon

We also support another eLearning standard called xAPI , which might be a better option to choose. The description only comes into play if your learners are using the articulate mobile player.). Articulate mobile player*. A note about using the Articulate mobile player: It requires your learners to download an additional free app to view content. If you do plan on using it, then use xAPI rather than SCORM.

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Expanding the problems we solve for our customers

Rustici Software

Some folks may think, “You’re the SCORM people”, others may be more specific, “You build and sell the Rustici Engine product” (following it up with all of the learning standards we support), and others still may think of us as “ SCORM Cloud ” and all that entails. Just as we’ve always endeavored to make sure our customers don’t need to become experts in SCORM, xAPI, AICC, cmi5 and other standards, we want to expand this support to handle the growth of the eLearning ecosystem.

Hurrah for client winners of John Leh’s Best of the Best

Rustici Software

eLogic uses SCORM Engine to support SCORM, AICC, xAPI and PENS. Litmos was an early adopter of xAPI and is a leading SaaS based LMS. NetExam’s SaaS based platform integrates SCORM Engine to support of all standards based eLearning content, including xAPI. They integrate our SCORM Engine to allow clients to import, launch and track standards based eLearning content. This week, we’re cheering, “Hurrah!”

Tin Can API Changing Names… Again?

LearnDash

In 2012, there was some excellent news that a new elearning standard was going to replace the clunky SCORM protocol from years earlier. Some call it Tin Can API and others Experience API (xAPI for short). Nonetheless, big name players like Articulate started to incorporate Tin Can API into their software as a option for publishing courses.

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