The Tin-Can Calamity: RESOLVED!
A few weeks ago I wrote about the ongoing difficulties this project was having with SCORM protocol, specifically the new Tin-Can API that is on the cusp of changing the industry (albeit slowly). Nonetheless, this whole endeavor has been a thorn in our side, until now! I am happy to say that the Tin-Can API, specifically the Learning Record Store (or LRS) will be integrated into the initial release of LearnDash!
For those of you who don’t care either way, then I can see how this news isn’t all that revolutionary. Let me put it another way.
Today anyone can build a program and say, “this is an LMS” – and in many respects it probably is, but if it lacks SCORM standards, then the learning industry doesn’t view it as a truly valid LMS. Being a Learning & Collaboration consultant, I was having a hard time justifying bringing something to the market that lacked these standards. Of all the features I was interested in, this was probably the one that I cared about the most.
Which is why it pained me a while ago to report that we were considering releasing the first version without SCORM/Tin-Can. We had hit a dead end but knew that we still had something of great value to those of you who don’t necessarily care about the standardization. I’m so glad that I wrote my original post. As a result, we were flooded with people offering tips, advice, help, and resources, and after sifting through it all we finally found a way forward – one that includes Tin-Can API for the initial release.
As always, feel free to ask any questions or leave comments.