The Tin Can, Can


People don’t just connect to each other, they connect through a share object.” Jyri Engstrom

I just read a great post by Judie Dirksen on Three Reasons Instructional Designers Need to Know about Tin Can.  I’m fascinated by streams and am excited about what opportunities this will bring and look forward to following the project and learning more.

I think of Tin Can as “streaming what you’re learning” or learnstreaming.

Whatever learning framework you follow (e.g.,70/20/10), it’s clear than most learning takes place on the job and not through a course.  If you’re someone who is connected online during your workday, you’re probably connecting with people (nouns), performing actions (verbs) to create things (objects).

It sounds like Tin Can fits with how the web has changed from pages to streams and listens to activity streams to capture data.

Activity theory might help in understanding this better.  Activity theory is a framework (not a theory) to help describe human activity.  The basic unit of analysis in activity theory is human activity.


What Do You Think?

  • Should learning professionals learn about Tin Can?  Why or why not?
  • What are ways to learn more about Tin Can?
  • What practical examples do you see for Tin Can?