Announcing: Andrew Downes

Posted by: Jeffrey Horne
Date: November 05, 2014
Categories: Culture, Hiring, The Office


We have an ethos about Tin Can API (xAPI) community adoption here at Rustici Software:

“A rising tide lifts all boats.”

We realize the power of the Tin Can API to revolutionize the e-learning, training, and HR industries. It’s already happening, and we want that to continue. We want to support the community in every way possible. We want to answer every Tin Can question that’s asked. We want to help LMSs, authoring tools, and organizations realize the important and impactful new things that Tin Can lets them do.

We want to help everybody use Tin Can, because as more people use it, the industry gets better.

The “tide” is Tin Can adoption, and to us, it’s the most important thing in the e-learning world.

Andrew Downes Tin Can APIEnter Andrew Downes (formerly known as @garemoko). Andrew has been instrumental in the early adoption of Tin Can. He has been building tools and experimenting with Tin Can since the early draft versions were published. He caught our attention then, and he’s only become more intertwined with the Tin Can community since…he even contributes directly as an author to the specification.

There’s been one drawback, though. Most of Andrew’s Tin Can work has been extracurricular (he needs a full time job to support his family, like most of us.) We wanted to change that.

We’re excited to announce that Andrew is now working as a full-time Tin Can evangelist. At Rustici Software, we’re proud to support him in evangelizing the importance and the power of the Tin Can API.

Tin Can will now be Andrew’s sole focus, and the Tin Can tide will rise faster now.

If your organization has already adopted Tin Can, expect to hear from Andrew in the near future. If you’re not sure how Tin Can affects your world (from a product standpoint, from an instructional design view, or even if you have technical questions), Andrew is ready and waiting to talk to you.

  • Benjamin Janzen @ www.kmilearn

    I realize it’s a little bit of an older post, but I still am curious: How can Tin Can API become a broadly used tool in the e-learning industry, if there are so few mainstream tools to implement it on a large scale and also not enough programming-capable (not a criticism) e-learning instructors?

  • Andrew Downes

    Hi Benjamin. We’ve actually got a webinar ( next week looking at nine practical ways to get started with Tin Can using tools that exist on the market today. Many of the nine require a small amount coding, but two of them don’t.

    There’s also the argument that if you want to do anything really engaging within e-learning (whether that’s with Tin Can or not), you’re going to need access to at least some technical skill. There’s plenty of websites to help people learn basic coding with a little effort. Clark Quinn made a similar point in his blog yesterday: