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.

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

By Myra Travin (Educational Futurist)

“The simplicity that precedes complexity is useless; the simplicity that follows complexity is the pearl of great price.” — Marvin Anderson

One of the greatest obstacles to the implementation of xAPI in organizations is the tension between the need for a turnkey solution and a highly personalized learning experience environment. In my xAPI Camp session held at Amazon in July, I introduced the concept of a personalized learning framework—an application that recognizes individual learner performance data and predictability and places it within a framework for implementation. [Read more…]

Practicing Instructional Design with xAPI: Veterinary Technician Certification

By Laura Bunte (Consultant Services Lead, Stratagem)

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Expanding Learner Experiences

The face of today’s corporate training is changing; Instructional designers are now, more than ever before, required to design real-world learning activities and more meaningful interactions for a mobile workforce.  [Read more…]

The Way of xAPI’s Consortium

By Aaron E. Silvers (Partner, MakingBetter)

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For the last two years the xAPI specification has largely gone unchanged. Its resilience and stability enables what those of us who work with xAPI are clearly feeling: this thing is starting to take off. It didn’t start out as a sure thing; there were major obstacles in our path.

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The Generation Challenge: Articulating the Problem Definition

By Ben Erlandson (CTO, McKinsey Social Initiative)


This article extends a conversation held at xAPI Camp Amazon during July 2015 in Seattle, where we discussed the role xAPI could play in the scaling of the Generation employment program.  [Read more…]

xAPIsec: Towards an information security protocol for xAPI

By Shelly Blake-Plock (CEO, Yet Analytics)

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In June 2015, the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a Memorandum, which mandates the exclusive use of HTTPS with HSTS across all Federal government web services. [Read more…]

Lectora Inspire 12.0 | Best Practices for xAPI

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


In terms of xAPI support, Lectora offers a lot right out of the box. Lectora has the ability to assign statement generation to any object within a page using a trigger. Each page also generates its own statement without having to do anything other than set the output type for publishing. [Read more…]

Adobe Captivate 8.0 and 9.0 | Best Practices for xAPI

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


Adobe Captivate will publish content to xAPI version 1.0. Captivate will publish statements that are readable using the slide name. For the most part with Captivate you are tracking very similar things to SCORM with the xAPI output. Captivate uses ADL registered verbs for its output. [Read more…]

Articulate Storyline 2 | Best Practices for xAPI

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

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Articulate Storyline 2 will publish content to xAPI version 1.0. It is recommended to get update 5 for Storyline 2 as it will publish the xAPI statement using Name instead of ID which makes the statement human readable and much easier to parse in the visualizations that will be created from the data. [Read more…]

xAPI, what’s it good for anyway?

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