What an offline player means for your learning community
Wouldn’t it be great if everyone had access all the time to the stuff they have to learn? All you do is open your smartphone and it’s there waiting for you. Well, we are getting towards this with an Offline Player for your LMS.
An offline player, in the context of elearning, is a program which allows learners to download elearning content when they are connected to the internet, then complete the training later when disconnected.
The benefits of this, especially for a multilingual distributed workforce that may have poor access to the internet, can be great. Read on and find out what an offline player could do for your employees.
Old School LMSs
Not so long ago all learning was delivered offline. Nowadays it is a given that students will have an internet connection and will be able to access their content at all time.
Learning Management Systems were designed as SaaS to always be online or at least linked to a central database. They were designed to track learning activities that occur in the LMS, and lack the capabilities to record informal or social learning actions.
Expand the reach of your LMS
But what about students who are less fortunate than others and can’t connect to the internet when they want? If you have a distributed workforce and employees in developing countries it may be that some don’t have a reliable internet connection at home, and Starbucks hasn’t managed to penetrate that area yet.
Without the means to continue their training outside of the office many learners might be missing out on a great chance to carry on learning. This is why we have developed the Paradiso Offline Player, so that learning isn’t dependent entirely on an internet connection.
SCORM has had a huge impact on the elearning industry and the way people engage with elearning content. It has given instructors the power to review progress and performance, and link that to overall company performance. Without it the elearning industry would look very different.
But SCORM is old. Not very old in human terms, but positively ancient in tech terms as it’s the nexus between the fast moving tech industry and the notoriously change-resistant education sector. Sure it has gone through some changes over its 15 year life cycle, and some of the content produced can be stunning and dynamic, but it is still limited to tracking events and activities that occur within the LMS. To track
Make way for the new kid on the block
Released in 2013, Tin Can Api is the answer to this problem. Despite being slow to encroach on SCORM’s territory, owing primarily to high adoption and development costs, Tin Can is beginning to see itself as a regular feature on new LMS platforms, and Paradiso Solutions is one of the first learning providers to make full use of Tin Can and the Offline Player.
Tin Can Api, together with the Offline Player, tracks experiences both off and online. These experiences like watching a relevant video or reading an article – which with a normal LMS would be totally overlooked – are recorded in a learning record store (LRS) and can be use by instructors to build a detailed picture of learner progress.
The Offline Player
The Paradiso Offline Player is an application which allows you to download SCORM compliant elearning content to whichever device you want, so it can be completed later offline.
It is supported by mobile learning technology which means that the downloaded content can be used on any device.
Save costs and streamline
The offline player is one way to guarantee that you are maximizing the ROI on your investments in training. Learners have no excuse not to access their training, and there are no associated teacher costs to worry about.
An offline player has the added benefit of streamlining learning processes and improving performance, with lower reliance on teaching.
Knowing your content and learner data is secure is important, especially seeing as it is being downloaded and removed from the workplace. For this reason Paradiso has built in a number of extra safety features to ensure security.
User profiles, progress and performance data are downloaded from the LMS to the offline player and encrypted, so that it remains safe until it is reconnected and synchronized.