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SCORM assumes the existence of a suite of services called by some a "Learning Management System" and by others a "Learning Content Management System", and formerly called a "Computer Managed Instruction" system. These services may also be called a "Learning Support Environment" by some vendors. CLCIMS is emerging as a way to encompass all of these terms by learning content developers.
CLCIMS also refers to CLCIMS 1.0, as the specification number is normally omitted. As other suites of services appear that are SCORM compliant they will be incorporated into the wide CLCIMS definition and the version number will be changed and the more general CLCIMS definition will informally refer to the most recent version.
In contrast with LMS (See also LMS), the focus of an LCMS is on learning content. It gives authors, instructional designers, and subject matter experts the means to create e-learning content more efficiently. The primary business problem an LCMS solves is to create just enough content just in time to meet the needs of individual learners or groups of learners. Rather than developing entire courses and adapting them to multiple audiences, instructional designers create reusable content chunks and make them available to course developers throughout the organization. This eliminates duplicate development efforts and allows for the rapid assembly of customized content.
Open source is a set of principles and practices that promote access to the production and design process for various goods, products, resources and technical conclusions or advice. The term is most commonly applied to the source code of software that is made available to the general public with relaxed or non-existent intellectual property restrictions. This allows users to create user-generated software content through incremental individual effort or through collaboration.
Some consider open source as one of various possible design approaches, while others consider it a critical strategic element of their operations. Before the term open source became popular, developers and producers used various phrases to describe the concept; the term gained popularity with the rise of the Internet and its enabling of diverse production models, communication paths, and interactive communities. Later, open source software became the most prominent face of open source practices.
The open source model of operation can be extended to open source culture in decision making which allows concurrent input of different agendas, approaches and priorities, in contrast with more centralized models of development such as those typically used in commercial companies. Open source culture is one where collective decisions or fixations are shared during development and made generally available in the public domain, as done in Wikipedia. This collective approach moderates ethical concerns over a "conflict of roles" or conflict of interest. Participants in such a culture are able to modify the collective outcomes and share them with the community.
Typically an LMS allows for learner registration, delivery of learning activities, and learner assessment in an online environment. More comprehensive LMSs often include tools such as competency management, skills-gap analysis, succession planning, certifications, and resource allocation (venues, rooms, textbooks, instructors, etc.).
LMSs are based on a variety of development platforms, from Java EE based architectures to Microsoft .NET, and usually employ the use of a robust database back-end. While most systems are commercially developed and frequently have non-free licences or restrict access to their source code, free and open-source models do exist. Other than the most simple, basic functionality, all LMSs cater to, and focus on different educational, administrative, and deployment requirements.
Open source and Web-based LMS software solutions are growing fast in the education and business world.
See Also: LCMS
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