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March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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EME104 Using xAPI to Collect Learning Data from Simulations

1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Wednesday, March 22

Expo Hall: Emerging Tech Stage

Education providers know that taking online courses isn’t the only way to learn. They want to invent new learning formats and experiences that better meet their members’ needs. However, the types of learning opportunities trackable by traditional learning management systems (LMSs) is limited. The Experience API (xAPI) specification is flexible enough to track a wide range of experiences, but it’s a new technology, and barriers to adoption still exist.

In this session, you will learn how the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) uses xAPI to collect learning data from high-fidelity medical simulations, giving you a roadmap to adoption within your own organization. See how, in its Difficult Airway Management live-learning course, CHEST uses xAPI to send activity statements from Laerdal simulators to a learning record store (LRS) in its CourseStage Health LMS.

In this session, you will learn:

  • About the opportunities xAPI creates for education providers
  • About the advantages and disadvantages of 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
  • About technological best practices for building your API
  • Which factors to consider when choosing a learning record store (LRS)

Intermediate to advanced developers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.). To gain the most benefit, attendees should be generally familiar with professional education, learning management systems, and SCORM. Technical and/or programming knowledge may also be beneficial, but is not necessary for comprehension.

Technology discussed in this session:
Experience API, REST, JSON, CourseStage QIE, CourseStage Health LMS, Moodle LMS, ADL LRS, Learning Locker, and Laerdal Airway Management Trainer.

Jon Aleckson


Web Courseworks

Jon Aleckson is the CEO of Web Courseworks. He is an educational leader and a consultant in learning technologies and eLearning, who works with an extensive list of clients on LMS implementation and development, platform alignment and integration, and online curriculum development. This gives him a holistic view of business models, operational practices, and educational approaches in eLearning.

Chad Jackson

Senior Director, Simulation, eLearning & Innovation

American College of Chest Physicians

Chad Jackson is the senior director of simulation, eLearning, and innovation for the American College of Chest Physicians. His teams develop a variety of educational programs for the members of CHEST, including live learning courses, online eLearning programs, virtual patient tours, and games for learning. Chad is active in the simulation community and has conducted numerous presentations and workshops on simulation-enhanced educational programs at regional, national, and international levels. He has a PhD in instructional systems with a focus on simulation-based learning and best practices.

Tim Chudy



Tim Chudy is a senior director at Watershed. As a former business owner, Tim has years of experience training, managing, and developing other professionals. Now, at Watershed, he’s using that experience to help L&D professionals understand the evolving learning ecosystem through technologies, such as xAPI and a learning record store.

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