LMS Vendor mobile tracking...

Hi:  our new LMS vendor says they are able to track courses taken on mobile devices but they are not compatible with Tin Can.  Can some one explain to me (in simple terms) how this works and what this means for me as a developer? We have public facing courses that need to be tracked for legal reasons. They are telling me that as long as it is SCORM wrapped we are good to go.

Does this mean that we dont' use the app, we just publish as normal and have the user enter through what ever browser is on their pad?

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Christine Hendrickson

Hi Deirdre!

HTML5 content will be tracked and reported in your LMS. If you published for SCORM or AICC, users will be able to switch between the Flash version of your content and the HTML5 version without losing their progress or results in the LMS. If you published for Tin Can API, users will be able to switch between all output formats (Flash, HTML5, and Articulate Mobile Player) without losing their progress or results.

Articulate Mobile Player content will be tracked and reported in your LMS if you published for Tin Can API and your LMS provider has implemented Tin Can API support. In fact, if you published for Tin Can API, users will be able to switch between all output formats (Flash, HTML5, and Articulate Mobile Player) without losing their progress or results.

If you published for SCORM or AICC, your LMS will not be able to track or report Articulate Mobile Player content. If you need to track the results of your LMS courses, it's recommended that you do not include the Articulate Mobile Player option when publishing. Or, encourage your LMS provider to support Tin Can API. (Our white paper on Tin Can API implementation provides helpful information for your LMS provider.)

If your new LMS does not support Tin Can, you'll need to publish for HTML5. The Articulate Mobile Player requires Tin Can support in order to communicate tracking and reporting to your LMS. 

So, yes, you're correct. You'll want to publish for HTML5, without the app and have your learners view the courses in Safari on their iPads. 

I hope this helps! If you have any questions, please let me know.

Thanks!

Christine Hendrickson

Hi there Deirdre!

I'm happy that helped :D

Well, I think that comes down to a matter of opinion and a matter of what's supported in the other option, HTML5. 

First, let me share our comparison chart (this is a great resource, if you plan on publishing a lot of mobile courses):

Comparing Storyline's Flash, HTML5, and Articulate Mobile Player output

Now, if you take a good look at that chart, you'll see that certain elements are only supported in one output type, or neither mobile output types. There's going to be differences between what's supported in "Mobile", which refers to the Articulate Mobile Player, and HTML5.

Personally? I prefer the app. It works well for me, but I use Articulate Online, so I know the tracking and reporting are supported.

In your case, with your LMS not supporting Tin Can, you'll want to be careful to make sure that the elements and features you include in your courses are supported in HTML5. You'd really want to do this with either method, but HTML5 is known to be a little more "touchy". 

Having said all that, if you do happen to run into any trouble with your HTML5 courses, we're always here to help :)

I hope this all makes sense. If you have any additional questions, just ask!

Thanks!

Christine