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314 How Sears Built a Competency Reporting System Using the xAPI

4:15 PM - 5:15 PM Wednesday, October 29


Degas 1 & 2

The tools and technologies that exist today in large learning and development organizations are complex, and they don’t always play nice with each other. This makes it very difficult to build useful reports from the results of learning experiences in multiple systems. One of the new tools that is available that can address this problem is the Experience API (xAPI).

In this session, you will learn about the Sears rollup reporting infrastructure for dozens of competencies across over 200,000 people. You will examine the processes and underlying technologies that are working together as part of the competency reporting system, including the xAPI, HRIS, reporting system, and LMS. You will explore a real example of how to leverage the xAPI and existing systems to reach desired business outcomes. You will discuss implementation challenges and share learnings about the design and planning stages of an enterprise LRS implementation.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How Sears is using an LRS to aggregate data from multiple LMS systems
  • How to translate and migrate historical data from existing systems into an LRS
  • What tools and techniques were used to drive large scale near real-time competency rollup reporting
  • How to sync HRIS data with an LRS to define groups of people

Novice to advanced developers, project managers, managers, and directors with a basic high-level knowledge of the xAPI and related LMS/content technologies.

Technology discussed in this session:
Reporting systems, HR information systems, multiple LMSs, the xAPI, learning record stores.

Ali Shahrazad

Co-founder and COO


Ali Shahrazad is the co-founder and COO of Saltbox, where he is responsible for customer success, sales, and marketing. Ali has 12 years of experience in sales training and operations. He has published research in the IEEE Ultrasonics International Symposium on medical device technology while at the University of Washington. Ali is also a contributor to the Experience API eLearning standard.

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