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612 Mind the Gap: Bridging the SCORM and xAPI Divide With cmi5

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT
Thursday, October 21

Tracks: Emerging Tech

The learning and training landscape is changing rapidly. SCORM is the most widely used eLearning standard, but as tools and technologies have advanced it’s clear that SCORM isn’t flexible enough to support emerging technologies. xAPI was designed to support more modern learning technologies and methodologies, but shifting from SCORM to xAPI is a big leap. That’s where cmi5 comes in to help bridge the great divide. With the emergence of xAPI and cmi5, it’s hard to know where and when to use these standards and how they relate to SCORM. This session will cover the evolution of the most common eLearning standards, including SCORM, xAPI, and cmi5, so you can make an informed choice for your content format, next RFP or product evaluation.

The cmi5 specification plays an important role in the L&D’s learning modernization, facilitating progress from SCORM-based, LMS-centric courseware to xAPI in order to have a distributed learning “ecosystem” delivering diverse learning opportunities. In this session, you’ll learn what cmi5 is and where it fits in with SCORM and xAPI. You will also have an opportunity to preview some tools to help create and test cmi5 content, including cmi5 course templates for converting legacy SCORM content to cmi5, and the ADL cmi5 conformance test suite for testing and validating content that will be publicly available in Q4 2021.

In this session, you will learn:

  • To understand the similarities and differences between SCORM, xAPI, and cmi5
  • How to consider the delivery format, reporting requirements, and system compatibility for your specific use case
  • How eLearning standard use and adoption rates are trending across the learning and development industry
  • How other companies utilize eLearning standards so you can make an informed decision on which one is right for you and your clients

Technology discussed in this session:

eLearning standards (SCORM, xAPI, cmi5, LTI, and AICC), authoring tools, content library, LMSs, TMSs, LRSs, LXPs

Chris Tompkins

Director of Sales

Rustici Software

Chris Tompkins is the director of sales for Rustici Software, a company that provides software to improve compatibility across the L&D ecosystem. He is an expert in the standards (like SCORM and xAPI) and uses his technical expertise to support eLearning RFP and procurement. Chris has an MBA from Belmont University, focused on entrepreneurship and negotiations. Building on previous work at HP/Compaq and XM Satellite Radio, he has over 15 years of experience matching the right technical solution to a client’s needs.

George Vilches

Principal Software Engineer

Rustici Software

George Vilches is president of JCA Solutions, an eLearning standards software expert consultancy. As a tech leader, his focus is on software platforms to provide the best integrations for content distribution and eLearning standard conformance. He oversees custom integration projects for SMB and enterprise companies looking to up their eLearning standards game. George teaches classes on SCORM and xAPI challenges, and integrating these technologies within myriad environments, and contributes to various xAPI and SCORM working groups.