What is an LRS?
The LRS acts as a data store for the content that is being accessed with the Tin Can API. This data is stored in a noun, verb, object format, for example: Madeline Goepp, completed, Litmos blog post. By using this format all types of content, including videos, games, webpages, simulations, blogs, forums and the list goes on, can be used and tracked for learning purposes. LRS is able to capture the learning experiences that goes beyond the capabilities of SCORM.
Why Was LRS Developed?
LRS was developed as the next generation of SCORM, which has been the eLearning standard since the early 2000s. As eLearning has developed, users began to think of how learning experiences occur outside of the LMS. As an answer to this type of learning, the LRS and the Tin Can API was developed. LRS and Tin Can has lifted the ceiling that SCORM has set and allows for eLearning content to be just about anything.
With an LRS, is there a need for an LMS?
It is important to understand that a LRS does not replace the need for a LMS. The LRS simply is the record of the data. The LMS reports the data and acts as a user interface.