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Activities: Tin Can API Launch Link

Maintained by Picture of Andrew Downes Andrew Downes
Launch externally Tin Can API activities from Moodle and track on any LRS. Compatible with Storyline, Captivate and others!
This plugin lets you launch Tin Can activities from a Moodle course and then track them with any LRS. You don't need to upload the activities to Moodle - just host them anywhere on the internet. This is compatible with activities implementing the Rustici launch method as described here: This includes Articulate Storyline and Adobe Captivate content. 
Get the code and give it a go here:
Suggestions, bug reports, code reviews and contributions are very welcome! Watch this space for more Tin Can related Moodle plugins in future. 


This plugin is part of set Tin Can.


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  • Picture of Andrew Downes
    Sat, Aug 31, 2013, 4:57 AM
    I've made the changes you suggested.


  • Anthony Borrow
    Tue, Sep 10, 2013, 5:37 AM
    Andrew - Many thanks taking care of the issues Aparup mentioned. I looked and the readme file seemed to be the generic one rather than something specific to the file. Perhaps you could update that so that it either contains the information on the documentation page or at least the URL pointing to it. Also, there were some validation warnings:

    Maturity information ($module->maturity) not found in version.php
    Release name ($module->release) not found in version.php

    that should be pretty easy to fix up. Peace - Anthony
  • Anthony Borrow
    Tue, Sep 10, 2013, 6:04 AM
    Andrew - Documentation could probably be improved to help folks get a quick start. In particular, the concept of endpoint and launch URL probably needs some explaining. Perhaps you could provide folks with an example they can play with a little. I'm going to go ahead and approve this entry so that folks can begin playing around with it and give you further feedback. Keep up the good work! Peace - Anthony
  • Picture of Andrew Downes
    Wed, Sep 11, 2013, 3:38 AM
    Thanks Anthony. I'll raise these as issues on Github and get them fixed next time I get a chance to work on this project. Do you have any guidance on what the content of the maturity and release variables should be?
  • Picture of Andrew Downes
    Thu, Sep 12, 2013, 4:13 AM
    Hi. I've added some installation and use instructions on the development branch. Let me know what you think:
  • MD shot of me from his iphone4
    Fri, Oct 4, 2013, 5:13 PM
    on "maturity and release variables"
    - Maturity can be : MATURITY_STABLE, MATURITY_APLHA, MATURITY_BETA, MATURITY_RC. They are defined in lib/setuplib.php in moodle.
    - Release can be whatever you want to call your release, be it a name or a number.
  • Picture of edi edi
    Wed, Jul 1, 2015, 6:59 PM
    Hi Andrew,
    you are writing "Tin Can activities from a Moodle course and then track them with any LRS": I understand that you're launching the tin can web-app which is connecting to an LRS - no communication with moodle at all ... right?

    Is it possible to set up moodle as a LRS or to keep track in some way like usage/results/progress ... ?

  • Picture of Andrew Downes
    Wed, Jul 1, 2015, 7:09 PM
    There's not direct communication, but there is indirect communication in that Moodle will query the LRS for in order to calculate completion. Moodle can also query the LRS for other data. See for example the Tin Can Learner Stream plugin.
  • Picture of rob jephcote
    Tue, Jul 7, 2015, 10:08 PM
    I am trying to use this plugin with Learning Locker (which I already use successfully) but when trying to launch TinCan using this plugin to launch my Tin Can I get the following error:

    Warning: fopen( failed to open stream: HTTP request failed! HTTP/1.1 409 Conflict in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 405

    Warning: stream_get_contents() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 408

    Warning: stream_get_meta_data() expects parameter 1 to be resource, boolean given in /var/www/vhosts/ on line 409
    The Learning Record Store is not available. Please contact a system administrator.

    Error attempting to set learner preferences to Agent Profile API.

    array(2) {
    ["contents"]=> bool(false)
    ["metadata"]=> NULL

    Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?
  • Picture of Andrew Downes
    Tue, Jul 7, 2015, 11:07 PM
    Hi Rob,
    This error could be caused by the same user launching the content at exactly the same time. Or it could be a bug in either the plugin or learning locker.
    Are you using the latest code from ? (I need to do another release here) Are you using the latest release of Learning Locker?

    If you answered yes to both questions, can you also test with SCORM Cloud LRS?
  • Picture of John Donaldson
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015, 8:27 PM
    I have this working on a test install of Moodle 2.6, but using tincanlaunch version 2014072300. I installed the latest version of tincanlaunch (version 2015033100) on another test server running Moodle 2.6 and get the following error when trying to launch a tincan session:

    PHP Fatal error: Class 'core\\event\\course_module_viewed' not found in /var/www/moodle/mod/tincanlaunch/classes/event/course_module_viewed.php on line 3

    I looked at that class and it appears to be using something only available in Moodle 2.7 (@since Moodle 2.7). The module instructions indicate all I need is Moodle 2.5, so I'm unsure of how to get this to work with 2.6.
  • Picture of Andrew Downes
    Thu, Jul 30, 2015, 8:49 PM
    Hi John,
    I don't have any plans to make the current version work with older versions of Moodle, but there is an unsupported branch here that should work (missing newer improvements):

    If you do want to get the current version working in older versions of Moodle, I suggest your best bet is to try and undo most of this PR:

    Hope that helps.

  • Picture of John peater
    Thu, Aug 27, 2015, 6:23 PM
    hope your doing good!
    when you will release moodle 2.9 comparability version ....
  • Picture of Andrew Downes
    Thu, Aug 27, 2015, 6:36 PM
    Hi John,
    Have you tried version 1.1 of the plugin? Are there any compatibility problems with Moodle 2.9? Please raise an issue on Github if there are any problems. I would like this plugin to work with the latest versions of Moodle.

    I don't have any immediate plans to work on this plugin, but am happy to facilitate the pull request process if you want to submit an update.

  • Picture of Andrew Downes
    Fri, Nov 27, 2015, 4:02 AM
    New version for Moodle 3.0 including Tin Can zip package upload coming soon!
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