(PRWEB) December 9, 2004
techniques.org LLC announced today that its knowledgeWorks LMS version 1.3 is the first LMS to be SCORM 2004 certified by the ADL (http://www.adlnet.org). Being the first SCORM 2004 certified LMS represents a key milestone in techniques.org's quest to drive the high costs out of eLearning by leveraging open standards and best-of-breed technology.
A learning management system (LMS) is a Web application that automates the administration, delivery, and tracking of online training. The Shareable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is the de facto standard for deploying distributed learning content to an LMS because it removes the integration challenges that plague most eLearning initiatives. SCORM conformant content authoring and management tools free up more time and resources for useful activities, like aligning training with enterprise productivity goals.
SCORM 2004 is an important evolution for distributed learning because it makes the promise of reusable learning content a reality. As with other object-oriented technologies, SCORM 2004-based learning objects facilitate greater reuse and better return on investment. Also, SCORM 2004 defines a content sequencing specification that allows instructional designers to incorporate complex sequencing logic that adapts to meet individual learners' needs, improving the instructional value and time efficiency of courses.
techniques.org has been involved with the definition and implementation of SCORM 2004 from the start. "We are thankful to the ADL for their openness and willingness to work with us and other LMS vendors to create a stable specification and test suite for SCORM 2004. We're confident that SCORM 2004 is now ready for wide-adoption across the eLearning industry. And, techniques.org looks to be the leaders in helping others use this important technology to solve their training problems," says Timothy Potter, chief architect of knowledgeWorks LMS at techniques.org.
techniques.org attributes their success in releasing the first SCORM 2004 certified LMS to open-source J2EE technology. "Our vision is to provide solutions that let organizations put their money into content," says Ryan Gilmer, Director of Client Services and Founder of techniques.org. techniques.org's strategy is to prove to training and IT managers that there is a viable, low-cost alternative to the expensive, monolithic training systems. And, it's not by offering an ASP model. Rather, techniques.org believes they can offer a best-of-breed, enterprise-ready LMS for the same price as afforded by an ASP model.
Why rent when you can own the best?
The best-of-breed concept entails taking the best, specialized tools across a value chain and combining them to create an ideal solution. Until very recently, best-of-breed solutions in eLearning have not been feasible. Stringing together the best tools across the eLearning spectrum-content authoring, learning management, and content management-was cost-prohibitive and represented a technical integration nightmare. Now, however, the stability of SCORM 2004 and the commoditization of enterprise Web technology, such as JBoss, are lowering the price of each component of eLearning and making the pieces easier to integrate.
Not quite ready for SCORM 2004?
SCORM 1.2 has been around for several years and migration to SCORM 2004 will take time as instructional designers and eLearning developers learn the new specifications. A notable feature of knowledgeWorks LMS v. 1.3 is that SCORM 1.2 and 2004 compliant content can co-exist naturally in the same system. knowledgeWorks LMS allows customers to continue to leverage existing investments in SCORM 1.2 compliant content and tools as they migrate to SCORM 2004.
Visit http://www.techniques.org to request a free evaluation license for knowledgeWorks LMS v. 1.3 and get started with SCORM 2004 today!
techniques.org is an award-winning provider of eLearning solutions. The company offers products and services that help government agencies and companies of all sizes create and launch training programs that get results. techniques.org's clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information, visit http://www.techniques.org.