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Chapter 14. Tracking with Learning Site > Exploring Tracking with Learning Site

Exploring Tracking with Learning Site

There are various reasons to track a learner’s progress through an eLearning application and several tracking options. At one extreme, your application could include a certification exam requiring vigorous supervision. Alternatively, you might simply want to create a login so that unauthorized users do not access the course. The first example requires intense monitoring by a tracking system (and probably a human proctor), but the second example tracks very little information about the learner.

In Chapter 12, “Scoring an Assessment and Hiding the Answers,” you explored tracking within the browser using JavaScript. After the learner closes the browser, or even goes to another Web site, all the tracking data is lost. Using cookies to track learners enables you to maintain data from browser session to browser session, but cookies are browser specific, not learner specific. The data isn’t available if the learner moves to a different computer (or even a different browser version on the same computer!).


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