206 Dreamers and Pragmatists: What Really Needs to Happen Next to Make the xAPI Fly

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Wednesday, November 16

Data and Measurement


Every revolution requires both dreamers and pragmatists. The xAPI dreamers have been painting a beautiful picture of what is becoming possible. To realize its full potential, the pragmatists need to catch up. The xAPI needs a very specific set of work completed to be successful, and it needs organizations to participate in making the next generation of learning systems and impacts possible.

In this session, you will learn how LRPs (learning record providers, formerly known as “activity providers”) can best ramp up their development teams to start realizing the full potential of the xAPI. Learn about the current status of the official xAPI Conformance Suite. You will learn which questions to ask in order to tell if a vendor is really xAPI conformant. And finally, see how you can contribute to the xAPI community.

In this session, you will learn:

  • How LRPs can best ramp up their development teams
  • About the xAPI Conformance Suite
  • How to identify conformant vendors
  • What the US Department of Defense considered regarding xAPI products
  • About the growing xAPI community and how to contribute

Novice, intermediate, and advanced designers, developers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).

Technology discussed in this session:
The xAPI Conformance Suite.

Tim Martin


Rustici Software

Tim Martin is the CEO of Rustici Software, which helps eLearning software work well together through compliance with standards like SCORM and xAPI. Tim is influential in the evolution of eLearning standards and was involved in the creation of xAPI via a BAA awarded to Rustici Software by ADL. In 2016, Tim and his partner Mike Rustici sold Rustici Software to Learning Technologies Group and spun off Watershed Systems, where Tim continues to serve as a board member.

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