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A Playground for Thoughts on Educational Technology and Training. Topical discussions on educational technology and elearning for technology-minded educators and training professionals. Hosted by Avron Barr and Tom King.
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A Playground for Thoughts on Educational Technology and Training.
Hosted by Avron Barr and Tom King.

Join the conversation as we engage in topical discussion on educational technology and elearning. Our intended audience is technology-minded professionals in the fields of education and corporate training.

Please participate. The podcast first “semester” is January - June of 2016 and our goal is to publish 1-2 episodes a month.

Use the moderated comments below or @eLearningRecess for follow-up questions or future topic ideas.
Everybody loves a little encouragement.

Sep 21, 2016

Avron and Tom interview guest speaker Mike Rustici. We discuss TinCan, xAPI, Learning Analytics, Watershed LRS, Rustici Software, the Learning Technologies Group and more.

See all the show notes and add your comments at http://erecess.net or reach us on twitter @eLearningRecess

Watershed LRS and Rustici Software

Watershed LRS https://www.watershedlrs.com/
twitter: @WatershedLRS

Rustici Software http://rusticisoftware.com/
twitter: @rusticisoftware

Learning Technologies Group Plc acquires Rustici Software and invests in Watershed
http://www.ltgplc.com/news/acquisition-rustici-30-stake-watershed/

TinCanAPI http://tincanapi.com/
xAPI http://experienceapi.com/

Presentation from 2016 Learning Analytics Conference in Nashville

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.

Additional Companies and Technologies Mentioned

ADL https://www.adlnet.gov/
ADL SCORM https://www.adlnet.gov/adl-research/scorm/
ADL xAPI https://www.adlnet.gov/adl-research/performance-tracking-analysis/experience-api/

degreed (a Lifelong Learning Platform) https://degreed.com/

edcast https://www.edcast.com/

IMS Caliper Specification https://www.imsglobal.org/activity/caliperram

Pathgather (a non-LMS LMS) https://www.pathgather.com/

Good Stuff

Referral links to some iOS apps that Tom likes to make use of:

 

Aug 1, 2016

cmi5 Discussion with Bill McDonald

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.

See all the show notes and add your comments at http://erecess.net or reach us on twitter @eLearningRecess https://twitter.com/eLearningRecess

Learn About cmi5: Intro Articles and Overviews

Time to Plug Into CMI-5 by Bill McDonald
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/time-plugin-cmi5-bill-mcdonald?trk=prof-post
Bill explains cmi5 in layman’s terms.

Experience API, cmi5, and Future SCORM by Art Werkenthin
http://www.learningsolutionsmag.com/articles/1697/experience-api-cmi5-and-future-scorm
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 http://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
  • Authentication
  • Session Management
  • Reporting
  • Course Structure

cmi5 Details and Workgroup Activity

The Main cmi5 Workgroup Web Site on Github - https://github.com/AICC/CMI-5_Spec_Current

Project Information & Spec - http://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

 

Jun 6, 2016

TLA - Training and Learning Architecture

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.

See all the show notes and add your comments at http://erecess.net
or reach us on twitter @eLearningRecess

Resources to Help Understand TLA

An early notion of TLA elements as diagrammed by Damon Reagan in 2014

Larger image here: https://mobilemind.net/images/Learning_Ecosystems_119_Sept_2014.png

TLA Components might include:

  • xAPI
  • LRS (Learning Record Store)
  • Analytics Engines
  • Competency Models
  • Content Brokers
  • Content/Activity Registries
  • Content Repositories
  • Items to be determined as product categories and needs emerge

Systems and Terminology

LRS on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning_Record_Store
TinCan and LRS: http://tincanapi.com/learning-record-store/
Rustici Software: http://rusticisoftware.com/
Watershed LRS & Analytics: https://www.watershedlrs.com/
Saltbox WAX LRS: http://www.saltbox.com/home.html

Presentations, Implementations, Prototypes

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. http://www.edutopia.org/mimi-ito-social-media-learning-video

Eduworks RUSSEL and DECALS http://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

More Information and Participation

ADL: https://www.adlnet.gov/
Connections Forum (xAPI Camp Organizer): http://connectionsforum.com/

Things We Like

Cloak: https://www.getcloak.com/plans-pricing/
Stay safe online with their super-simple VPN.
Tom uses and feels like it is safe and the simplest, easiest best VPN for iOS and Mac. Automatically secure WiFi with VPN when roaming or traveling and automatically switch back when connected to your home or other preferred networks. It just works!! Highly, HIGHLY recommended for iOS and Mac OS X.

 

Mar 24, 2016

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]

xAPI on Wikipedia
xAPI on the ADL website

xAPI LRS Vendors and Analytics Tools
Cogntive Advisors Trek Learning Experience Manager
SaLTBOX and WAX LRS
Riptide LRS
Learning Locker LRS
Watershed LRS

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?

DIGRESSIONS AND TOOLS WE USE

Backblaze - Simple, reliable, affordable off-site back-up. This service has saved the proverbial bacon of carnivores and herbivores alike.

All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot - The stories of a young veterinarian making his way in the English countryside-- and the people and animals he meets along the way.
Available on iBooks   iTunes Audio Book  IMDB information on TV series (8.4/10)

Working Copy - Tom finds this to be the most productive Git client for iOS. It works particularly well with Textastic. [free, plus in-app purchases for push, etc.] or Working Copy Enterprise version [all-in version (all in-app purchases incl. for easier purchase), $15 USD]

Textastic - Amazing code editor for iOS. Syntax highlighting and code completion as good or better than desktop tools. Fantastic companion to Working copy. Be sure to get Textastic 6- it's worth the $10.

Backblaze - Simple, reliable, affordable off-site back-up. This service has saved the bacon of carnivores and herbivores alike.
 

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