From SCORM to Tin-Can
For years, any legitimate learning management system adhered to the Shareable Content Object Reference Model (or SCORM), which is a collection of standards and specifications for web-based learning. Nerd-talk aside, it was the “stuff” that recorded when someone took an e-learning course and recorded quiz results. If you created an e-learning course using software like Adobe Captivate or Articulate, then you could publish SCORM and upload to an LMS. The last major update to SCORM was in 2004.
Tin-Can API is the next evolution of the clunky and rigid SCORM specification. Tin-Can records learning in the form of “Action Statements”… For example: “John passed guitar 101″, or “Anna read Business Ethics”. These statements are sent to what is called a Learning Record Store, or “LRS”.
How We Use Tin-Can API
With Tin-Can API, you will be able to capture various activities of your users at levels of detail never seen before in traditional learning management systems. LearnDash is implementing Tin-Can API in a variety of ways, including:
- Learning Record Store via Advanced Distributive Learning and SaltBox
- Launching of Tin-Can Courses via GrassBlade integration
Learning Record Store
NOTE: In order to generate Tin-Can statements, you must publish your e-learning courses to the Tin-Can standard.
A Learning Record Store (LRS) is a place where learning statements are stored. An LRS is a new system that was the result of Tin-Can API. When Tin-Can API statements are created, they are sent to an LRS. The LRS acts as a repository for these learning statements.
Data stored in an LRS are in the form of activity statements and contain a noun, verb, and object. These statements are configured ahead of time by the content creator. Many Rapid E-Learning software programs enable developers to easily setup action statements for their courses. When setting up the statements, the developer must specify a destination where they should be stored – and that location is referred to as an LRS.
LearnDash has a fully functional learning record store to store your Tin-Can statements by integrating WaxLRS by SaltBox. You can use this LRS to run comprehensive reports on your users’ learning activities.
After purchase and installation of the LearnDash plugin, you will have the option to create a free account in WaxLRS from your WordPress backend. With this account you can receive up to 2,000 statements absolutely free every single month!
Click here to read more about Saltbox and WaxLRS.
Easily Launch Tin Can Courses
If you are using a rapid elearning development software, such as Articulate Storyline, you can use the GrassBlade integration to launch your courses by simply inserting a shortcode. Your course will then send statements to the learning record store that you specify – it’s that simple!
Want even more out of your Tin-Can integration? Next Software Solutions offers a Pro Version of GrassBlade packed with additional features, and all LearnDash customers get exclusive pricing for the Pro version.