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posted by | on , | Comments Off on Working around Course Launch issues in Claro and IE10/11

We’ve recently become aware of workaround for courses with IE10/11 where you touch the course window to move or resize and it locks into a smaller than full screen window.

After some additional testing by dominKnow support, the best options to use for the “launch parameters” will be the settings below. Please change the existing courses to this and then adjust your procedures for adding new courses.

posted by | Comments Off on The Future Looks Bright

In this Deloitte review on technology trends ….

“there appears to be a perfect storm of conditions that could make massively open online courses (MOOC)s a major factor by 2020.””

The section title is even “Massively Open Online Courses: not disruptive yet, but the future looks bright.” They said it, not us.

Bright is Beautiful


posted by | Comments Off on Bright is Beautiful

In the Aura lab we’ve been toying with visualizations; and this was just a little proof of concept we whipped up for a customer.

Each spoke of this wheel is a course, and the colors correlates to categories defined in the Bright metadata. Then the length of the bar is number of times the course has been completed, with the title around the outer edge.

posted by | on | Comments Off on Happy Birthday Bright

Bright, you are about one year old.

How far have you gotten in a year?

– 5255 users registered.
– 349 course modules served
– 11720 individual trainings delivered.

posted by | on , , | Comments Off on Bright groks xAPI/TinCan

After a long amount of foot dragging …. Bright now polls and stores xAPI/TinCan Statements. What is in all of this data? That remains to be seen; but for the moment, at least there’s a somewhat consistent structure to it.

In the past, we’d have to go spelunking into a course production tool’s activity storage format, which usually turned into some sort of bizarro XML-parsing exercise.

The first step of what is sure to be a long adventure.

Aura Word Cloud


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Some brilliance going on here:

I fed it our blog and look what popped out:

posted by | on | Comments Off on Bright API Documentation

Bad blogger; I’ve been distracted and not doing my blog-job!

So much has happened with Bright we barely have time to tell anyone about it.

So here’s something new, its the Bright API Doc-ed via github!

Bright V2 Api Documentation

posted by | Comments Off on What are our customers saying about us.

About Aura

A W E S O M E !!!! aaah, what a joy to work with professionals like you 🙂

– sebscm

Bright versus existing LMS

I love it and think it is a massive improvement! Much cleaner and streamlined that the current version of AA and CA.

– klee

Custom E-Learning Site Build

looks awesome! I like the functionality – simple but powerful. Thanks again, the site is awesome – really appreciate all your work on this!

– eks

posted by | on , , | Comments Off on Moodle abandons work on SCORM 2004

Per the Dan Marsden blog:

I spent a lot of time discussing the opportunity to run a crowd-funded project to complete SCORM 2004 in Moodle but it’s hard to define a fixed figure that would allow us to complete the project and I wonder if such a large amount of my time could be spent on projects that are more current.

Full support for SCORM 2004 is already available in Moodle by using the Rustici SCORM cloud plugin for Moodle and I think it is more cost-effective to purchase a subscription to their hosted solution which is much more stable/reliable and feature rich than what we could provide directly in Moodle anyway.

posted by | on , | Comments Off on Can I use a Bright-based WordPress System as my LMS?

Looking to buy or rent an LMS? Could a Bright-based WordPress system fit the bill?

To understand this, it first helps to understand, “What is WordPress?”:

What is WordPress?

For businesses, WordPress is an extremely vertatile technology that helps them maintain content, engage in social media, perform well in search engines and minimize out of house costs.

How popular is it?

Wordpress Usage in the top one millions sites: Source

Wordpress Usage in the top one millions sites: Source

As can be seen above, WordPress is the top CMS platform used on the internet today. It does comprise more websites than every other CMS platform combined.

In many ways the popularity of WordPress can be attributed to :

  • The flexibility of the platform is renowned.
  • Nearly 25000 available plugins, the vast majority free.
  • 1000s of available themes.



How can WordPress be used as a learning site? has produced a nice case study on how WordPress can be used effectively as an alternative to commercial LMS systems.

How do I do it?

Some assembly required

Some assembly required

The degree of flexibility of the WordPress platform, plus the vast array of free plugins for the platforms, means the acquisition process of a WordPress learning site is slightly different than the procurement process for a shrink wrapped LMS solution.

The question shifts from “does this LMS support this feature?” to “how easily will our WordPress-based learning site support this feature?” The vast number of sites that run WordPress insures that in most cases, whatever you want to do with your WordPress site, somebody somewhere has already done it. Flexible authentication, social media integration, shopping carts, event management, polling, sharing, chat, you name it.

The Cream Rises to the Top

The Cream Rises to the Top

Since most WordPress features “snap-in” via plugins, you will find that competition between competing implementations of certain features mean that in many cases, there are several alternatives available to deliver a particular feature.

More choice tends to infuse a drive for quality as competing plugin developers compete to be the leader in their respective spaces.

The End Result

Constructing a learning site based on WordPress, is about acquiring highly flexible, customizable, and low cost infrastructure that can grow as you grow.

One of the trends we see in LMS acquisition that if you survey all the stakeholders and ask “what features must our LMS have?”, you can end up with a pretty long list.

But after going through the time and expense to acquire an LMS system, you may find that in practice you don’t use or need all of the features that you spent your time and money acquiring. In some cases this feature creep is driven not by an immediate need, but a sense that “if we don’t get it now, we won’t get later”. In the world of vendor lock-in, this is a real concern.

Building a WordPress-based learning system is different. The easy to integrate environment and proliferation of plugins and expertise for the WordPress platform means even if you don’t get it now, you can have it later (if you want it).

For some organizations, it is liberating to move to from “what features do we need anytime, forever” to “what do we need today?” And for many, that means less time and less money.

How can Bright help?

Bright is an innovative platform for integrating trackable e-learning into web construction platforms like WordPress.

Bright enables many functions that are typically found in a commercial LMS system to be integrated and embedded in a WordPress site. And Aura can provide the expertise to move you from your requirements document to a functioning learning site in short order.

Find out more about Bright here.


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