Posts by Tim Martin

Tim is the chief innovation and product officer with our parent company LTG, though he used to be CEO here at Rustici Software. If you’re looking for a plainspoken answer to a standards-based question, or to just play an inane game, Tim is your person.

That’s all folks: the final blog post on

Well, it’s been about 13 years since I wrote the first post on the blog, and so they asked me to come back to write what will likely be the last. You see, SCORM is mostly static at this point. Yes, it’s still used…

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Recent ADL Funding News Won't Have an Impact on SCORM

ADL funding news won’t really impact SCORM

Today on the xAPI working group call, ADL shared some news about their funding over the next 12 months. We’ve discussed this in more detail at (because it has more impact there), but wanted to share a SCORM specific perspective here. ADL continues to…

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Edtech's Big Mistake: Being Unable to Share Data About Learning

EdTech’s Big Mistake

There are so many super cool EdTech startups right now. The list goes on and on, and nearly every one of them is making a tragic mistake, a mistake that corporate LMSs and content vendors made about 15 years ago. Nearly every EdTech company seems…

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What Would it Be Like to Look in Our Brains & See What We're Learning

Inside Your Brain

How cool would it be if we could look inside our brains and see what we're learning and how we're learning it? But we can't do it. We can't manage learning. So what the heck are we doing with ourselves? Why are we building learning management systems and specifications…

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Project Tine Can Lets Us Throw Off SCORM's Shackles

SCORM’s Shackles

One learner launching a course in a browser from within an LMS that can't talk to other LMSs. SCORM's done a lot a great stuff, but it does come with baggage, doesn't it? Today's learning world requires something more, doesn't it? Project Tin Can gave us the opportunity to throw off SCORM's shackles,…

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Thanks to Those of You Who Imagined, Built and Nurtured SCORM


Thirteen years ago, a collection of like-minded folks gathered to find a better way for eLearning systems to work well together. Philip Dodds, Claude Ostyn, and many others gave their time to solve problems like resuability and interoperability. They looked at the best technology and…

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Anatomy of SCORM Minutiae Mistake

I don't know how many times I've said to someone on the phone, "SCORM is difficult, especially for the LMS provider." There are many moving parts, countless interpretations, and vagaries in the specification itself. For the most part, we handle these things exceptionally well. Sometimes…

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Score Rollup in SCORM 1.2: There’s no silver bullet

I got this question today (and yes, we really do mean you can ask us anything...): We are making configuration settings for our new LMS ([redacted]) and one of the questions is: 1.3.5. How is the overall score for a SCORM course with more than…

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