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Exploring an Advanced Deployment of the xAPI at Lifeway’s Ministry Grid

501 Exploring an Advanced Deployment of the xAPI at Lifeway’s Ministry Grid

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, June 25


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People have yet to see major enterprise-level examples of Experience API (xAPI) adoption and the value of its features and functionality. Without these examples, bringing fully formed ideas about the xAPI’s capabilities back to their workplace is a challenge. Learning professionals need to see advanced integrations of the xAPI in non-traditional adaptations so they can understand how it can be used effectively.

In this session participants will learn about Lifeway’s Ministry Grid, and exactly how the xAPI is enabling it. You will review a demonstration of the application itself, and discuss the specific enhancements made possible via the xAPI. You will explore the architecture, the kinds of xAPI statements made, and the specific technology in play. You will discuss the lessons learned during the implementation, including pitfalls like trying to capture everything that happens anywhere. Participants will leave this session with a real-life example of implementing and using the xAPI in a large, enterprise environment.

In this session, you will learn:

  • What the xAPI can do in real world application
  • How organizations can accomplish what has not been possible before
  • How Lifeway is using the xAPI to directly support business objectives
  • What roles or skill sets were used to accomplish what Lifeway has done

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, and managers with a cursory knowledge of the xAPI.

Technology discussed in this session:
Ministry Grid, enabled by the xAPI.

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.

Tom Gilbert

Director of Technology and Transmedia Content

LifeWay Christian Resources

Tom Gilbert is the director of technology and transmedia content for LifeWay’s church resources division. As such, Tom helps provide solutions for churches to engage their staff and members in a very important kind of learning. Tom has spent the majority of his career in the publishing space, with a focus on strategic business technology and digital asset management, including working for some of the earliest leading companies that helped launch the print on-demand/eBook self-publishing business models.

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