Ali Shahrazad COO of SaltBox Services stops by Mojocat Studios to talk about what is going on with Experience API better known as Project Tin Can. I am hearing some great stories of how organizations are starting to explore the use of this new emerging standard to track learning.
I have captured several great conversations on video following the progress of Project Tin Can. These conversations are with people that are involved with this important project in various capacities. This next iteration of SCORM is reshaping the future of how we look at learning. I have created the following play list on YouTube. The first video titled “The Tin Can API – SCORM could do more” created by Rustici Software then I move on to my interviews. Watching this entire play list would be great way to get familiar with the project.
I am planning on conducting a few more interviews at the end of the month at DevLearn in Las Vagas.
When one of my piano students shows up for a lesson I am immediately interested in what they did during the week. More specifically, I’m interested in how they did what they did. I want to know how they practiced, not what they practiced – how much hands alone practice, how much repetition, did they use the metronome? count aloud? practice perform? There is one piece of data that I could take or leave – time at the piano. It’s just not that important to me. All my students ask me how long they should practice every day. My goal is to help them understand that this is the wrong question.
Elearning environments will soon consider how the learner has interacted with material. It will then predict what the learner will want to do next instead of simply keeping track of the boolean “has X been completed?”. It might suggest reading material based on the titles of previously-read material. It also might suggest a good short lesson plan based on previous session times. Predictive learning can react wisely when it asks, unemotionally, things like, “how long are you planning on staying?” and “would you like some reading suggestions?”
The human teacher has the advantage and disadvantage of being emotional. It’s obviously nice to connect with students on a human level, but emotions can cloud judgement of what should probably come next. I know I get tired of reinforcing habits in my piano students – so I skip something or omit telling them to keep their fingers in a certain position – even though they need to hear it again – because I’m human and forgetful sometimes. An LMS could potentially sense emotion – “John hates these articles because he spent only 7 seconds on them and his rate of reading is 80 words per minute when he’s interested.”
This is one reason I’m jazzed to see the Tin Can API solutions people come up with. What can we do with this new potential for information? The guys at SaltBox seem to be mildly obsessed with this and I can’t wait to see their solutions up close. Beyond a large-scale solution, I think there are lots of small applications this could be used for. If you have come up with something – I’m dying to see examples in action. I’ll be trying it out myself soon in little micro projects.
With tool makers like Lectora and Articulate on-board with #tincanapi it is time to start paying attention. Everyday I hear of another company that is jumping in. Is your organization ready? It’s a game changer. Companies need to start looking at building a learning technology road-map so they don’t get left in the dust. We now have new ways of understanding how and what people are learning. You can look at real data for learning outside an LMS. But don’t take my word for it – join the conversation.
A good place to start is my conversations with Aaron Silvers of ADL and Tim Martin of Rustici at LSCon 2012. Then follow my interviews with Ali and Russell of SaltBox. Saltbox jumped on board early with Project Tin Can. Russell has been an active contributor in refining Tin Can. Saltbox has created some technology to record statements from the Tin Can API called an LRS or Learning Record Store. Saltbox has developed Wax LRS, a Learning Record Store with analytics using the Tin Can API.. Project Tin Can really made a big show at mLearnCon 2012 by creating a special area dedicated to Project Tin Can called Tin Can Alley. Several companies showed support and jumped on board. Companies like Float Mobile Leaning with their release of Tappestry, a social learning app that is first to hit the market place leveraging Tin Can. Tin Can created quite a buzz. One of the things I like about the eLearning Guild is they really showcase current trends and technologies. They have their eye on the ball as they say.
Last week I conducted a few follow up interviews with my friends at Saltbox. Saltbox is located downtown Seattle and is part of SURF Incubator and collaborative work space for startu-ups. Check out my conversations with @alishahrazad & @fugu13 of @saltboxservices about what is going on with the next iteration of SCORM.
My interview with Russell Duhon CTO Saltbox Services
My Interview with Ali Shahrazad Co-Founder Saltbox Services
There has been a lot of discussions on Protect Tin Can lately. One of the big questions has been about adoption. Will the major tool vendors embrace and join in. Aaron Silvers of ADL has helped build a community committed to change. Not to mention the hard work of Rustici Software has done kicking it off. There where several new apps announced at mLearnCon 2012 created that will support this new version of SCORM. Companies like Float Mobile Learning with Tappestry or my friends at Saltbox with their Wax Learning Record Store. More are announced every day. I think/hope we are seeing a shift in learning and development as we re-evaluate at how we look at what works in today’s world of social, informal and mobile. Some big opportunities here.
Most people that know me would agree that I am a big fan of Lectora by Trivantis. I have used this tool for rapid development for almost seven years now. Wow where did all that time go? I am currently working on some Captivate to Lectora course conversions so they will work on an iPad. I am very happy with how I have been able to recreate the interactions using Actions in Lectora. We can talk more about that in a future post.
I was pleased when I received this press release in my inbox. I can’t wait to get in there and see what I can do. Congratulations to my friends at Trivantis you are awesome!
Recently Float launched a new app for social learning. The app is called Tappestry. It hit app store just in time to be a center point of the conversation at mLearnCon 2012. Tappestry is the first true mobile first app to hit the market but it is also the first application based on the next iteration of SCORM called Project Tin Can. If you don’t know what that is you should take a look at the interviews I did with Aaron Silvers and Tim Martin. Or this interview with Ali Shahrazad and Russell Duhon of Saltbox.
I am very proud that I work with such a creative company with some very talented people. If you would like to know more about Tappestry David Kelly does a great job in his blog titled Exploring Tappestry.
Or you can also jump right in and download the app for free and start sharing what you learn. Download