The advent of Tin Can API has ushered in a new era of corporate training. This brand new paradigm in the world of learning technology is the key to open the door to new learning possibilities.
This new specification contains several radical features, which help organizations to perform the following functions:
Collect the details of learning in a comprehensive manner
Often, training managers wish to know the details of the results of the assessments related to corporate learning modules. This helps them understand the performance of the trainees better and improve future training programs.
Experience API (xAPI), as Tin Can API is otherwise known, could be used to collect the detailed learning experiences of the employee. This could be very useful in determining whether the employee is ready to perform the job.
Track the scores of multiple tests
Trainers often conduct a pretest to assess the knowledge of the learner prior to the delivery of the course. The result of this test could be compared to that of a posttest, conducted after the completion of the course, to ascertain the impact of learning.
Tin Can API could be used to efficiently track the scores of pretests as well as posttests. This ability to track the scores of multiple tests, absent in SCORM, goes a long way in imparting better instruction.
Unleash the power of analytics
Experience API helps developers of learning content evaluate its effectiveness. This assessment could prove invaluable in improving the instruction. This latest development in learning technology facilitates the measurement of the usage of the content, providing insights into its efficiency in engaging the trainees.
The use of Learning Record Store (LRS) by xAPI helps move beyond the LMS. It extends the frontiers of learning analytics as Tin Can API facilitates the development of powerful software that could access training data from various LRS. This software could be integrated with complex BI tools, which generate reports that cater to the diverse needs of different departments.
Assess the usefulness of training
Training is meaningless if it does not improve performance. It is now possible to evaluate the usefulness of training in improving job performance because xAPI helps the organization to synergize the employee performance data with the learning data.
Tin Can API uses a format called Activity streams, which effectively captures the worker’s learning activities as well as his activities in the organization. This could help efficiently determine the impact of training on the performance of the employee. For instance, consider the following activity stream.
- Software Quality Analyst Chris completed “Identification of defects in the application” eLearning module
- Software Quality Analyst Chris identified 6 out of the 10 defects in the application
From the above activity stream, it could be identified that Chris had a success rate of 60%. These activity streams could be used to calculate the ROI on corporate learning by measuring the efficiency of training programs.
Organizations that already use an LMS and have well-defined training environment could use the SCORM engine or may opt for a cheaper solution, SCORM cloud. SCORM cloud is already integrated with popular LMS such as Moodle. Companies that do not use an LMS, Watershed LRS could prove useful.
Tin Can API helps firms to impart better training to their personnel and optimize their training budgets. How did you benefit from xAPI? We would love to learn from your experiences.