We live in an open and diversified world where everybody has access to a rapidly rising amount of data. This makes it possible to deliver rich trainings based on diversified but complementary activities that raises the effectiveness and efficiency of training strategies.
The SCORM attempt to define global specifications for the content structure proved to be an impossible quest. The conclusion was that it is more beneficial to let individuals follow different learning activities on different platforms as well as on different devices and also provide a repository where it is possible to keep track of all their achievements. For example, individuals will follow a live meeting on a platform, then start a course on their mobile phone through another Learning Management System, and finally continue the course on their computer to earn a badge or a certificate.
This diversity will produce positive impacts, but there is one precondition to attain successful results: each trainee should have a central portal to serve as their main Learning Management System by providing a global vision of his/her learning path and desired achievements. In a nutshell, there is a need for a central structure that will aggregate all the information, resources, and data to make them easily manageable.
This is precisely our ambition with Opigno - to provide individuals a tool with a comfortable formatting as well as a user friendly experience which allows them to set their own goals, manage their personalized learning path and accomplishments, even for activities completed in other platforms.
The need for a central repository is consequently perfectly understandable. That is precisely the purpose for designing the Learning Record Store (LRS). The LRS databases make it possible to store all the activity statements in a secure location and manage enormous amounts of data in a very brief time. Activities can be completed on many different platforms, and can be for example all the contents viewed by trainees, the courses they finished and the grades they obtained, the live meetings they attended, the serious games they played, the badges and certificates they earned, etc.
The LRS concept is based on specifications defined by TinCan API (also named xAPI for "Experience API") making it possible for the LRS to communicate with various platforms for recording and tracking all types of learning experiences.
Use of the Learning Management System combined with the LRS brings extremely interesting benefits:
It enables the capability to keep track of learning activities achieved in many different platforms as well as in native mobile applications.
In addition, it creates the capacity to provide precise, global analytics. The addition of the LRS makes possible much more precise analytics than a classical LMS alone since it records every action of the trainee - every click, every message posted on a forum, every video viewed, etc. Moreover, as mentioned before, it is possible to record activities on all the platforms used during the learning process.
The analytics gathered can easily be displayed on a dashboard as custom reports that can be integrated into any of the main components of the Learning Management System. This is a major benefit because teachers will have an accurate, detailed vision of the most visited content, activities completed, scores achieved, and consequently dynamically adapt learning strategies and design individual trainee learning paths. Once thought of as a “teacher’s tool,” analytics have become increasingly important for students as well. The trainee can diagnose his/her strengths and weaknesses, make adjustments to his/her learning path, and closely monitor the entire learning process. This is aligned with most clients' expectations for custom statistics.
The addition of an LRS makes possible the use one’s favorite LMS as a portal where personal learning paths are defined and each trainee can actively manage his/her progress regardless of the platform(s) where the learning takes place. The educational experiences of today’s learner should bridge tried-and-true traditional instructional strategies with the 21st Century technology and learning environment.
In conclusion, the LRS component is very complementary to the Learning Management System and is absolutely mandatory considering modern instructional strategies and the diversified approach for gaining knowledge. That is why we at Opigno are convinced that combining Learning Management Systems with a LRS can improve both the teacher and trainee experience and increase the efficiency of trainings.