- Tin Can Explained
- Tin Can Solutions
Litmos is a web based, SCORM certified LMS that now includes support for the Tin Can API via an installed Learning Record Store. As a Tin Can adopter, Litmos is now able to receive and store Tin Can statements from LMS launched courses, courses launched outside of the LMS, mobile and web apps, other Learning Record Stores and more. Litmos realizes that learning experiences happen everywhere (not just in the LMS) and they want to give their users the ability to easily track these experiences.
This little iOS app packs a power punch in metacognition and informal learning that can have a long reach, because it uses Tin Can. Tappestry encourages people to reflect on their daily experiences to sort out what they did and how they learned from it. The app collects what was learned, photos, people involved, ratings, and categories. It also connects to social networks. Each Tappestry entry creates a Tin Can statement that is sent to our Cloud LRS with the noun, verb, object and extension information for each event.
Learning events in Tappestry are shared among the person’s social connections in the app, or publicly. One use for this is a community of practice, where members are all passionate about the topic and curious to see what activities and content their peers are finding the most valuable. The statements of these events could be shared to any other LRS and analyzed to help the person start learning from where they are, rather than starting from the beginning and repeating information because one system is unaware of the other.
MapDeck aggregates all of the powerpoint slides from all the presentations at a single event, and makes them searchable. It also allows users to choose and order specific slides in an exported ppt deck or html flipbook to create their own personal conference reference deck.
Most of the possible actions in the interface generate Tin Can statements. These statements include searching, selecting, reordering, previewing, creating, and sharing slides. These statements also include whether the user was on a computer or mobile device, a direct reference to each slide involved in the statement, the type of output for the mashed-up deck (HTML or PPT). These statements allow many possibilities for analysis of the person’s journey through the tool as well as which slides and topics held the most interest. Sharing these statements to another LRS can enable the other system to see what information the person has been exposed to and where their interest areas lie to propose better learning options.
For over 15 years, BookOnPublish has been used to create innovative multimedia and interactive digital textbooks including eleven digital editions of the best-selling title, New Perspectives on Computer Concepts. Multimedia textbooks have proven to be both effective and popular with students and instructors, but getting results back to a SCORM-based LMS has always been something of a problem. Tin Can technology eliminates that problem as it makes it possible for LMS/LRS systems to accept results from external activities, including BookOnPublish content running on a publisher’s server, a Mac or PC,or an Android or iOS tablet or smart phone.
BookOnPublish is currently being extended to support delivery of student results to Tin Can compatible LRS systems so students can learn anywhere, anytime, and on almost any device, with results seamlessly delivered to the instructor’s preferred LRS using Tin Can technology.
OnPoint Digital provides an end-to-end solution for content creation, delivery and tracking to workers via virtually any delivery method including online, mobile devices, popular eBook readers, smart TVs and more. Formal learning assignments and informal learning interactions can be accessed via any Internet-connected computer, a mobile web app, or any of their highly customized native mobile app frameworks supporting all market-leading mobile and fixed location computing devices.
OnPoint Digital has worked with ADL and Rustici Software teams for more than a year, helping to shape the use of the Tin Can API especially in the areas of content tracking and informal social interactions. Version 5.0 of the OnPoint Learning & Performance Suite, a full featured LMS/LCMS released in July 2012, extends the functionality of their previous offline SCORM players by adding new Tin Can API support features that can track, trap and manage Tin Can statements spawned from learning content, social interactions and other Tin Can-aware functions. The v5 platform features an integrated Learning Record Store (LRS) as well as new support for Tin Can-based game mechanics reporting using their new gamification feature set.
OnPoint’s CellCast Solution, a leading enterprise mobile learning platform, also offers Tin Can API support for tracking mobile learning activities.
We take ping pong pretty seriously around here. We keep an office-wide “pong ladder” to keep track of the current office rankings. (Tim usually holds the top spot.)
This ladder used to be kept on a white board next to the pong table. Really scientific, huh? Well, over the past few months we decided that we should use the Tin Can API to start tracking our company’s pong results. Whenever a match is finished, the results are entered on a computer, and a Tin Can statement is generated and stored in our public LRS. If you search the public LRS, you’ll find some statements like this: “Chris Tompkins experienced ‘Beating Tj at Rustici PingPong’”.
This is a good example of how one can track “real world” activities with Tin Can.
Now we have a digital record of every pong match that happens. We can query the LRS and see everyone’s entire pong history. We can pick out certain milestones and matches that caused someone to improve. We can see which “training partner” works best in helping a specific person improve their skills.