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


Verb Variation

How do we set the standard for the verbs that are used in statements? Is a test completed or finished? Did John read chapter 1 or study chapter 1?

scorm tin can verb variation

In the context of e-learning, completed and finished mean practically the same thing, but for reporting purposes, they’re completely different. With the Tin Can API, we’re able to group certain verbs that mean the same thing and assign different logical results for them.

We’ve created some to use, but we can’t think of every verb that will need to be used in every scenario.

Here is what we’ve come up with:

Verb Result
experienced, read, watched, studied, reviewed, learned completion
attempted, performed, played, simulated, answered completion, success, score, (interaction details)
completed, passed, failed special
interacted (interaction details)
achieved completion, success, score, (interaction details)
attended completion
taught (by), mentored (by) completion
commented comment
asked question
created, authored, wrote, edited, blogged, shared, posted completion, success, score

Where do we go from here?

The verbs and results that we’ve put forward are the only ones that are usable right now. We’re aware that this list will grow when it needs to, and the long-term plan is for there to be a governing body that handles all verbs, verb variations, and their results.

Do you have any thoughts on how the Tin Can API should handle verb variation? Leave your comments and thoughts below.

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