Building a Nervous System for Autodesk

By Adam Menter (Autodesk)

In order to survive in today’s world, organizations need to be able to listen deeply to their customers and act quickly based on the understanding and insights gleaned.

Organizational systems, structures, and incentives can get in the way of both listening and acting constructively. To succeed, the shape and structure of organizations may have to change. [Read more…]

New Series: AI in Learning and Development

by Megan Bowe (Partner, MakingBetter)

It has been exciting to hear the conversations about Artificial Intelligence (AI) in learning and development grow. Corporate learning groups are ready to create ecosystems where adaptive technology meets people’s needs, analytics predict where action can be taken to better support a person, and where personalization will be most effective. [Read more…]

Continuous Improvement at Industry-Scale

by Aaron E. Silvers (President & Executive Director, The Data Interoperability Standards Consortium)

For 15 years, I’ve participated in the industry of Learning & Development – an industry that touts continuous improvement. There are many books, many conference sessions and workshops and many many blog posts that talk about Continuous improvement as a method of Learning & Development. It’s through practitioners that the capacity for continuous improvement is developed organization by organization. [Read more…]

Spring, 2017 | Table of Contents

  • “We need to create Personal Learning Record Stores that an individual can access for life. These need to be able to accept data from a wide variety of data sources… and they will need to be able to send data to even more. We need to make it easy for people to curate their learning data, and to create ePortfolios of their work that link to the underlying evidence stored in the PLRS.” Read more about – Why do we need interoperability anyway?
  • “People should be at the center of the system designs rather than endpoints. Their activities inform the technology of what they do or do not know. The recommendations they receive are based on both what they know and what they want to know. If they are only receiving outputs from whatever technology, nothing is being personalized and the technology is not adapting.” Read more about a New Series: AI in Learning and Development
  • “From work in competitive intelligence, huge information disconnects exist within businesses, and both individuals and entire organizations are hurt by the lack of easily accessed and analyzed information. Interviewing people across five roles in a company can end up feeling like one is speaking to five different businesses, not one. This has tremendous costs in terms of employee growth and satisfaction as well as organizational success. I saw xAPI as a way for organizations to gain deeper internal understanding – by seeing what learning actually impacts performance, there is the potential to understand what the real learning needs are to support success for employee and employer alike.” Read more about the new book – Investigating Performance: Design and Outcomes with xAPI
  • “xAPI as a technology is finding a lot of adoption, even despite support structures that will unleash its value to individuals and organizations. In the last nine months, we’ve seen conformance requirements and conformance tests developed, and the advent of a formal specification for xAPI Profiles will deliver a much-needed support for semantic interoperability of its data, just as technical interoperability is needed for all the components of enterprise architecture to function correctly.” Read more about – Continuous Improvement at Industry-Scale
  • “The Museum has access to data about the length of time spent at each exhibit, the challenges completed, the data entered by students and the curriculum standards being exposed. Reports can display all data over all time, or hone in to specific school or classroom level reports.” Read more about – Flipping the Model: Using data to quantify the informal learning experience

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Flipping the Model: Using data to quantify the informal learning experience

By Megan Torrance, CEO TorranceLearning

The Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum provides a rich STEM-based informal learning experience for visitors with over 250 exhibits in 40,000 square feet of Museum floor, along with classroom, outreach, and distance learning programs. Over 38,000 students in over 675 class field trip groups visit the Museum every year. [Read more…]

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…]

Why Do We Need Interoperability Anyway?

By Kirsty Kitto, Senior Lecturer in Data Science, University of Technology Sydney

Many educational institutions and workplace training units have invested a large amount of money in purchasing various educational technology solutions. Often this is only the start of their investment. They also need to work on integrating new acquisitions with other information systems, and ensuring that legislated reporting requirements and professional obligations are met. Often these systems end up very tightly integrated, it is such a nightmare to replace one item that change does not come without a lot of pain. So, it is easy to see that embracing new EdTech solutions comes at a cost… is interoperability important enough to go through the pain that might be required to achieve it? [Read more…]

Fall, 2016 | Table of Contents


  • 92% of all spinal cord injuries result in being reliant on a wheelchair. Within 15 years, the risk of chronic illness increases significantly for most of these patients. Jessie Chuang explains how xAPI is helping a smart wheelchair improve, and reduce these risks. Building Baymax with xAPI
  • Diving deeper into using xAPI with what you already have, Duncan Welder shows us what’s “under the hood” — what they’re tracking, how and why. Instrumenting xAPI in Forums & Discussion Groups
  • Nick Washburn takes us inside University of Southern California, where three different projects are using xAPI for micro-credentialing. xAPI Badging and Achievements at the University of Southern California
  • xAPI’s adoption is at its inflection point. It only gets bigger from here and faster. What’s the industry perspective? Aaron Silvers talks about the road to software and professional certifications and xAPI. Growing xAPI to Scale


  • Speaking of inflection points, there are over 30 job openings calling for people with xAPI knowledge — 3x the openings we shared in our Summer edition. Opportunities
  • A number of opportunities to connect with the xAPI community and get the information you need are coming up this fall, both online and in real life. What’s happening?

Growing xAPI to Scale

by Aaron E. Silvers (President & Executive Director, The Data Interoperability Standards Consortium)

img_5104A week ago, through our Connections Forum, Megan and I saw our 9th xAPI Camp come to a close. This one was the first time we assembled presenters with case studies focused on a particular domain: Healthcare. Of the five presentations, there were three case studies of xAPI’s use related to resuscitation, preventative care or recovery.

Resuscitation. xAPI is being employed in a hospital to improve Code Blue responses. Consider that xAPI is literally being used to save lives. [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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