Modernizing eLearning courses with the cmi5 specification

The cmi5 specification was created by the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC) and the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative to provide an alternative to the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM).

It defines how online learning resources are imported, launched, and tracked using a similar methodology to SCORM; however, the cmi5 specification offers enhanced capabilities by also conforming to the Experience Application Programming Interface (xAPI) specification.

The cmi5 specification uses xAPI as the communication and data layer but implements controlled vocabularies, which are required for interoperability between Learning Management Systems (LMSs) and LMS-like systems. The cmi5 specification contains a vocabulary model and xAPI Statement patterns that are encapsulated as an xAPI Profile.

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National centre for AI in tertiary education launches chatbot pilot

Jisc and Bolton College have teamed up to develop a chatbot that could help students throughout the UK.

Designed to answer questions about the campus, timetabling and support services, the chatbot offers a quick, always-on route to information for learners.

Trial will run until Easter 2022 and are underway with Ayrshire, Blackpool and The Fylde, Sandwell, and Yeovil colleges.

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What is Web3 and Why It Matters

Dion Hinchcliffe gives us some background to, the motivations behind and some of the technologies involved in Web 3.

“Web3 is part of a major new generation of technology evolution that will dramatically change business and IT for the long term. It has far-reaching implications that can help enterprises identify significant opportunities as well as avoid disruptions in the road ahead. I strongly urge all organizations to begin to assess Web3 uptake in their competitive landscape and prepare for the necessary activities in technology adoption and evolution.”

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WeegieRugbyTV – Episode 2

The evolution of WeegieRugbyTV continues with Episode 2.

This week we have the included match photos and videos from the Glasgow Uni Medics v Cowal game and the Strathendrick v East Kilbride game.

Including the photos and videos extends the episode to 5 minutes and we’ll need to gauge if this is too long (will keep an eye on average viewing time). But in saying that, we’ve included two game which we wouldn’t normally do.

Will also experiment on the video, should we be using zoom to get close to the action, or not, so we can get more of what’s happening.

 

What Will Leclercq Want from their $6m Investment in Moodle

Founded in 2001, Moodle is a leading light in the opensource movement. By relying on partners (there’s currently 84 of them) to pay royalties for using the software, end-users get the software for free (but paying for support and services) whilst funds are generated for the central project.

But now, Martin Dougiamas, founder and CEO of Moodle Pty Ltd, has succumbed to an outside investor, with France based Education for the Many, injecting $6m dollars into the company.

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Integration of NetDimensions going to plan with full benefit of synergies expected in 2018

LTG have today issued a trading update up to the end of June, where they say first half revenue is up 62.5%. Their plan to build an international business with revenues in excess of £50 million appears to be on track. Continue reading Integration of NetDimensions going to plan with full benefit of synergies expected in 2018

Success (or lack of it) in IT Projects

We have billions of £s being spent in IT projects, but an Axelos report suggests that 40% of these are on course to fail – so what do we need to do to improve the odds of success.

They’ve identified the main issues as:

  • significant changes to the project brief (45 per cent);
  • unrealistic timeframes (41 per cent);
  • an incomplete understanding of the risks (48 per cent);
  • projects not resourced with the right people (42 per cent);
  • lack of a clearly defined goals (49 per cent), and
  • overrun budgets (32 per cent)

But note, Axelos was set up to develop, manage and operate qualifications in project management methodology – so maybe a bit of vested interest in pushing for greater structure to project management.

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Project management is key to driving business success