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Presentation done by Mike Rustici at eLearning DevCon 2010. A look at how developers can use the SCORM Cloud API to connect learners to learning out around the web.

Presentation done by Mike Rustici at eLearning DevCon 2010. A look at how developers can use the SCORM Cloud API to connect learners to learning out around the web.

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Thinking Outside the LMS - Taking SCORM to where people learn today Thinking Outside the LMS - Taking SCORM to where people learn today Presentation Transcript

  • Mike Rustici * Rustici Software * DevCon 2010
  • These  types  of  presentations  are  always  a  challenge.   Everyone’s  just  enough  different  to  make  it  a  bit  of  a   stretch  to  know  that  one  presentation  will  fit   everyone.  Different  platforms,  different  skillsets,   different  knowledge  base,  different  end  goals.  Some   of  you  will  want  to  integrate  with  SC  for  your  school   or  company,  some  of  you  might  want  to  do  an   integration  and  make  money  selling  it,  some  of  you   might  want  to  do  one  for  the  fun,  fame  and  glory.   CC image by 1Happysnapper on flickr
  • -­‐Let’s  start  a  with  a  little  bit  of  what  SC  does.     -­‐At  it’s  core,  it’s  a  hosted  SCORM  player  –  it’s  out  in  the  cloud   rather  than  behind  a  firewall  or  as  part  of  a  specific  piece  of   software.     -­‐Which  provides  sweet  freedom  for  anyone  looking  to  take   advantage  of  learning  opportunities  out  on  the  web  at  large.   -­‐Mash-­‐ups   -­‐We  do  one  thing  extremely  well,  and  now  we’re  letting   everybody  use  that   -­‐Just  about  any  e-­‐learning  content  is  available  as  SCORM,  so   it  is  a  broad  e-­‐learning  delivery  platform  
  • -­‐To  our  mind.  SC  is  a  solution  of  the  problem  of   how  to  connect  learning  to  learners  online  and   track  it  without  going  back  to  the  LMS.     -­‐Think  of  it  as  a  platform  that  could  be  used  to   launch  a  course  via  WordPress  widget  or   Facebook  app  and  keep  track  of  everything  right   there  rather  than  going  back  to  the  LMS.  
  • +   And  Facebook  and  Wordpress  are  just  starting   points.  When  you  start  talking  about  the  web,   the  options  are  almost  endless.  
  • -­‐This  is  where  you  come  in.  While  we  can  do   integrations  for  anything  out  there  –  it’s  not  the  best   use  of  our  time.     -­‐We’d  rather  focus  on  keeping  SC  and  our  other   SCORM  products  the  best  ones  out  there.     -­‐And  continue  to  be  the  experts  when  it  comes  to   SCORM.  That’s  our  wheelhouse.  We  want  to  stay   there.     -­‐We  aren’t  interested  in  developing  learning  systems,   just  one  core  piece   CC image by bjornmeansbear on flickr
  • So  we  opened  the  API  and  are  encouraging   anyone  who  wants  to  to  make  an  app  built  on   SC  and  integrating  anywhere  on  the  web.  (Or,   with  an  LMS,  pretty  much  anywhere  you  want   to  integrate.)   CC image by dmealiffe on flickr
  • -­‐Yes  –  we  benefit  from  any  work  you  do.     -­‐Any  way  you  make  it  easier  for  people  to  use   SC  means  we  have  more  people  paying  for   the  service.     -­‐Any  promotion  you  do  of  your  integration   by  default  helps  to  promote  SC.     CC flickr image from apdk -­‐And  if  you’re  doing  the  integration  work,  we   can  focus  on  other  things.  
  • -­‐So  what’s  in  it  for  you?  Well,  you’re  developers.   You  tell  me.     -­‐What  are  people  getting  out  of  developing   applications  for  any  of  these?     -­‐In  each  case  –  we’re  talking  an  open  API  or  a  freely   available  SDK  as  a  starting  point  for  anyone  who   wants  to  create  an  app.     -­‐An  app  they  control,  sell,  give  away,  make  open   source.  
  • -­‐We  see  the  same  equation  working  in  this  scenario  to  be   a  huge  benefit  for  you.     -­‐We’re  committed  to  doing  all  we  can  to  make  SC  the   best  product  out  there,  to  providing  a  platform  to  let   people  know  about  your  app  and  giving  you  a  place  for   them  to  find  it.     -­‐Won’t  quite  be  the  App  Store,  but  we  _want_  people  to   CC flickr image from apdk find  and  use  what  you  create,  so  we’ll  be  right  there   helping  in  any  way  we  can.  
  • So  what  does  SC  do  that  makes  it   all  that  and  a  bag  of  chips?   CC flickr image from Marcus Q
  • Tracking Testing Content Control Invitations Reports And  this  is  just  where  we  start  …  .     Tracking  and  testing  –  those  are  typical  SCORM  type  things.     Content  control  –  it’s  cool  and  there’s  always  potential  that   you  might  come  up  with  something  using  that  feature.     Reports  –  certainly  something  you  need  to  know  about  as  a   feature  and  you  might  consider  an  app  that  pulls  reports  out   into  other  places.     Invitations  –  immediate  potential  
