Edtech buzzwords you’ve probably heard — which ones do you know?
Just like for every industry, edtech (education technology) has several buzzwords that are used frequently among those working in the industry, purchasing platforms, or being curious about what is happening in the area. How many industry words do you know? Which do you want to add?
The word on everyone’s lips nowadays is LXP (Learning Experience Platform), a modern version of the traditional LMS. An LXP (also LEP) is a platform that stores content and cures the content as personalized learning to the users to provide higher impact.
NML stands for Neural Network for Machine Learning. Neural networks are a set of algorithms attempting to act and make decisions like the human brain. Machine Learning uses algorithms that are fed with a large amount of data to calculate information to make predictions and decisions, automate processes, and cluster the data collection. The scope of NML is basically unlimited, and an interesting area of application in organizations with course programs containing a large amount of material and languages is Neural Machine Translation. Read more in one of several pdfs about Neural Machine Translation, an effective way to save time in localization processes. Contact us for more material.
LRS (Learning Record Store) is the heart and ecosystem of a learning platform to record the users’ activities. The LRS receives, stores, and processes data with so-called xAPIs (Experience APIs). For example, an LRS records achieved results, assignments, and learning metrics on the learning platform.
xAPI (Experience API) — often referred to as the next generation SCORM — is an e-learning software interface that allows the learning material (your so-called content) and the learning platform to communicate with each other. xAPI makes it possible to register and monitor all types of learning activities users perform in the course material and on the learning platform. These learning activities are gathered and stored in an LRS (Learning Record Store).
The SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) is a framework for building LMSs (Learning Management Systems) in a way so that the content parts (the course packages) work well and flawlessly on different SCORM-compatible platforms. SCORM defines how to create SCOs (Sharable Content Objects) that can be reused in different contexts and uploaded easily on different platforms.
LCMS (Learning Content Management System) is a storage platform that has its strength in its content focus compared to an LMS that focuses on the participants. An LCMS is designed to create content, and share and manage different content variants and components efficiently. Collaboration, project management support, and follow-up opportunities are often part of the solution for efficient workflows.
An LMS (Learning Management System) is a learning platform with the purpose of administering course packages and users, allocating, documenting, following up, and storing information regarding learning users’ progress and completion of course packages on the platform.
SSO (Single Sign-On) is a common integration to connect different software systems and apps to facilitate login. With an SSO, the user needs only to log in to one place to access all systems that are integrated with the service. It simplifies password management and login for the user.
HIPAA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) is a standard for ensuring high security on a platform for personal data and health information. This concept is something that especially medtech and pharmaceutical companies discuss with their platform suppliers just like ISO9000.
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Ewa Hutmacher, CEO, Snabbfoting Group AB