The xAPI: A “Swiss Army Knife” for Your Learning Environment

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FocusOn Learning 2016 Conference & Expo - June 9, 2016

Robert Gadd

OnPoint Digital

Years of momentum have resulted in a collection of use cases for teams seeking to leverage the xAPI to better track, measure, and manage their learning efforts. The time is now; the xAPI can improve the ways you create and deliver content and classes, track interactions, communicate, and measure performance. Armed with knowledge and the proverbial “Swiss Army knife” of xAPI functions, you can begin to “slice, saw, tweeze, and pick” your way through training obstacles.

In this session, you will learn what the xAPI really is, how statements are structured, and how it is being operationalized. You will explore how progressive teams leverage the xAPI to improve the learning experience, streamline tracking, perform common tasks, and drive engagement via modern authoring tools and an LRS, and how LMSs are undergoing transformations to support the trend. This session will help you understand the basic challenges teams face in implementing the xAPI on a limited budget. Finally, you will learn how authoring tools, LMS platforms, mobile apps, and IoT endpoints are being connected to leverage the power of the xAPI.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How to determine the best authoring tools and learning platforms to take advantage of the xAPI
  • The basic structural and design tenets of an xAPI-based solution and the best-practice approach to implementing those solutions
  • New use cases to apply tracking to nontraditional learning assignments and interactions
  • When to use the xAPI over SCORM for tracking and when “all of the above” is better than one or the other
  • How to overcome challenges with LMS integration, security, mobile access (especially when offline), and more

Novice to advanced designers and developers.

Technology discussed in this session:
The xAPI, LRSs, and SCORM.


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