Update: The Output of Project Tin Can is Experience API.

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Instructors/Others Need To Observe/Interact During Training

E-learning has been a very solitary experience. You take your course or test, then you get evaluated.

The Tin Can API opens up new possibilities by getting out of the way and letting activity developers create new ways of interaction between learners and instructors.

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What are the use cases?

  • A teacher can grade essays and leave comments/suggestions during the writing process
  • An instructor can observe a simulation and adjust the scenario on the fly
  • Learners’ behaviors can be observed more closely, allowing for optimization of content
  • Instructors can give near real-time feedback on answers without having to give a grade
  • Teachers can leave comments during courses/tests to clear up confusion that learners might have
  • Chat/video chat between instructors and learners during activities

It should be noted that activities/content need to provide the above capabilities, and then use the Tin Can API to track them in an LRS.

What are your thoughts on the new capabilities that the Tin Can API opens up in the area of observing/interacting during training?

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Did we achieve what you wanted with this feature?

  • Excuse my rambling. I hope I’m not off topic. The notion of Asynchronous vs synchronous for grading and feedback is a good question. It depends on the context; formally or informally. I teach Web Design and Multimedia Design as an Assistant Professor for Nashville State Community College. We use an LMS called Desire2Learn. Before Desire2Learn we used WebCT. Who knows what other LMS we’ll use in the future. Migration to a new LMS is a pain in the neck. But I digress.

    TBR (Tennessee Board of Regents) wants instruction in a closed environment. Enrollment in D2L is tied to Banner (A college management system). Our IT folks want to control access to that environment. So, in the “formal” environment, the LMS controls, attendance, grading, “official” feedback etc. It is all asynchronous to a degree. Students must complete weekly assignments in that week. It works better for students that work, and have family obligations – which is the vast majority of our students. Since we need to archive the forum discussions, the assignments, the projects, the email, the grades, etc. We prefer everything be in a captive environment. We need to be able to document student performance for our accreditation and in case a student issue arises.

    As an online instructional developer, creating content is always a challenge. We have to teach 5 classes a semester, grade, advise, be active in committees, bla bla bla. So time is always an issue.

    We get content from Cengage, but there is still a lot of manual tweaking to get it to work. I often use outside resources and have toyed with the idea of creating my own for public consumption beyond a blog article. I think it is where eLearning is going. There is already so much “content” on the web. What I bring to the table is advising, assessment, feedback, and a credential; all based on the notion that I’m connected with the community and know what is needed. Isn’t that really what we educators get paid for?

    I just attended a seminar on assessment and the concept of openbadges (http://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2011/09/15/openbadges/) came up. The discussion was how will degree granting institutions give students course credit for skills that have been acquired through more informal means. It is an ongoing question and a LRS would help in that regard IF the credential is commonly accepted.

    Creating a better mouse trap is great. Integrating feedback and assessment into the SCORM model is great. There is still getting the administration to buy into it. If the instructor is still in control of the data, the information passed between servers is secure, and the progress of a student can be documented and archived, there is hope for it being used in higher-ed. I hope this was of some value in this discussion.

  • This is very exciting. Finally a solution that can be build around the pedagogy and not the other way around.

  • thank you for sharing USE CASES, API and other information during training.