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504 What Is CMI-5 and Why Should You Care?

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Thursday, October 30


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With the successful rollout of the Experience API (xAPI) the foundation for a new SCORM standard has been laid. By itself, xAPI is not a replacement for SCORM. Instead, xAPI defines communication between a learning experience and the learning record store, or LRS. While most of us agree that the majority of learning occurs outside the LMS, there is still some formal eLearning that will be maintained in the LMS.

In this session you will learn how the Aviation Industry CBT Committee (AICC), working with ADL, has stepped in to define a new LMS to eLearning specification as a layer on top of xAPI. You will discover the possibilities of AICC CMI-5, a flexible new design that some call “xAPI with some rules.” You will explore how CMI-5 works and the advantages it has over SCORM.

In this session, you will learn:

  • That xAPI is not a SCORM replacement
  • To define the existing issues with SCORM that should be addressed by a new specification
  • To define how AICC CMI-5 will fix several SCORM issues
  • To define the interoperability of AICC CMI-5

Intermediate designers, developers, and CLOs with some familiarity with both SCORM and xAPI.

Technology discussed in this session:

Art Werkenthin



Art Werkenthin, president of RISC, built his first learning management system (LMS) in 1988 and now has over 25 years’ experience working with LMS in the oil and gas, retail, finance, and other industries. Art is keenly interested in the xAPI specification, and RISC was an early adopter of this technology. Interested in expanding the xAPI to the LMS, Art has served for the past three years on the ADL cmi5 committee. In 2015, RISC demonstrated the first implementation of a cmi5 runtime engine embedded in its LMS. Art has presented on cmi5 at several conferences, including mLearnCon, DevLearn and xAPI Camp.

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