Learning Management Systems – from E-learning to M-Learning

We live in the period where change is the word that rules; ever-changing technologies, rules, job standards, effective delivery and work management systems and employee experiences. All of the above mentioned factors are vital for the meticulous maintenance of competence for established organizations housing a large workforce and hence must be easy to be accessed. A Learning Management System (LMS) is one such unique software application which enables one to train, evaluate and track results, effortlessly.

With the future going towards mobile, activities such as learning and other related challenges can be well tackled with mobile learning, as it gains a stronghold, much beyond notifications and tackling assignments. By porting critical administrator tasks to a mobile platform or device, the growing need of administering LMS on-the-go can be addressed comfortably. E-Learning courses can be made more engaging by means of Mobile LMS, be it the iPhone, iPad or Android. Vensi’s innovative team is coming up with novel ways of mobile learning with integrated Learning Management System (LMS) on mobile devices.

What is SCORM?

Abbreviated as “Sharable Content Object Reference Model”, SCORM is all about creating units of online training content that can be shared across multiple systems. It instructs programmers as to how their code has to be written so that it can match with other e-learning software.

SCORM and Learning Management System (LMS):

SCORM, Shareable Content Object Reference Model, is a standard for web-based e learning that has been developed with intent to define communication between client-side content and a runtime environment. Tracking records is easier with SCORM, wherein content from multiple providers can be acquired, while maintaining a single real-time interface for recordkeeping and administration purposes.

With interoperability being the primary benefit of SCORM, it efficiently and seamlessly allows e-learning content to be imported from a number of different sources into the respective LMS. This way, processes which are time-consuming and expensive can be avoided, thus reducing the burden off your organization.

Communicating with SCORM LMS:

  • Directly via LMS Application Program Interface (API) such as the SCORM API
  • Indirectly, communication with some kind of bridge server or other applications, wherein data is collected and transposed into the right format for LMS communication

In the former case, there is a need for an online connection, where the mobile web browser acts similarly to a desktop web browser, communicating with the LMS through Javascript. One of the greatest advantages of SCORM is the flexibility of using the courses in different formats from different sources inside of the same LMS. Credit goes to a common API and distribution format, wherein all courses are registered and retrieved in a relatively generic way, making them auto-configurable and extensible.

Tin Can API – The Next Generation SCORM:

Fret not if you don’t have a continuous internet connection, as Tin Can is here as your saving grace. As you experience activities on your mobile, Tin Can statements are stored and sent to an LRS. All that one needs is native apps for trackable learning, wherein activities are downloaded to an app when there is a connection and the results are delivered to an LRS, thus ensuring improved user experience.

In an effort to address these issues, Vensi is in the process of building apps which can enable users to take maximum advantage of offline capabilities.

By paving way to an entire world of experiences, this new flexible and robust learning technology captures the activities that happen as part of learning experiences. A wide range of eLearning systems are therefore allowed to securely communicate with a simple vocabulary and capture a stream of learning activities.

mLearning:

By setting up M-learning as the next generation building block for learning, the limitations of learning locations can be minimized with the mobility of general portable devices. The best part of mobile learning is that it has a primary focus on the mobility of the learner as there exists better interaction with portable technologies. The fact that it can be readily accessed from anywhere makes it a much preferred option among students, in terms of gaining access to a wealth of information. This facilitates better education and caters to their individual requirements in a robust way.

Solutions by Vensi:

  • Tests on the Go:This is a mobile application which lets you convert your paper tests to mobile tests. Designed to replicate the actual test taking experience, this app is like an exam simulator that features an interactive set of questions. With an intention to lessen the stressful test-taking experience of the candidate, it hones their technical skills before appearing for the actual test
  • MSCORM:With the demand for mobile learning becoming more widespread, accessing SCORM content on mobile technologies has become more flexible. MSCORM is something which enables mobile learners who are constantly on the go to gain a competitive advantage in staying educated on a minute to minute basis, hence multiplying learner-centric experiences.

Responsive Learning:

Aimed to increase academic achievement and improving high-quality skills, Responsive Learning is a widely used mode of education which brings social and academic learning onto one platform. Considering the current multi-device world, it is important that learning solutions are compatible across all devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops in order to assist candidates reach their personal goals and solve difficult problems with a sense of positive achievement.

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