Rustici Software, the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative (ADL), and a broad community representing industry, government, and academia are happy to announce that the Tin Can API has been officially released as version 1.0.
Today’s announcement marks a major stable release of a specification that synthesizes years of experience drawn from previous standards and enables many platforms to communicate in a common data format to track learning experiences. Work on the Tin Can API began almost three years ago.
The Tin Can API is an evolution of SCORM, a previous standard managed by ADL. Tin Can allows experiences of all kinds to be tracked using statements of a simple <subject> <verb> <object> form (e.g., “I did this”) that are then stored in a well-specified learning record store (LRS). Records of these learning activities are no longer confined to a single learning management system (LMS). Reporting systems can be granted access to all of the statements and can report against any combination of actors, verbs, and objects that they choose.
“We spent the past decade surrounded by e-learning geeks,” said Rustici Software President Mike Rustici. “We think we’ll spend the next decade surrounded by K-12, teachers, mobile developers, web developers, universities, government, education technology, MOOCs, games, and an array of real-world use cases we can’t even imagine yet. These are especially exciting times for anyone who ever heard the acronyms SCORM or AICC.”
In conjunction with the release of the open Tin Can standard, all of Rustici Software’s products fully support the 1.0 specification, as well as offering backward compatibility with the beta versions of the API. Engine, Rustici’s flagship product, even allows real-time conversion of SCORM to Tin Can.
Tools that support the 1.0 specification today[a]:
New in Tin Can API version 1.0:
A launch party is also planned. Come celebrate this milestone with the community on Twitter, Wednesday, 5/1 at 2:30 EST. Just follow the #tincanapi hashtag, and join the party.
Rustici Software is a software company based in Franklin, Tenn., USA.