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One of the main purposes of SCORM is to make online learning content compatible with many different learning management systems (LMSs). The problem with SCORM that xAPI addresses is that communication is mostly one-directional between learners and learning management systems. Tracking with SCORM is carried out from the perspective of the system doing the tracking, rarely from the learner’s point of view.

It is important to note that both SCORM applications and xAPI track “learning activities,” not learning itself. Learning takes place in a person’s brain (or within the networked storage facilities of “extended minds”) and nervous system and does not automatical...