Creating engaging, effective and didactically-sound courses is probably your main priority when it comes to creating e-learning, but tracking how your learners are doing comes a close second. After all, if your learners are failing the course or certain questions, then perhaps your course isn’t effectively imparting the key learnings. But how do you track your learners’ results?
SCORM, XAPI, AICC, CMI5, what do you need?
How you track and trace learner results will also be key in choosing an LMS or authoring tool. There are four main format options for tracking and tracing:
The most well-known of all tracking and tracing options available on the market today is SCORM. SCORM is a standard within the world of e-learning and enables the tracking and tracing of learners’ results within an LMS.
XAPI is short for ‘eXperience API’. The term API stands for a technique that enables software to exchange certain information. Where SCORM only looks at learner’s results, XAPI takes it one step further and looks at a learner’s experience. It will keep track of all learning experiences and store them within an LRS (learning record store). The big advantage of this method is that an LRS can exist both within the classic LMS and on its own. This allows for more flexibility on both the authors and the learners' side. The course/quiz can be hosted on a blog, a website or even in an app on your smartphone.
Another standard for tracking and tracing results is AICC. Although it is not as well known within the e-learning world as SCORM, it has actually been around the longest and dates back to 1993. At the moment it is mainly used within the world of aviation and some other technical industries. It works on the same basic principle of tracking and tracing learners results (not their experience).
Cmi5 is the newest e-learning specification. It was officially released for production use in 2016 to complement the Experience API (XAPI), particularly when using XAPI in a traditional e-learning environment. It works as a set of rules providing all the options of both SCORM and XAPI merged into one.
How do you track results in Easygenerator?
You can track results within the Easygenerator app in the Gradebook, via your custom LRS, or by publishing your Easygenerator course to your LMS - Easygenerator courses are SCORM-compliant. As standard, Easygenerator uses XAPI for tracking and tracing.
Watch this short video for a quick overview of how to track results in Easygenerator: