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Interview with Al Bejcek, Rob Lowe at NetDimensions

Categories: Project Tin Can Details
4 May 2011

Key Points:

  • Biggest issue is still interoperability, though we haven’t encountered many problems.
  • Mobile learning is increasingly in demand. Offline use, and the JavaScript API are the main (API) problems to be solved.
  • Currently have a portable LMS, runs off a flash drive.
  • Our portable solution will work well without new standards.
  • Customers are asking for social learning.
    • When having trouble in a section of a course, identify people in your network who did well.
    • LMS could provide access point and tracking for social networks.
  • Learning will become much more individualized.


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Interview with folks at Element K

Categories: Project Tin Can Details
4 May 2011

Key Points:

  • Customer wants to allow learners to share and comment on notes: within a topic, or across courses.
  • There is increasing demand for mobile delivery.
  • We have extremely large libraries of content.
    • Clients desire a simpler way to find, manage, and deploy content from within their LMS.
    • Each LMS provides different properties to adjust course behavior.
    • Some systems don’t provide bulk import.
    • Cross-domain, JavaScript issue.  We would prefer to host the content, and just deploy meta-data.
  • Discussion of marketing new API.
  • Meta-data should be more extensible, content provider should be able to add meta-data that will be displayed, and acted upon if understood.
  • Trend: tracking, reporting on more detailed assessment data.
  • People want to have access to one and the same library of content from a range of different devices.
  • Versioning: important to keep track of what version of a course was experienced, but also the fact that multiple versions are logically the same course.
    • Multi-lingual content is an important use-case for versioning.
  • We provide robust simulations, and have added gaming concepts. But we would like to share some information across users, e.g., add a competitive component.
  • Monolithic courses will to some extent be replaced by smaller, or interactive experiences.
  • Another trend is vLabs, our virtual labs product that provides live sessions to actual hardware.


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Interview with Nick Stephenson, founder of Ecampus

Categories: Project Tin Can Details
4 May 2011

Key Points

  • 90% of content loaded into our system is SCORM 1.2 — because it’s perceived as simple by our clients.
  • Demand for SCORM 2004 support seems to be mainly as a “check-box”, something you’re supposed to have.
  • Mining industry: simulating big trucks. Have objectives & interactions to track but don’t have a way to track them.
  • Support for distributed content is our biggest issue.
  • “Content as a Service”, need to manage IP, licensing, discovery of distributed content.
  • API needs to keep track of what version of content is used. And report on it.
  • Would be great to have an instructor API to allow an observer to indicate an objective has been met.
  • Reporting API may make sense, but our clients aren’t asking for it.
  • System integrations generally consist of passing certification status (yes or no).
  • Discovery, license, and use of content needs to become more like buying an iPhone app for your organization.
  • Cross-platform will be big
  • SCORM should have a mission statement, and a roadmap, that should allow people to feel more comfortable putting effort into it.


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Interview with Walt Mansell (CEO) at Watershed Networks

Categories: Project Tin Can Details
19 Apr 2011

Key Points:

  • Our content is constantly updating, so we need to keep control of it on our servers.  This doesn’t work well with SCORM.
  • We provide the ability to personalize the content, mix and match assets as desired, quickly.
  • For customers who do want SCORM tracking, we develop a way to send that data for each customer.
  • Everyone always uses the latest version of the content.
  • Recording informal learning — message boards, instant messages, is important for preserving knowledge.
  • Looking into mobile, at least tablets.
  • Providing “just in time” searchable access information, doesn’t have to be taken all at once as large courses.
  • New API should make use of open source.


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Interview with Sachin Gaur at IBM

Categories: Project Tin Can Details
18 Apr 2011

Key Points:

  • Current LMSs focus too much on Management, not enough on Learning
  • Need to customize the learning experience not just by learning need but also by learner type
  • LMSs should be able to design, offer and track informal learning such as job shadowing or mentoring
  • There is a great need to make user generated learning / content available through a standard LMS.
  • LMSs should evolve into Personal Learning Environment (PLEs) or enable them
  • Learning Management Systems should evolve into Learning Network Management Systems
  • There is too much focus on measurement – is there a need to measure every click, every page view, every second spent within the course
  • Learning is evolving from being more personal and less organization driven
  • As organizations pass on the learning responsibilities to the learner, the need to track and report may reduce.
  • Newer concepts such as MOOCs should be available through the LMS
  • Integration of mobile devices and tablets is a clear need – apps for mobile platforms, Kindle, tablet versions etc
  • LMSs should help individuals find more information within their


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