ELearning Standards: Where Are We Now?

A topic we get a lot of questions about at Brandon Hall Group is eLearning standards. We are all relatively familiar with SCORM and its variants, but the advent of the Tin Can API, or Experience API, or xAPI, has sparked the majority of the inquiries.

First off, let’s address the name. When the project started, it was called the Tin Can API as a working title. By the time the developers got around to giving it a proper name – Experience API – Tin Can had stuck. In fact, the home page for the standard is still www.tincanapi.com. So there are three names floating around out there, but they all refer to the same thing.

To help clear the confusion, I’ve put together a quick reference to the available standards, as well as what it coming in the near future. For a more in-depth look at Tin Can, what it is, what it isn’t and what it does, visit the web pages referenced above. Brandon Hall Group will also be participating in a webinar at 11 am ET Thursday, Oct. 15, that will look at how Tin Can is able to help measure new forms of learning to feed analytics.

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