Where is a retained variable value stored in SCORM publish?

When you set a variable to be retained across sessions in a course that is being published to SCORM and accessed via an LMS, is the retained variable value stored on the person's machine (as I think it is with other publishing options) or is stored on the LMS (in a way that connects the retained value to the specific user)?

I have something I'm trying to do with my e-course that I think I can figure out how to accomplish reasonably easily if the value is stored on the LMS and is unique to each user. However, if it's stored on the user's machine, then it won't work, because we often have learners using the e-courses on a classroom computer. (If that's the case, I'll be back here posting a much longer and more complex question to try to figure out how to do what I need to do.)


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