Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Clark Quinn comes up with the best description thus far of Experience, the SCORM-successor API formerly known as Tin Can: "it’s ridiculously simple: Subject Verb Object: e.g. “I did this”, such as ‘John Doe read Engaging Learning’ but also ‘Jane Doe took this picture’.  And this has interesting implications." Why is this important? It means that interactions with learning management systems (or MOOC systems) will produce what Scott Wilson has been calling 'paradata' (and what I have called, since 2003, '2nd Party metadata'), that is, data produced by the user of a resource in the course of usingit. Quinn argues (correctly):

  • developers need to design ways to record data for every interaction
  • managers need to think of how this new information will inform them
  • designers need to think of ways to take advantage of this richer information

"Learning is not about content," writes Quinn, "it’s about experience, and now we have ways to talk about it and track it. It’s just a foundation, just a standard, just plumbing, just a start, but valuable as all that."

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