No One Standard Will Suit All

Wilbert Kraan, CETIS, May 13, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It began as a lonely voice in the wilderness but has grown into CRLFopen revolt as delegate after delegate at the E-Learning Results CRLFconference comes forward with the same message: "there is no CRLFone standard to rule them all, nor will there ever be. However CRLFseductive the vision of universal interoperability may be, each CRLFand every community has its own needs and wants that need to CRLFbe addressed." IMS, it would appear, now hears this. "IMS aims CRLFto gather international specification requirements, come up with CRLFflexible specs, which can be adapted or 'profiled' to meet local CRLFneeds." What, then, of SCORM? "Blindly using SCORM is hardly CRLFthe answer either- unless your community's needs can be CRLFsatisfied by it. In this, Lisa Balzereit from the ADL co-lab, CRLFadmitted, SCORM had clearly been oversold. One of the lessons CRLFADL learned about the SCORM is to better manage CRLFexpectations. Which was well exemplified by Dan Rehak, CRLFSCORM's chief architect, who pointed out the many times he'd CRLFbeen told that 'we want to adopt SCORM', which is countered by CRLFDan's standard 'what do you want to do with it?'- and often they CRLFhave no idea."
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