Fall, 2015 | Table of Contents

Welcome to the premiere issue of the xAPI Quarterly! This is the first rodeo of many to come. Four times a year (hence the “Quarterly”) we will gather and organize the newest and most relevant information about xAPI to give to you. We didn’t even print it on paper, because we know how infuriating that is to the trees.

The Goods

Here’s what you’ll find in this premiere issue…

What’s Happening

These sections will update with each journal’s release. They focus on activities happening within the communities of practice (CoPs), the vocabulary working group and things happening across the community.

Profiles (what’s new in the CoPs) 

Vocab (what’s happening with the xAPI data model)

Events (where can I meet up with people on and offline?)


Best Practices – This is huge. For this premiere, Sean Putman dove into three major authoring tools to find out exactly what they do with xAPI as Activity Providers. Further, he has written best practices for using xAPI in each. Not an easy task, but so valuable!

Lectora Inspire 12

Articulate Storyline 2

Adobe Captivate 8 and 9

Security! Shelly Blake-Plock and the team at Yet Analytics have taken on the seriously important mission of addressing the security in xAPI. In this article Shelly explains the needs and some of the potential ways this can be accomplished.

xAPIsec: Towards an information security protocol for xAPI

Generation, an international employment program. This program requires diversity of technology and huge scale. Ben Erlandson of the McKinsey Social Initiative explains how xAPI is an important piece in building the technology supporting Generation.

The Generation Challenge: Articulating the Problem Definition

Who’s captaining the ship? As xAPI adoption increases and support needs increase, it’s clearly time for a non-profit driven by the xAPI community to shepherd xAPI into maturityAaron Silvers writes about the forthcoming globally-minded consortium and what that means for xAPI.

The Way of xAPI’s Consortium

A framework for personalized learning! This is a framework for building tailored learning environments supporting both learner and organizational needs. Myra Travin describes the steps to take in using the framework and how xAPI fits in.

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

A first hand tale of taking on an instructional design project using xAPI, from a team who had not worked with xAPI before. Laura Bunte explains the process her team went through in designing a veterinary technician certification program with Trek LEM.

Practicing Instructional Design with xAPI: Veterinary Technician Certification

There are two posts from past xAPI Camps that include messages worth repeating. First Art Werkenthin explains CMI5, a profile of xAPI that replaces the content handling work SCORM used to do. Second a video from some of our Aussie mates, Kirsty Kitto and Aneesha Bakharia, describing what xAPI needs to do to be ready for learning analytics on a large scale.

What is CMI5 and Why Should You Care?

Why Profiles are Important to xAPI Right Now

Not Taking Ourselves Too Seriously

I give you an explanation of xAPI, explained through the lens of Craig Wiggins and his otherworldly ability to index gifs. Who knows if we can really keep making cartoons, but we will try.

Craig finds a gif

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