What is Learning Record Store (LRS)? How can I get one?
Learning Record Store (LRS) = a place to store learning records.
The concept of Learning Record Store (LRS) is a new one that goes hand in hand with the Tin Can API. The future of e-learning will require a repository (LRS) for learning records that can be accessed by an LMS or a reporting tool. It’s very likely that an LRS will be a component of an LMS.
As learning activities are experienced via the Tin Can API, activity streams are sent to and stored in LRSs.
The data stored in an LRS can be accessed by LMSs, reporting tools, or other LRSs, and can be stored as individual learning records and/or entire transcripts. An LRS can limit who can read and write learning records, but doesn’t have to.
An LRS can live inside an LMS and work within that LMS’s capabilities. An LRS inside of an LMS can deliver learning data/transcripts to other LRSs, whether inside an LMS or independent of an LMS.
Is there still a need for LMSs? Yes. LRSs play a crucial role in opening up new capabilities of the Tin Can API, but they don’t replace the need for an LMS. For a list of things that LMSs do that LRSs don’t, click here.
How can I get an LRS?
The LRS is a new concept to the e-learning world. There have been problems with e-learning standards in the past, but the LRS helps to alleviate many of them while also allowing new (and much needed) capabilities.
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