Design for Outcome: Developing an xAPI Data Strategy

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DevLearn 2019 Conference - October 24, 2019

Duncan Welder

Director of Client Services

Art Werkenthin


xAPI enables us to track a wide array of data but shareholders are interested in results, not the technology. Simply tracking everything is not a strategy and often creates noise that makes xAPI data more difficult to use. Instead, you need to step back to identify WHAT needs to be tracked with xAPI, and only afterward go through the process to design quality statements.

In this session you'll explore a process for designing good xAPI statements, regardless of the tools or technology used to generate this data. You'll investigate the following questions to create an xAPI data strategy: What is the desired outcome, what are the report and query capabilities of your LRS to deliver those results, can you actually get the data required, and what existing vocabularies exist for the statements you create? Using real life examples and current tools, by the end of this session you’ll be ready to develop a data strategy to meet your current and future needs with meaningful xAPI data.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The anatomy of an xAPI statement
  • The query capabilities and limitations of xAPI data
  • A process for designing interactions for quality results
  • Common pitfalls for xAPI projects
  • Where to find resources to expand your xAPI capabilities


Designers, developers, managers

Technology discussed:

xAPI, LRS, rapid development authoring tools, business intelligence tools, xAPI libraries and profiles


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