What is a Learning Record Store?
A Learning Record Store is a necessary component of any Experience API (xAPI) ecosystem. As its name suggests, it is a store where learning experience data is stored in the form of statements. xAPI enabled activities generates experience data based on triggers, this data is sent to the LRS to be stored in the given standard format.
Learning Record Store can receive and store data coming from various sources like:
- eLearning Course
- Games and,
An LRS can live inside an LMS, can stand on its own, or provide additional value-added services apart from storing records. You can use it like an analytics tool to process and filter data to generate useful reports.
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History of LRS
In 2011, the Learning Record Store was introduced with Experience API to make some significant upgrades in the field of eLearning. Before the Experience API standard, SCORM and AICC standards were out there, but later xAPI is taking over this segment of the 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) in 2013. You can read, Experience API vs SCORM for a more clear understanding of both eLearning standards.
How Does an LRS Works?
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 learner’s 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 on their quiz? You can track almost everything like that.
Benefits of Learning Record Store
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. With a learning record store, you have full control over your data. It is an organized store and you can perform actions on data to get 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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
According to Wikipedia, “A Learning Record Store is a data store system that serves as a repository for learning records collected from connected systems where learning activities are conducted. It is an essential component in the process flow for using the Experience API standard by ADL or the Caliper standard by IMS Global. “
No, GrassBlade LRS (Learning Record Store) is not a WordPress plugin, but you can use it with WordPress to store xAPI based statements and create reports.
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