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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the minimum requirements for running Tin Canny LearnDash Reporting? Tin Canny requires PHP 5.6 or higher as well as the latest version of LearnDash. It is a heavier plugin and with large records sets you may require more than 256 MB of memory be allocated to WordPress. On the Tin Canny Reporting page, I see a loading icon but nothing loads. First, turn off debug in wp-config.php by changing: define(‘WP_DEBUG’, true); To: define(‘WP_DEBUG’, false); If the report page still doesn’t load after turning off debug, add the following to wp-config.php: ini_set(‘log_errors’,’On’); ini_set(‘display_errors’,’Off’); ini_set(‘error_reporting’, E_ALL ); define(‘WP_DEBUG’, false); define(‘WP_DEBUG_LOG’, true); define(‘WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY’, false); Can I track eLearning content hosted on Amazon S3? The LRS installed with the Tin Canny Reporting plugin is local to your WordPress site. It cannot store statements sent from eLearning modules hosted externally (e.g., on S3). You need to upload Tin Can modules directly to your WordPress/LearnDash site and modules must be stored on the WordPress install. Why do I see a blank screen where my module should be? We usually see this happen when SSL is configured incorrectly. If your site is secure, and all of your URLs in the front end begin with https://, make […]

Install the Tin Canny Reporting Plugin

Installation Installing the plugin can’t be more straight forward. After you purchase and download the plugin, you can simply sign into your WordPress site as an admin and navigate to Plugins > Add New. To install the plugin, click Upload Plugin to start the process. After installation, you will be directed to the License Activation page to enter your license key and activate the plugin. Setup The plugin has three report views (for Course, User, and Tin Can) and a Settings tab. There are two optional controls on the Settings page: Capturing Tin Can Data: Keep the default setting Yes unless you are certain you won’t incorporate H5P, Storyline, Captivate, or iSpring content in any of your courses. If you select No (to not capture Tin Can data), the Tin Can Report tab will be removed and so will the Tin Can activity menu on the User Report. In addition, no Tin Can data will be reported on the Dashboard or Course Report. All other LearnDash reporting will still be available and functioning as expected. Disabling LearnDash Mark Complete button until the learner completes all Tin Can modules in the lesson/topic: Keep the default setting Yes will prevent users from skipping Tin Can modules. This is a global setting which can be overridden at the lesson […]

Tin Canny Reporting for LearnDash – Overview

The Tin Canny Reporting for LearnDash plugin adds new reporting capabilities for administrators and Group Leaders to LearnDash sites. A unique feature of the plugin is the Tin Can Report that helps you track the progress and completion of Articulate Storyline/Rise, Adobe Captivate, and iSpring modules published to Tin Can or SCORM, as well as H5P content*. The custom plugin also adds an Uploader to the WordPress Editor. Here are the key features of the plugin: Tin Canny Elearning Content Uploader LearnDash and Tin Can reports Storage of Tin Can data in a local LRS inside WordPress (for supported content types) Automatic conversion of SCORM statements to Tin Can (for supported content types) Targeted reports for site administrators and group leaders Integration with LearnDash Mark Complete buttons Integration with Uncanny Simple Course Timer * See a list of authoring tools and elearning standards supported by Tin Canny Tin Canny Elearning Content Uploader The Uploader is integrated with the WordPress Classic Editor and the new Gutenberg editor in WordPress 5.0 so you can quickly add a Storyline/Rise, Captivate, or iSpring module to a lesson or topic. The Uploader works just as well if the module was published to web and you are not planning to capture Tin Can data. LearnDash and Tin Can Reports […]

Delivering Training with Virtual Classrooms

What is a virtual classroom? A virtual classroom is a digital teaching and learning environment in which participants can interact with learning resources and with one another like they can in a traditional classroom. The keywords here are, of course, virtual and classroom. In a virtual setting, face-to-face activities such as presentations and discussions that are traditionally done in a physical classroom are simulated with web conferencing technology. Communications take place in real time just like in a physical classroom. How do virtual classrooms work? As a technology, virtual classrooms are not as foreign a concept as you might think. They are often built on (or share many similar features with) web conferencing technologies that are used to run virtual meetings. Like web conferencing software, in a virtual classroom: There can be one or more hosts, presenters, moderators, and participants You can participate by video, audio or both You can use text chats to communicate with other participants The presenter can show their presentation or share their screen To turn web conferencing into a virtual classroom, additional technologies like the following are often used: Break-out rooms for group discussions/activities A live whiteboard for real-time collaboration Indication of participant status (which changes […]

To Quiz or Not to Quiz?

Having gone through years of schooling, most of us are used to taking and passing tests during or at the end of our learning process. Some of these tests are major milestones and others may determine whether our learning is deemed ‘completed’ or ‘successful’. Some teachers may find constructing and administering tests more straight forward than developing other types of assessment. Often these tests get created at the end of a course development process, driven by the subject matter rather than by expected performance outcomes. For workplace learning or soft skills training in which application is more important than memorizing facts, tests may not be the most appropriate assessment method. Most test questions are not designed to allow students to engage in critical thinking and reflection or a deeper analysis of the learning material. There are alternatives to tests, such as writing assignments, collaborative projects, and case studies, that can avoid the problems often associated with tests and quizzes. The key is to design authentic assessments that simulate real-life situations so students can actually learn from the process (Palloff & Pratt, 2013)1. Although group projects can be harder to manage online, they allow your learners to create and be part of a community of practice. After all, if the application of skills doesn’t […]

What Is Tin Can? Should You Care?

What is Tin Can? The Tin Can API (also known as Experience API or xAPI) is a specification in learning technology that makes it possible to collect data about a wide range of learning activities. Similar to SCORM and AICC, the Tin Can API describes learning data in a consistent format so it is cross-platform compatible. This means different elearning authoring applications (such as Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate) and systems (such as a Learning Record Store) are able to capture and report on learning activities using  a consistent vocabulary. Why is Tin Can important? Although SCORM (and the legacy AICC) are still the predominant elearning standards supported by most Learning Management Systems (LMS), they came about in a different era when elearning activities were limited to what happened in a single LMS. In the real world, of course, learners move around, use different devices in different locations, and do much of their learning outside of an LMS. Tin Can was developed to address the need of learning beyond a single LMS. Mobile learning, simulations, games, and social learning are some of the things that can now be recognized and communicated well with the Tin Can API. Image source: What is the Tin Can API? How does the Tin Can API work? A Tin Can […]