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…]

Don’t Eat the Elephant

By Myra Travin (Educational Futurist)

Don't Eat the Elephant

It’s no surprise that the first product adopters to implement Experience API were eLearning authoring tools, with a quick follow of mobile learning apps. It’s not surprising because the one factor that drives most everything in the learning space has less to do with learners than authors: expediency. We are designing under deadline and budget constraints and as learning specialists—we are where the buck really stops.

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DIY – Your First xAPI Project

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


Are you ready to give xAPI a try, but not sure where to start or what it means to take a project on yourself? Having been there, I can tell you it is possible to do this. [Read more…]

News for Youse | Jisc/Apereo Learning Analytics Hackathon

By Megan Bowe (Partner, MakingBetter)

This hackathon is happening as a preconference activity to the SOLAR’s Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference (LAK16) in Edinburgh. The hackathon will be two days, April 25th and 26th. We’re psyched because this hackathon will focus on interoperability, particularly in xAPI vocabulary. [Read more…]

News for Youse | Design and Learning Cohorts 1/2016

By Megan Bowe (Partner, MakingBetter)

Over the last 3 years, ADL has run xAPI design cohorts. These cohorts gave people a team to collaborate with, supporting active learning about xAPI while designing forward-thinking prototypes and learning experiences. The growth in xAPI adoption and the increasing demand for the program became more than ADL’s dedicated xAPI team could sustain. With so many competing priorities, they no longer have the capacity to run these community cohorts.

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Events | Winter, 2016

We don’t want you all to get too excited, but the JISC/Apereo Learning Analytics Hackathon is going to focus on xAPI! This hackathon takes place before LAK 16 (Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference). Profiles and vocabulary interoperability will be the main topics. This is a perfect group of people to tackle this and a great environment to work in. Please join us if you have the vocab itch.

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