Ah, vinyl. What does this fine piece of equipment do? It plays music.Where? The living room of a 1980’s home.It’s better than Pavarati. It’s portable. It’s plays at the same quality every time. You know what you’re getting.You can house many LPs in your library, not so with Pavarati. And they eat less.When you go shopping for it, you don’t have to think about whether it will work on YOUR machine. It just works. Mostly.Talk about standards and WHY the record played well at everyone’s house
SCORM is much like the record player but there aren’t pretty pictures of itFor it’s time, it was state of the artIt accomplished certain things really well Produce content once, play many times reusability Buy from any vendor and it works, mostly interoperability10 years of successMany business built around it – including oursTalk about standards here, specific to SCORM Packaging Runtime API
SCORM’s API matters to you, precisely because it IS a limitationOne lonely learnerInteracting with one monolithic LMSAlways in the browser
Let’s go back to the record player…It was great, yes. We were much better off. We were happy.(Mention David Wilcox song everyone can fly)What we didn’t know then, but we do now:Quality was less than idealThe media won’t fit in your pocketNo remote controlIt only plays in your living roomCrazy things we hadn’t even conceivedWhat if the whole player could fit in your pocket?Why do I have to go to a store to get this stuff?What if it could work in your car?Could we just stream it from somewhere?What if it could show us images too?We didn’t yet know what to ask for
ADL – governing body for SCORM and a DoD agency AskedUs, Rustici Software, a provider of SCORM services, to go to the communityAndFigure out what comes next
So we went to the people who would know – our communityAnd we askedThe feedback was fascinating and deepLong form interviews with 75 people103 white papers submitted to LETSI (apologize for the alphabet soup)Piles of feedback via User VoiceWe even took some direction from the folks who funded it (ADL)150 LMS providers and 150 content vendors who are Rustici Software customersIt was, after all, a two way conversation (hence the name, Tin Can)
A draft version of the specificationPrototypesAnd more feedback
Noun – verb – objectEnglish is readable.Anyone can follow what this means.And it can say SO MUCH.You’ve seen this before (next slide)
Facebook uses this structureIt comes from Activity Streams, a piece of work done on the Open Web Federation including Google and Facebook
The combination of two fundamental changes Webservices APISentence structureOpens a world of possibility let’s talk about that
A collection of the new and the awesome
The loudest message we heard was this. SIMPLIFY IT PLEASEWe took the following goal for the activity provider: 8 pages and 8 hours to an implementation.We’re trying.(LRSs will still be more complicated.)
Does anyone recognize this? Where do you play this game?Mobile launched experiences (no browser requirement)Imagine all the things that you do on your phone that might be worth reporting learning from?Instapaper is a favorite app of mine.Inkling/IbooksRecipe app?What about a treasure hunt?
If this looks like greek to you, it’s because it is, or, well, Finnish at least.The JS piece of SCORM creates a real limitation you don’t want to explore. It’s called Cross Domain scripting, and it means that every piece of content has to be served from the LMS itself. Think of all the great things out there on the internet!YouTubeKhan AcademyBrainpopWhen you go to learn, you go to the web, not the LMS.
CPR dummiesWhat kind of statements might they make?Why couldn’t an xbox make a statement? Would a simulation like World of Warcraft have any stories to tell?How about Flight Simulator?
Has anyone learned anything new today? During the conversation?Does your LMS know that?Would the fact that you attended a conference be significant?Listen, I know that being the mayor is important, but do you think we could find interesting patterns from where people are checking in? And how it relates to what they’re learning?
For a long time, the travelling salesperson has been a foremost concern for disconnection. How can I train my salesperson about the new drug he needs to sell when he’s on the plane!?I get calls for a disconnected SCORM player all the time, but it’s hard.We’re starting to play with solutions for more extreme disconnected scenarios too? How could you collect learning data from a class in Africa that has computers but limited bandwidth?
Authored, taught, mentored, gradedWhen you’re offered an unlimited set of verbs, the things you can express are, well, unlimited.Note: In the current version of Tin Can, we’re going to support a limited collection of verbs. We don’t want you all going crazy right away. But the structure is there to support so much more.
SCORM provides no method for learning management systems to talk to each other.Present a scenario where a learner progresses through systems throughout his lifeElementary schoolHigh schoolCollegeFirst employerBusiness schoolA lifelong expression of experience
The time has come to remove the shackles that SCORM has imposed
The time has come for you guys to design broader experiences without limitations.PureSafety story. What might the broader experience of teaching someone to drive a forklift look like? Safety trainingProctored test?Actual driving test?Discussion with a mentor who had previously had an accident?Accident reports recorded in the same way?It all builds to this:Tin Can offers a vocabulary by which experiences can be recorded. Experiences of many different types. And those experiences can be related to outcomes.Imagine a hospital mitigating riskOr a salesperson mimicing the behavior of the best sales person?Start to design YOUR expereiences
ADL is doing real things right nowIn 2011, they followed 5 projectsIn 2012, this is the path forwardWeekly public meetings starting last Thursday, April 5, continuing todayExpected June releasetincan.adlnet.gov
You have somewhere to play with this stuff right now.beta.projecttincan.com
2012 ASTD Project Tin Can – Tim Martin
Tim Martin – Rustici Software – firstname.lastname@example.org - @timpmartin