I get it. And then again, I don’t.
This Tin Can thing.
Tracking Your Learning Experiences
Image liberated from http://scorm.com/tincanoverview/
Short Video on Tin Can
(The video has been removed/moved?)
And the Value of This Is?
Why, tracking Data about Learning Experiences of course.
As if all Data were meaningful.
As if all Learning Experiences were meaningful.
The Problem Is “Not Tracking What One Can Really Do” – That’s Valid In the First Place
Versus tracking the Learning Experiences. That may or may not lead to Performance Competence.
Or – tracking that one has taken a test. Even a Performance Test – a test to perform something.
Where is the SCORE about the Authenticity and Validity of those Tests?
And that the Tests were up to date?
Were the Test Criteria really:
It’s still all about Activity. Where have you been? …
… not What Have you Accomplished?
Know where the Martian Rover “Curiosity” above has been is one thing – what it’s Accomplished is another.
Too Much Trust Me
What will the “Noise to Signal Ratio” be?
I did this.
And I did that.
I also did this other thing.
But – who says that this, that or the other thing have any real world validity and that you learned it well enough to actually be Performance Competent?
Or is all the “this, that and the other thing” just noise?
Begin with the End in Mind
Performance Competence – or Capability.
Capability To Do XYZ.
Then validate the Test.
Do we really care about how one became proficient? If so, why?
I think: Only if we are selling Data about All That Stuff.
Label me jaded. That’s OK.
For I have been Burned – and I have Learned.
Focus On Performance and Enable That
Track That. Store That. Report That.
Tell me when the old That has been put to rest and that there is a new That in its place – that is valid.
Or if I am two Thats behind. So I can skip to the latest That – and prove That I can do That. That latest That.
For More About Tin Can – So That You Can Decide Its Value For You
http://tincanapi.com/what-is-tin-can/overview/My intent here is to give you another perspective.
Perhaps in YOUR CONTEXT – for what other Context really matters? – this is exactly what you need.
Well then, BINGO!
Waiting For Results Versus Behaviors
I’m going to wait to get Breathless – when we have something meaningful to track, something besides Activities.
It’s because of my orientation to Performance. Not to Activities.
It’s my orientation to Results and not Behaviors – ala Tom Gilbert and “Human Competence” and being against the Cult of Behavior (per Tom).
It’s because I was schooled in that Performance Orientation (but you shouldn’t care) at NSPI and ISPI going back to 1979.
What you should care about is that my focus is on Performance (Results) first, then on the Behaviors (Activities) second – and tied with 2nd is “all of the other enablers” that make Performance possible – brings Results from the work efforts I do.
Not where I learned it.
Or even what I learned.
Means Versus Ends
Those “may” simply be means to the ends – or not.
It all depends on how tight those lines are between Performance Ability and Learnin’ That Stuff are.
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