It is a well-known fact that learning is a continuous process. Acquisition of knowledge and skills extends beyond formal training sessions. The developers of training technology have tried to evolve a specification that could track learning in all its forms.
Their efforts have culminated in the development of the latest paradigm in the world of training, Experience API. This “successor” to SCORM is incorporated with various features absent in the earlier specifications for learning technology. This brand new innovation is seen as a giant leap forward in the acquisition of knowledge and skills because of the following reasons:
Learning is extended beyond the realm of the LMS
Before the advent of Tin Can API, as Experience API is otherwise known, organizations could track learning experiences only when the trainee was logged into the LMS. Training, other than the courses in the LMS, could not be tracked.
Corporate training is no longer constrained by the LMS. Learning can begin anywhere and end anywhere. The trainee has the freedom to learn on the device of his choice at the place of his convenience.
Informal learning is effectively tracked
It is common knowledge that most learning in organizations is informal. In most cases, employees acquire the much needed job-skills by interacting with their colleagues. Most workers use the Internet to collect required information and improve their knowledge.
Experience API could be used to track informal learning efficiently. Innovations such as Tappestry, Tin Can Bookmarklet, Android book scanner app and so on help track this learning that is an integral part of our lives.
Companies could exploit the potential of learning games
Games help make learning fun. Modern technological developments facilitate incorporation of games into training programs, which makes learning a pleasure.
Using Tin Can API, organizations could efficiently track learning through games. It helps unleash their power and make acquisition of knowledge and skills interactive and joyful.
Social learning could be effectively used
Man is a social animal. We all learn better when we interact with our peers. Social media facilitate efficient exchange of ideas and information. It is therefore not surprising that many organizations wish to track the social learning experiences of their personnel.
Experience API can efficiently track social learning, thanks to a format called Activity Streams. Workers could utilize the repository of collective knowledge of the industry created as a result of sharing experiences and best practices to learn new ways of solving their problems.
It is now easy to track the learning of teams
Tin Can API allows efficient tracking of collaborative learning efforts of teams. The trainees need not be in one place and they do not need to experience the learning at the same instance of time.
Learning statements such as “Safety team 1 has successfully completed OSHA training” could be sent to a Learning Record Store. Thus, Experience API facilitates tracking of learning activities of teams.
Experience API is the key that opens the door to revolutionary developments in the field of learning. Authoring tools such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate 7 have made their products compatible with Experience API, while developers like Lectora have pledged that their learning solutions would support this incredible specification. Widely used Learning Management Systems such as Moodle are compatible with Tin Can API, while Blackboard is making its Learn platform compatible to Tin Can API. Saba has released a product called People Cloud that supports Experience API.
This novel creation by ADL extends the frontiers of training and helps provide a “wholistic” picture of learning. What do you think of this remarkable specification for learning technology that is capable of tracking learning activities of all kinds? Do share your views.