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The xAPI and the LMS: What Does the Future Hold? (Part 4 of 4) by Steve Foreman : Learning Solutions Magazine

The xAPI and the LMS: What Does the Future Hold? (Part 4 of 4) by Steve  Foreman : Learning Solutions Magazine | Quality assurance of eLearning | Scoop.it
Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) standards: SCORM & xAPI

ADL is a standards body that began as a joint project of the US Department of Defense and the Department of Labor, and with industry participation. You may know ADL as the organization that brought us the SCORM standard.

SCORM, which is an acronym for Sharable Content Object Reference Model, is a standard specification for publishing, launching, and tracking eLearning and it remains a dominant standard in the eLearning industry. Essentially, SCORM-compliant eLearning courses can interoperate with any learning management system that also supports SCORM.

First published in 2000, they updated SCORM several times over the next decade. Many eLearning authoring tools and LMS products support the SCORM standard.

Since 2009, not much has happened with SCORM, which they designed for use with traditional eLearning design. SCORM is ill equipped to handle non-traditional learning that is informal, social, and mobile.

Around 2010, ADL recognized a need to define an updated standard that could overcome many of SCORM’s inherent limitations. SCORM is constrained to tracking specific course-oriented things like lesson pages viewed, test scores, and module completions. SCORM also relies on JavaScript, which makes it difficult to implement in mobile apps.

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TinCan and The Confusion About the Next Generation of SCORM - Christian Glahn

In the E-Learning world SCORM is a big thing because it is the leading framework for supporting the interoperability of complex arrangements of learning resources. The latest release of SCORM 2004 dates back to 2009, which is already 4 years old. However, pretty much from the beginning SCROM 2004 has been considered as "too complex", "too complicated", or even "too limited" to be a big success. As of  2013 the interoperability geeks in the community have a new hope that everything will be better, easier, and nicer: TinCan. I start reading about that TinCan will be the next successor of SCORM. The latest remark comes from Moodle's Dan Marsden. This is surpising to me and it should be surprising to you as well. In this article I explain why.

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