Course published in our LRS asking for tincan.xml

Jun 26, 2015

Hello Team,

We have a published course in our LRS that is not starting and throwing us an error .

Ater analysis by the developers, we realized that it was asking for the tincan.xml file which we blocked on purpose, so that the user cannot look into the TinCan.xml and figure out how to cheat the responses in the questions. Inside the Articulate-Courses it’s pretty easy to figure out the correct answers if you look at a tincan file.

It is pretty surprising for this case as we have other courses published in the same way and never asked for the tincan file.

As a hotfix we can enable the download, but this would make cheating pretty easy. Any answers on this on why should this file be useful to the end user?

Thanks in advance!!

3 Replies
Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Anjali,

I'm not sure how your users are downloading and accessing the Tin Can file, but as you've found out it'll be needed to upload the course to your LMS. Are you using Storyline 1 or Storyline 2? Storyline 2 does publish to a different version of Tin Can so if you published the previous courses with Storyline 1 that may explain some of the differences you're seeing. 

I'll defer to the community for other ways in which you can block the Tin Can file or what they've done in their own LMSs. 

Ashley Terwilliger-Pollard

Hi Anjali,

I can't assist you with changing or hiding the Tin Can XML file as that's a modification of the published output - and you'll need to upload all the files that the publish process generates to your LMS to have it work successfully. You may want to connect with your LMS team about ways in which to block the user finding the files or look at how it behaves in a site such as SCORM Cloud which is an industry standard for LMS testing to share those results with your LMS team. 

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