603 Adding xAPI to Your RFPs: Rethinking Your Process
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 28
Data and Measurement
The Experience API is a marvelous enabling technology that can give you a rich picture of an individual’s learning path. Since it captures experiences in a consistent format, it opens the door for mobile, social, or offline learning. But xAPI is a terrible place to start when writing an RFP. It should not be the reason you’re buying software. xAPI is a feature—you should be buying a solution.
Ideally, the process of selecting a new technology should look like this: Identify your learning goals, uncover what your staff needs to achieve those goals, and select a technology that meets your business and technical requirements. While it’s not recommended to include xAPI in your RFP for the sake of it, this session will provide clear recommendations for how to write an RFP if you decide you need xAPI. That way, you’re well set up to select a technology provider that suits your goals and allows you to get started with xAPI.
In this session, you will learn:
- Why you shouldn’t include xAPI in your RFP just for the sake of it
- How to go about writing an RFP so that you are well set up to find a provider that offers a solution that supports your goals
- How to include xAPI in your RFP if you decide to do it anyway
- What capabilities to require of a provider
Novice to advanced project managers, managers, directors, and senior leaders (VP, CLO, executive, etc.).
Technology discussed in this session:
LMSs, authoring tools, LRSs, and content management systems.
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.