Multi-tenant Learning Management Systems (LMS) are becoming more and more prominent in the LMS market. In a multi-tenant environment, all clients have their data stored in a single database. When a client accesses the LMS, however, they can only view their data; records for other clients of the LMS are filtered out. In this article I will discuss some the of advantages and disadvantages of the multi-tenant LMS approach.
The Experience API (xAPI), often called “Tin Can”, is a new specification for learning that allows collection of data about a wide range of learning experiences for your students. While there are many xAPI solutions, to most people the benefits of xAPI are still somewhat elusive; “it sounds good…but what does it do for me?” In this article, I’ll will show how xAPI was used to solve a real world problem. I will also show how the VTA system was integrated with a PDF Annotator application that runs in multiple environments, including an iPad or other tablet computer and desktop browsers.