The Tin Can API Forces Some to Rethink LMS

A learning management system (LMS) is a way to track, report, document and deliver online educational resources. The Tin Can API, provided by SCORM, is attempting to rethink the way that LMSs receive and catalogue information.

The Tin Can API is designed to receive information in logical value statements that summarize the lesson learned. For example, “Tim receives an 87% on the final exam”, is a statement that can be translated into a quantifiable assessment of that lesson. Some believe that this sort of a change is too great a risk. Read what Learndash.com posted on the subject:

“It has been 10 years, give or take, since the last major SCORM update was introduced to the learning community.  SCORM 2004 was a great evolution from 2.1, but can the same be said about the upcoming Tin Can API?  Unfortunately, I think not.”

Is it possible that too much change too quickly will lead to developers looking elsewhere for something that feels more familiar? SCORM obviously believes they can achieve adoption quickly and avoid losing the support of it's community.

The Tin Can API is one of 143 education APIs in the ProgrammableWeb directory.

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