Intro to xAPI: What Do Instructional Designers Need to Know

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DevLearn 2019 Conference - October 23, 2019

Megan Torrance


As adoption of xAPI takes hold, it allows for more robust and interesting tracking of the learning process. As actual performance and results data are integrated with learning metrics, we will have the data we need to tailor the learning process to individual needs, and can draw more useful conclusions about the learning as a whole across a wider population. This leaves instructional designers with a set of critical questions: How does this impact my work? What tools do I need? What data should I track? What infrastructure does my organization need to be able to take advantage of this?

In this session we'll discuss three key areas that impact instructional designers and their teams: Identifying learning data needs, data sources, and meaningful visualizations that answer organizational and L&D questions. We'll discuss how to determine what data to send, where it exists, and how to organize it. You'll become better at making choices about infrastructure and knowing how to work with your LMS, LRS, or both. Finally, you'll be provided job aids for implementation, including an organizational readiness checklist and an infographic for aligning learning and business data.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to describe the impact that xAPI can have on an organization's learning and performance strategies 
  • How to identify new challenges in your work as an instructional designer
  • To identify data needs and likely sources within the organization
  • How to choose one or more first projects that leverage xAPI's capabilities, beyond what's available in SCORM today
  • How to select tools and platforms that support xAPI


Designers, developers, managers, senior leaders (directors, VP, CLO, executive, etc.)  

Technology discussed:

xAPI, LRS, LMS, LXP, general elearning authoring tools


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