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What is “Project Tin Can?”

posted Jan 10, 2011, 6:35 AM by   [ updated Jan 10, 2011, 8:09 AM ]

by Ben Clark (Rustici Software): Ben Clark became involved in e-Learning through his work and eventual lead role on SumTotal System's SCORM implementation. Since then he has contributed to the evolution of SCORM through vocal and pragmatic participation in the ADL Technical Working Group. Recently he has joined Rustici Software, where he has worked on developing the LETSI Runtime Web Services. He is currently working as an investigator on "Project Tin Can".

Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) is doing something that goes beyond the interoperable capabilities of the Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM).  That something is ADL’s Future Learning Experience Project.

A few months ago, Rustici Software was granted an opportunity by ADL to conduct a key research project to explore a path forward for a modern communication framework that reaches beyond the SCORM. This is what we’re calling “Project Tin Can.” It’s the first effort launched in support of the Future Learning Experience Project.

ADL recognized that there is a need to develop new technology and support evolving design models in support of “Future Learning Experiences.” The work we’ll do through Rustici Software will feed directly into the development of the next generation of e-learning practices, design patterns and new specifications.

Project Tin Can supports the Future Learning Experience Project in two distinct ways:
  • We’re leveraging our relationships with Instructional Designers, Content Developers, Product Vendors, Managers and our friends across several industries to ask them questions like “What new and innovative stuff are you doing to train/learn?”, “What’s new that you plan on incorporating?”, and  “What’s on your wish list?” -- in other words, we’re collecting problems to be solved and use-cases that should be supported.
  • We’re going to use the results of this research to prototype an “Experience API”.
Are we building the next SCORM? No, we’re not. We’re helping ADL explore what will be the next big thing beyond SCORM, and we’re pretty excited to be part of it.

For this project to be successful, we need help from people like YOU: people who care about learning and use technologies (not just SCORM-based technologies) to train, lead, collaborate, educate, teach, develop, learn and know. We need to talk about how you use it in your day-to-day lives, how you share with others, how different tools help you in different ways.

There are two ways you can help:
  1. Go check out “Project Tin Can”, and particularly, look at the ideas that are already flowing. Offer your ideas and vote on those of others so that we solve problems people actually care about.
  2. Sign up for a one-on-one interview. Our goal is to speak with at least 100 people individually about Project Tin Can and we would love for you to be one of them.
Or, just email, call, or tweet…whatever is most convenient for you.

This is your opportunity to dream. Beyond what an LMS can do today, how can it be better? How can digital learning be more?

There are a number of ways to reach us and we are eager to learn from you!