Amidst all the excitement in the learning community about the possibilities of xAPI, the main question I hear from people exploring xAPI is, “Where do I start?” When faced with the opportunity to track almost any activity, it’s often hard to determine where to begin.
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.)
According to Hagar, S. “What is understood need not be discussed”(1), but if we want to improve, and improve our organisation beyond what is already known, habitual, and traditional, we need support in finding ways of moving from single to double loop learning(2) (described 1:17 minutes into this video.)
There’s a newly announced xAPI Camp in September, 2016 at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago! It’s going to focus on medicine, medical education, and hospital systems like electronic health records and smart devices. Be there.
The speakers have been announced for xAPI Camp London. It’s going to be a stellar group. If you’re interested in vocabulary and data ownership, be there.
Most people are familiar with the famous quote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” In other words, if you call a rose something else, it still smells the same. This affectionate Shakespeare reference highlights that the names of things alone do not affect what they really are. Vocabulary has been a key concern for the xAPI community, especially those working in analytics. The new vocabulary companion specification takes a big step forward for our community.
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.