Reporting Out: xAPI, the Internet of Things, Gnomes, and a Learning Experience Checklist

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Meg Fairchild

Instructional Designer
TorranceLearning

Patrick Selby

Training Technologist

According to a study by Cisco, “In 2013, eighty new things were being connected to the Internet every second. That’s nearly 7 million per day, 2.5 billion per year. In 2014, the number reached almost 100 per second. By 2020, it’ll grow to more than 250 per second, or 7.8 billion per year. Add all of these numbers up and that’s more than 50 billion things connected to the Internet by 2020 (as cited by Diamandis and Kolter, 2015, p. 48).” Now that’s a trend! What does this explosive growth of the Internet of Things (IoT) mean for workplace learning? The Experience API (a.k.a. xAPI or Tin Can API) allows learning professionals to track a variety of learning experiences happening through the IoT, outside the traditional boundaries of SCORM and LMSs. This opens up vast new opportunities for instructional design, experience tracking, and data mining.

In this session, you will learn how a design team coordinated through Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) explored the convergence of xAPI and IoT, using a learning experience checklist as a form factor. The team used beacons, near field communication (NFC), other APIs (think Twitter and If This Then That), gnomes (yes, gnomes), and multiple learning record stores (LRSs) to build a working model that could be shared, deconstructed, and improved upon by the broader learning community. You’ll leave this session with a deeper understanding of the xAPI’s capabilities, an appreciation for the impending scope of the IoT, a few new ideas you can take home and experiment with, and a connection to the designers.

In this session, you will learn:

  • Why the Experience API (xAPI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are naturally trending together
  • How you can use the xAPI to track a wide variety of learning experiences
  • How things on the Internet can contribute to the learning experience
  • How you can use other APIs used in conjunction with the xAPI
  • A model for a learning experience checklist
  • A model for learning experientially through a design cohort approach

Audience:
Intermediate and advanced designers, developers, project managers, managers, directors, VPs, and CLOs. While this session will provide a brief summary of the xAPI, participants are expected to have some understanding of the xAPI, including its benefits over SCORM and other standards.

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