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A Whole New World - SAP Enterprise Learning

by Sharon Newton

May 14, 2010

By Sharon Wolf Newton, hyperCision Inc. 

My three-year-old daughter has been listening to her Disney Princess CD non-stop for the last 2-and-a-half months, ever since I brought it home from HR 2010.  Aladdin’s ‘A Whole New World’ seems to be a particular favorite.  It’s been stuck in my head lately (because it’s stuck on replay on her CD player!) Last week, though, the song going through my head seemed particularly apropos, as I was reviewing SAP Enterprise Learning with one of our company’s new team members.  Her expertise is in Talent Management, so Enterprise Learning is ‘a whole new world’ to her.

She suggested that I create an Enterprise Learning Dictionary to help her as she becomes familiar with the new concepts and terms associated with learning, LMS’s, and Enterprise Learning.  As I recall how difficult some of the new concepts were for me when I moved from implementing Training and Events Management for SAP to trying to convince customers to implement the Learning Solution 1.0 in the early years (BSP, LMS, LCMS, SCORM 1.1 and AICC, anyone?), her idea made more and more sense.  Here’s my first pass at an Enterprise Learning Dictionary.  It’s by no means complete but I’ll keep working on it and post my completed list when I’m done.

I hope it opens up a ‘whole new world’ for you and is much more enjo yable than the Aladdin song on the 200th replay!


Definition and Origin


Short-hand for the Learning Solution. 

Releases include: LSO 100; LSO 200; LSO300; LSO600; LSO602; LSO604.

SAP Learning Solution

SAP’s LMS, originally released in 2002.

SAP Enterprise Learning

The SAP Learning Solution with built in integration to Adobe Connect.  Available as of Learning Solution 6.02 (LSO602).


Shareable Content Object Reference Model.  A collection of standards and specifications for web-based training content to ensure interoperability across Learning Management Systems.  Releases are 1.1, 1.2, 2004.  SCORM is an initiative of ADL, part of the Department of Defense.  LETSI is responsible for SCORM 2.0.  SAP’s LSO s upports conformance with versions 1.1 through 2004.


Shareable Content Object – A chunk of reusable learning content that is part of SCORM conformant content.  Referred to as a Learning Object in the LSO.


A list of the content required in a SCORM package of content.  The manifest file is required for content to be SCORM compliant.


Application Programming Interface – protocols implemented in Javascript that support the passing of information between content and an LMS.


Advanced Distributed Learning, the research laboratory sponsored by the US Department of Defense responsible for the development of the SCORM standard.


International Federation for Learning, Education, and Training Systems Interoperability, an international, non-profit organization gathering specifications for the next generation of SCORM.


Aviation Industry Computer Based Training – one of the original content standards developed.  SCORM uses many of the specifications developed by AICC.  SAP’s LSO supports AICC as of LSO602.


Learning Management System – a system designed for for the administration, management, tracking of participation and reporting on learning events of all delivery methods (classroom, virtual classroom, CBT, WBT, etc.)  SAP’s LSO is an LMS.


Learning Content Management System – a system responsible for managing learning content in terms of developing, storing, versioning and publishing.  SAP is an LCMS.


Web-based training


Computer-based training

Synchronous Learning

People learning the same thing at the same time.  Classroom training is synchronous learning.

Asynchronous Learning

Online learning not limited by time or location.  Online tools such as messaging, boards, and Wikis support the exchange of information by participants in asynchronous learning events.

Virtual Classroom

Collaborative, synchronous learning in a virtual space, supported by tools such as WebEx or Adobe Connect.


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