  • -­‐What  we  mean  by  invitations  is  the  fact  that  you  can  actually   use  SC  to  launch  training  just  by  sending  someone  a  link.     -­‐It’s  the  simplest  way  to  take  training  outside  the  LMS.     -­‐Within  the  SC  app,  you  can  find  this  invite  button  in  several   places.  *click*  Clicking  it  launches  the  invite  email.     -­‐And  there  are  a  few  things  on  here  that  I’ll  get  into  more  detail   with  later.   -­‐But  the  invite  process  generates  a  link  that  when  clicked,   launches  the  course.     -­‐And  when  we  talk  about  integrating  with  other  services,  what   we’re  thinking  is  how  to  get  that  link  around  the  web  easily.  
  • -­‐Now,  we  have  done  a  few  integrations  ourselves  –   partly  as  proof  of  concept,  partly  to  give  us  some   additional  ways  to  promote  SC.     -­‐We  started  with  open  source  LMSs  and  are  wrapping   up  work  on  widgets  for  WordPress  and  Google.  
  • -­‐In  all  cases  –  the  integration  allows  you  to   launch  a  course  using  SC  right  in  the   service.     -­‐Using  the  invitation  feature  of  SC,  you  can   generate  a  link  that  shows  right  in  the  web   Launch from anywhere! service  where  you  want  it.  
  • +   -­‐I  showed  you  this  idea  here  earlier  and  you   probably  recognize  most  of  those  logos  –  Elgg,   Joomla,  Second  Life,  SharePoint,  Drupal,   SalesForce,  LinkedIn.     -­‐And  these  are  just  a  few  of  the  places  we’ve   thought  of  already.  And  I’m  sure  you’re  sitting   there  thinking  of  others  already.  
  • Before  we  dive  into  the  API,  let’s   talk  about  some  of  the  concepts  of   SC  that  you’ll  need  to  have  a   handle  on.   CC flickr image from Steve.Jackson
  • Course  –  well,  OK,  that  probably  self  explanatory.     -­‐Here’s  what  one  looks  like  launched  with  SC.  The   course  is  what’s  in  the  SCORM  package  you’re   launching.     -­‐Since  SC  can  do  AICC,  1.2  and  2004  courses,  it  really   doesn’t  care  what’s  actually  in  the  course.     -­‐But  if  the  course  isn’t  set  up  correctly,  part  of  its   feature  set  is  to  let  you  know  that  and  give  you   everything  you  need  to  figure  out  the  problem.  
  • -­‐App_id  –  every  application  has   one.   -­‐Can  share  data  across  application,   so  a  Moodle  integration  can  access   the  same  courses  as  a  WordPress   integration  
  • Realms:     -­‐a  learner  is  a  learner,    he  might   learn  in  many  contexts   -­‐also,  you  might  want  to  deliver   training  in  many  contexts   -­‐Cloud  can  unify  all  of  these  
  • Tracking  –  one  of  the   functions  of  SCORM  is  to   track  the  data  that  goes   back  and  forth  between   the  course  and  the  LMS.  
  • Registration  –  An  instance  of  a   user  taking  a  course   This  is  how  we  charge  for  SCORM   Cloud,  by  the  amount  of  actual   usage   Utility  computing  
  • Let’s  go  play  around   CC image by Kamal H. on flickr
  • Back  to  concepts  again,  this  time   for  the  API   CC flickr image from Steve.Jackson
  • API Concepts •  Secure REST-ish Web Services Debug  Service   FTP  Access  Service   • ping   • createUser   • getTime   • setUserPassword   Upload  Service   • deleteUser   • createPermissonDomain   • getUploadToken   • deletePermissionDomain   • uploadFile   • getDomainListsetCourseDomain   • listFiles   • setUserDomaingetDomainInfo   • deleteFiles   • getCourseInfo   • getUserInfo  
  • API Concepts •  Secure REST-ish Web Services Course  Service   • getMetadata   • getCourseList   • importCourse   • importCourseAsynch   Tagging  Service   • getAsyncImportResult   • versionCourse   • createTag   • getAssets   • deleteTag   • updateAssets   • tagCourse   • deleteCourse   • untagCourse   • getFileStructure   • tagUser   • deleteFiles   • untagUser   • getAttributes   • updateAttributes  
  • API Concepts •  Secure REST-ish Web Services Registration  Service   • createRegistration   • deleteRegistration   • resetRegistration   • getRegisrationList   • getRegistrationResult   • getRegistratonListResults   • launch   • resetGlobalObjectives  
  • API Concepts •  Secure REST-ish Web Services Debug  Service   Course  Service   Registration  Service   • ping   • importCourse   • createRegistration   • getTime   • importCourseAsynch   • deleteRegistration   • getAsyncImportResult   • resetRegistration   Upload  Service   • versionCourse   • getRegisrationList   • getAssets   • getRegistrationResult   • getUploadToken   • updateAssets   • getRegistratonListResults   • uploadFile   • deleteCourse   • launch   • listFiles   • getFileStructure   • resetGlobalObjectives   • deleteFiles   • deleteFiles   • getAttributes   FTP  Access  Service   • updateAttributes   • getMetadata   • getCourseList   • createUser   • setUserPassword   • deleteUser   Tagging  Service   • createPermissonDomain   • deletePermissionDomain   • createTag   • getDomainListsetCourseDomain   • deleteTag   • setUserDomaingetDomainInfo   • tagCourse   • getCourseInfo   • untagCourse   • getUserInfo   • tagUser   • untagUser  
  • Client Libraries
  • Geek  out  time  -­‐  Let’s   go  play  with  some   code   CC flickr image from schoschie
  • Brainstorm   So,  what  possibilities  do  you  see?   What  is  exciting?   CC flickr image from @boetter
  • Mike Rustici * Rustici Software Twitter * @mike_rustici Email * mike.rustici@scorm.com scorm.com