Investigating Performance: Design and Outcomes with xAPI

By Janet Laane Effron, Data Scientist HT2 Labs

Three years ago Sean Putman and I were hanging out at a state park in North Carolina, with a group of really innovative L&D professionals, and one of the major topics of conversation was xAPI. It was very early in the life of the spec, so there was a lot of discussion of use cases, how to encourage adoption as well as technical and security concerns. Many of the ideas tossed around that weekend went to the core of why xAPI was so exciting: connecting the big picture and the personal aspects of learning is a compelling proposition. That ability to look at learning offerings in meaningful contextual ways for organizations and in terms of individual impacts, is also a big part of the motivation behind the book “Investigating Performance: Design and Outcomes with xAPI[Read more…]

Instrumenting xAPI in Forums & Discussion Groups

By Duncan Welder (Director of Client Services, RISC)

Top Performers

Who are your top performers?  Which employees go the extra mile to make everyone in the organization better?  Are there opportunities for coaching or performance support that go unnoticed?  

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Captivate Javascript xAPI Customization | Best Practices for xAPI

By Sean Putman (VP Learning and Development, Altair Engineering)

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In the first article I wrote about Captivate and xAPI. I looked at how Captivate dealt with xAPI out of the box. I created a course and published it with no customization and I got a set of statements. Since Captivate can execute JavaScript I wanted to look at how to extend Captivate to provide a better xAPI output.

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Life in a Post-SCORM World Part 3: When will you need an LRS?

Megan Torrance (CEO, TorranceLearning)

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In a SCORM-based environment, the learning & development team’s tools primarily consist of courseware development tools and the learning management system(s) (LMS) that will house the resulting elearning courses and assessments. Courseware development tools reduce the workload associated with SCORM compliance for the LMS to just a click and a drop-down box. The LMS is often the center of the corporate learning universe, capturing all those SCORM transactions and making them available for reporting. (Of course, your LMS is likely to support other functions that don’t have anything to do with SCORM such as instructor-led class registration and management, virtual class sessions, document repository and e-signature, portal pages and dashboards, and reporting. It may also integrate with performance and talent management and even other business systems.)

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Storyline Javascript xAPI Customization | Best Practices for xAPI

By Sean Putman (VP Learning and Development, Altair Engineering)

Storyline boxIn the first article I wrote about Storyline and xAPI. I looked at how Storyline dealt with xAPI out of the box. I created a course and published it with no customization and got a set of statements. Since Storyline can execute JavaScript I wanted to look at how to extend Storyline to provide a better xAPI output.

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Skill Intelligence: beyond business intelligence with xAPI

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By Megan Bowe (Partner, MakingBetter)


There’s something very interesting about business intelligence and using analytics, in general, to pinpoint anomalies in an organization. Problems, efficiencies, deviations from expectations — these anomalies require a person to dive deep into many processes, roles, and activities to uncover without getting distracted and only chasing the data down one rabbit hole. In any organization, there are clues, opinions, and politics influencing first the collection, and then the interpretation of data. Skills Intelligence is a framework for exploring data about learning and growth. 

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Life in a Post-SCORM World Part 2: Courseware Tools & LMS

sketchnote TorranceMegan Torrance (CEO, TorranceLearning)

 

In the Winter 2016 xAPI Quarterly, I answered two questions I often field from instructional designers who are just getting into xAPI. Those two questions are the start of a journey. They help you define a business case for using something more flexible than SCORM, and they’re going to help you move down the path in terms of designing learning interventions.

Before long, though, you’ll need to actually create those learning interventions and that’s where the next two questions will help In this article, I’ll share answers to the next two questions.

  1. “Can I do this with my current courseware development tools?
  2. “Can I do this with my current LMS?”

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Claro | Best Practices for xAPI

By Sean Putman (VP Learning and Development, Altair Engineering)

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In terms of xAPI support Claro offers a lot right out of the box.  Claro has the ability to assign statement generation to any object within a page using an Action.  Each page also generates its own statement without having to do anything other than set the output type for publishing. [Read more…]

You Can Get There From Here: The xAPI Learner Personalization Framework

By Myra Travin (Educational Futurist)

“The simplicity that precedes complexity is useless; the simplicity that follows complexity is the pearl of great price.” — Marvin Anderson

One of the greatest obstacles to the implementation of xAPI in organizations is the tension between the need for a turnkey solution and a highly personalized learning experience environment. In my xAPI Camp session held at Amazon in July, I introduced the concept of a personalized learning framework—an application that recognizes individual learner performance data and predictability and places it within a framework for implementation. [Read more…]

Practicing Instructional Design with xAPI: Veterinary Technician Certification

By Laura Bunte (Consultant Services Lead, Stratagem)

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Expanding Learner Experiences

The face of today’s corporate training is changing; Instructional designers are now, more than ever before, required to design real-world learning activities and more meaningful interactions for a mobile workforce.  [Read more…]