Headline: ADL (the inventor and organization behind SCORM) is backing SCORM’s, Tin Can API. If none of those words mean anything to you, let me explain what Tin Canis and why it might possibly be the best learner-tracking option for your organization:
- Every organization needs training in one form or another.
- Learning must be tracked and measured.
- Since learning doesn’t always happen in a single location, the Tin Can API will transform the entire world into a classroom. Anything that happens, anywhere, can be tagged and submitted as “learning.” (<–This is a big deal!)
- An “API” is essentially a bridge connecting the world of learning to your current learning management system (LMS).
I starting talking about the Tin Can API on my work’s social network back in March 2012. It still hasn’t caught on yet, but I think it’s just because they haven’t seen any case studies yet. Here’s a list of adopters. And here’s a specific example—Float Mobile Learning’s Tappestry is a knowledge sharing tool powered by Tin Can. Float wanted a tool that allowed learners to be able to get credit for performing a specific task with learning objects and training modules across the web. They also wanted to be able to track learning that takes place off the web. The Tin Can API allows them to track that information and store it in a single place. Tin Can was officially launched at the Elearning Guild’s MlearnCon 2012 back in June. They’ll be popping up here and there at various conferences. But the Tin Can folk’s next big presence will be at Elearning Devcon 2013, where they expect everyone will be networking and figuring out how to adopt the SCORM Cloud. Below, you can peruse a 30-minute webcast where two Tin Can experts, Mike Rustici & Tammy Rutherford from SCORM.com, discuss their product.
(Skip the first 5 minutes.) As mentioned in the video, the anticipated adoption rate of this LRS will be much faster and much greater than the move from SCORM 1.2 to SCORM 2004. There was little motivation to move before. Moving learning to the cloud, however, is a game changer. Early adopters will begin fitting Tin Can into their business plans this year. I predict a significant shift by 2015.Image Source