Are you looking at creating learning experiences that are more organic, fluid and fun? Well, that’s exactly what Tin Can API (also known as the Experience API or xAPI) ensures. The API or Application Programming Interface has the potential to free the design of learning from constraints of technology, context and a silo-mentality. Tin Can enabled eLearning can converge diverse approaches, devices and contexts to deliver transformative learning experiences - both for the learner and the sponsor of learning.
Also, Tin Can has the ability to track learning anywhere… not only formal face-to-face learning but also informal and social learning. Hence, designers can cherry pick the best quality resources wherever available. They can also effectively blend online and offline interventions to create and assemble learning experiences that are more personal, interconnected and diverse. Hence, the course design can move from Open Learning Resources, Academia, Peer-to-Peer learning, one-on-one interactions with a colleague, to work portfolios, community projects or collaborations in MOOC hangouts.
With Tin Can, designers can use open content resources and other high quality, free online resources to create courses and instruct learners. Educators and designers can use open content initiatives, creative commons, Udacity, Coursera, EdX, Wikieducator and multiple other resources to put together content for their courses. This will give the learners access to a variety of learning resources and formats while in turn bringing down the costs of content creation in custom learning courses.
Essentially, Tin Can API is a Web-based learning technology that allows learning content and systems to communicate with each other. Subsequently, it records & tracks all types of learning experiences, and the results are stored securely in a Learning Record Store (LRS). The LRS, which is a repository, records them and shares them with other LRSs or LMSs as the case maybe.
In short, the API has the potential to transform learning design. However, this will require not just new technologies but also a new mindset. Learning professionals and the industry will need to work collaboratively to help evolve this technology. Learning designers too can take the lead by designing and creating solutions that exploit the potential of this new technology for the benefit of the learner.
To know more about Tin Can API, please refer our White Paper.