What are the various types of trainings available today?

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Instructor-led Training

Instructor-led training is the earliest form of instruction and makes use of an instructor who trains a group of students. If you were born anywhere from the beginning of time to the turn of the 20th century, you would have undergone this form of instruction.

While this method of instruction still exists globally and is more commonly known as ‘classroom training’, it is
interspersed with modern methodologies of teaching that make use of new technologies.

Instructor-led training has survived the various phases that learning has passed through. Today, corporate prefer still spend a majority of their training budget on instructor-led-training.

Some of the areas ILT rules over other types of learning are:

  • Administrative support
  • Behavioral training
  • Customer service
  • Entrepreneurial training
  • Functional training
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Management and leadership development
  • Sales training
  • Soft skills
  • Team building
  • Technical training

Computer-based Training

Computer-based training or CBT refers to any course or instruction that is delivered primarily via a computer.

A little bit of history: Until the early 90s, learning was primarily delivered the traditional way – through classroom training. But then came computer-based training and computers were used to supplement the various modes of traditional learning. During this period companies began to develop computer-based training courses – which led to the evolution of the first Learning Management System.

Computer-based training methods include delivery via the internet, intranet or even by a special educational software.

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What is Tin Can API?

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Tin Can API or xAPI or Experience API is an Application Program Interface. Very simply put, it is a set of rules, or a specification that has been built for learning content and the learning system that this content runs on. Tin Can API allows both the content as well as the learning system to communicate or impart information to one another and work together as a team.

Remember SCORM? Well, Tin Can API is a more advanced version of SCORM. It is a much better version too – because it lets you do so much more. Unlike its successor (SCORM), Tin Can API:

  • Allows learners to access learning outside of a web browser
  • Allows learners to access their training courses on their mobile devices
  • Allows administrators to understand their learners better
  • Provides more security
  • Can track a learner’s performance, scores, learning goals and plans

Does that make SCORM redundant?

No, SCORM is still a very important part of eLearning/online learning. However, the last update to SCORM was made in 2004.

If I can use my SCORM courses, then why would I be better off with xAPI?

A learning system – like an LMS (Learning Management System), that Tin Can API compliant allows full flexibility and interchangeability between all type of devices, and records and tracks every learning event – completely. Along with what SCORM can give you, Tin Can API can give you much more.

As a user, how will I benefit from Tin Can API?

As a user, Tin Can API will allow you to do the following:

  • Learn on any device – PC, laptop, notebook, tablet, iPhone, etc.
  • Learn on all operating systems iOS, Android, Windows, Chrome
  • Learn anywhere-anytime – while traveling or when deployed in a remote location
  • Pick up where you left off on your laptop at work or on your tablet at home
  • Learn without the necessity of a constant internet connection

As a learning administrator/trainer, how will I benefit from Tin Can API?

As a learning administrator/trainer, Tin Can API will allow you to track the various levels of activity:

Track how a learner:

  • Performs work tasks
  • Produces work outputs
  • Interacts with others via social media
  • Achieves milestones in games and simulations

Track:

  • Attendance
  • Completions
  • Test scores
  • Actual work inputs
  • Outputs
  • Deliverables
  • Tasks

Do I have to worry about setting up Tin Can API before my organization moves to eLearning?

No, as an administrator, all you need to be aware of is how you can benefit from Tin Can API. Tin Can API otherwise works behind the scenes and does not require you to understand how it is setup. Your eLearning provider and course provider will make sure that your learning system and your courses are Tin Can API compliant.

What is an LRS?

An LRS (Learning Record Store) is a library that stores all the information that Tin Can API collects. As and when statements are collected by Tin Can API, they are stored in the LRS.

All the information that is stored in the LRS is stored as simple statements that read like this:
John has completed the Induction course
John has scored 8 in the Induction course test
John has begun the Soft Skills course

These statements are created ahead of time by the content creator. The developer finds a place to store all these statements – this place where all these statements are stored is known as the LRS.

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What is an LMS?

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An LMS (Learning Management System) is a learning platform that is used to deliver online courses. It is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, reporting and delivery of online learning.

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Fun Fact: Almost every eLearning program that exists today is powered by a Learning Management System (LMS).

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Everything You Need To Know About SCORM

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What is SCORM?

A set of technical standards that have been specially designed for the eLearning Industry. SCORM stands for Sharable Content Object Reference Model.

Why You Need to be aware of SCORM?

SCORM is the technical standard that has been set for online training courses, across the globe. When you create SCORM compliant courses, you have the freedom to upload your courses onto any LMS and even switch LMSs if the need arises – and your courses will play just as well on the new LMS.

Is it hard to create SCORM compliant courses?

No. On the contrary, creating a SCORM compliant course is very simple. At 24×7 Learning we make sure all the courses that we create for our clients are SCORM-compliant so that they have the freedom to use this content.

If your course is not SCORM compliant, your organization’s training programs could suffer drastically.

Fun Facts about SCORM

Back in the 90s the US government conducted online training across departments – with each department using a separate LMS. Several versions and duplication of content and results – led to utter chaos. A special unit was set up to decide on and create a uniform set of standards across all the departments. This led to the creation of the SCORM standards – A single set of standards for online training that led to better functioning between these departments.

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