Using the xAPI to Collect Learning Data from Simulations

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DevLearn 2016 Conference & Expo - November 17, 2016

Jon Aleckson

Web Courseworks

John Ehringer

Director of Technology
Web Courseworks

Chad Jackson

Senior Director, Simulation, eLearning & Innovation
American College of Chest Physicians

You know that taking online courses isn’t the only way to learn. You want to invent new learning formats and experiences that better meet your audience’s needs. However, in many cases you need to include tracking, and the types of learning trackable by traditional learning management systems are limited. The Experience API (xAPI) specification is flexible enough to track a wide range of learning experiences, but it’s a new technology, and barriers to adoption still exist. How do you bridge this gap?

In this case study session, you’ll learn how the American College of Chest Physicians (known as CHEST) used the xAPI and a learning record store to collect learning data from its medical simulations and share the data with its LMS. CHEST’s experience of broadening what training can be tracked will give you a road map to adoption within your own organization. You’ll find out about the technical details, best practices, and lessons learned from CHEST’s experience with the xAPI, which will help you unlock the technology’s potential and deliver more innovative learning experiences.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the opportunities the xAPI creates for education providers
  • About the advantages and disadvantages of the xAPI compared to earlier technologies like SCORM
  • How to decide what you want to track, and how to translate those objectives into xAPI activity statements
  • Best practices for building your API
  • Which factors to consider when choosing a learning record store (LRS)

Intermediate and advanced developers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:
The Experience API (xAPI), REST, CourseStage Health LMS, Moodle LMS, ADL LRS, LearningLocker LRS, Laerdal Airway Management Trainer.

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