2015 was a great year for Learning Locker - the open source learning record store, owned by HT2. Not only did the software win some high-profile contracts, and make nearly 30 releases, it also integrated Moodle (with the help of the CLC), got installed over 2,500 times and signed partnership deals in Europe, USA, Australia and Japan.
HT2 has today outlined its plans for version 2 of Learning Locker. This includes a re-write of the back-end of the product, and a move away from PHP towards NodeJS announced.
HT2 CEO Ben Betts commented on a range of the new features. “Moving to NodeJS gives us a chance to build an event-driven application, making real-time reporting a reality with a range of visualisation options available out-of-the-box. We're also working on a suite of evented tools to help Learning Locker be the piece that ties other applications together. For example, you can model business processes with xAPI statements and have your Learning Locker trigger actions, like an email or SMS, when the process is complete”.
Asked about the compatibility of v2 with the previous version, Betts was unequivocal: “It will of course be completely backwards compatible thanks to the xAPI specification, making upgrading very simple”.
More details on the release can be found on the Learning Locker blog.
Andrew Hickey, lead developer on the Learning Locker project talked further about the support plans for version 1: “We will continue to push releases throughout 2016 to maintain and improve what we have. In fact we’ve got an update planned for the coming weeks which will use a fork of the Jenssegers PHP Mongo library to improve speed. Community support for version 1 will run for at least 24 months beyond the Open Source release of v2.”
About Learning Locker
Learning Locker is an Open Source Learning Record Store; a type of data repository designed to store learning activity statements generated by xAPI (Tin Can) compliant learning activities. Organisations use Learning Locker to store, sort and share learning data as generated by their learners. Using this data organisations can better understand the learning activities of their workforce, assess the impact of training and development and customise learning experiences based on learners past performance.