SCORM – AICC – xAPI – TIN CAN
SCORM stands for “Sharable Content Object Reference Model” – a standardized way to package online learning courses so they can be easily moved between learning management systems.
SCORM is a worldwide standard and is a specification of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Initiative, which came from the Office of the United States Secretary of Defence.
SCORM makes e-learning content more portable. AXS2LMS can import any previously created SCORM-compliant courses, so moving from your existing LMS toAXS2LMS doesn’t mean rebuilding your existing SCORM content.
AICC is very similar to SCORM in capability, and is a format which is often used by third party course providers, when distributing their course modules to clients.
xAPI – the Tin Can API, is a more powerful version of the SCORM standard which facilitates increased reporting and offline course taking.
The Tin Can API (sometimes known as the Experience API or xAPI) is a brand new specification for learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about the wide range of experiences a person has (online and offline). This API captures data in a consistent format about a person or group’s activities from many technologies. Very different systems are able to securely communicate by capturing and sharing this stream of activities using Tin Can’s simple vocabulary.
SCORM vs The Tin Can API
SCORM is the most widely used e-learning standard. If an LMS is SCORM conformant, then it can play any SCORM content, and conversely any SCORM content can be played in any SCORM conformant LMS as AXS2LMS. This interoperability makes everybody happy, and saves everyone a lot of time and money.
SCORM has served us well, but it really doesn’t capture the entire picture of e-learning.
Learning is happening everywhere, not just in traditional SCORM courses inside traditional LMSs. The Tin Can API lets you record any learning experience, wherever and however it happens. The Tin Can API gives you the ability to see the whole picture.
“But I have all of this SCORM content…is it useless now?”
No, it’s not. It’s easy to make SCORM content work in a Tin Can system.
Converting SCORM to Tin Can…How do I do it?
The simplest way to use SCORM content in a Tin Can environment is by using SCORM Engine or SCORM Cloud.
What is an LRS ?
The Learning Record Store (LRS) is the heart of any Tin Can ecosystem — receiving, storing and returning data about learning experiences, achievements and job performance. You’ll need an LRS in order to do anything with Tin Can. Every other tool which sends or retrieves learning activity data will interact with the LRS as the central store.
IT’S OBVIOUS THAT AXS2LMS SUPPORTS Tin Can.