What is the cmi5 moveOn criteria? End the confusion.

The cmi5 specification includes a moveOn property in the course structure?  Why?  What’s it there for?  In this article I will attempt to end the confusion around the cmi5 moveOn property.

What is the cmi5 moveOn?

Each assignable unit (AU) in a cmi5 course has an associated “moveOn” property (see Section 13.1.4 of the cmi5 specification).  The cmi5 moveOn value is used by the LMS to determine if the AU has been sufficiently completed in order to “move on” to the next AU.  The following values are allowed for the moveOn property.

  • Passed
    If the LMS receives a statement with the verb “Passed”, then the LMS will consider the AU satisfied.  Please note that if you issue a “Passed” statement and include a score, that score must exceed the masteryScore contained in the contextTemplate document of the State API.
  • Completed
    If the LMS receives a statement with the verb “Completed”, then the LMS will consider the AU satisfied.
  • CompletedAndPassed
    In this case the LMS must receive two statements; one with the cmi5 verb “Completed” and one with the cmi5 verb “Passed”.  The AU is considered satisfied only when both statements have been received.
  • CompletedOrPassed
    If the LMS receives a statement with either of the cmi5 verbs “Completed” or “Passed”, then the LMS will consider the AU satisfied.
  • NotApplicable
    The LMS will consider the AU satisfied as soon as the student registers for the course.

Default Value

Unfortunately, the cmi5 moveOn property has a default value of NotApplicable.  This means that if you leave the moveOn value out of the course structure for an AU, that AU will be considered “satisified” immediately upon student registration.  As a content developer, it is unlikely that you intend for content to be “met” as soon as the student is registered. Therefore, be sure that you include a valid cmi5 moveOn property for each AU.

LMS Administrator may change moveOn

It is important to note that there is nothing in the specification to prevent the LMS Administrator from changing the cmi5 moveOn criteria (see Section 10 of the cmi5 specification).  For this reason the specification requires that the LMS write the current value of the moveOn property to the State API document.  LMS Administrators should use caution when changing the moveOn property: the AU may not have the capability of sending statements required by any moveOn value that was not in the original course structure.

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Art Werkenthin
Art Werkenthin is president of RISC, Inc. and has over 30 years' experience working with LMS systems in the Oil & Gas, Retail, Finance and other industries. Mr. Werkenthin holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.B.A. in Information Systems Management from the University of Texas. Mr. Werkenthin is a member of the ADL cmi5 committee and frequently presents on cmi5 and xAPI. Follow him on Twitter @AWerkenthin for xAPI and cmi5 updates, as well as blog post announcements.