New SCORM standard: I (Actor/Agent) Did (Verb) This (Activity) #TinCanApi

Scorm is finally going to catch up with the current times. This evening I attended a webinar by ADL: the new standard (project TinCan) kickoff. The ADL will launch it in June.

TinCan focuses on capturing activities: I (Actor/Agent) Did (Verb) This (Activity) and the ‘I’, the ‘Did’ and the ‘Activity’ can be almost anything. The ‘I’ can be something like a person, a group, a community. The ‘Did’ for example can be a learning experience, an assessment or a social media activity. The ‘This’ can be any activity that has a learning experience.

Instead of a LMS will will get a LRS; a Learning Record Store. Here you can record all your learning activities. These activities are no longer limited to you. The ‘I’ can also be a group or a community.

This will have a big impact on (e-)Learning. The next step is the adoption of the standard by authoring tools and LMS. This will take some time, so there will not be an effect on the learning activities in the short term. But this effect will be visible in 2013. The most important thing is that it is finally here. This standard will enable next generation e-learning for a lot of people. For more details see  the presentation, it contains links to even more detailed information.

I’m not a standard specialist. Up til now standards represented boundaries for me, boundaries we could not cross. This standard will challenge us, giving us the ability to really create next generation learning experiences in real and virtual live, by individuals or groups, across applications and devices. Maybe a small step for mankind, but a giant leap for e-Learning!


  1. It’s about time. Making the LRS portable (think OPML) could make learning records valuable beyond any given organization. If standardized and secured, a portable LRS could be a key development in the learning revolution.

    “I (Actor/Agent) Did (Verb) This (Activity)” – the theory of relativity for elearning!

    Thanks for the post.


  2. […] But there is more. XAPI is short for ‘eXperience API’. An API is a technique that allows software to exchange information. XAPI is not created to capture formal learning results, it is meant to exchange and capture learning experiences. That makes a big difference. When you are performing a task for the first time, you will learn. That is something that happens in the real world and not within the boundaries of a LMS. SCORM cannot help you here, but XAPI can. It allows the learner to record this learning experience and the result. It is stored in a database that is called a Learning Record Store (LRS).  XAPI reports through statements that have a specific structure: I (actor) did (verb) this (activity). So a statement could be: Kasper Spiro wrote a post on XAPI. In fact I did and you can read it here. […]


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