A web-based learning experience is an opportunity for businesses to move their training online. While many organizations already use cloud-based LMSs, the online learning industry has evolved, bringing us the Tin Can-compliant LMS.

Whether your company is already using an LMS, or you are planning to move your training to a digital platform, there are some things you need to know if you want to avoid making the wrong decision.

What is Tin Can API?

Also known as experience application programming interface (API) or xAPI, Tin Can is a software specification designed to provide insight into detailed test results and other activities. It uses a learning record store (LRS) to store data regarding a course, content outside of the course, the users and their behavior. Since it uses a simple yet intuitive structure (noun, verb, object) to store information, it makes it easy to transition between different platforms. Many experts say that Tin Can is the next step in the online learning evolution.

Do you want to use content outside of your LMS?

With an LMS powered by Tin Can API, you can use the Tin Can benefit outside of the LMS platform, enabling you to extend learning opportunities to content that you or somebody else created. When a student or an employee uses content outside of an LMS, Tin Can tracks his or her activity and sends it to the LRS, which then sends it to the LMS. It is as if the content were inside of the LMS itself.

Do you want to track learning experiences outside of a web browser?

An LMS powered by Tin Can API provides limitless possibilities for course creators. Do you want to track the learning experience of offline users? Are you planning to expand learning to mobile platforms?

Tin Can API works on the logic that e-learning happens everywhere and is driven by learners. For example, with Tin Can API, you can record that John watched a YouTube video, Jack read a book, Sean visited a webpage and Nicole participated in a simulation.

Do you need better control of course and training content?

With Tin Can API, you don’t need to stick with browser-based technologies to build courses. Choose the platform that you find most useful, and make the content that your learners find the most engaging. You won’t lose any data, since you can track any action a course participant takes.

With Tin Can, you can easily track and record blended, informal and offline learning as well as work performance.

Do you want to truly go mobile?

We live in an age where we are all reliant on tablets and smartphones, and a great majority of learners study on the go. With Tin Can, you can track any learning that happens on mobile devices and store it on your LRS, which forwards this information to your LMS so that you can use it to gain insights into relevant metrics and in-depth analysis. Tin Can-compliant LMSs allow users to start the course on one device, continue it on a second and finish it on a third without the loss of data.

Tin Can-compliant LMSs are a scalable solution that offers numerous opportunities when it comes to extending training. The ability to track and store learning experience across platforms can help your organization educate customers, partners and employees. If your business goals and needs align with the features and benefits of a Tin Can-compliant LMS, you should definitely consider it as a new opportunity for your business to grow.