Product News June 2015

June 26, 2015 Melanie Moffett

Content Delivery Service (CDS) – a better way to deliver learning

Xyleme is the only complete learning content management solution available today. Content Delivery Service (CDS) is Xyleme’s cloud-based module for storing, managing and delivering learning content. With CDS, you have a single-source-of-truth for your finished learning content that serves the many applications where learners learn - LMSs, knowledge portals, business applications, custom-made learning apps, etc.

Watch this video to learn about CDS



Vision and History for managing the entire learning content lifecycle – not just publishing.

When the product vision for adding the delivery module was conceived a few years ago, it was to streamline updates to SCORM courses deployed to multiple LMSs, while providing an application for learners to “see” inside the SCORM course when and where they needed to. These were two very important business issues limiting the value of eLearning.

Learners complained that:

  • eLearning courses were too long and they could not find that single nugget of information needed on-the-job
  • The eLearning content was often out-of-date

Out-of-date content was a symptom of an inefficient content delivery process because it was a major project for content developers to make even minor updates to their SCORM courses.

Coming from an agile software development environment, Xyleme set out to architect an agile learning content delivery solution that could stand alone, or act as the perfect complement to Xyleme’s single-source authoring and publishing solution.

Xyleme product designers quickly realized that if you centralized learning delivery from the cloud, you could also capture learner’s interactions with the content for both formal and informal learning activity. This was a major A-HA moment and would expand the vision of CDS to include Analytics. With their commitment to open industry standards, Xyleme implemented xAPI and an enterprise-grade Learning Record Store. The learning statements captured were not just at the course level like the LMS could offer, but at the learning object level. This level of granularity would inform content developers so they could continuously improve the quality and effectiveness of their content.

The future of learning delivery has arrived

Today, this vision is a reality with the latest enhancements to Xyleme’s learning content management platform. Consider how cloud-based content delivery with Xyleme will complete your learning technology stack so that you can deliver learning anytime, anywhere and on any device.

With CDS, you will:

  • Control your learning content
  • Reach more Learners
  • Measure content performance

Here’s how

Manage Dynamic SCORM

By serving your SCORM courses from a single source, you use our “thin package” to deploy your course to internal LMSs and external customers for their LMSs. This is a one-time operation. Since the thin package contains a secure link to the course content and not the content itself, learners will always access the most current version of the content. Using built-in version management, learners won’t see their progress interrupted between updates as they will always finish on the same version they started with.

For courses that you create in Xyleme Studio, or what we call Dynamic SCORM, you can take advantage of SMART UPDATES to manage changes to those courses. CDS allows you to do small and frequent updates to your e-learning content - even when the content has been reused in multiples courses and is used in multiple LMS at the same time.

Delivering courses through CDS is transparent to the LMS enabling normal course metrics while allowing CDS to track all the interactions and events inside the course, providing a much more granular level of information than the LMS does.

Deliver Performance Support at the same time and to mobile devices.

As evidenced by our love of Google, sometimes your learners just need a search engine. CDS Portal is an interface that allows learners to search for relevant content at their point of need. The primary differentiator is that the SCORM content can be found and used in a granular way – page, lessons, topics and tests.

Other documents, such as PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Video, and HTML are also stored in CDS and indexed for searching. All of your learning content is organized following custom taxonomies and vocabularies that you control.

We also provide the Xyleme Portal App (available for iOS and Android) that extends the search capability to mobile devices without any extra work on your part. Because HTML and SCORM content published from Xyleme Studio is “responsive” Xyleme is able to provide you with a complete mobile solution for creating and delivering mobile learning content. You can brand the mobile app to suit your needs.

Using xAPI, CDS captures content access at both the document and learning object-level in the LRS, so you know who has experienced your content, when, and from where.

Build your own Custom Apps
You might have a vision for building your own custom app. Why do all the heavy lifting?  Use the CDS core capabilities as the foundation so you can focus your efforts on the user experience and business value.

With our REST-based API you can take advantage of CDS’s:

  • Group based permission system
  •  Version control
  •  Metadata extraction
  •  Document search (with parsers for most common formats)
  •  Faceted search with custom attributes
  •  SCORM preview
  •  Auto-scalable infrastructure
  •  Content Delivery Networks for fast delivery
  •  Tin-Can compliant LRS

These are just a few ways that Xyleme will help you build a learning architecture that supports your current needs and drives lasting business performance through learning content.


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