The ABCs of xAPI: Lessons Learned and Shared

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FocusOn Learning 2016 Conference & Expo - June 8, 2016

Robert Gadd

OnPoint Digital

The Experience API (xAPI) has been in production for more than two years now, and it is becoming more important for training and development teams to learn the ABCs of this available set of technologies. Heed the call of that morning school bell and come ready to learn your ABCs. “A” is for the attributes, “B” is for benefits, and “C” is for the challenges of the xAPI experienced to date.

“A” is for the attributes: In this session, we will first discuss what the xAPI really is, how statements are structured, and how we typically see it being put into practice. “B” is for benefits: We plan to explore how the xAPI is being leveraged by progressive organizations to improve the learning experience, streamline tracking, perform common tasks, and drive engagement. Finally, “C” is for the myriad of challenges: Just because it’s out there doesn‘t mean your team will have the right platforms, tools, and mindset to take advantage of all the features (attributes) and benefits the xAPI has to offer.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Basic structure and tools that comprise the xAPI approach, including statement syntax, construction, and management
  • To determine which platforms and tools are xAPI ready and how they can be used in an existing learning environment
  • To balance when to use the xAPI over SCORM and whether they are mutually exclusive
  • To discover new use cases to apply tracking to nontraditional learning assignments and interactions
  • To contemplate new technical challenges to overcome with LMS integration, security, mobile access (even offline), and more

Novice to advanced designers, developers, project managers, directors, and senior leaders.

Technology discussed in this session:
Examples of how the xAPI is used within a variety of content authoring tools, how statements are collected using both integrated and remote learning record stores, and how xAPI statements can be applied to traditional training and informal learning interactions alike—to automated tasks like streamlining learning progress, monitoring event attendance, reporting progress from other external applications and platforms, managing shared and private message threads, and organizing third party activity streams.


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