505 Getting Started with xAPI Statements

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Thursday, November 17

Data and Measurement


When a new specification such as the xAPI comes out, it is important to understand the basics. And one of the most critical basics of the xAPI is the concept of statements: the way most xAPI data is communicated. Before getting started with an xAPI implementation, you’ll want to have a strong understanding of what statements are and how you can form them yourself.

In this session, you’ll take a close-up look at what exactly makes up an xAPI statement. You’ll start by defining the requirements for creating a valid statement. You’ll then learn how vocabulary and context can be assigned to a statement. You’ll also look at the optional fields that can be used to further define your xAPI statements. All of this will arm you with the basics you need to begin using the xAPI effectively.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What goes into a basic xAPI statement
  • How verbs can be defined for statement generation
  • How important context is when generating statements
  • How statements relate to activities

Novice and intermediate designers and developers.

Sean Putman

Vice President of Learning Development

Altair Engineering

Sean Putman, a partner in Learning Ninjas, has been an instructor, instructional designer, and developer for over 15 years. He has spent his career designing and developing training programs, both instructor-led and online, for many different industries, but he has had a strong focus on creating material for software companies. Sean has spent the last few years focusing on the use and deployment of the Experience API (xAPI) and its effect on learning interventions. He has spoken at industry conferences on the subject and is co-author of Investigating Performance, a book on using the Experience API and analytics to improve performance.

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