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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Spring, 2016 | Table of Contents

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News for youse: xAPI Camp Autodesk Videos

The videos of the presentations from xAPI Camp Autodesk are available now. Watch them here!

News for Youse: Investigating Performance, the book.

There’s a new book coming out called Investigating Performance. This book is written by Janet Laane Effron and Sean Putman. It specifically speaks to L&D using xAPI data, sign up to be notified when the first mini book is ready!

News for Youse: xAPI Companion Vocabulary Spec

This spec was released in February 2016 and it’s very important to the growth and future interoperability of xAPI. Jason Haag wrote an article in this quarter’s journal introducing the spec. Check out Jason’s article here or head straight down the rabbit hole right here.

Winter, 2016 | Table of Contents


Welcome to our second journal. We’re waiting for winter in the North Eastern US, so here’s some snow to look forward to. This journal features many of the presenters from xAPI Camp Toronto. We also have a couple of exciting pieces of news – cohorts, hackathons, and videos! [Read more…]

Claro | Best Practices for xAPI

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


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…]

Why Vendors Should Support cmi5

By Art Werkenthin (President, RISC, Inc.)cmi5By the time of this writing, January 2016, you’ve probably heard of cmi5 — “the successor to SCORM?” [Read more…]

Data-Driven Re-use with xAPI

By Chris Van Wingerden (Vice President Learning Solutions, dominKnow Learning Systems)

Reuse - broken tiles in mosaics

I came into instructional design almost 15 years ago, first doing freelance work for dominKnow, then joining the company full-time. Back then we were creating both custom eLearning for clients as well as more generalized off-the-shelf courses, using our own content tool. [Read more…]

Competency Based Learning and xAPI at Thomson Reuters

By Nick Washburn (Director Learning Division, Riptide Software)

Thomson Reuters Westlaw xAPI Tracking WorkflowThomson Reuters uses an xAPI enabled training overlay to provide inline, competency based training for their Westlaw product. Westlaw is a major online legal research software product. [Read more…]