Learning is happening everywhere, what can collect and connect all the learning experience that matters? The Tin Can API is a brand new learning technology specification that opens up an entire world of experiences (online and offline). This API captures the activities that happen as part of learning experiences. A wide range of systems can now securely communicate with a simple vocabulary that captures this stream of activities. It is community-driven, and free to implement.
How does the Tin Can API work?
- People learn from interactions with other people, content, and beyond. These actions can happen anywhere and signal an event where learning could occur. All of these can be recorded with the Tin Can API.
- When an activity needs to be recorded, the application sends secure statements in the form of “Noun, verb, object” or “I did this” to a Learning Record Store (LRS.)
- Learning Record Stores record all of the statements made. An LRS can share these statements with other LRSs. An LRS can exist on its own, or inside an LMS.
With the Tin Can API, activity creators can design native apps that download lots of activities to an app when there is a connection, store them on the device, record Tin Can statements as learning activities are performed, and later deliver the results to an LRS when there is a network connection. And because learning is happening in a native app, activity creators have complete control over the user experience. Learners can even start activities on a computer and then finish them on a mobile device. They can pick up right where they left off.
What’s in it for me?
As a specification, the Tin Can API opens up a world of data you can share with and receive from other tools. Tin Can is also presenting an opportunity to create systems and components that comprehend a novel format for experiential data. The Tin Can API has also been built to support a distributed architecture, where statement streams can be propagated to many places, and driven by many sources.
- A mobile device’s story
- A lifeguard’s story
- A simulator’s story
- A teacher’s story
- A serious game’s story
- An employee’s story
- A pre-reader’s story
People have been learning everywhere, forever. The internet, software, and apps are a great new source of activities that lead to learning because information can be asked for and retrieved faster. These activities are trackable and quantifiable. When people do non-routine work, learning is inevitable. Tin Can is the communication standard that supports collecting and tracking this.
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