Differences in deploying an LRS in theory and in practice

Theory teaches us how things should work, in a perfect world. Experience teaches us how they might—or might not—work, in an imperfect world. What better way to learn than to hear someone’s real world experience with the various learning tools and technologies before jumping into your own practical application of xAPI? Understanding the pros and cons of the different types of deployments can save you time and headaches when going through your own requirements gathering for your xAPI project.

As you begin to use xAPI, you’ll need to decide which type of Learning Record Store (LRS) you need. An LRS is considered the heart of your xAPI learning ecosystem and enables the collection of data from a wide variety of learning experiences. Chris Tompkins covered all the different options and points to consider when selecting an LRS during his talk with the Spring xAPI Cohort. If you’d like to watch the recording, you can view that here, but we’ll cover a few of the ecosystem scenarios next.

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