PIP, PIP, Hooray! Sending Push Notifications to iPhones

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Sometimes it’s important to know when someone finishes an assessment. Using standard, built-in Perception functionality you can have an automated email pushed to anyone you like–for instance the participant, a manager, or an instructor. But today I’d like to show how you can push an instant notification to an iPhone.

Perception PIP files can be a powerful yet lightweight way to integrate with web applications. Using only a PIP file and a $2.99 iPhone application, you can send push notifications of assessment completion or results directly from Perception to your iPhone (actually up to 5 iPhones or iPod Touch devices at once). Interested to see it in action? Take a look at this 45 second video.

It was surprisingly easy to do that with the help of the Perception Web Deployment Guide section on PIP files, and the Prowl API information. Of course, I also had to spend $2.99 to get Prowl on the iTunes App Store. If you’d like to learn how it is done, please take a quick look at the 5 minute explanation below.

Preview image of video on How to Create Push Notifications Using PIP and Prowl

To make things still easier, the Questionmark documentation team added a Knowledge Base article to the Questionmark Support site, How can I use PIP and Prowl to send push notifications to my iPhone? (Community logon by Questionmark Software Support Plan customers required). I hope this inspires you to do your own creative PIP file integrations.

Understanding eLearning Standards- AICC HACP


Posted by Tom King

I prepared a new segment on Understanding eLearning Standards. This segment addresses the “how” of elearning standards, and specifically run-time communication using the common AICC HACP specification. [Don’t worry SCORM fans, there will be another segment focusing on the SCORM runtime.]

Standards fans (and hockey fans) are likely to appreciate the analogies used to explain a run-time environment in general. The video also steps through the lifecycle of an activity running in an LMS environment. Then I drill down to the specific of AICC, including both the common browser-to-LMS and the compelling server-to-server uses of AICC HACP.aicctm1

Finally, the segment closes with a review of key resources from the AICC web site to help you make the most of AICC HACP.

By the way, here is an extra resource for members of the Questionmark Software Support Plan Community. There is a great Knowledge Base article on customizing the Perception v4 PIP file for AICC. This article shows how you can use a custom PIP file to utilize additional demographic or custom variables from an AICC compatible LMS. Check it out.

Stay tuned to the Questionmark Blog for the next segment that will address SCORM Run-Time Communication.