I've just started getting involved in the LMS world, although I've been delivering courses on the Web for many years. It is very disappointing to see the poor quality of the existing LMS's. You can't implement a standard that is nearly 10 years old (SCORM 2004)? That is true of the for-profit LMS's I've tried as well.
The current state-of-the-art in the LMS world out-of-date; do some lessons in order, pass an exam, repeat. It is just shameful. We know so much more about how people learn and there are so many options available now, but the LMS's continue to plod along with their 1950's approach. SCORM 2004 tried to advance the tape a bit with navigation, but even that is ignored.
Welcome to Moodle.org Gary.
Not actually sure what you are talking about here. Have you seen some Moodle courses you think are "do some lessons in order, pass an exam, repeat" - or are you just assuming that is what people do with Moodle = or have you seen something to make you post like this?
Why do you need an LMS, and what functionality do you want/need/like?
Sweeping generalisations, assertions with no context really can't help us figure out what you are actually wanting.
Who believes a bad workman blames his/her tools.
I note you are from Bozeman. Bozeman Montana?
My first online course was through MSU Bozeman. http://www.montana.edu/
Used Firstclass, this was in 1998, and the course was actually in a surprisingly mature state. It was a spin off from NTEN, now celebrating 20 years onlnine. http://btc.montana.edu/courses/aspx/ntenhome.aspx It literally changed my life in the area of teaching and learning. If you want to learn a little more about effective online learning, go visit those guys.
With first class I bonded on day one to the little flags. (This is the Mother Hen syndrome at work, and I have been unsuccessful in persuading my buddies this is good)
And for what it is worth: as far as SCORM goes, run a mile.
SCORM has been a part of Moodle for as long as I have been involved in using Moodle. Let's seen now, mmm that would be in 2005 I joined my first Moodle. Took me a while to get involved in the community, but got here eventually. Reality Check: SCORM 2004????? Could it be possible that a nearly 10year old standard has been left behind? The basic idea of SCORM is OK, but is it possible that other Web 2, PHP based and now HTML5 tools are actually better? Just have to find one, or make it for yourself - it would not be too difficult. I have used Reload and cannot remember why I don't use it anymore, I don't think it runs in 64Bit systems, or was it I didn't have the time to build the resource... perhaps both of them.
If you were to suggest that Moodle could be a lot better in the interactive stuff, yes, I would agree with that. If you were to suggest that Moodle needs a more designer/user friendly interface, I would agree with that too. If you went on and suggested that the Moodle wiki sucks, or that a number of routine admin tasks are often problematic, backups usually, I would agree there too. But, I must object to the idea that the simplistic comments you make are in any way reasonable or valid - simply they are not.
Moodle is flawed, certainly, but it is very much a work in progress. It is constructed by a very small team of people assisted by a lot of volunteers. Things actually move forward surprisingly quickly but the technologies around Moodle are changing all the time. It must be horrendous trying to keep up with it all. I know of more than one rather large company who would love to remain as current as Moodle does and I still have no idea how they manage to do that.
In the end, the question I ask is "Why is there no SCORM 2008?" Oh sorry, there was something different, it is called "Tin Can API" and was released April 2013 - might want to check that out. It also might take a while to be properly incorporated into Moodle, perhaps even a v2.5.x, but I am sure it won't be too long.
Off topic Colin.
I was wondering about this recently and found this graphic: http://floatlearning.com/tincancartoon/
I also see it referred to as "Experience API"
I did read this: http://tincanapi.com/overview/
I have a current problem to do with induction of employees. There are no processes around compliance issues, a poorly thought out paper work trail. I did wonder if Tin Can may be able to help with this.
But I'm trying to avoid a sense of bean counting and the feeling ot a rat running through a learning maze.
I'll go to the next event I can find on Tin can. But it is all a bit vague at the moment.
On the other hand, I am also wondering if a simple checklist will do the trick (the plugin here https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=mod_checklist) with a bit of conditional release.
Off topic a little, but interesting ideas Derek, and I ran across this paper a while ago, about increasingly complex systems, http://www.ctlab.org/documents/How%20Complex%20Systems%20Fail.pdf. The accumulation of insignificant errors basically means sooner or later the plane is going to fall out of the sky. We only have to look at the issues surrounding user data and restorations from v1.9 to v2.x to see how increasing complexity has a negative impact. I cannot help but suspect there is a relationship between Gary's original comments and the frustration he is relaying and the complexity of Moodle though.
I'm sure you could, if you work hard. But I doubt whether _we_ can have one, it is highly unlikely that we two are doing the same thing.
Well, may be I'm wrong. Have a look at http://tincanapi.com/scorm-vs-the-tin-can-api/.