If we talk about E-learning and online learning approaches, then the discussion would never be complete if we skip the most recent development in this regard. This development has come out in the name of Tin Can-API, a new protocol set ready to replace SCORM.
Since long, SCORM, a collection of specifications and standards had been used for e-learning and web based training. SCORM stands for Shareable Content Object Reference Model, and it is a tool that is used to record when anyone takes an e-learning course and records quiz results. It describes communications between a host system referred to as the run-time environment, and user side content that is usually up hold by some learning management system. SCORM also tells how content might be packaged into a transportable ZIP file named “Package Interchange Format”. The last main modernization of SCORM took place in 2004. (Tillett, Jeff, 2012)
Tin-Can API is another evolution of the inflexible SCORM specification. There are a lot of benefits for using Tin-Can, however, the major trait that is proving to be its biggest benefit is its capability to record learning beyond the limitations of a browser’s window. This “light weight” feature of Tin-Can has made it quite versatile, so it is just a matter of time until you will start seeing it integrated in several different ways.
The major features that Tin-Can provides, along with so many other minor qualities, include:
- Informal learning
- Personalize learning
- Performance tracking
For learning management system, especially the e- learning one, these features can be termed as ideal as they enhance their efficiency by giving lot of comfort and security.
In addition, there is a fitted query API to assist sorting out recorded statements, and a situation API that permits for a kind of “scratch space” for utilizing applications. Tin Can API statements get saved in a data store named as Learning Record Store that can exist itself or inside a Learning Management System.
Using Tin-Can API:
With Tin-Can API, you can now capture a variety of actions of your users at levels of factors never seen earlier than in conventional learning management systems. There are ways to help you to implement Tin-Can API in your own learning management system through three phases:
Phase 1: Learning Record Store Integration
This phase is complete. The first phase is to incorporate a Learning Record Store (LRS) to house Tin-Can statements. Learning Record Store is the point where all the learning statements are saved. An LRS is an innovative method that derived out of Tin-Can API. When Tin-Can API statements are formed, they are conveyed to an LRS which proves as a warehouse for delivered learning statements.
Phase 2: Tin-Can Organic Statement Generation for Quizzes
The second phase is still in progress by LeanDash and you will very soon see the results of this phase as well.
Currently, no details are available about phase 3. However, it is also going to come very soon.
1. Tillett, Jeff. (2012), “Project Tin Can – The Next Generation of SCORM”. Project Tin Can – The Next Generation of SCORM. Float Mobile Learning.