Learning Management Systems (LMSs) are used to track learners’ progress. We can track the portion of the course that the learner has completed, his score and the time spent on each activity. It is a centralized system for an organization to deliver training programs. These days, many organizations are adopting eLearning to train their employees, and hence companies need an LMS to track and monitor learning activities.
The terminology, related to LMSs and technology, may not be familiar to us and is also difficult to understand. Here, I would like to share some of the complex terms with their meaning to enable you understand easily.
- Metadata: The data which provides information about the content that is uploaded online. In the context of an eLearning course, it provides details about the course – keywords, purpose of the course, target audience, etc.
- SCORM: It is the acronym of Sharable Content Object Reference Model, and it is a combination of specifications and standards for eLearning. It interacts with LMS and course to support with tracking of courses.
- Tracking: It refers to monitoring and keeping records of scores, status of eLearning and downloads in a Learning Management System.
- AICC: The Aviation Industry Computer-based Training Committee (AICC) is an international association of technology-based training professionals. It is a standard team, which develops guidelines for the aviation industry on course development, course delivery and evaluation of computer-based or web-based or any other related training technologies.
- Learning record store (LRS): A place to store learning records. The LRS is a repository for learning records that can be accessed by an LMS or a reporting tool.
- Single SCO: This refers to the most common form of the SCORM package. All files that make up the course, regardless of the number of lessons or units in it, are packaged into one SCO unit.
- Multi SCO: This refers to agroup of files, within the course, made into separate SCOs. But all these individual SCOs will be included in one course.
- Manifest: Itrefers to the master file of the SCORM package, which contains references to other files that make up the complete content of the course.
- Bookmarking: This is a feature, which allows users to take the course from where they left before.
- Mastery score: This sets the passing score to measure the learner’s performance.
These are some of the terms that are related to LMS. Have anything more? Please do share!