212 State of the Industry: cmi5 Support in Authoring Tools and LMS
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Tuesday, March 27
Deciding when to incorporate new standards and tools into your learning ecosystem can make evaluation difficult. With the ADL’s release of cmi5 in June 2016 as the xAPI profile for LMS/content communication, a wave of LMS and authoring tools have embraced the specification. Other authoring tools have been slower to adopt cmi5, opting to rely on xAPI-enabled SCORM modules to extend tracking beyond the limited data points of SCORM.
This session will look at cmi5 conformance for authoring tools and LMS, allowing attendees to make educated buying decisions. xAPI enthusiasts will gain an understanding of extending cmi5 capabilities through xAPI. You will explore commercially available authoring tool and LMS adoption of cmi5, including the structure of xAPI statements generated by those tools. More importantly, you will review how to use those statements for reporting on a variety of interactions within an online content module.
In this session, you will learn:
- About cmi5 support for various authoring tools and LMS
- About the benefits and limitations of xAPI-enabled SCORM content
- About the infrastructure you need to support xAPI and cmi5 within your organization
- About options for cmi5 adoption within an organization
Intermediate to advanced designers, developers, managers, and directors with a general understanding of eLearning standards such as SCORM, AICC, and cmi5.
Technology discussed in this session:
Authoring tools, LMS, and LRS.
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.
Director of Client Services
Duncan Welder is a director of client services for RISC. He is an educational technology geek, having spent over 20 years implementing learning management systems, domestically and abroad, to manage regulatory compliance. As an xAPI evangelist with a career grounded in instructional design and eLearning, Duncan has provided presentations to professional organizations including the Connections Forum, The eLearning Guild, and the Association for Talent Development. Duncan is an active member of the Houston ATD, currently serving as director of special interest groups.