The World Just Changed

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.

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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.

Today it looks like a few guys in Nashville, TN (and a few stragglers up North) managed to transform our slice of the world.

Learning isn’t going to be tracked the same way that it has been. You want to know more about learners than just “someone completed a course” or “someone scored 98% on an test”. You want to be able to track activities that take place outside of an LMS, like serious games, mobile apps, group projects, conferences, simulations and so much more. You want to be able to correlate real-world performance with training data. And, you want all of this learning and performance data to live in one system.

The Tin Can API makes all of this a reality.

Already about 60 products/companies have adopted beta versions of the spec. Now is the time when the rest of the industry joins in.