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Yesterday, I hosted a webinar entitled “Rethinking Learning Systems with the Tin Can API”. The attendees had more questions that we could answer during the live webinar, so I’ve posted your questions and my answers here.

Q:   What is TDS?

A: TDS = Training Delivery System.  A new product category with the responsibility to deliver and track learning and training content. Tracking is handled by the Tin Can API. Think of is as an independent SCORM player that can handle pushing out formal structured training that can be launched from anywhere.

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The World Just Changed

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Posted 26 April 2013

 

The floodgates are open. It’s time to celebrate. The Tin Can API, version 1.0, is here today.

It was almost three years ago when ADL asked the e-learning community to help them with research to create a new, simpler, more powerful e-learning standard. E-learning standards are what we do, so of course we jumped at the opportunity.

The result was Project Tin Can, which resulted in the Tin Can API. We wrote the first version of the API, version 0.8, then handed it over to ADL and a vibrant open community.
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I did a webinar for HR.com on April 15th. As usual, the attendees had more questions than could be answered in the allotted time, so I’ve taken posted the questions and answers here.

Q: I love the concept, and would like to break out of the LMS confines and track other external content, but not sure how/where to start

We hear this question a lot. There is so much that Tin Can offers, implementing all of the possibilities is a daunting task. Fortunately it’s easy to start small. In every organization we’ve worked with, it has been easy to identify 3-6 pilot projects that are small in scope, but provide a big impact and lots of visibility. Take on a mobile learning project, or incorporate a game into your training program. Find an area where you can easily measure business performance and correlate training data with improved performance. Consolidate data from several LMS’s into a LRS, or use a TDS to deliver training from anywhere. Feel free to give us a call, we’re happy to help brainstorm the possibilities.
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Tin Can in the Real World – Q&A from the Webinar

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Posted 5 April 2013

 

Attendees of the 4/4/13 “Tin Can in the Real World” webinar had a few questions that we couldn’t get to “on air”, so I’ve answered them here. There’s some good info in here, even if you couldn’t attend the webinar.



Q. Are there best practices for making information user-specific? When Mike was talking about QR codes, how does the individual’s user-specific data get added from a scanner application?

A. At this early point in Tin Can’s life, I’m reticent to call anything a “best” practice yet. There are plenty of “plausible”, “demonstrated”, “functional” and “promising” practices, but it’s too early to know what is “best” yet.

In this particular use case, I would imagine that there is likely an app on the user’s phone that is preconfigured with the user’s identification. The app would likely have been authenticated against the LRS when it was installed, probably using OAuth.

Alternatively, a standard QR code reader could be used that brings up a web browser. When the user is first redirected to the web page providing the training or assessment, the user could be prompted to login with his/her network access credentials.
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Q & A From My 2/26 Training Industry Webinar

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Posted 8 March 2013

 

Attendees of my Training Industry webinar on February 26th had quite a few questions about Tin Can, but I couldn’t get to all of them during the webinar. So, I’ve compiled your questions and I’ve answered them.

Even if you didn’t attend the webinar, you’ll still find lots of good info here.
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