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ATD Tin Can Basics Webinar Q&A

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Categories: Best Practices, Events, Ideas, LRS, Tin Can

Posted 12 September 2014


On 9/11/14,  we hosted a webinar for the Columbus chapter of ATD, and as usual,  the attendees had more questions that we could answer during the live webinar, so we’ve posted the questions and the answers here.


Q: With which SCORM versions is Tin Can API compliant?

A: None of them. Tin Can is a completely new standard. You can use Tin Can to do many of the same things you could do with SCORM, but the technical implementation behind the scenes is very different. The question is akin to asking “is streaming video compatible with VHS or Betamax?”. They are very different technologies, but any movie you watched on video tape can also be watched on streaming video and streaming video allows you to do much, much more.


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AT&T / Watershed Webinar Q&A

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Categories: Adopters, LRS, Tin Can, Use Cases

Posted 28 August 2014


On 8/27/14,  I hosted a webinar alongside Larla Bogle and James Merrill from AT&T entitled “How AT&T is Using Tin Can to Enhance Compliance Training”. The attendees had more questions that we could answer during the live webinar, so we’ve posted the questions and the answers here.

Q: Why did you need Tin Can instead of SCORM 1.2 or SCORM 2004?
Q: What did Tin Can allow you to do that SCORM 1.2 or 2004 couldn’t?

Tin Can enables us to collect data from many different systems (not just traditional e-learning experiences in an LMS). In addition to the Nexlearn simulation, this project also tracked data from a video platform, an intranet site, surveys and assessment tools.



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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Categories: Adopters, Announcements, Events, News, Spec Effort, Standards, Tin Can

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.


I did a webinar for 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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