When creating eLearning courses the content that you are offering is considered to be of the utmost importance. After all, the information being shared and the overall educational experience is what truly matters in terms of instructional design. However, having the tools to track what users are doing, how they are performing, and allow open communication between learning systems is essential. The question is, how do you achieve this in a technological era, wherein eLearning must constantly evolve to take full advantage of the current tech climate?
The answer is TIN CAN API, which is also known as Experience API. This software enables you to track a wide variety of information on a number of different platforms, including those that weren’t included in SCORM‘s list of capabilities. In this article, we’ll delve into the benefits that TIN CAN API can offer organizations of any size, both in the educational and business sector.
SCORM vs TIN CAN API
SCORM (sharable content object reference model) is the predecessor to TIN CAN. In many respects, TIN CAN offers a wide range of advantages that are not provided by SCORM. For example, while both options give you the ability to track user completion and the time they took to finish a task, only TIN CAN provides you with the capability to view in depth test results, work outside of a learning management system, and easily transition between platforms. As such, many eLearning content creators and instructional designers are now switching to TIN CAN API, due to the fact that it seems to be the next stage in the natural evolution of online learning.
How Does Tin Can API Work?
In essence, TIN CAN captures the user activities and stores the information for later use.
The secret behind the success of TIN CAN API is something called a learning record store (or LRS). When information is gathered by the software, it is stored in the LRS, and then relayed to the LMS when the user connects to the internet. Information stored here is in the form of statements, which each contain a verb, noun, and object. When the content creator designs the course, they will specify where they want the data to be stored within the program and how the statements are configured.
The Benefits of a Tin Can Api Compliant Learning Management System (LMS).
Here are just some of the most significant benefits associated with Tin Can API learning management systems:
1. No web browser required. One of the things that makes TIN CAN a cut above its predecessors is that it doesn’t require an internet connection. This means that it can track and store information for a variety of different scenarios, such as mobile learning. You will only occasionally need to connect to the internet in order for the LRS (learning record store) to gather the information. TIN CAN API statements can be shared between any enabled devices, making it quick and easy for simulation and mobile game data to be shared and utilized. This is one of the most notable perks of this software, especially in this day-and-age, given that so many learners are on-the-go and rely heavily upon their tablets and other mobile devices to carry out eLearning and training courses.
3. Enables you to record virtually any activity. Thanks to the structure of the statements used by TIN CAN API, you are able to track and record virtually every user activity. This was a major drawback of SCORM, which was really only effective when it came to tracking quizzes and the status of courses. TIN CAN API, on the other hand, allows you to track every click of the mouse, every answer, and every answer to a test question. It’s more detailed and more precise.
4. Gives you the opportunity to work outside of an LMS. With TIN CAN API, you are no longer bound to an LMS platform. The content that you create can be developed, implemented, and utilized by the user anywhere and on any internet-ready device. All you need is an LRS to store the data and then send it to the LMS once the device has linked up to the web. Best of all, the data that is sent is controlled by the instructional designer and you can design a course that includes information from different servers. This makes your courses more effective and enhances the overall educational experience, given that your content can now exist outside of your standard LMS.
5. Greater portability thanks to the Learning Record Store (LRS). Users can begin a course on one device and then finish it on another, without having to worry about their progress being lost in the transition. Given that Experience API can function off-line and without connecting to the LMS, the learners data can be stored within the LRS, allowing them to truly go mobile with their eLearning. The fact that learning record stores can also share information with one another is an added bonus, due to the fact that a user’s learning experiences can now also be transferred to another LRS if need be. “Personal data lockers” can even be used to store a user’s personal info so that it can be accessed at a later date.
6. Allows for easy tracking of various learning scenarios. The area where SCORM truly fell short (and where TIN CAN excels) is in regards to the types of learning scenarios it could track. Experience API has the ability to track and record serious games, simulations, informal learning, and even real-world performance. It can also track data that has been collected from off-line learning, adaptive learning, and blended learning scenarios, as well as team-based learning. As such, it’s much more versatile than SCORM.
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Originally published on: 26 Aug 2014 | Tags: xAPI