Avron and Tom interview guest speaker Mike Rustici. We discuss TinCan, xAPI, Learning Analytics, Watershed LRS, Rustici Software, the Learning Technologies Group and more.
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Learning Technologies Group Plc acquires Rustici Software and invests in Watershed
Andy Web - Applied Industrials - “Gaining Executive Buy-in for a Learning Record Store (LRS)” https://www.dropbox.com/s/9f9rlx9c5k5bjss/Webb_andy_presentation.pdf
Andy presented a 26 slide Learning Record Store (LRS) case study that correlates online learning results to KPIs from operational SAP results. Corporate users improve basic financial acumen while learning the benefits of utilizing the new SAP process. He also discussed obtaining leadership adoption throughout the LRS process.
degreed (a Lifelong Learning Platform) https://degreed.com/
IMS Caliper Specification https://www.imsglobal.org/activity/caliperram
Pathgather (a non-LMS LMS) https://www.pathgather.com/
Guest speaker Bill McDonald discusses the cmi5 spec for xAPI and LMS use. Bill provides a clean, simple description of cmi5 while he combats the hype and Tom’s leading questions like, “is cmi5 really a better AICC than AICC, a better SCORM than SCORM, and a better xAPI than xAPI?” Avron gets answers about content launching and reporting. Along the way we share insights, insider jokes and helpful references for the curious.
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Time to Plug Into CMI-5 by Bill McDonald
Bill explains cmi5 in layman’s terms.
Experience API, cmi5, and Future SCORM by Art Werkenthin
Art provides some background on SCORM and xAPI and the shortcomings that cmi5 addresses. NOTE: this May 2015 article predates the May 2016 publication of cmi5 “Quartz” (the 1st release).
What is cmi5 (from https://aicc.github.io/CMI-5_Spec_Current/)
cmi5 is a "profile" for using the xAPI specification with traditional learning management (LMS) systems.
Since the xAPI specification is highly generalized to support many different use cases, a set of "extra rules" (called a "profile") is needed to ensure interoperability for a given use case. The cmi5 profile ensures plug and play interoperability between learning content and LMS systems.
The use case that the cmi5 profile is specifically designed for is one where the learner launches the learning content/activity from the LMS user interface.
cmi5 defines specific interoperability rules for the following areas:
- Content Launch Mechanism
- Session Management
- Course Structure
The Main cmi5 Workgroup Web Site on Github - https://github.com/AICC/CMI-5_Spec_Current
Project Information & Spec - https://aicc.github.io/CMI-5_Spec_Current/
Group Conference Calls, Meeting Minutes, & Email List - https://github.com/AICC/CMI-5_Spec_Current/wiki
cmi5 on twitter: @cmi5spec https://twitter.com/cmi5spec and #cmi5
cmi5 Group on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/grp/home?gid=3943740
During this recess: Training & Learning Architecture (TLA), an attempt to integrate more complex edtech/elearning ecosystems in a post-SCORM world. TLA reflects the need for more than “an LMS and content tools” as we work and learn in a more performance-oriented, collaborative, social, immersive, and mobile modern world.
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An early notion of TLA elements as diagrammed by Damon Reagan in 2014
Larger image here: https://erecces.net/img/Learning_Ecosystems_119_Sept_2014.png
TLA Components might include:
LRS on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_Record_Store
TinCan and LRS: https://tincanapi.com/learning-record-store/
Rustici Software: https://rusticisoftware.com/
Watershed LRS & Analytics: https://www.watershedlrs.com/
Saltbox WAX LRS: https://www.saltbox.com/home.html
Mimi Ito, an expert in young people’s use of digital media, shares her research on informal learning in online communities, where students can build technology skills, learn media literacy, and create and share their work. https://www.edutopia.org/mimi-ito-social-media-learning-video
Eduworks RUSSEL and DECALS https://eduworks.com/research/russel/
The Re-Usability Support System for E-Learning (RUSSEL) https://www.adlnet.gov/russel/
DECALS on GitHub: https://github.com/Eduworks/decals-ui
PERLS: A Pervasive Learning System (mobile personal assistant for learning) https://perlsapp.com/perls/about
During this recess: views from an xAPI bootcamp, LTG acquires Rustici Software and invests in Watershed LRS, British veterinarian/novelists, bullets and armor, Learning Analytics, and US DoDI 1322.26.
LINKS (in Bold)
xAPI Camps, Presentations, and xAPI General Information
xAPI Quarterly a great place to watch for the next xAPI camp or general news relating to xAPI.
MakingBetter Aaron Silvers and Megan Bowe connect and contribute to the global xAPI community, and often facilitate xAPI camps.
xAPI Practical Work with Veterinary Technician Certification [or what Tom calls learning that puts the Labrador in Lab work]
Using the Experience API to Manage Informal & Experiential Learning [referenced by Avron as Marty Rosenheck's "Extending Classrooms" presentation ad the Trek system]
Connected Learning Analytics Toolkit [referenced by Avron as Kristy Kitto's work and an excellent example of an architecture with analytics for education]
Rustici Software, Watershed, and LTG Acquisition/Investment
Third party news release on Learning Technologies Group acquisition of Rustici Software and investment in Watershed LRS
Rustici Software and their blog post on acquisition
Watershed and their blog post on the LTG investment
Learning Technologies Group (LTG PLC) and their post on acquisition & investment
A Directive that Helped Drive Initial SCORM Adoption
U.S. Dept. of Defense Instruction 1322.26 for Procurement of Learning Systems - due for update, perhaps later in 2016. Will it include xAPI?? TLA?
In late November of 2015 Adobe announced that Flash Creative Cloud will become Animate CC. Avron and Tom provide background on how and why Flash became so important for elearning. Finally they wrap-up with thoughts on HTML5 and what is next.
Show Notes: Semester 1, Episode 1 - Whither Flash
Adobe Announcement - Welcome Adobe Animate CC, a new era for Flash Professional
"To more accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond, Flash Professional will be renamed Adobe Animate CC, starting with the next release in early 2016." [Posted November 20, 2015]
Adobe Flash - History (Wikipedia)
More information on the evolution of Flash from the Pen Computing platform at FutureSplash through to Macromedia and the current Adobe offerings.
Jonathan Gay (Wikipedia)
Original developer of Flash, along with Robert Tatsumi. Jonathan’s innovations included introducing Flash video and communication capabilities.
CNET - "The Death of Flash is Lingering, Not Sudden"
Correction to podcast statements, that referenced this article; it was NOT 26% of top 500 sites. The correct quote is: “Though Flash has steadily declined in usage, the technology is still common. On the 482,000 websites the HTTP Archive monitors, 21 percent still use Flash as of mid-November .”
Wired - Adobe Flash Is Dead in Name Only [was: Adobe Flash Is Now Called Animate. But It's Still a Mess.]
Interesting that the original headline got “re-wired.”
More coverage on Flash, HTML5 and video-
Facebook switches to HTML5 for all video instead of Flash | ZDNet
and the original post by Facebook: Why we chose to move to HTML5 video
Microservices Architecture/Design Pattern (Wikipedia)
"Microservices is a software design pattern or architecture style in which complex applications are composed of small, independent processes communicating with each other using language-agnostic APIs. These services are small, highly decoupled and focus on doing a small task, facilitating a modular approach to system-building."