Elearning – Project Tin Can Will Potentially Change Learning


Like much of today’s learning, 90% of learning events occur  outside an eLearning course or in an instructor-led classroom event. They occur in an informal environment. Project Tin Can, the next iteration of SCORM, can capture and track these informal items as learning events.

What makes Tin Can so unique? It goes beyond the types of data we receive from traditional eLearning. It allows you to track activities you may have previously thought weren’t trackable.

Essentially, Tin Can is really a series of simple statements. It delivers data to you in a Noun, Verb, Object format. For example, Steve is a new member of the support team. Maybe Steve performed these items:

  • Steve attended “Client Support Essentials” with an attendance rate of 100%.
  • Steve passed “Client Support Written Test” with a score of 92%.
  • Steve completed “Client Support call” with a result of “success”.

These items are reported to a Learning Record Store (LRS). That LRS reports to the Learning Management System or the organization’s reporting tool. This LRS can be stored on a learners PC or mobile device. As such, this change in structure has an incredible opportunity to change learning.

Here are some changes you can expect to see in how you track learning activities.

  1. Bring big data and eLearning together in ways that were never before possible.
  2. Get a clearer picture of training ROI than ever before… by tracking more than ever before.
  3. Unchain the power of mobile devices.
  4. Learning games move from a fun trend… to a practical necessity.
  5. Employees can more easily justify their value by directly tying eLearning they complete to job performance.

To read more about these five items, here is a link to the full article:




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5 Responses to “Elearning – Project Tin Can Will Potentially Change Learning”

  1. JD Dillon (@JD_Dillon) Says:

    I’m excited about Tin Can for a variety of reasons. However, the 2 biggest benefits for me are …
    1) Personalization of learning – with the ability to acknowledge and report on informal learning experiences (ex: reading books, participating in social media, etc.), we can more effectively customize formal training to the needs of the individual.
    2) Transferability of learning – with a personal LRS, an individual can take their learning history with them from job to job. Rather than requiring a complicated, formal certification or wasting time repeating training on topics they have already mastered, the employee can provide selective access to their LRS to justify their learning needs.

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