A Learning Record Store or LRS is a repository to store learning experiences. It works with xAPI or Tin Can API. As xAPI enabled activities generate experience data of user behaviour, this data is stored in LRS.
In LRS, you can store data coming from various sources like, eLearning course, websites, games or simulations. You can access it from an LMS, a reporting tool, or any application based on learning data. It can live inside an LMS, can stand on its own, or provide additional value-added services apart from storing records.
You can recieve data from many sources, these are some popular and most used sources:
In 2011, the Learning Record Store was introduced with Experience API to make some significant upgrades in the field of eLearning. As before SCORM and AICC standards were out there, but later xAPI is taking over this segment of eLearning field.
SCORM is still there, but as it doesn’t meet the advancement of technology. So, Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) planned to make some changes to meet future requirements. For this purpose, ADL collaborated with Rustici Software to make it happen.
After one year of research and development on this project, they named it Project Tin Can. Later, ADL released it as Experience API (xAPI).
You can read, Experience API vs SCORM for a more clear understanding of both eLearning standards.
The working of LRS is simple and secure, as it is primarily used to store data, sent by your xAPI enabled content. Whether it is coming from your Online Course, Games, Simulators, or a Webpage.
Also, you can use LRS to generate beautiful reports quickly and analyze data with graphs, charts many other things.
For Example, You created a quiz for your learners when they start the quiz; your xAPI content will start recording learners activities. As they take the quiz, it will send all data to LRS, and you can see statements like attempted, answered, completed and passed or failed.
Also, you will be able to see, which option your users are selecting as an answer, is correct or not. How much they scored in their quiz? Additionally, many more things like that.
There are several ADL Approved vendors out there with their LRS, we also have GrassBlade Cloud LRS which you can use with any xAPI compliant LMS, website tool or software like Zapier.
The major benefit of an LRS is “You own the data”. As you might know, that LMS companies do not let you export all the learning data and reports. But, with a learning record store, you can do whatever with your data.
It is an organised store and you can perform actions on data to get clear user insight about their learning experiences. There are some other benefits also, you can read 7 key benefits of the Learning Record Store to know all about them.
We hope you find this information useful, if you have a project to start, feel free to contact us.
No, GrassBlade LRS (Learning Record Store) is not a WordPress plugin, but you can use it with WordPress to store xAPI based statements.
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