e-learning standards – let us know what you think

by | May 19, 2008 | Articles

The e-learning standards for interoperability have been around for over 10 years now. They have grown and developed as the e-learning industry has grown however to many they are still a mystery.

These standards are an important consideration for anyone building a future proof e-learning systems but they are also a  big business opportunity for those involved in developing them further. We are keen to find out if there is a ‘silent majority’ who are taking the bare minimum that the standards offer just to get by because either

• it is all they need at the moment or
• they do not have the time/resources to do any more or
• they don’t what else is possible

We think it is time to canvass those involved in e-learning to see what kind of effect or influence the standards are having on the average Learning & Development departments around the UK and are conducting a brief survey  as a means of testing this theory.

We are keen to know the feedback from Towards Maturity readers to some of the questions below and  will look to share our findings over the coming months.

So what do we need to know?
Please copy and paste the following questions and send us an email with  your response at this address: [email protected] by the 15th of August.

1. What is your role (in e-learning terms)?

a) Buyer of e-learning (bespoke or off the shelf)
b) Instructional Designer
c) Developer/programmer in a sophisticated tool e.g. Flash
d) Author of e-learning using the rapid tools
e) LMS administrator
e) something else – please specify

2. How do you use the e-learning standards?
a) Just specify AICC/SCORM to ensure content launches and tracks through the LMS
b) Only ever track a few things like: status (complete, incomplete, not started), assessment score and time taken.
c) Create the content to do the tracking and book marking rather than using the Learning Management System

3. Please give your views on the standards i.e. do you find they limit creativity, are useful for interoperability, are confusing or are over simplified or anything else you might think.

Please don’t let the questions limit your responses but feel free to explain your experiences in more detail.

Also do complete our minipoll – How useful have the e-learning standards been to your implementation?

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