From past few years, SCORM is the popular and most widely used and accepted e-learning standard. As the technology advances, SCORM is now being replaced by a new standard called as Tin Can API (AKA Experience API or xAPI). xAPI is the new specification for learning technology which captures the learners data both in online and offline modes. These data are stored and recorded in a system called as Learning Record Store (LRS).

Now in this blog I will address the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about LRS :

What is a LRS?

According to Wikipedia, “LRS is a data store system that serves as a repository for learning records collected from connected systems where learning activities are conducted. It is the essential component in the process flow for using xAPI standard”

This new concept of LRS was introduced to the e-learning industry in the year 2011, created by Rustici Software and it proposes a shift in the way e-learning specifications function.

LRS is the heart of xAPI ecosystem (Experience API) which is widely used for storing, capturing and retrieving of user’s data regarding their learning experiences, reporting and on the job performance. If you are using xAPI then you will need a LRS for the reporting and analytics of user’s data. It can also be integrated with the traditional LMS.

What are the features of a LRS?

  • Storage of Data

You can easily import the learner’s digital footprint from LMS , access the data across various devices onto a LRS which is cloud based. LRS stores the data that is captured across LMS, mobile devices, portals etc.

  • Analysis of Data

LRS provides in depth analysis of learner’s journey into the digital ecosystem, and you can filter the data as per your requirement. It will also help you to identify the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) by providing complete insights of learner’s performance .

  • Centralized Data

You can club LRS into your LMS. When the user takes the course, you can track the  entire activity in the LRS and also generate a single report instead of using different tools to create courses and manage reports. LRS helps you to centralize the data.

  • Standalone entity

LRS can act as standalone entity and it helps in creation of reports without any external help.

  • Integration

Even the LRS can be integrated into LMS and can be used to generate the reports.

Why LRS is used?

LRS is mainly used to solve the reporting issues in the organization like:

1) Missing Data

While generating the user’s reports if you feel that you need some more information or insights about the user’s activity you can get the missing data with the help of LRS.

2) Incorrect Data

The data you have generated might not be accurate data and there will be no real standard way of collecting the data and validating it. With the help of LRS you can get the accurate data giving you the insight of every learner activity in the module.

3) Customize data

You might get one report from LMS and it will lack certain features, you might get one from LRS and it has to be combined with your LMS reports. By integrating LRS into your LMS you can club and customize the data as per your requirement.

When and where LRS is used?

  • To collect data from different systems
  • To view reports as Tin Can Statements
  • To identify knowledge gaps in the learners
  • To know the customer satisfaction
  • To increase the sales
  • To improve productivity
  • To track user’s data
  • To measure social learning outcomes
  • To track training session completion
  • To measure the value of different learning experiences.

LRS helps in data visualization which improvises the training process and also help to design, define and interpret the data to provide a better learning experience.

What are the factors to consider while choosing a LRS?

While choosing a LRS there might be different factors to consider such as :

  • Features
  • Security & reliability
  • Open source / paid version
  • Reporting and analytics
  • Learner interface
  • Ability to incorporate to LMS
  • Post sales support

One should always remember that these features must match with the organization’s needs.